Hoosier Bats Come Alive in 11-5 Victory
March 19, 2010
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Indiana baseball team got out to an early 6-1 lead and never looked back in an 11-5 victory over UMBC on Friday. Micah Johnson, Alex Dickerson and Michael Basil each had three hits as the Hoosiers bashed a season-high 17 hits in the victory. It was the third straight win for Indiana, which improved to 8-9 with the victory.
Dickerson mashed his eighth home run of the season in the fifth inning, while Johnson had his first career triple and drove in three runs for Indiana. Walker Stadler collected the win for the Hoosiers, improving to 2-2 with a career-high seven strikeouts in five innings. Jerry Kleman had two Ks in two innings out of the pen, while Derek Roof finished off the game with a pair of scoreless innings for IU. J.R. Seader fell to 0-1 while collecting the loss for the Retrievers.
Johnson and Jerrud Sabourin each drove in three runs in the contest, while Dickerson scored three times for the Hoosiers. Dickerson (11) and Sabourin (10) each extended their hitting streaks in the process. Basil finished a career-best 3-for-3 with two RBI doubles, while Tyler Rogers went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Hoosiers wasted no time in plating three runs on five hits in the first. Johnson started with a bunt single and stole second, and two batters later Sabourin brought him home with a line-drive double down the right-field line to make it 1-0. Dickerson followed with a single up the middle to plate Sabourin, and Josh Lyon and Basil had consecutive hits to score Dickerson and make it 3-0 IU.
After UMBC plated a solo run in the top of the second, Indiana tallied three more runs in the bottom half. Michael Earley, Rogers and Johnson tallied three straight singles to start the inning and push the Hoosier edge to 4-1. Brian Lambert followed with a sac bunt to move both runners into scoring position, and Sabourin laced a single into right center to score both players to make it a five-run Indiana lead.
The Retrievers (3-7) refused to go quietly, plating solo runs in the third and the fourth off Stadler to cut the lead to 6-3 before Basil again pushed the edge to four runs with his second double of the game. UMBC trimmed the deficit in half with a pair of runs in the seventh with three hits off Kleman, but IU left no doubt with a four-run bottom of the seventh to result in the final score. Dickerson's solo homer and Johnson's two-run triple were the big blows in the frame.
Dickerson and Johnson remain 1-2 in the conference in longballs, while Dickerson is leading the conference with his 24 RBI and .792 slugging percentage. IU improved to 4-2 on its Spring Trip to Florida.
The Hoosiers will look to push their winning streak to four games when they take on Akron on Saturday. Game time is slated for 11 a.m. at Warner Southern University in Lake Wales, Fla. Live audio and statistics will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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