April 4, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team scored 26 runs on 27 hits in a 26-6 victory over Michigan on Sunday at Sembower Field. Four different Hoosiers had four hits in the ballgame, and Tyler Rogers drove in six runs for Indiana (13-13, 1-2 Big Ten). The rout was marked by an 11-run, 12-hit bottom of the fifth that saw 17 men come to the plate, as IU took the finale from the Wolverines (15-10, 2-1).
The 26 runs are the most ever scored by Indiana in a Big Ten game, and mark the most in any contest since a 29-5 win over Chicago State on March 24, 2004. Sunday's contest also marked the most lopsided victory for the Hoosiers in the 186-game series with Michigan. IU topped the 25-hit barrier for the first time since a 25-hit outing against Manhattan on March 11, 2002. Twenty of the 27 hits were singles for the Hoosiers.
Rogers, Jerrud Sabourin, Alex Dickerson and Michael Basil each had four hits for IU, with Basil's 4-for-4 day a career best. Sabourin scored five runs for the second time this year, while Dickerson came across four times and drove in three runs. Rogers became the first Hoosier since Josh Phegley (vs. Morehead State, 3/10/09) to drive in six runs or more, and he drilled a grand slam - the first by a Hoosier this season. Sabourin, Dickerson and Sterling Mack also hit home runs in the contest.
On the mound, Drew Leininger had a solid outing, allowing just five hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings of work to improve to 4-1 on the year. Michigan was timely with its hits, though, and scraped three runs across against the Big Ten's ERA leader, raising his average to 1.66. Jonny Hoffman pitched a solid two innings at the end of the game, finishing with three strikeouts against the Wolverines. Eric Katzman (2-2) took the loss as he was chased after just 2/3 of an inning for U-M. Six different Michigan pitchers allowed at least three runs on the day.
After U-M got on the board with two groundball singles in the first, Indiana responded with six runs on six hits in the bottom of the frame. Dickerson and Micah Johnson
had RBI singles in the inning, while Dylan Swift
rapped a key two-run single to right center to chase Katzman from the game. Basil added an RBI double later in the inning, ripping a liner off the wall to dead centerfield.
Michigan ticked across another run in the second on two more well-placed grounders, but IU responded in the bottom with Dickerson hitting his league-leading 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot to right center to give the Hoosiers an 8-2 edge. U-M kept IU off the board in the third when Mack grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, but the Hoosiers made all that a moot point with their biggest inning of the Tracy Smith era in the fourth.
The first seven baserunners all reached and scored - five on singles, Swift on a walk and Rogers on his second career grand slam against the Wolverines - to put Indiana up 15-2 with nobody out in the frame. Mack added a solo homer after Johnson made the inning's first out, and then IU added an exclamation point with five more hits, including an RBI double from Basil, to give the home squad a 19-2 edge heading into the fifth.
IU added a run in the sixth and then five in the seventh to push the game total to 25. The seventh was highlighted by pitcher Matt Ernest - who came to the Hoosier roster at the break after having not played competitively in three years - posting a looping RBI single to right and later scoring the second-to-last tally of the game. Brian Ritz also had a two-run triple and scored the 25th run of the game on a Rogers single.
Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 20 games with his four-hit day, while Johnson has now hit in 12 straight for the Hoosiers. Dickerson has reached base safely in all 26 games for IU this season. Sabourin took over the league lead with his .462 mark, while Dickerson is second in the Big Ten at .446. Dickerson leads the conference with 11 home runs and 37 RBI.
Indiana returns to action with a mid-week game against Ball State on Tuesday at Sembower Field. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. between the in-state rivals. Admission is free to all Hoosier baseball home games, and live audio and statistics are available at IUHoosiers.com.