Hoosiers Take Doubleheader from Northwestern
April 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team swept both ends of a doubleheader from Northwestern on Monday, April 9, to move to .500 on the season with a 13-13 record. Jason Ferrell and Doug Fleenor both posted strong outings on the mound to record wins for the Hoosiers. Josh Phegley went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, including a crucial, pinch-hit double in the opening game.
Indiana posted a 5-4 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader, using five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-1 lead in the contest. Ben Greenspan and Tyler Cox started things with back-to-back singles with one out in the frame. After Sterling Mack fouled out, Phegley ripped a 1-1 pitch deep into the left-center gap to score a pair of runs and give IU its first lead of the game. After Chris Hervery reached on an error, the Hoosiers added a pair of singles to tack three more runs on the board, the final two on a single by Evan Crawford.
Ferrell entered the top of the seventh with just a single hit allowed, but ran into trouble in the final frame. The first four Wildcats in the frame singled to plate a single run. Ferrell got Tommy Finn to fly out to right for the first out, but Chad Noble reached on an error by Crawford to chase Ferrell from the game. Joe Vicini came on with the bases loaded and walked the first batter he faced, but then got leadoff hitter Aaron Newman to ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Ferrell pitched 6 1/3 innings in the contest, allowing five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Ferrell allowed four runs, three earned to improve to 3-1. Vicini earned his second save in the win. Joe Muraski collected the loss, going six innings and allowing nine hits and two walks.
The Hoosiers got on the board first in game two with an unearned run in the bottom of the second. Mack reached on a fielder's choice and then advanced to third on a two-base throwing error. Phegley then lofted a foul fly up the right field line that went for a sacrifice fly when Mack scampered home for the first run of the game.
NU rebounded with a pair of runs in the third. Newman drew a one-out walk, then moved to third on a single to right field by Jared Owens. Antonio Mule brought one run home on a single through the right side, and Jake Goebbert scored an RBI on a groundball that was mishandled by Crawford to give the Wildcats two on and one out. Caleb Fields grounded a single through the middle, but Means and Phegley came together with a huge defensive play, as the center fielder gunned down Mule on a brilliant throw as Phegley made a brilliant tag to keep the score 2-1.
The Hoosiers regained the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the third. Means led things off with an infield single, and promptly stole second. After Crawford lined out to right, Keith Haas ripped a single to right center to bring home Means. After Jon Fixler reached on an error, Ben Greenspan poked a single to right field to score Haas and make the score 3-2.
The Hoosiers added single runs in the fourth and the sixth on RBI singles by Crawford and Means. Fleenor earned the complete game victory, allowing six hits and three walks to go along with six strikeouts as he improved to 1-2 with the win.
IU is back in action on Tuesday, when it faces Evansville for a non-conference matchup. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. between the Hoosiers and Purple Aces.
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