Hoosier Rally Falls Short Against Yale
March 15, 2010
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Indiana baseball team rallied from an early 9-0 deficit, but was unable to punch across the tying runs in the closing innings, falling 10-6 at the hands of Yale (6-2-1) on Monday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Park. Alex Dickerson drove in three runs on a pair of doubles in a losing effort for IU (5-9).
Matt Igel came on out of the bullpen to throw 4 2/3 solid innings for the Hoosiers. After allowing hits to the first three hitters he faced, Igel surrendered just two hits the rest of the way, striking out five in the game. Casey Smith picked up the loss in his second career start, while Jerry Kleman made his mound debut for Indiana, notching a perfect 1 1/3 innings of work. Vinny Lally improved to 2-0 with his 6 1/3 innings for the Bulldogs. Michael Earley added a pair of hits as well for the Hoosiers.
After Yale took a 9-0 lead heading into the fourth, the Hoosiers rebounded with two runs in the top of the frame. Brian Lambert drew a walk and Jerrud Sabourin singled to start the inning, and then Dickerson rapped his first two-bagger off the very top of the wall in right center to plate two runs and make it 9-2. But Lally rebounded to get the next three hitters, and keep it a seven-run advantage heading to the fifth.
The Hoosiers scored two more runs in the top of the sixth to trim the deficit once again. Dickerson delivered a one-out walk and Josh Lyon followed with a single to put two on with one down. Michael Basil then dribbled a single through the left side to load the bags for IU. Dylan Swift brought home one run on a line-drive sacrifice fly to right and a second run scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-4. But Earley was retired on a foulout to end the inning with IU still down five.
After the Bulldogs scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, IU plated a pair of additional runs in the seventh. Ethan Wilson led off with a single and went to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. Then, with one down, Wilson came home on a wild-pitch walk that put Lambert on base. Dickerson then drove a double to the left-center gap to plate Lambert and make it 10-6, but Lyon was retired on a popout to end the inning with the Hoosiers down four.
Indiana mounted its final rally in the eighth, with Earley and pinch-hitter Tyler Rogers hitting two out singles to put runners at the corners with two down. Johnson, the reigning Big Ten co-Player of the Week, ripped the first pitch he saw, but it was hit right at the shortstop for a lineout, and the inning came to a close. The Bulldogs set down IU in order in the ninth to end the game.
Yale got on board first with back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first. Following a walk, Trey Rallis lofted a flyball to right field that got up into a stiff wind and carried over the wall for his second homer of the year. On the next pitch, Trygg Danforth turned on an offspeed pitch and knocked it over the wall in deep right center to make it 3-0. Andrew Kolmar followed with a solo homer in the second to push the Yale edge to 4-0.
The Bulldogs broke the game open in the bottom of the third with five runs on six straight hits to start the inning. Andy Megee led off the frame with a double and Rallis followed with an RBI single. Danforth then hit a triple off the wall in left center and Brenner singled to chase Smith from the game. The Bulldogs tacked on a pair more runs after Igel came in, both charged to the lefty, and Yale had a 9-0 lead heading to the fourth.
IU returns to action on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. game against Bradley scheduled for 3 p.m. at Chain of Lakes Park. Live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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