Hoosiers Earn 2-1, Walk-off Win
March 30, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana extended its winning streak to seven games with a walk-off, 2-1 victory over Michigan State in the Hoosiers' Big Ten opener. Jon Fixler drove home Chris Hervey with a one-out single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth to ice the victory for IU. Tyler Tufts allowed just one run in 8 2/3 innings for the home squad.
The Hoosiers scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after Hervey led off the inning with a soft line drive that fell just in front of a diving Dennis Jones. Hervey advanced to second on a groundout to first by Keith Haas and then Evan Crawford was intentionally walked. Fixler followed up with a single through the middle on a 1-1 pitch and Hervey motored around to score the winning run.
Michigan State broke up Tufts' shutout bid in the top of the ninth with a two-out rally. Eli Boike started things off with a bouncer through the right side. Then Eric Roof roped a single of his own to right. Boike rounded second and headed for third, and the throw from Hervey sailed wide of the cutoff man to score Boike and tie the game at 1. After Dennis Jones reached on an infield single, Chris Roberts roped a line drive directly at Haas to end the inning.
After Haas led off the first with a single, Craig Brookes retired the next 17 Hoosiers in order to face Haas with two outs in the sixth. Haas moved up 90 feet by stealing second and Crawford followed by roping a single to center to score the senior and make the score 1-0.
On the other side, Tufts allowed the Spartans 15 hits in the game, but did not allow a run until two outs in the ninth, partly due to a pair of double plays and a pickoff. Steve Gerstenberger put together four seeing-eye singles in the game, but did not score a run for MSU. Tufts struck out three and walked none in the contest. The victory was career win number 350 for IU skipper Tracy Smith.
The Hoosiers and Spartans are scheduled to resume their series on Saturday, with a doubleheader slated to get underway at 1 p.m. EDT. Both games of the double-dip will be seven innings. Matt Bashore and Eric Arnett are scheduled to pitch for Indiana.
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