Hoosiers Blast Way Past Ball State, 12-6
April 6, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jerrud Sabourin went 4-for-4 and Ethan Wilson blasted two home runs as the Indiana baseball team topped Ball State 12-6 on Tuesday at Sembower Field. Dylan Swift threw four strong innings to pick up his first career win, and IU (14-13) hit five home runs in snapping a five-game losing streak against the Cardinals (11-16).
For Wilson, the longballs marked his second and third of the season, as his three-run shot in the fourth gave Indiana a 9-4 cushion. He is the fifth Hoosier (joining Alex Dickerson, Micah Johnson, Michael Earley and Sabourin) to post a multi-homer game on the year, as Indiana has now smashed 37 homers over the last 17 contests as a team. Dickerson, Josh Lyon and Sabourin joined in the longball festivities for Indiana against Ball State.
Sabourin continued his amazing season with two singles, a double and a home run, scoring three runs and driving in three. The San Diego native, who entered the day just one hit off the national lead, now has 59 base hits on the season for an average of 2.19 per game. He is currently on pace for 113 hits through the end of the regular season, which would shatter the school record, set by Alex Smith in 1985. Smith needed 74 games to reach his total of 105 hits.
Sabourin started the game on the mound for IU, surrendering a two-run homer to Kolbrin Vitek in the top of the first, but Dickerson mashed a two-run shot to right center after a Sabourin walk to tie the score in the bottom of the frame. Earley followed with a bunt single down the third base line, and Lyon then crushed a Cody Elliott pitch to the trees beyond the centerfield wall to give Indiana a 4-2 lead.
Ball State trimmed the lead to one on a solo shot by Ryan Chenoweth in the second, but Swift came on to allow just one run over the next four innings. The Princeton, Ind., native, who normally serves as Indiana's starting catcher but was given the day off, allowed just five hits and two walks to move to 1-0 on the season.
In the bottom of the third, Sabourin got in on the homer parade, hitting a towering fly over the wall in center with Sterling Mack aboard to give Indiana a 6-4 lead. Wilson followed with a three-run blast the following inning after Blake Monar and Tyler Rogers walked to push the Hoosier advantage to five.
The Cards finally got to Swift in the seventh, as he surrendered a leadoff single and a two-run homer to T.J. Baumet to make it 9-6. Mike McKinley came on and got two outs, and then Jerry Kleman finished off the inning with a one-pitch flyout.
Earley added an insurance run with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the seventh, and a Sabourin RBI double and a Wilson solo homer finished off the scoring. Chris Squires came on for the final two innings, striking out three, to close out the victory.
Dickerson pushed his hitting streak to 21 games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. He still sits atop the Big Ten with his 12 home runs and 39 RBI, while his .444 average is second only to Sabourin's .480. Johnson went 1-for-5 to push his hitting streak to 13 contests.
Indiana will travel to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend for a three-game set with Ohio State. Friday night's game will be carried on Hoosier Country WHCC 105.1 FM, and all three games will feature a live webcast on BigTenNetwork.com. Live audio and statistics are also available at IUHoosiers.com.
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