Musketeers Rally to Top Hoosiers in 11
March 25, 2009
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Ben Thomas hit a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and followed with a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the 11th to give Xavier a 7-6 victory over the Indiana baseball team on Wednesday. Chris Squires pitched eight strong innings and Josh Phegley had four hits in a losing effort for the Hoosiers, who fell to 7-14 with the loss. The Musketeers are now 12-6 and have won six games in a row.
In addition to Phegley's four hits, Alex Dickerson, Michael Earley and Kipp Schutz each had two hits for the Hoosiers. Jerrud Sabourin scored three runs out of the two hole for IU. Matt Carr fell to 0-2 after picking up the loss in extras. He allowed just three hits in 2 2/3 innings of work, but two of those were longballs from Thomas. Joe Kohler picked up the win after pitching perfect innings in the 10th and 11th for Xavier.
The Musketeers got a run on the board in the bottom of the first on a Jordan Conley RBI single, but Indiana wrestled the lead back with two in the top of the third. With one away, Sabourin reached on an error and Phegley followed with a single to left. Dickerson then walked to load the bases for Earley, who crushed a ball to third that went as an infield single to score a run. Schutz followed by singling in another run to center to make it 2-1, but Tyler Rogers followed by hitting a comebacker that went for a 1-2-3 double play to end the rally.
Meanwhile, Squires cruised through the second and third, giving up a single in the second but only throwing 11 pitches over the two innings. In the fourth, the Musketeers got a pair of runners in scoring position with one out, but Squires handled a grounder and retired the runner at third. He followed that by inducing a grounder to first to end the inning.
In the fifth, the Hoosiers added three more runs to their lead. Sabourin led off with a double and Phegley followed with a two-bagger of his own to make it 3-1. After a Dickerson groundout moved Phegley to third, Earley singled through the drawn-in infield to make it 4-1 Hoosiers. Earley then stole second and came around to score on a Rogers RBI double that upped IU's edge to 5-1.
Xavier got one back in the fifth on a Thomas RBI double down the left-field line that made it 5-2, then threatened in the seventh. Adam Pasono led off with an infield single and Billy O'Conner and Drew Schmidt followed with bunt singles to load the bases with nobody out. Squires then reared back and struck out Bobby Freking and Thomas for the first two outs, and followed by getting Conley on a grounder to end the inning.
After Xavier trimmed the deficit to 5-3 in the eighth with an RBI double by Pasono, IU rallied for an insurance run. Sabourin walked with one out and Phegley followed with a single to put two on for Dickerson. The freshman promptly roped a double down the right-field line to score Sabourin and move Phegley to third. After T.C. Knipp walked to load the bases, Schutz came up and hit a ball hard, but it went right to short for an inning-ending 6-3 double play.
In the bottom of the ninth, Squires came back out, but gave up a walk and a single to center to lead off the frame. Carr then came in to face Thomas, who hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in left for his second ninth-inning homer in as many days. Carr recovered to retire the side, but the damage was done as the game was tied 6-6.
Each team went 1-2-3 in the 10th and Phegley made a bid to give Indiana a lead in the top of the 11th. He drilled a 2-1 pitch to deep left center, but it was caught at the base of the wall in left center by Pasono. Thomas came up with two down in the 11th and left no doubt on his bomb. He drilled a 1-2 pitch out of the yard down the line in right to send the Musketeers home a winner for the third time in extra innings this season.
Indiana will open conference play this weekend, as Minnesota comes to town for a three-game set. The Hoosiers and Golden Gophers will square off Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sembower Field. Live audio and statistics for all games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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