April 3, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After a shaky start, sophomore Matt Igel bounced back to post a gutsy complete-game outing, but wound up the loser in a 6-4 contest against Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines (15-9, 2-0 Big Ten) got out to a 5-0 lead in the third and were able to hold off the Hoosiers (12-13, 0-2) in the closing innings. Alex Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a 3-for-5 day at the plate.
Igel allowed 11 hits and six walks throughout the game, but 10 of the baserunners (five hits, five walks) he surrendered came in the first three innings. Igel set career bests with his nine innings and eight strikeouts in the game. Bobby Brosnahan picked up the win, working his way out of trouble several times in allowing 10 hits and three walks in seven innings to move to 3-2 on the year. The Hoosiers stranded 11 runners in the game.
Micah Johnson moved his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss with a 1-for-5 day, while Jerrud Sabourin and Tyler Rogers each had two hits in the contest. The pitching performance marked the second complete game for the Hoosiers this year, joining Drew Leininger's shutout against Central Michigan. Leininger is slated to throw in the series finale against the Wolverines on Sunday.
Michigan plated three in the first and two in the second against Igel, using mostly free passes and well-placed bounding singles on the infield. Nick Urban provided the lone extra-base hit in that time, delivering a triple to right center in the third. On the other side, IU loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, but Michael Earley hit into an inning-ending 5-3 double play.
In the bottom of the third, the Hoosiers used a pair of hits to push a run across. Dylan Swift
started the rally with a single through the left side and Sabourin followed with a walk. Dickerson then ripped a single to center field to score Swift, and the cutoff man threw wild to third in trying to get Sabourin. The junior, though, hesitated just enough while trying to score after the errant throw, and he was gunned down at the plate to end the inning with Indiana down 5-1.
After Igel surrendered only a bunt single and no runs in the fourth, the Hoosiers rallied for three in the bottom of the inning, again with all the production coming with two down. Michael Basil delivered a single to left and Brian Lambert followed with his team-leading 16th walk of the year. Rogers then ripped a single up the middle to score Basil and make it a 5-2 game. After a wild pitch sent both Rogers and Lambert into scoring position, Johnson got a 2-0 fastball and slammed it past shortstop to score both runners and make it a one-run game.
IU had a golden opportunity in the fifth, as singles by Sabourin and Dickerson and a walk to Earley loaded the bags with nobody out. Blake Monar then came to the plate and lofted a foul ball that normally would have gotten out of play, but the wind kept it in and John Lorenz caught it for the first out. Ethan Wilson followed by grounding into a fielder's choice, as Lorenz gunned Sabourin out at home, and Lambert struck out swinging to leave them loaded.
The pitchers for both teams settled in from there, and zeroes kept forming on the scoreboard until the eighth. The Wolverines got an insurance run on a Lorenz flyball double to no-man's land in shallow left field and a corkscrew single through the right side by Mike Kittle to make it 6-4.
Indiana got the tying run to the plate in the eighth in the form of Johnson, but he struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the frame. In the ninth, the Hoosiers saw a leadoff single from Josh Lyon and a two-out base knock by Earley bring the winning run to the plate. Monar came up and ripped a 1-2 pitch toward the left-center gap, but the wind knocked it back toward centerfielder Patrick Biondi to end the game.
Indiana and Michigan will conclude their weekend series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday at Sembower Field. Admission is free to all Hoosier baseball home games, and live audio and statistics are available at IUHoosiers.com.