Three-Run Seventh Keys Hoosier Comeback Victory
March 27, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team used a three-run bottom of the seventh to come away with a 5-4 victory over Taylor (18-4) on Saturday at Sembower Field. Alex Dickerson hit his league-leading 10th home run of the season in a 3-for-4 day, while Chris Squires pitched three shutout innings to collect his second win of the year for the Hoosiers (12-10).
Michael Basil hit an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to score the tying run and went on to tally the winning run later in the inning. Micah Johnson led off the game with a double and scored IU's first run, while Dylan Swift and Michael Earley each had hits and scored runs in the decisive seventh. Michael Kraynak and Ryne Otis each hit home run for the Trojans. Zach Vander Laan collected the loss out of the bullpen (2-2) for Taylor.
With the Hoosiers trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Swift led off the frame with a single. Earley followed by blistering a pitch to left center and Swift used aggressive base running to advance to third. Earley moved up to second when Taylor's Nate Hillery tried to gun down Swift. With the runners in scoring position, Vander Laan delivered a pitch that Tyler Rogers laced to center field, but Hillery came down with the ball and tried to catch Earley off second. Vander Laan, though, had been called for a balk, so Rogers returned to the batter's box, Swift scored and Earley moved to third.
After Rogers bounced back to pitcher for the first out of the inning, Basil pinch-hit and ripped a ball down the left-field line for an RBI double. He moved to third on a wild pitch, and then with two down Jerrud Sabourin came to the plate with his 14-game hit streak on the line. Reliever Taylor Luna got Sabourin to offer at a 2-2 pitch, but the ball was mishandled, allowing Sabourin to take first and Basil to score to give Indiana a 5-4 lead. Squires got a key double play in the eighth and set down the side in the ninth to seal the game and improve to 2-1.
The Hoosiers struck quickly in the first, with Johnson and Dickerson each driving doubles to plate a run, but starter Chris Howell then settled in for the Trojans, putting zeroes on the board for four straight frames. Meanwhile, the Trojans finally cracked the scoreboard in the fifth off starter Mike McKinley, and did so in a big way, with Kraynak hitting a three-run homer and Otis mashing a solo shot to give Taylor a 4-1 lead.
IU bounced back with a solo home run from Dickerson in the sixth to make it 4-2. Dickerson had three of the four hits off Howell in the game, and with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the sixth, he delivered his biggest. The sophomore smashed an 0-1 pitch over the right-field wall and onto the softball field for his 10th of the season and his 24th in his career. He now has a career-long 16-game hitting streak and has at least two hits in the last nine contests. He has also driven in at least one run in each of the last 11 games.
The Hoosiers have now won seven of their last eight games and eight of their last 10 heading into Tuesday's showdown with No. 10 Louisville. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. at Sembower Field against the Cardinals. 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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