Hoosiers Sweep Series With 4-2 Victory
March 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Tyler Tufts threw seven strong innings and Kipp Schutz hit a two-run home run to lift Indiana to a 4-2 victory over IPFW on Sunday. Andrew Means also extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fifth-inning triple as the Hoosiers swept the two-game set with the Mastodons and improved to 9-7.
Tufts allowed just five hits and struck out five to garner his second win of the season. He allowed just one unearned run in the contest. Chris McCombs pitched the eighth for the Hoosiers, while Chris Squires closed out his second save of the year with a double play to end the game.
Tufts and IPFW started Cole Uebelhor engaged in a pitcher's duel for the first three innings, with Tufts allowing just a seeing-eye single in those three innings. In the fourth, the Hoosiers got on the board with some two-out magic. Chris Hervey stroked a single to left with two down and quickly stole second to get into scoring position. Ethan Wilson followed with a single to left on a 3-1 pitch to give Indiana a 1-0 lead.
The junior hurler found himself in some trouble in the top of the fifth, as a walk and an infield single put Mastodon runners at the corners. Devin Taylor then tried to drop down a safety squeeze, but Tufts made a brilliant play, springing off the mound and gunning down Ryan Beer at home to keep the game at 1-0. He then one-upped himself, getting Quentin Brown to hit into a 1-6-3 double play, as Tufts finished the inning.
In the bottom of the frame, Means extended his hitting streak with a one-out triple to deep center field. He came home one batter later when Evan Crawford hit a sac fly to center to make it 2-0. But the Hoosiers weren't done in the frame, as IU used two pitches to collect two more runs. Josh Phegley singled through the left side on the first pitch he saw and then Schutz hit a towering flyball to deep right center that cleared the wall for his second home run of the season as IU upped its advantage to 4-0.
Both teams went in order in the sixth, but the `Dons picked up an unearned run in the seventh. Tufts retired the leadoff man, but Beer reached on an error by Crawford. The junior looked poised to emerge without any damage after a diving catch in left by Chris Hervey, but a single to left, a walk and an infield single put IPFW on the board. Tufts finished off the inning and his day by inducing a grounder to second to end the threat.
The Mastodons trimmed it to two with a single run in the eighth, but Squires came on in the ninth to close out the game. He allowed a leadoff bounder through the left side to put the leadoff man on, but the sophomore got Mark Carden to fly out to right and induced a 5-4-3 double play to finish the game for his second save of the year.
Indiana has now won four consecutive contests and six of its last seven in improving to 9-7. The Hoosiers will be back in action at Sembower Field on Wednesday for a midweek contest against Xavier. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. EDT, and live audio and GameTracker will be available through IUHoosiers.com.
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