Hoosiers Win Crucial, Wild Game, 13-12
April 11, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the wind blowing out at Sembower Field on Friday, the Indiana baseball team scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to pick up a walk-off victory over Iowa, 13-12. Josh Phegley had his third five-hit game of the season and Chris Hervey won the game on a single in the bottom of the ninth, as the Hoosiers improved to 4-5 in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers entered the bottom of the eighth with the score 12-9. Evan Crawford drew a leadoff walk. After Phegley flew out - the only time he was retired all day - Kipp Schutz was hit by a pitch to put two on with one out. Jerrud Sabourin followed with an RBI single to right to bring in Crawford and make it 12-10. Hervey followed by roping a single to left to bring in another run, but the Hawkeyes got Wes Wilson and David Trager to end the frame.
After Chris McCombs pitched a perfect ninth, the Hoosiers came to bat in the bottom half needing one to tie and two to win. Crawford started things with one down, hitting a single to deep short, and then he advanced all the way to third when Matt Mossey's throw sailed high of first. Phegley then tied the game with a bloop single to center for his third RBI of the game. Schutz followed with another hit by pitch, and then Sabourin advanced Phegley to third with a liner to deep center. Hervey came up and again delivered the heroics, lacing a 1-0 pitch to deep short for an infield single to bring home Phegley and give Indiana the win.
The top three hitters for the Hoosiers all had strong games, as Andrew Means had two hits and Crawford three to go along with Phegley's five. Crawford scored a career-high four runs, while Phegley scored three of his own. The three combined to go 10-for-15 with nine runs and four RBI on the day.
After Kevin Hoef led off the game with a homer, the Hoosiers responded with three in the bottom of the first. Means and Crawford singled to put runners at the corners for Phegley, who hit a towering fly ball to left center. Normally, it would have gone in the books as a sac fly, but the wind caught hold of it and it caromed off the top of the wall. Means came home, but Crawford had to hold up to see if the ball was caught, and Phegley wound up with just a single. After the two moved up 90 feet on Schutz' grounder to first, Sabourin ripped a double down the right-field line to make it 3-1.
The Hawkeyes used some well-hit balls and some help from the wind to score four in the bottom of the second, but the Hoosiers responded with two more runs in the third. Means was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Crawford brought him home with an opposite-field double to right center to make it 5-4. After Crawford moved up on a Phegley single, Sabourin delivered a sac fly to left center to tie the ball game.
Meanwhile, Matt Bashore bore down on the mound and did not allow a run in the third or the fourth. After Iowa scraped across a run in the fifth, Indiana notched three more in the fifth on hits by Phegley and Schutz and a home run to center by Michael Earley. After the Hawks got a solo homer of their own in the top of the sixth, IU made it 9-7 with a Phegley RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
Iowa scored one in the seventh and then struck with four in the eighth. But McCombs dug deep and struck out T.J. Cataldo to finish off the inning. McCombs improved to 2-0 on the year, while bullpen ace Andrew Porter dropped to 1-2 after the loss.
The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes will take part in a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at noon ET. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, and live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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