Hoosiers Capture Third at Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic
March 15, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Indiana baseball team used a nine-run fifth inning to propel itself to a 14-6 victory over New Mexico State to take third place at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic on Saturday. Seven different hitters had multi-hit games for IU, with Tyler Cox and Kipp Schutz each going 3-for-5 with their first career home run.
Tyler Tufts pitched six innings to pick up the win for the Hoosiers, as IU improved to 7-7 on the season. Tufts allowed eight hits and two walks, striking out four, while just three of the six runs he allowed were earned. Doug Fleenor allowed just one hit over the final three innings for his first save of the season.
The Hoosiers had each of the nine starters score runs in the game, while Andrew Means, Evan Crawford, Josh Phegley, Tyler Reimer and Jerrud Sabourin each posted two-hit games. Reimer and Means each posted three RBI, while Phegley led the squad with three runs scored.
The Aggies scored a pair of runs in the first after a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases with nobody out. Tufts rebounded for three straight groundouts, but the first two each brought a run home as NMSU took a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Crawford started things with a one-out single. On a 1-0 pitch, Crawford took off, and Phegley shot a single through the infield and into left center. Crawford never stopped, and the throw was too late to get him, as Crawford scored from first on the single, with Phegley advancing to second on the throw. Schutz followed with an infield single, and a grounder to short by Reimer scored Phegley to make it 2-2.
IU took its first lead in the bottom of the third, as Schutz launched a 1-0 pitch on the outside part of the plate deep to left field and over the wall for his first homer of the year. After NMSU scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth, the Hoosiers tied the score again with a pair of hits. Cox reached on an infield single and came around on a double by Means to make it 4-4 heading to the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, IU scored nine runs on seven hits and a pair of Aggie errors. Phegley started things with a single and Schutz followed with a double to left. Reimer then shot a single up the middle to bring Phegley home. Sabourin then doubled home a run, and Tyler Rogers followed with an RBI fielder's choice, as the shortstop went to third too late to get Sabourin as the score ran to 7-4. David Trager then drew a walk to load the bases.
After Cox struck out, Means drove a single back up the middle to bring two more Hoosiers home, and Crawford followed with another RBI single to make it 10-4. Phegley then hit a grounder to short, and the throw came to the plate but it was muffed by the catcher and Means and Crawford scored to make it 12-4. Phegley advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw and scored on Reimer's second single of the inning as the Hoosiers took a 13-4 edge heading into the sixth.
The Aggies got two more runs in the top of the sixth, but Cox responded with his first career homer - a frozen rope just inside the left-field foul pole that made the score 14-6. Neither team plated a run over the final three innings, and IU emerged victorious.
Indiana finishes the PJQ Classic with a 4-2 record, tied for best in the tournament. The Hoosiers are now off until Wednesday, when they will take on Evansville for a road game at Evansville. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT. Live audio for the game and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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