Fleenor Leads Hoosiers to 5-2 Victory
April 2, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Doug Fleenor allowed just one hit over six innings of work and the Hoosier staff held Miami to two hits in a 5-2 victory on Wednesday. David Trager had two hits and Jerrud Sabourin scored two runs for IU in the win as the Hoosiers improved to 13-9 on the season.
Fleenor allowed just a fifth-inning leadoff double in the six innings, allowing one walk and one earned run while striking out five. Joe Vicini threw two strong innings, giving up one hit, and Chris Squires collected his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
IU broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third. Trager got a leadoff single to start the inning and moved to second on an Andrew Means sacrifice. After Evan Crawford walked, Josh Phegley strode to the plate with two on and one out. Phegley launched a high fly ball toward the gap in left center and was robbed of extra bases on a diving catch by Chris Nadeau. But Trager made a heads-up base running play, hustling all the way from second to come all the way around and make the score 1-0.
Miami tied the game in the top of the fourth without a hit. Fleenor struck out Adam Eaton on a low and away breaking ball, but it skipped away from Phegley and Eaton made it to first. Jon Edgington then reached on an error while trying to sacrifice and Nadeau walked to load the bases with nobody out. The RedHawks got a run home on a 6-4-3 double play, but Fleenor got out of the inning with a flyout to end the inning with a 1-1 score.
In the fourth, IU got all the offense it would need with three runs coming across with only a bunt single in the frame. Sabourin walked to start things and Michael Earley was hit by a pitch next. Chris Hervey then dropped down a bunt and starter Nick Kurash unsuccessfully tried to get Sabourin at third to load the bases with none out. Trager then dropped down an RBI squeeze bunt single to make it 2-1. Means was then hit by a pitch to bring another run home and Evan Crawford grounded into a fielder's choice to bring home the fourth Hoosier run of the contest.
In the fifth, MU broke up Fleenor's no-hit bid with a double to right center off the bat of Eric Darlage. A sac bunt and a sac fly brought him home for the only earned run Fleenor allowed in the ball game. In the bottom of the frame, a Sabourin leadoff double, two hit batsmen and a walk brought another run home for Indiana to make it 5-2.
Joe Vicini came on and allowed just one hit in two innings, in part due to stellar defense from Means in center. The junior made a diving, one-out catch of a John Hornke fly in the seventh and made an equally impressive grab on a dying quail to right center off the bat of Brad Gschwind.
In all, the Hoosiers saw six different batsmen hit by pitches in the game in addition to four walks as the Hoosiers tallied just four hits in the contest.
Indiana is back in action on Friday for the first of a four-game series against Illinois. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Sembower Field. Live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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