Hoosiers Earn 10-9 win over UNF
March 14, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Five different Hoosiers had multi-hit games and Jason Ferrell slammed the door over the final 2 2/3 innings as the Indiana baseball team took a 10-9 victory over North Florida. Indiana (5-8) stole nine bases in the victory, with Andrew Means and Evan Crawford swiping three apiece. UNF fell to 9-12 with the loss.
With two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Ferrell got the Ospreys' top two hitters - Jim Dandridge and Jimmy Glanville - to foul out and pop out in succession to end the UNF threat. The Ospreys got two on again in the bottom of the ninth, and Ferrell responded by striking out Dandridge and Glanville to end the game.
Means, Crawford, Keith Haas, Reid Briglia and Tyler Cox each had two hits in the ballgame, with Crawford and Josh Phegley each scoring two runs for IU. Phegley, Cox and Haas each had steals in the win.
The Hoosiers scored a first-inning run with Crawford putting the visitors up 1-0. Crawford drew a one-out walk and followed by stealing his third base of the season. Jon Fixler then hit a looping single into right field and Crawford came around to score his team-leading 10th run of the season.
Indiana added a second run in the top of the third on a pair of hits and a walk. Haas ripped a one-out double to left-center to get things started, and he moved up to third on a wild pitch. After Fixler walked, Briglia hit a looping pop fly to short left that shortstop Chad Knight could not pick up and it fell harmlessly for a double to score Haas and make the score 2-0.
Cox got things going for the Hoosiers in the top of the fourth with a rope to right center that resulted in his fifth double of the year. Means followed with a bunt single down the first base line, and on the play, the throw skittered away from first to score Cox and make the score 3-0. Means then stole second and third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Billy O'Conner to give IU a 4-0 lead.
The Ospreys scored seven in the bottom of the fourth on six hits. The first five batters reached in the inning to chase Billy Kitchen from the contest, and Jarrett Casey came on for the Hoosiers. With two outs and two on, Dandridge, who drove in the game-winning run on Wednesday, ripped a homer over the center-field fence to give the home squad a 7-4 lead.
But Indiana battled back with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth. Fixler led off with a walk and Briglia followed with a line-drive double to left center. Phegley followed with an RBI groundout and Briglia scored on a wild pitch to trim the deficit to one after five innings.
In the sixth, the Hoosiers got two more on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Cox to give IU an 8-7 lead. The lead was short-lived, though, as UNF got a pair of unearned runs back in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead at 9-8. Indiana bounced back with an unearned run of its own in the top of the seventh. Sterling Mack drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on an errant pickoff throw. Mack scored on an RBI groundout by Haas to tie the score at 9-9.
The Hoosiers pushed ahead the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth after Phegley posted his first hit of the two-game set with a single through the left side. The freshman advanced on a Cox groundout, and then Means drove him home with a single to left center to make the tally 10-9.
Indiana returns to action on Thursday, March 15, when it heads to Tallahassee, Fla., for the first game of a three-game series against Florida A&M. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. EDT.
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