Sabourin's Double Duty Leads Hoosiers to Victory
March 18, 2010
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Jerrud Sabourin threw five solid innings, striking out three, and went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead the Indiana baseball team to a 9-6 victory over Eastern Illinois. Alex Dickerson and Micah Johnson each had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs apiece in the win for the Hoosiers (7-9).
Chris Squires retired the side in the ninth to record his fourth save of the season and the 15th in his career, tying the school's all-time record (Chris Wilson, 1997-00). Casey Smith threw a pair of hitless innings, while Jerry Kleman tossed a scoreless inning as well out of the pen. Mike Recchia was carded with the loss for EIU, falling to 1-2. Sabourin surrendered just seven hits and did not walk anyone in his first career start and victory.
The Hoosiers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first without hitting a ball out of the infield. Johnson and Brian Lambert both walked and Sabourin followed with an infield single to load the bags. One run scored on a wild pitch, and Dylan Swift brought home a second run with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0 Indiana.
After EIU scored four unearned runs in the top of the second, the Hoosiers responded with four tallies of their own in the bottom of the frame. T.C. Knipp and Ethan Wilson were both hit by pitches, and they moved into scoring position with a passed ball. Johnson then brought both runners home with a single up the middle to tie the game at 4-4. Three batters later, Dickerson crushed a ball over the right-center field fence for his Big Ten-leading seventh home run of the season, to give Indiana the lead for good at 6-4.
Johnson tacked on another tally with his sixth longball of the year. The freshman blasted a 1-0 pitch on a line over the wall in right to make it 7-4 IU. Meanwhile, Sabourin cruised until the sixth, setting down the Panthers in order in the fifth and putting zeroes on the board in the third and fourth as well. EIU chased him from the game with back-to-back singles and he gave way to Casey Smith. The Panthers would score a pair of runs, one on a wild pitch and one on an RBI groundout, to close to 7-6.
Indiana tacked on two insurance runs, though, plating one apiece in the sixth and seventh. Dickerson plated Lambert on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth, and then in the seventh, Sterling Mack delivered a clutch RBI single through the right side to make it 9-6 Indiana. Kleman allowed two singles in the ninth and Squires walked the first man he faced, but the Fort Wayne, Ind., native rebounded with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to end the game with his record-matching save.
IU is back in action on Friday against UMBC. 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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