Hoosiers Topped by Purple Aces
April 10, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team was topped in a non-conference in-state matchup on Tuesday, April 10, falling by an 8-1 score to Evansville. The Hoosiers return to action this weekend for a crucial four-game series against Purdue.
IU got on the board first in the contest, with Evan Crawford starting the game off with a sinking liner to center field that fell out of the reach of Jim Viscomi and went for a double. Josh Richardson moved Crawford over with a groundout, and the freshman scored when Keith Haas delivered another grounder for an RBI.
Starting pitcher Billy Kitchen pitched effectively for the Hoosiers, who used six different pitchers during their midweek affair. Kitchen threw two shutout innings, allowing three hits. Jarrett Casey followed and the Evansville sluggers got to the freshman lefty with four runs in the top of the third. UE got on the board with a Kasey Wahl solo home run, and three more runs came home when four of the next five Purple Aces hitters reached base. Eric Arnett came on in relief and promptly got Andy Pascoe to ground out to end the inning.
Arnett looked strong in his 2 1/3 innings of work, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out two. Classmate Chris Squires followed with a perfect 1 1/3 innings and a strikeout on his ledger, but Danny Rosenbaum allowed a pair of one out singles, and a pair of Hoosier errors helped the Evansville cause as the Aces scratched across another single run.
The Aces got three more runs on five hits in the top of the eighth inning, putting four singles and a two-run double by Wahl on the board. Wahl finished the game 3-for-5 with a trio of RBIs in the contest. Joe Vicini came on for the Hoosiers to pitch a scoreless ninth in the contest.
On the offensive side, Jon Fixler had a pair of hits for IU, as the Hoosiers put eight hits on the board in the contest. However, Indiana had multiple base runners on in just two innings - the first and the eighth - and hit into a pair of double plays in the loss.
Indiana returns to Big Ten action this weekend with four games against the rival Boilermakers. The series starts Friday with a 4 p.m. first pitch, with a doubleheader to follow Saturday at 1 p.m. The two teams will finish the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Lambert Field.
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