Korte, Hot Bats Push IU Past the Pitt Panthers, 9-2
March 14, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Indiana University baseball team (9-5) busted out for 15 hits in a 9-2 victory over Pittsburgh (8-4) on Monday. T.C. Knipp was Indiana's biggest bopper, cranking out four hits with two RBI and three runs scored. Freshman pitcher Brian Korte took care of the Panthers, hurling a complete game.
Korte scattered nine hits, walked none and struck out four batters while giving up two runs. It marks the first `W' of his young collegiate career. His season ERA sits at 1.29.
Knipp had plenty of help with the offensive load. Eight different Hoosiers recorded a hit, including five with multi-hit games. The first three in the order each tallied two knocks, along with Knipp's four hits and a pair for Casey Smith in the nine-hole. Alex Dickerson and Matt Serfling drove in a combined five runs with one hit apiece.
Wes Wilson smoked a pitch over the third base bag for a double down the left field line in the second inning. Two batters later, Knipp blasted a ball about six feet up the right field wall, resulting in an RBI-triple. Serfling followed with his first of two sacrifice flies on the day, putting the Hoosiers up 2-0
Pittsburgh responded immediately in the bottom half of the inning, using a pair of sac flies to even the score at 2-all.
Both squads had numerous scoring opportunities through the next five innings, but neither could capitalize as the starting pitchers dueled it out. As Korte went the distance, the Hoosiers got to his counterpart in the eighth though, gashing Ethan Mildren for three more runs before he was relieved.
Jerrud Sabourin was the first to connect, stroking a double into the right-side bullpen before scooting over to third when the right fielder bobbled the ball. Knipp came to the plate next, facing a drawn-in infield. The Carmel, Ind., native belted a line drive over their heads and into left field for a 3-2 IU lead. Serfling then laid down a bunt single which rode along the foul line like a train on the tracks. Back-to-back walks followed, giving Indiana a 4-2 lead and bases loaded for Dickerson. After popping up in the same situation (two outs, bases loaded) earlier in the game, Dickerson made them pay the second time around. The All-American cleared the bases by drilling a ball off the wall in left center for the 7-2 Hoosier advantage.
The Hoosiers tacked on two more runs in the ninth. Serfling smacked another sac fly before hustling around from first on an RBI-double into the right field corner by Casey Smith.
The Hoosiers have now won five games when either trailing or tied heading into the eighth inning.
Indiana is set to play five more games over the next five days before returning to Bloomington. Tuesday's opponent is Jacksonville State (11-3) in a 3 pm EST contest. Come back to IUHoosiers.com for a live audio broadcast by Jeremy Gray and GameTracker live stats.
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