Hoosiers Thump Bowling Green, 15-7
March 14, 2009
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Indiana opened its spring trip with a resounding 15-7 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday to improve to 6-7 on the year. Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with a home run and a career-high 5 RBI, while Jerrud Sabourin extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his second home run of the season. Eric Arnett improved to 3-1 with the win.
Brian Lambert and Jake Dunning each had two hits for Indiana and each scored three runs out of the eight and nine hole, respectively. T.C. Knipp went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs and Cody Webber had two hits and scored twice for IU. All nine Indiana starters had a hit in the contest.
Arnett was not as dominant as his previous outings this season, but battled for the victory nonetheless. The junior allowed nine hits and four earned runs in six innings, striking out two for the win. He also induced two key double plays to help his cause. Drew Leininger picked up his first career save by pitching the final three innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
Sabourin's solo homer in the bottom of the first got the Hoosiers out to a 1-0 lead. The Falcons responded with four runs on four hits in the top of the second to gain their only lead of the contest, but IU answered with five of their own in the bottom of the frame.
Kipp Schutz started the rally with a one-out walk and Webber singled through the right side to put runners at the corners. Lambert followed with an RBI infield single for one run, and Dunning added a double to right to score another. Knipp then delivered an RBI infield single to tie the score at 4-4. After Sabourin struck out against new pitcher Kacy Dwornik, Josh Phegley drew a walk to load the bases. Dickerson promptly drilled a double inside the third-base bag to score two runs and give the Hoosiers a lead they would not relinquish.
BGSU picked up a run on two hits and an error in the fourth to trim the deficit to one. But Dickerson re-upped the lead to two with an opposite-field bomb, his team-leading fifth homer of the season. IU then tacked on three runs on just one hit - an RBI single by Phegley - and two errors in the sixth.
In the seventh, IU broke the game wide open with five runs on seven hits. Knipp and Rogers each had RBI singles in the frame and Dickerson had a two-run base hit in the inning as well. Sabourin also had his second of two sac flies in the contest during the seventh. BGSU got two runs off Leininger in the eighth, but the freshman got a groundout from pinch-hitter Ryan Price to end the threat and then set down the side in order in the ninth.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, as it will face Jacksonville State in the second game of the trip. Game time is slated for 12:30 p.m. at Chain O' Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven. Live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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