UNI Outslugs Hoosiers, 28-17
March 16, 2009
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Three different Northern Iowa players finished with five hits as the Panthers outslugged Indiana 28-17 on Monday night. Josh Phegley went 2-for-2 with four RBI and a home run and Kipp Schutz went 3-for-4 with a grand slam in a losing effort.
Earlier in the day, Phegley was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time in his career. The junior hit a robust .667 (10-for-15) with three home runs, a 1.467 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage in four games last week. He became just the fourth Hoosier to hit three longballs in a game when he did so against Morehead State.
Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 for the Hoosiers while Michael Earley had two hits and scored three runs. Jack Dunning had two hits and drove in three for IU. Position players Jerrud Sabourin and Dylan Swift made their first career appearances on the mound as the two combined to allow just two runs in the final three innings. Swift also had his first career triple, scored a run and drove one in for the Hoosiers.
Indiana got off to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After T.C. Knipp singled to lead off the game, Phegley came up two batters later and drilled a pitch over the left-center field wall for his fifth homer of the season to make it 2-0. After Dickerson was retired, Earley, Schutz and Cody Webber then followed with three straight singles to extend IU's lead.
After UNI got a pair of runs in the top of the second, the Hoosiers responded with two more in the bottom of the second. Knipp walked with one out to start the rally. Sabourin followed with a single to right, and the ball got away from James Dinizo and all the way to the wall. Knipp came all the way around to score and Sabourin motored around to third base. Phegley followed with a sac fly to make it 5-2.
But Northern Iowa scored two in the third and then five in the fourth to take their first lead of the ball game at 9-5. In the bottom of the fourth IU responded with a pair of runs. Jake Dunning led the inning off with a triple and came home on a Sabourin sac fly two batters later. Phegley then singled with two down and moved to second on a passed ball. Alex Dickerson followed with a single to score Phegley, but he was put out trying to stretch it to a double to end the inning with the Hoosiers down 9-7.
UNI broke the game wide open with eight runs in the fifth and four in the sixth. In between, IU scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, with both coming home on a two-run single by Jake Dunning. Then in the sixth, with Indiana trailing 21-9, the Hoosiers scored six runs to draw closer. A Phegley walk and singles by Dickerson and Earley loaded the bases for Kipp Schutz, who crushed a ball deep over the wall for a grand slam.
Josh Lyon followed that with a double and Tyler Rogers followed with a single. Lyon came home on a sac fly by Dunning and after a hit batsman and a walk, Phegley delivered another sac fly to trim the deficit to 21-15. Dickerson added an infield single to load the bags, but Earley was retired on a smoking liner to center to end the threat. UNI then delivered the final blow with six runs in the top of the seventh to make it 27-15.
IU scored one each in the bottom of the eighth and ninth and UNI countered with one in the ninth to result in the final score. Indiana will play Eastern Illinois on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Lakeland's Henley Field. Live audio and stats will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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