Hoosiers Win Rain-Shortened Affair 11-4
March 31, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana batted around in both the first and second innings en route to an 11-4 victory over Chicago State in a game that was shortened to five innings by rain. Jake Dunning had two hits, scored twice and drove in three to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, while Kipp Schutz and Tyler Rogers each went deep in the win. Matt Bashore collected the win with six strikeouts in three innings.
Bashore allowed just two hits and a walk in his three shutout innings of work to improve to 1-3 on the season. He was slated to go just three frames in the midweek contest. Jerrud Sabourin and Rogers each had two hits apiece in the win, while Sabourin, Schutz and Dunning each scored two runs.
After Bashore retired the side in the top of the first, IU sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning to plate four runs. Sabourin hit a one-out triple and Josh Phegley followed with a rope off the wall in left for the double to score Sabourin. After Phegley moved up 90 feet on a balk, he came home on an RBI groundout by Alex Dickerson to make it 2-0. Schutz followed by blasting a moonshot to deep left center for his third longball of the season.
With two down, Dunning drew a walk with the bases empty and he scored on Rogers' double to deep left that made it 4-0. Starting pitcher James Tucker then hit the next two batters to load the bases, but Sterling Mack hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
In the second, the Hoosiers tagged five more runs across as 11 men came to the plate. Sabourin led off with a single, and after one out was recorded, Dickerson and Schutz walked consecutively to load the bases for Dunning. The junior college transfer scored two with a single to left to make it 6-0. Two batters later, Evan Crawford got into the act with a two-run single to left that pushed Indiana's lead to 8-0. After Crawford stole second, Tucker lost control again and hit three straight batters to score another run, but Scott Balcer came on to retire Phegley on a hard groundout to short to end the frame.
In the third, Brian Lamber drew a one-out walk and after stealing second and third, he came home on a Dunning double down the left-field line. After Dunning was retired on the basepaths for the second out, Rogers blasted a pitch to deep left center and out of the yard for his first homer of the season to make it 11-0.
Marshall Gorham came on in the fourth for Indiana as the weather conditions at Sembower Field deteriorated. A driving rain and stiff wind blowing to left did not help the freshman lefty, as he allowed two singles, a double and a three-run homer to start the fourth. After walking the next batter, though, he retired the next three hitters on just four pitches to keep it an 11-4 ballgame. He allowed a pair of grounders through the left side in the fifth before striking out Albert Carpen to end the inning.
With the rain failing to subside, the umpires called both teams off the field in the bottom of the fifth, and after consulting with the coaches, decided to make the game official.
Indiana returns to action tomorrow when it heads to Cincinnati for a matchup with the Bearcats at 6:30 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium. Fans can also follow the game with IUHoosiers.com's live audio and GameTracker.
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