Hawkeyes Knock Off Hoosiers With Pair of Comebacks
April 12, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team came up short in both ends of a doubleheader against Iowa, as the Hawkeyes won both games coming from behind, 12-11 and 13-10 on Saturday. Josh Phegley went 4-for-6, reached base eight times, hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the twinbill.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game one with two in the first and five in the second, as both Phegley and Andrew Means scored two runs out of the gate. In the second, the Hoosiers had eight straight runners reach with two outs to score five runs and make it 7-0.
But the Hawkeyes got to starter Jason Ferrell in the third, scoring four runs off the Hoosier starter. Tyler Tufts came on and got the first man he faced, but back-to-back doubles plated three runs and Iowa knotted the game at 7-7. UI then got a huge, three-run homer off the bat of Kyle Riffel to take a 10-7 lead, and the Hawkeyes added two more on a Kevin Hoef double in the fifth to make it 12-7.
Down five, the Hoosiers mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Cox led off the inning with a single, and two batters later Means added a hit of his own. After Crawford walked to load the bases, Phegley hit a monstrous home run to left field for his first career grand slam, bringing the deficit to just one at 12-11. After Kipp Schutz struck out, the Hoosiers then got a walk and an infield single, and a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. But Michael Earley fouled out to first to end the rally and the game.
In game two, the Hawkeyes struck first with two in the top of the second, but the Hoosiers came raring back in the bottom half. Jerrud Sabourin started things with a double to right center and Hervey followed by being hit with a pitch. After Brad Henke walked, Earley delivered a single to left to bring home two runs and tie the game. David Trager followed with an bunt single, and then Means walked to bring in a run. The Hoosiers plated another run as Crawford grounded into a double play, and then the Hawkeyes walked Phegley intentionally - the third time they did so on the day. Schutz made them pay, though, lacing a single right back through the middle to score a run and make it 5-2.
IU stretched it to 7-2 in the bottom of the third when Earley tripled home Hervey and came home on a wild pitch. But UI again rallied, scoring six off Jarret Casey in the fourth to regain the lead at 8-7. Phegley launched a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at eight once again, but the Hawkeyes came right back with a run in the fifth to make it 9-8.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Hoosiers plated two more runs, as Earley started things with a one-out single. He moved to third on Ethan Wilson's double down the left-field line, but Wilson was caught off second for the second out of the inning. Means came through with a two-out single to score Earley, and after Crawford was hit by a pitch, Phegley picked up his second RBI of the game with a single to center, giving IU a 10-9 lead.
But the Hawkeyes rallied for three in the sixth and one in the seventh to take a 13-10 lead, and the Hoosiers were unable to get any closer in the game. IU is now 15-15 on the season with a 4-7 mark in Big Ten play, while the Hawkeyes are now 3-8 in the conference.
IU and Iowa will conclude the four-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. EDT first pitch scheduled at Sembower Field. Live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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