Johnson, Wilson Lead Comeback Win Over Bradley
March 16, 2010
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Micah Johnson hit a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth inning and the Indiana baseball team put across a run in the 10th to give the Hoosiers (6-9) a 6-5 win over Bradley on Tuesday. Ethan Wilson threw five brilliant shutout innings out of the bullpen, and Chris Squires finished off the Braves (4-7) with a trio of scoreless frames as IU rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the seventh to win.
Jerrud Sabourin had two hits in the contest, his 200th career hit driving in a pair of runs, and Johnson had two hits and scored two runs for Indiana. Alex Dickerson went 2-for-5 and scored the winning run, while Michael Basil had the decisive RBI for Indiana in the 10th. Squires improved to 1-1, striking out four, while Bradley closer Kori Jensen gave up two runs to fall to 1-1 on the year.
With the score 5-4 Bradley in the final inning, Johnson came up with the bases empty and one down with Jensen trying to close out the game. The freshman fell behind 1-2, fouled off two pitches, and then got a slider on the inside part of the plate and turned on it, blasting the pitch over the wall in right field for his fifth home run of the season. All five career longballs have come in the last week for the Indianapolis native.
In the bottom of the ninth, Squires surrendered a one-out single, a walk and a hit batsman to load the bases with one away. He then induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play off the bat of DH Phil Kaiser - who had three RBI for the Braves - to send the game to extras. In the 10th, Dickerson led off the inning with a blistered single through the middle, and Josh Lyon followed with a hard grounder over the first baseman's head to send Dickerson to third. With the infield drawn in, Basil muscled a ball over second base to plate Dickerson and give the Hoosiers a 6-5 lead.
Squires upped the drama in the 10th, allowing a one-out single and a hit batsman. After a groundout moved both runners into scoring position, Squires struck out David Compitello on a 1-2 changeup to end the game. It is the fourth time this year that Squires has finished off a game with a swinging strikeout.
The Braves got out to a 5-1 lead after two innings, knocking freshman Mike McKinley from the game after just two frames. Justin Cureton delivered his first career hit in the second, plating Basil for IU's only run off Eric Holmes. Wilson then came on in relief, and gave up a hit and a walk to the first two hitters he faced, but in each case Dylan Swift gunned down the runner to erase him from the scorebook. Wilson allowed just two runners to reach after that - one on a fifth-inning error and one on a seventh-inning walk - to keep the Hoosiers alive in the game.
In the seventh, Indiana rallied off of reliever Brad Altbach, delivering four hits to pull within one run. With one down, Swift started the rally with a single up the middle, and Johnson followed with a high chopper to pitcher, hustling down the line and beating out an infield single. Brian Lambert followed with a walk to load the bases, and then Sabourin shot a single through the left side to plate two more runs. Dickerson added another run on a single up the middle and IU trailed 5-4 heading to the eighth.
Indiana has Wednesday off on its Spring Trip, and will return to action on Thursday against Eastern Illinois. The game will be played at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, and is slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch. Live audio and statistics will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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