Hoosiers Snap Losing Skid with 10-1 Romp Over Hartford
March 19, 2009
LAKELAND, Fla. - Eric Arnett allowed just four hits and two walks, striking out six in seven innings, to lead the Indiana baseball team to a 10-1 victory over Hartford on Thursday. Sterling Mack, Vince Gonzalez and Jake Dunning had three hits apiece in the win for the Hoosiers, who snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 7-11 on the year.
Mack went 3-for-5 with three RBI and made a pair of outstanding catches in center field for the Hoosiers. Gonzalez, who had his first two career hits yesterday at Stetson, went 3-for-4 and drove in two, while Dunning was 3-for-4 with two runs in the victory. Arnett improved to 4-1 on the year and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.57.
Hartford scored a run in the top of the first after a leadoff double, a stolen base and a sac fly. But Indiana responded with three in the bottom of the frame on four straight hits. Jerrud Sabourin started things with a double and Josh Phegley followed with a two-bagger of his own to make it 1-0. Alex Dickerson followed with a bloop single down the left-field line to score Phegley and then Gonzalez picked up his first career RBI with a double to right to make it 3-1.
In the second, Dunning and Mack tallied one out singles and Sabourin followed with his fifth sac fly of the year to up the lead to 4-1. After going scoreless in the third and fourth, IU tacked on another run in the fifth. Mack beat out an infield single and moved to third two batters later when Phegley doubled to center. After Dickerson hit into a fielder's choice that retired Mack at the plate, Gonzalez drove in his second run of the game with a single to center that scored Phegley to up the lead to 5-1.
The Hoosiers busted the game open with three in the sixth. Kipp Schutz and Dylan Swift both singled and Brian Lambert was hit by a pitch to load the bags with nobody out. Dunning and Mack then each followed with RBI groundouts to second, and then Lambert scored on a wild pitch to make it an 8-1 ballgame.
Meanwhile, Arnett was dealing, as he retired the side in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings with one strikeout in each frame. Arnett left after seven having thrown just 94 pitches and retiring the last 10 men he faced. Earlier in the game, he induced a pair of 4-6-3 double plays to set down the Hawks.
In the eighth, IU tacked on two more runs on a pair of hits. Swift drew a leadoff walk and two batters later Jake Dunning doubled him to third. Then Mack came to the plate and delivered a 1-2 pitch into the right-field corner for his third hit of the game to score two and make it 10-1 IU. Matt Carr finished off Hartford over the final two innings, striking out the side in the ninth to finish off the contest.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday night when they return to Winter Haven, Fla., for a matchup with Ohio State. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. in a game that was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. but was moved to the evening affair at Chain O' Lakes Stadium. Live audio and statistics for both games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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