Hoosiers Topped by NU in Doubleheader
April 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team was bested in a pair of games by Northwestern on Sunday, April 8, with the Wildcats taking a 5-3 victory in the opener and a 1-0 win in the second game. Northwestern moved to 2-4 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers are 1-5.
In game one, the Hoosiers got on the board first with a single run in the bottom of the third. Sterling Mack was hit by a Ryan Myers 2-2 offering with one out, and the speedster promptly stole second. After Chris Hervey flew out to center, Keith Haas brought Mack home with a single up the middle to make it 1-0.
In the fifth, the first two Hoosiers - Tyler Cox and Josh Phegley - reached base via walk and moved to second and third after Mack successfully sacrificed. Hervey followed by ripping an 0-1 pitch into deep left center to bring both runners home and give IU a 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats responded with their first runs off Tyler Tufts on the day in the sixth. Tufts had two on and two out in the frame, when Jake Goebbert hit a line-drive double to center field that landed just out of the reach of Andrew Means. Caleb Fields followed by singling up the middle to plate Goebbert, and then Max Mann capped off the inning by lofting a fly ball to right that carried all the way out of the park for Mann's second home run of the year.
That was all the offense Myers would need, as he finished off the complete game by throwing 156 pitches. Myers allowed just six hits, walked five, and struck out 11 Hoosiers in the victory. Tufts picked up the tough-luck loss, allowing just six hits and a walk in his complete game. The sophomore struck out three Wildcat hitters.
In the second game of the double-dip, a pitcher's duel between Dan Schwartz and Matt Bashore wound up on the wrong side for the Hoosiers. In the sixth, NU got its only run with a leadoff single from Geoff Dietz, who moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt. Aaron Newman put runners at the corners with a single through the middle, and pinch runner Kenneth Avila scampered home on a ground ball that Bashore could not handle initially, though the hurler got Jake Owens at first.
Indiana had its best chance in the fourth inning, when Means and Jon Fixler hit one-out singles to give IU runners at the corners with one out. The Hoosiers played aggressively, and Ben Greenspan got a bunt down on a squeeze play, but the Wildcats gunned down Means at home and picked Fixler off second to end the threat.
Bashore allowed six hits and no walks, striking out four in a complete-game effort. Schwartz allowed IU just six hits, walking one and striking out two for the shutout. Fixler and Greenspan each had two hits in the loss.
IU and Northwestern square off in another doubleheader on Monday to finish off their four-game series. The first game will be seven innings and is slated to begin at 1 p.m., while the second contest will go nine innings and will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.
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