Baseball Makes it Six Straight with 4-0 Shutout
March 25, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five Indiana pitchers combined for a 4-0 shutout of IPFW on Sunday to push Indiana's win streak to six games. Matt Bashore pitched the first five innings to improve to 3-1 on the season, while Evan Crawford and Sterling Mack each had two hits for IU. The Hoosiers are now 10-8 on the year.
Bashore allowed just three hits and one walk, striking out two to lower his team-leading ERA to 1.63. The quartet of Chris Squires, Danny Rosenbaum, Eric Arnett and Joe Vicini combined to allow just two hits over the final four innings and strike out four Mastodon hitters. The five hits allowed are the second-fewest of the season for Indiana.
The Hoosiers got all the run support they would need in the bottom of the third. Reid Briglia led off the inning with a walk and Ben Greenspan followed with a single to right field to move Briglia up to third. After Tyler Cox struck out, Chris Hervey rapped a single through the left side to score Briglia and move Greenspan up 90 feet. Crawford followed with an RBI fielder's choice, and on the play, third baseman Jason Doerffler threw the ball wide of second and Hervey moved up to third. Hervey scored on an infield single by Justin Morales to make it 3-0.
Indiana added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with Brian Lambert reaching on a fielder's choice. After Lambert stole second, the freshman scored on an RBI double by Mack off the right field wall. In the bottom of the eighth, freshman Tom Devero pinch hit and registered a line-drive double in the left-center gap for a hit in his first career at-bat.
The Mastodons had runners on in seven of the nine innings, but did not have more than one player reach base in any of the seven. Donnie Sixt picked up the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season.
Indiana is back in action on Wednesday, March 28, when it travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a non-conference matchup with Xavier. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT.
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