Jacksonville State Knocks Off Hoosiers in 10
March 15, 2009
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Indiana outhit Jacksonville State 13-6, but the Gamecocks took a 9-8 decision in extra innings to knock off the Hoosiers. Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with his sixth home run of the year and Michael Earley added a solo shot in a losing effort. Josh Phegley drove in three runs as well for IU (6-8).
Blake Monar no-hit JSU for the first five innings, but gave up two hits, three walks and a hit batsman in the sixth before leaving the game. In his 5 1/3 innings, he allowed four walks and five earned runs with three strikeouts. Jake Dunning pitched well in relief, but collected the loss, giving up two hits in 2 1/3 innings, including the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
The Hoosiers got out to a 5-0 lead on Jacksonville State's Ben Tootle, chasing the ace after just 4 2/3. IU scored in the first after Phegley walked and moved up on a passed ball. Dickerson then gave Indiana a 1-0 lead with a single to center to score the junior.
In the fourth, Tyler Rogers used his legs to make it 2-0. Rogers drew a two-out walk and then moved to third after Tootle's attempted pickoff sailed wide of first. Then, with Tootle working out of the windup, Rogers bolted home on a 2-1 pitch and beat the tag to steal home. It was the first time a Hoosier has tallied a straight steal of home since Andrew Means swiped it against Illinois last year.
The Hoosiers added three more runs in the fifth. T.C. Knipp singled to lead off the frame, then moved to second on a passed ball and took third on a wild pitch. He came home two batters later, when Phegley delivered a sac fly to right. Then, Dickerson and Earley went back-to-back with solo homers to chase Tootle from the game and give IU a 5-0 lead.
Monar ran into trouble in the sixth as the Gamecocks scored a run on an RBI single and another on a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-2. Wyatt Hoff then came on and gave up a pair of hits to score three more runs. Matt Carr came on to get the final two outs, but an RBI fielder's choice gave JSU its first lead of the contest.
The score stayed that way until the eighth, when IU plated three runs to take an 8-6 lead. Rogers singled up the middle and moved to second on a Dylan Swift sac bunt. Dunning then crushed a ball off the wall in left center to score Rogers and make it 6-6. Knipp followed with a walk and Brian Lambert pinch ran. Lambert stole second on a Jerrud Sabourin strikeout and Phegley followed with a two-run triple to left to score two runs and make it 8-6.
But JSU scored twice in the bottom of the eighth after the first two batters reached on a hit by pitch and a walk. Jake Dunning came on with two runners aboard and got a popup for out number one before walking Spencer Brandes to load the bags. Matt McLaughlin then hit a grounder to third, but as Phegley went to second to try to start the double play, his throw sailed into right field to score a run. The Gamecocks followed with a sac fly to tie the score. Jacksonville State used a single, a stolen base and a double to center to tally the winning score in the 10th to improve to 8-7 on the year.
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