Hoosiers Take Down Valpo, 9-5
April 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with a home run and the Indiana bullpen allowed just one run over six innings as the Hoosiers knocked off Valparaiso on Wednesday, 9-5. Every member of the starting lineup hit safely in the game as IU improved to 13-17 on the season. Valpo is now 10-15 on the year.
Matt Carr picked up the win in relief, allowing just two hits and one walk over three-plus innings for his first victory of 2009. Chris Squires pitched very effectively over the final 2 2/3 innings to collect his first save of the season. Tyler Rogers went 3-for-4 with two runs for the Hoosiers, while Matt Lenski had four hits in a losing effort for Valpo.
Valparaiso struck quickly against Joey O'Gara in the first, delivering three seeing-eye singles in the first three at-bats to go ahead 1-0. O'Gara rebounded quickly, though, getting a double play and a groundout to end the inning.
In the bottom of the first, the Hoosiers tied it up. Brian Lambert delivered a leadoff single and stole second. After a Jerrud Sabourin groundout moved him to third, Josh Phegley picked up his 38th RBI of the year with a single up the middle.
Valpo scored a trio of runs with two outs in the second, the big blow coming on Kyle Muhlsteff's two-run double to right center, the only truly hard-hit ball that O'Gara gave up all day, to put the visitors up 4-1.
Again Indiana responded in the bottom of the inning, as Kipp Schutz reached on a one-out error and moved to second on Rogers' single. After Evan Crawford sacrificed the runners into scoring position, Vince Gonzalez came to the plate. The freshman hit a soft grounder to third, and Muhlsteff tried to make a barehanded play to gun down Gonzalez. But the ball squirted past him for an infield single to score Schutz, and Rogers came all the way around from second to score another run and make it 4-3.
IU took the lead for good in the third. Josh Phegley was hit by a pitch with one down, and Dickerson brought him home on a double down the left-field line to tie the score. After a Jake Dunning groundout that saw Dickerson go to third, Schutz drew a walk to put runners at the corners. A wild pitch by starter Jon Snelten plated Dickerson for the fifth run and Rogers delivered an infield single to move Schutz to third. Crawford delivered an infield single of his own to plate Schutz and make it 6-4 Indiana.
An unearned run in the fourth stretched the lead to 7-4, but both teams settled down on the mound to keep the score there until the seventh. In the top of the frame, Carr gave up a leadoff single and was removed in favor of Marshall Gorham. Gorham gave up consecutive hits to Lenski and Josh Wallace to score one run and put Crusaders at second and third with nobody out. After Gorham got a crucial popout from Ryan O'Gara, Squires came on to get a strikeout and a spinning groundout to strand both runners with the score 7-5.
IU added two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. Dickerson got a first-pitch changeup and pulled it over the right-field wall for his 10th homer of the year. After the Crusaders got two outs, Rogers tripled to the right-field corner and came home on a Crawford single to make it 9-5. Squires gave up a hit and two walks over the final two innings, but got three Ks and a double play to keep the score there.
Indiana returns to action this weekend for a three-game set at conference foe Iowa. Friday night's game (7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT) will be carried live on WHCC 105.1 FM. Saturday and Sunday's contests will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, with both games slated for a 2:30 ET/1:30 CT first pitch. GameTracker and live audio for all games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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