Hoosiers Find a Way Once Again, 7-6 Winner in 10 Innings
March 15, 2011
LAKELAND, Fla. - The Indiana University baseball team picked up win number 10 of the season, doing so in dramatic fashion once again. Indiana (10-5) trailed Jacksonville State (11-4) by three runs in the bottom of the ninth before plating three scores of their own to send it into extras. The Hoosiers pushed another one across in the 10th frame for the 7-6 victory.
It was a complete team effort as 19 Hoosiers saw action in the ball game. Six different players scored a run with DeMuth stepping on home twice.
T.C. Knipp had his second game-saving outfield assist of the season. Down in Knoxville, Tenn., two weeks ago Knipp gunned down a runner at home from right field in the top of the ninth in a tie game. Today, the Carmel, Ind., native did it again; this time launching a missile from center field to nail the go-ahead run in the 10th inning. Junior outfielder recorded the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th.
Dustin DeMuth and Wes Wilson had multi-hit games with three and two knocks, respectively. Both of Wilson's hits went into the scorebook as RBI-doubles. DeMuth, Knipp, and Serfling all drove in a run as well.
Joey DeNato made his start of the season, eating up six innings with three runs scored. He struck out six batters, including four in a row at one point. Ryan Halstead (2-0) was awarded the W, the second of his career, after working the mound for the final inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Alex Dickerson had a nice at-bat, laying off several breaking balls out of the zone and eventually drawing a walk. His patience proved to be a virtue when Wilson drilled a shot into the left center field gap, allowing Dickerson to come around from first for the 1-0 IU lead.
DeNato did a great job of getting out of a tight situation in the fifth inning. With two runners in scoring position and no outs, Jacksonville State could only bring one home to even the score at 1-1.
The Hoosiers regained their lead immediately in the bottom half of the inning. Michael Basil led off the frame with a double into right center field. DeMuth stepped up next and delivered a single to put Indiana ahead 2-1. Two batters later, a Dickerson single put men at the corners. Wilson took care of run number three, belting his second RBI-double of the day.
Just as quickly as IU regained the lead, the Gamecocks tied it right back up in the top of the sixth. A two-run homer by Ky Bluestein knotted the score at 3-3.
The stalemate would last until the top of the ninth when JSU's Ben Waldrip crushed a solo shot over the right field wall. The Gamecocks tacked on two more runs before the top half of the inning was over and things looked bleak for the Cream and Crimson.
Serfling and DeMuth would have none of that though, starting the bottom of the ninth rally with back-to-back singles. A pair of JSU errors aided the Hoosiers in scoring the next two runs as the game rolled into extra innings.
As mentioned above, it was Knipp playing the role of game-saver once again with his outfield assist for the third out.
Sophomore Trace Knoblauch was called upon to pinch hit in the bottom of the 10th, piercing a single up the middle. Jerrud Sabourin then moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. A groundball to the right side of the infield pushed Knoblauch over to third. Not only did Dylan Swift's grounder place the winning run 90 feet from pay dirt, it also gobbled up the second baseman. The defensive error allowed Swift to reach first, but more importantly kept the number of outs at just one. Serfling took advantage and slapped a chopper down the first base line while Knoblauch hustled in from third for winning tally.
The Hoosiers are now 3-0 in extra-inning games this season, and have won six games when either tied or trailing in the eighth inning.
Indiana has four more games down in the Sunshine State before returning to Bloomington. Wednesday's opposition is UMass at 2 pm. Come back to IUHoosiers.com for a live audio broadcast and GameTracker live stats. Game updates can also be seen by following @KKatIU on Twitter.
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