Morehead State Wins Homer-Fest Over Hoosiers
March 23, 2010
MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Indiana baseball team and Morehead State (12-12) combined for 10 home runs in the miniscule confines of right field at Sonny Allen Field, and the Eagles prevailed in a 20-15 contest. Alex Dickerson had a career-high four hits in the loss, while Jerrud Sabourin, Michael Earley, Michael Basil, Josh Lyon and Brian Ritz all hit longballs for the Hoosiers (9-10). The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for IU.
It marked the first career homers for Basil and Ritz, while the other three all hit their second longballs of the year. The Hoosiers plated 10 runs in a nine-hit sixth, but MSU got multiple hits from all nine starters and put a crooked number on the board in every inning but the second to post the victory. Mike McKinley picked up the loss for Indiana to fall to 2-2, while reliever Josh Schneider improved to 5-2 with 2 2/3 strong innings out of the pen. Garrick Whittle picked up the save by stranding the bases loaded in the ninth.
After the Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the first, IU countered with a run on an RBI double from Lyon in the second. Sabourin, who tossed three innings in his second career start, then set down the side in the bottom of the second, and after Ritz hit a two-run shot in the top of the third, Sabourin added a solo blast to give Indiana its first lead at 4-2.
Morehead, though, bounced back with three in the third and two each in the fourth and fifth to carry a 9-4 lead into the sixth. Then the Hoosiers embarked on a 10-run top of the sixth to garner a 14-9 edge. The inning started with five straight hits - three singles and then back-to-back homers by Basil and Lyon to tie the game at 9-9. IU added four more hits, including a two-run single by Dickerson and a two-run homer by Earley, to give the visitors a five-run lead.
But MSU put three runs apiece on the board in the sixth and seventh to regain the lead, and then scored five runs - four unearned - in the eighth to carry a six-run advantage into the ninth. The Hoosiers delivered four hits to score a run in the final frame, loading the bases, but Whittle came on to retire Sabourin and Dickerson to end the contest with the tying run in the on-deck circle.
Indiana will return to Sembower Field for its 2010 home opener on Wednesday against Xavier. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all IU baseball home games. Live audio and statistics for all games is also available on IUHoosiers.com.
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