Bashore Dominant in Shutout Victory
March 14, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Matt Bashore pitched a brilliant eight innings, striking out a career-high 12 in a 7-0 victory over Portland on Friday. Tyler Rogers and Jerrud Sabourin each hit their first career home runs in the victory, helping IU move to 3-2 at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic and 6-7 overall on the year. The Hoosiers will play New Mexico State in the Third Place game at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday.
Bashore set the tone for the game by striking out the first four hitters of the game. He ran into no trouble until the fifth, when the Pilots got a pair of two-out hits, but Bashore got Riley Henricks to fly out to end the inning. In the sixth, Bashore allowed a pair of walks, but recovered to strike out Danny Meier to end the threat. He saved his best for the seventh, though, as the Pilots loaded the bases with nobody out. Bashore dug deep and went on to strike out the next three hitters - the Pilots top three - to end the inning.
IU's offense got on the board with an unearned run in the first. Andrew Means led off the game with a single and stole second. Two batters later, Josh Phegley drew a walk to give IU a pair of runners on with one down. Kipp Schutz then hit a ball to short that was mishandled, and Means came around from second to put IU on top. In the bottom of the second, Rogers stretched the lead to 2-0 by hitting a leadoff homer deep over the left-field fence on a 1-2 pitch.
In the third, the Hoosiers made it 3-0, with Sabourin delivering the key hit. Michael Earley drew a one-out walk, and Sabourin delivered his third double of the week by ripping a ball into the left-center gap, bringing Earley around from first to up IU's lead to 3-0.
The Hoosiers remained quiet until the sixth, when Indiana plated a trio of runs to blow the game wide open. Sabourin led the inning off with a single to right, and two batters later Rogers hit a double to deep right to put a pair of runners in scoring position. A balk brought one run home for the Hoosiers, and then Means walked and stole second. Evan Crawford followed by singling up the middle to bring a pair of runs home and make the score 6-0. Sabourin added a solo homer on a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right center to make the score 7-0.
Bashore finished the game with six hits and four walks allowed in eight innings of work to go along with his career-best 12 Ks, the most by a Hoosier pitcher since current Colorado Rockies pitcher Zach McClellan mowed down 14 Vermont Cavaliers on March 18, 2000. Means, Crawford and Rogers each went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Sabourin had a career-best 3-for-4 day. Crawford and Sabourin each drove in two runs, while Means, Sabourin and Rogers each scored three.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Saturday at 10 a.m. against New Mexico State in the Third Place game. Live audio for the game and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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