Schutz Leads Hoosiers to 10-4 Victory
March 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kipp Schutz had four hits and Josh Phegley's bases-clearing double broke the game open in the fifth inning as the Indiana baseball team toppled Xavier 10-4 on Wednesday. Chris McCombs (1-0) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of strong relief as the Hoosiers won their fifth straight game.
Indiana is now 10-7 and will face 10-9 Minnesota this weekend in the Big Ten opening series for both teams. Evan Crawford added a three-hit day for the Hoosiers as well, as Indiana's 2-, 3- and 4-hitters went a combined 9-for-13 with six RBI and five runs on the game.
Each team came quickly out of the gate, with the Musketeers getting a first-inning run on an infield hit and an error. But the Hoosiers battled back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame with two outs. Josh Phegley started things with a two-out walk and Kipp Schutz beat out an infield single that got away from the first baseman and allowed Phegley to advance to third. Jerrud Sabourin then delivered an RBI single. Indiana grabbed its first lead when the runners advanced on a wild pitch and an ill-advised throw from XU catcher Dan Hayden went into the outfield to score Schutz.
Xavier came right back with two runs in the top of the second on a double and three singles - two of the infield variety. But Indiana rebounded with a run in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Crawford started things with a one-out double to left. He moved up to third on a deep fly to right by Phegley, and Schutz brought the sophomore home with a single to right and knot the game 3-3-3.
The back-and-forth play continued in the fourth, with Chris Hervey getting on with a leadoff hit by pitch, advancing to second with a stolen base, and the throw bounced off the junior and into left. He scored two batters later on an Ethan Wilson sac fly. Xavier got a run back in the fifth on an RBI double by Zac Richard that chased Eric Arnett from the game. McCombs then came on with runners on second and third and got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.
IU used more two-out magic in the bottom of the frame, again with Phegley and Schutz doing the damage. Phegley started things with a single through the left side and Schutz followed by ripping a 3-0 double to right field to score the sophomore all the way from first and make the score 5-4.
The sixth was the big inning for the Hoosiers, with pinch-hitter Michael Earley starting things with a one-out double down the left-field line. Ethan Wilson was then hit by a pitch to end the day for starter Brian Murasky and David Trager drew a walk from reliever Kyle Cowden to load the bases. Andrew Means then extended the Hoosier lead by drawing a walk himself to make the score 6-4.
After Crawford popped out, Phegley strode to the dish with the bases juiced and two down. The sophomore ripped a ball down the left-field line and into the corner to clear the bases and bust the game wide open at 9-4. He went on to score his third run of the day on Schutz' third hit of the game to result in the final tally of 10-4.
In the Xavier eighth, Indiana sophomore Jason Ferrell came on for his 2008 debut after rehabbing from an arm injury. Ferrell started the inning by striking out catcher Dan Hayden and followed by catching pinch-hitter Phil Bauer looking at a 3-2 breaking ball. He nearly struck out the side on a breaking ball that just missed the outside corner, but he followed by getting Jon McCambridge to ground out to second to finish off a perfect inning.
Indiana will commence Big Ten play this weekend with a four-game series at Minnesota. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m. CDT, and live audio and GameTracker will be available through IUHoosiers.com.
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