Hoosiers Split With Gophers
March 29, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Behind an excellent relief performance from Jason Ferrell, the Indiana baseball team rallied for an 8-3 victory in game two of a doubleheader with Minnesota to earn a split with the Gophers on Saturday. Josh Phegley hit a monster home run in the victory and Andrew Means scored a pair of runs and went 2-for-3 in the win.
Means had five hits in the double dip while Phegley drove in three runs on the day. Ferrell pitched 3 1/3 innings of impressive relief, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out three to improve to 1-0 on the year. Chris McCombs tossed the final 2 1/3 innings and allowed just three hits and one unearned run in the victory.
IU got off to a 1-0 lead as Means led off the game with a single and then stole second. Evan Crawford followed with a walk, and two batters later Kipp Schutz bombed a double off the right field wall to score Means. But Michael Earley popped out and Jerrud Sabourin fouled out to end the Indiana threat.
After the Gophers picked up a run without a hit in the first, starter Kyle Leiendecker got into trouble in the second. He gave up consecutive hits and a walk to load the bases with one out, and he was removed with the game after suffering an apparent injury. Ferrell came into the game with three runners on and got Jeremy Chlan to hit an infield fly and Matt Nohelty to line out to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
Schutz got a one-out single to start the third and quickly moved to third on a single to right center by Michael Earley. He scored with Jerrud Sabourin delivering an RBI base hit to left that gave the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead. But the Gophers came right back with a solo home run off the bat of Jeff DeSmidt to draw even at 2-2.
In the fourth, the Hoosiers pulled ahead for good with four runs. Ethan Wilson started things with a double to right center and David Trager followed by being hit by a pitch. Andrew Means then hit a grounder to short and the Gophers tried to turn two, but Derek McCallum's throw to second went into the right-field bullpen, scoring both Wilson and Trager and moving Means to third.
The junior center fielder scored on a sac fly by Evan Crawford to bring Josh Phegley to the plate with the bases empty and one out. The sophomore ended starter Dustin Brabender's day by hitting a moon shot to deep left that landed 20 rows beyond the left-center field fence for his second home run of the season that made it 6-2
Meanwhile, Ferrell retired the side in order in the fourth before Chlan got a fifth-inning leadoff single just out of the reach of Wilson at third. He got Nohelty to hit into a fielder's choice for the first out, but the center fielder stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Ferrell got a big strikeout of Eric Decker, but the coaches went to the bullpen with McCombs in order to get a righty-righty matchup. The senior came on and struck out the Gopher's top power hitter Nate Hanson to end the threat.
The Hoosiers got the leadoff man on and scored an unearned run in both the sixth and seventh innings to stretch the lead to 8-2 and the Gophers got an unearned run of their own in the bottom of the seventh to result in the final score.
In the first game of the double dip, IU fell 5-4 to Minnesota as a four-run third sparked the Gophers to the victory. Means posted singles in the first and third and scored in each inning courtesy Phegley. The Hoosiers pulled to within one in the sixth, as Schutz walked with one down and Hervey was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved each runner up 90 feet, and Tyler Reimer pinch-hit.
The freshman lofted a high fly to right field, but Mike Kvasnicka lost the ball in the roof of the Metrodome to score two and put Reimer at third. But he could not score as Earley's fly ball to right was too shallow to score him and Tyler Rogers bounced out to first to end the inning.
Indiana and the Gophers will finish off their four-game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CDT, with Eric Arnett scheduled to throw for Indiana. Live audio and GameTracker will be available through IUHoosiers.com.
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