Hoosiers End Long Trip With a 10-7 Win Over Dartmouth
March 19, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Indiana University baseball team concluded its spring break trip with a 10-7 victory over the 2010 Ivy League Champion Dartmouth (3-3). The Hoosiers went 5-3 down in Florida and improve to 12-7 overall. First Team All-American Alex Dickerson blasted two homeruns against the Big Green.
Indiana lit the scoreboard first, putting across three runs in the second inning. Justin Cureton battled back from an 0-2 count to drive one through the left side of the infield for a single. Following a walk, the Hoosiers executed a successful double steal to place two runners in scoring position. Senior catcher Dylan Swift stepped into the box next and delivered a shot up the middle to bring in both runners. Dustin DeMuth then pulled a ball through the right side, skidding underneath the second baseman's glove to drive in Swift who had advanced to second on a previous grounder.
Dartmouth was able to respond in the next half inning when they tallied four runs. A timely defensive error by the Hoosiers opened the door, however, as all four runs were unearned.
The see-saw battle continued in the fourth frame with Indiana scoring two more runs and going back ahead 5-4. Dartmouth walked the first two batters of the inning before a sacrifice bunt by Swift progressed the runners into scoring position. Michael Basil took care of the rest, sneaking a double inside the left field foul line for a pair of RBI.
Another Hoosier error allowed Dartmouth to plate their fifth unearned run and even the score at 5-5 in the top of the fifth. It could have been worse though, as Joey DeNato came out of the pen facing a bases loaded situation. The San Diego, Calif., native induced a weak fly ball to end the threat.
Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Whalen made a call to his bullpen for the bottom of the fifth. Dan Ternowchek's first offering was sent sailing by Dickerson for a solo shot. Two batters later, Micah Johnson hit a soft fly ball which found grass in left field. He followed up by stealing second, his sixth swiped bag of the trip and team-leading eighth during the 2011 campaign. Johnson trekked over to third on groundball before being driven in by Jerrud Sabourin. Sabourin nailed a missile towards the third baseman who was able to knock it down, but couldn't throw out Sabourin at first.
The Hoosiers scored two more runs in the sixth, their third straight inning with a pair of runs. The Big Green kept scratching and clawing their way back into it, getting within two runs at 9-7 after eight and half innings. The final run of the contest went to IU though. It came in bottom of the eighth, Dickerson's second long-ball.
Sabourin became very acquainted with first base. Not only playing there defensively, but also reaching in each of his four plate appearances.
The Cream and Crimson remain on the road for the next three contests. First up, is a 3 pm battled with the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday (March 23) in Muncie. The weekend presents a three-game set against Evansville, a doubleheader in Evansville on Saturday and the Hoosiers' first home game on Sunday at 1:05 pm inside Sembower Field.
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