Leininger Leads Hoosiers to 9-0 Victory
March 14, 2010
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Drew Leininger scattered eight hits and did not surrender a walk in a complete-game, 9-0 shutout of Central Michigan (4-6) on Sunday. The Hoosiers (5-8) got home runs from Alex Dickerson, Micah Johnson and Ethan Wilson, and Leininger delivered the first complete-game shutout for IU since a Doug Fleenor shutout on May 15, 2006.
The sophomore struck out four and got the leadoff hitter in seven of the nine innings to improve to 2-0 and lower his conference-leading ERA to 0.96. IU has now hit eight home runs in the last two games and 10 over a three game stretch - four by Johnson and three by Dickerson. Michael Basil had three hits in the game, while Johnson, Wilson and Brian Lambert each added two base knocks. The Hoosiers handed Jake Sabol his first loss of the season, as he surrendered 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Indiana got an unearned run in the bottom of the second, with base hits by Dickerson and Josh Lyon starting the frame. Dylan Swift then dropped down a bunt and Sabol's throw to first was wide to score Dickerson and make it 1-0. IU added a run in the fourth on Dickerson's sixth blast of the season, a monster shot to right center to make it 2-0.
Meanwhile, Leininger continued to cruise, allowing two-out base hits with the bags empty, but otherwise completely shutting down the Chippewa offense. The Hoosiers extended the lead to 4-0 on a two-run shot by Johnson, who has hit all four of his home runs this season in the last five calendar days. Indiana added a solo homer by Wilson - his first since 2008 - to lead off the seventh and extend the edge to 5-0.
The Hoosiers broke the game wide open in the eighth, plating four runs on four hits and an error. Swift started the frame with a single and he came home on an Earley double to left. Basil followed with a single up the middle to score another run, making it a 7-0 edge. Johnson then reached on an error and Jerrud Sabourin delivered a single to right to make it 8-0. Dickerson capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left.
Leininger once again got the first two outs in the ninth inning, the seventh time in the contest he retired the first two men in succession. He then gave up a rolling double just inside the line at third, and Wilson preserved the shutout by making a diving stop up the middle to limit the next batter to an infield single. The Poway, Calif., native then induced a groundout to end the game - his 14th of the contest. He has surrendered 22 hits in 28.0 innings this year, and has struck out 19 to just seven walks.
Indiana is back in action on Monday, when it will return to Chain Of Lakes Stadium to take on Yale. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Live stats and audio will be available at IUHoosiers.com. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com for all the latest on IU's schedule at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
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