Trager's Five Hits Lead Hoosiers to Victory
March 16, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - David Trager tied a school record with five hits and Chris Hervey added four for the Indiana baseball team in a 10-2 victory over Florida A&M on Friday. Tyler Tufts pitched eight innings to garner his second win of the season as the Hoosiers improved to 6-8 on the season.
After entering the game in the first inning as a defensive replacement, Trager recorded hits in each of his five at-bats, posting two doubles and three RBIs. Hervey drove in two runs and scored three of his own. Tyler Cox extended his hitting streak to five games and posted his third consecutive multi-hit game with a 2-for-5 day.
Tufts allowed six hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out two to improve to 2-2 on the season. Chris Squires pitched the ninth for IU. On the basepaths, Andrew Means swiped a pair of bags to improve his season total to a team-leading nine.
The Hoosiers got on the board with a single run in the first, but FAMU was able to hold them to a single run. After the first three hitters reached to load the bases with nobody out, Reid Briglia poked a single to center field to plate Keith Haas and make the score 1-0. But the Rattlers came up big defensively, picking Evan Crawford off third, and then turning a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat there.
Indiana pushed another run across in the second after Means reached with one out when he was hit by a pitch. Means then stole second with Trevor McConnell at the plate, his eighth swipe of the season. Hervey followed with two outs, and fought back from an 0-2 count to force a 3-2 pitch, which he lined up the middle and into center to score Means and make the tally 2-0.
IU struck with three in the top of the third on three hits and a pair of errors in the inning. Trager led things off with a double to right center then Jon Fixler reached on a throwing error. Briglia sacrificed the runners over and Josh Phegley singled both runners home with a single up the middle to make the score 4-0. After a single by Tyler Cox moved Phegley to third, the catcher scampered home when Means reached on an error by the shortstop to make it 5-0. FAMU got a run back in the bottom half on a pair of Hoosier errors to trim the deficit to 5-1.
In the fourth, IU pushed yet another run across on three hits in the inning. Hervey got things going with a single to lead off the inning, and he moved up to second on a groundout by Haas. Trager followed with his second double in as many at-bats to score Hervey, but that was the only run the Hoosiers would manage in the inning, as Ben Baylor got Briglia to pop out and struck out Phegley to strand a pair of runners in the inning.
After the Rattlers pushed across another run in the bottom of the fourth, neither team scored in the fifth and the teams entered the sixth with IU holding a 6-2 lead. Hervey led off the sixth with his third single of the day, and after stealing second, he scored on Trager's third hit of the day, a rocket through the right side to push the score to 7-2 in favor of the visitors.
IU continued its torrid hitting in the seventh, posting three runs on three hits and a walk in the frame. Means started things with a single up the middle, and he moved up on a pinch-hit walk by Sterling Mack. Hervey plated Means with his fourth hit of the day, moving Mack up to second. After each runner advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, Haas scored Mack on an RBI groundout, and Trager's fourth hit brought Hervey around to make the score 10-2 in favor of Indiana. Neither team scored again in the contest.
The two squads meet again tomorrow for a doubleheader, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. EDT. Matt Bashore (1-1) is scheduled to pitch for the Hoosiers in the opener, with Jason Ferrell (2-1) slated to throw the second game.
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