Minnesota Topples Hoosiers 10-2
March 28, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Indiana baseball team saw its winning streak snapped at five games as Minnesota dealt the Hoosiers a 10-2 defeat on Friday at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Gophers won the Big Ten opener for both teams to improve to 11-9 while IU is now 10-8 on the season.
IU got a run in the first to jump ahead 1-0. Evan Crawford got things started with a one-out single and advanced to second on a single to left by Josh Phegley. Kipp Schutz then came up and hit a slow grounder to second. The Gophers got Phegley at second, but Schutz beat the relay and the ball scooted away from the first baseman, allowing Crawford to come around and score an unearned run.
But Minnesota struck back with six in the bottom of the second as 12 batters came to the plate in the frame. Leading hitters Matt Nohelty and Nate Hanson each delivered two-run singles in the inning for the Gophers. Minny posted five hits in the frame to grab a lead it would not relinquish.
O'Gara came on in relief of Anthony Agnew to finish off the inning, and the redshirt freshman delivered 6 1/3 innings of solid relief for the Hoosiers, but the Gophers posted an unearned run in the fifth and a trio of earned runs in the sixth to push the score to 10-1.
Indiana got a run back in the top of the ninth after Tyler Rogers was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on an error and then Crawford delivered a single to center to bring home Rogers, but it was too little, too late for Indiana.
Indiana will be back in action with a doubleheader Saturday at Minnesota. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 2 p.m. CDT, and live audio and GameTracker will be available through IUHoosiers.com.
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