Sabourin, Hoosier Defense Lead IU to 7-3 Win
March 26, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jerrud Sabourin continued his red-hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Indiana baseball team to a 7-3 victory over Saint Francis on Friday at Sembower Field. Josh Lyon added a two-run homer for the Hoosiers (11-10) and Walker Stadler picked up his third win of the season with seven strong innings of work.
Micah Johnson added two runs and the Hoosiers played strong defense throughout the game, including impressive defensive plays by Tyler Rogers, Michael Earley and Alex Dickerson. Derek Roof and Chris Squires each tossed scoreless innings of relief for IU. Cougar starter Chase Gaff collected the loss despite six solid innings on the mound.
Dickerson (15) and Sabourin (14) both extended their hitting streaks in the game, with Sabourin upping his average to an astounding .464. Sabourin moved into IU's top 10 with 218 career hits in his 2 ½ years on campus. Dickerson, who has hit .500 over the last 11 games, raised his average to .411 and picked up his league-leading 31st RBI in the win with a 2-for-4 day.
Johnson started the Hoosiers' victory by ripping a leadoff double off St. Francis' Gaff on the first pitch of the game. Dickerson then played a ball into the sun in right field to cause a collision between three St. Francis players, scoring Johnson to get the Hoosiers on the board.
Blayke Kaufman started the third inning for St. Francis hit by a pitch credited to Stadler followed by a check-swing on shortstop Colin Zwiebel for Stadler's first strikeout of the contest. Earley then stole a hit from centerfielder Travis Potchka by making a diving grab into the Cougars' bullpen to come up with the second out of the inning. Kaufman stole second and Tristen Peffley then shot a grounder up the middle, but Tyler Rogers snared it before it could get to the outfield, and Rogers was able to gun down Kaufman at third.
Sabourin kept the Hoosiers going with an RBI double in the bottom of the third, making it 2-0. On the other side, Stadler had given up just one hit coming into the fourth inning, and recorded his second strikeout of the game by sitting down first baseman Tyler Rydell to close out the fourth with the Hoosiers still up 2-0.
In the fifth, IU put a crooked number on the board with three runs in the frame. Johnson took advantage of a miscommunication between Gaff and Rydell on a soft grounder to second to turn an out into a double. Johnson advanced on a wild throw to the backstop, Brian Lambert followed with a walk and Sabourin came back with another hard hit and his third RBI of the game to drive in Johnson to make it 3-0. Dickerson and Blake Monar each added RBI singles of their own in the frame to push IU's advantage to five runs.
Potchka managed an infield single off Stadler in the sixth, and after Peffley walked, Stadler was called for a balk that advanced Potchka and Peffley. Potchka then scored on a sac fly for SFU's first run of the game. The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the seventh off Stadler, but IU offset that with Lyon's two-run shot in the bottom of the inning, a line-drive shot over the wall in right to result in the final score.
The Hoosiers play Taylor University tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Sembower Field. Admission is free for all IU baseball home games. Live audio and statistics for all games are also available on IUHoosiers.com.
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