Hoosiers Toppled by Illini
April 7, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five different players had multi-hit games, but Illinois put up two big innings in an 18-8 victory over the Indiana baseball team on Monday. The Illini improved to 17-8 on the season (6-2 Big Ten), while the Hoosiers are now 14-12 (3-5).
The Hoosiers came blazing out of the gate with three runs bottom of the first inning. Chris Hervey led off the game with a walk and he moved to third on a Crawford double. Phegley followed with a sac fly to deep left field to put IU on the board and score his 27th RBI of the season. Schutz followed with a single to right to bring home Crawford, and quickly the Hoosiers were up 2-0. Two batters later, Earley got his first hit of the game, and consecutive walks by Aaron Martin brought home the third run of the inning. Tyler Cox followed, and put a charge into the first pitch he saw, but it hung in the air to right and went in the books as a fly out to end the inning.
Illinois scored single runs in the second and third, then busted the game open with a nine-run fourth to chase Eric Arnett from the game. The Illini were the beneficiaries of six hits, two walks and two errors in the inning, and suddenly the Hoosiers were in an 11-3 hole.
Indiana did not roll over, though, and countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Hervey was hit by a pitch with one out, and Crawford followed by drawing a walk. Phegley then ripped his 11th double of the season to left field, scoring IU's fourth run of the game. Schutz then scorched a grounder up the middle, but a brilliant play by Brandon Wikoff turned a sure single into an RBI groundout, and the Hoosiers came away with just two runs in the inning.
Reliever Jarrett Casey held the Illini off the scoreboard in both the fifth and the sixth, but Illinois scraped across an unearned run in the seventh to make it 12-5. In the bottom, though, the Hoosiers fought back as the first five men reached to plate two runs and load the bases with nobody out.
Tyler Rogers then came up and scorched a liner to right that was stabbed by Nick Stockwell, and it was hit hard enough to prevent a run from scoring. Hervey was then hit by a pitch for the second time on the day to bring in IU's eighth run of the ball game, and the tying run came to the plate in a 12-8 contest. But Crawford struck out and Phegley was retired on a check-swing liner to second to end the inning. But Illinois ended any doubt in the top of the ninth, when they tacked on six runs on four hits and a pair of errors to pull away with an 18-8 triumph.
Arnett picked up the loss for the Hoosiers, while Aaron Martin collected the win with his six innings of work. Casey pitched a career-high 5 1/3 innings for IU out of the bullpen
The Hoosiers return to action on Wednesday night, when they will take on Miami in Oxford, Ohio. Live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT.
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