Hoosier Bats Explode in 16-4 Win Over Cincinnati
April 1, 2009
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Indiana matched its season high with 22 hits in a 16-4 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Jake Dunning tied the school record with five hits, while Jerrud Sabourin and Alex Dickerson had three hits each. Sabourin and Tyler Rogers hit home runs in the victory, which was the third in a row for Indiana (10-15), as Cincinnati fell to 13-12 on the season.
Every member of the starting lineup had a hit for Indiana in the game, and Josh Phegley, Rogers, Evan Crawford and Vince Gonzalez each had two base knocks in the contest. Joey O'Gara picked up the win in relief, allowing two hits and striking out three in three innings of work. The bullpen allowed just two hits over the last six innings of work and faced the minimum over the final three innings.
The game turned IU's way in the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt Carr came on with a runner on first and one out, and got a fielder's choice to start his day. But the Bearcats followed with a hit and a walk to load the bases with two down and Cameron Satterwhite coming to the plate. Carr got Satterwhite swinging at a 1-2 pitch to strand three runners and send IU to the seventh up 6-4.
IU extended its lead in the seventh with three runs on three hits. After a Dickerson walk, Dunning doubled to left center to get things going. Kipp Schutz followed with a pinch-hit single to bring one run home, and then Rogers added an RBI base knock of his own to score Dunning and move Schutz to third. Crawford brought Schutz home on a sac fly that made it 9-4.
The visitors scored four more runs in the top of the eighth. Chris Hervey was hit by a pitch and Sabourin doubled to right to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Phegley then picked up his first hit of the ball game with a two-run single to center to up the lead to 11-4. A Dickerson double was followed by a Dunning RBI single, and then Schutz grounded into a double play to score Dickerson and make it 13-4.
In the ninth, Indiana got three more runs on Sabourin's third homer of the year. After Gonzalez and Sterling Mack got aboard, Sabourin crushed a pitch far over the right-field wall for a three-run shot that made it 16-4. Phegley then came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth and got UC to go down 1-2-3 with a strikeout in his debut on the mound for the Hoosiers.
IU got off to a quick start as well, plating five runs on five hits in the top of the first. Dunning, Dickerson and Crawford each had run-scoring singles in the frame, while Michael Earley had an RBI double in the inning as well. Indiana sent nine men to the plate in the inning, the second game in a row that the Hoosiers have batted around in the first inning.
The Bearcats battled back with a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second against starter Drew Leininger. Cinci then drew within one with an RBI double just inside the third-base bag by T.J. Jones. But the Hoosiers pushed the lead to 6-4 in the top of the fourth when Rogers blasted a homer down the right-field line that hooked around the foul pole for his second longball in as many games.
Indiana returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at Illinois. IU will take on the Illini Friday at 6:05 p.m. CT, Saturday at 3:05 and Sunday at 1:05. Friday's game will be carried live on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington. Fans can also follow all three games live with IUHoosiers.com's live audio and GameTracker.
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