Hoosiers Finish Sweep of Iowa With 8-4 Triumph
April 12, 2009
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Matt Bashore struck out 10 men as the Indiana baseball team finished off a three-game road sweep of Iowa with an 8-4 victory on Sunday. The Hoosiers have now won nine of their last 11 games in earning the first road sweep since taking four from Michigan State to finish last season's campaign. Indiana (16-17, 6-2 Big Ten) is currently tied with Minnesota for first place in the conference as the team is off to its best conference start since 2002.
Bashore went a season-high 8 1/3 innings, allowing just six hits and two walks. Of the four runs he allowed, just two were earned in his finest performance of the year. Alex Dickerson went 2-for-2 with an RBI and three intentional walks, while Chris Hervey, Kipp Schutz and Vince Gonzalez each hit safely twice. Hervey and Gonzalez each scored two runs, while Schutz delivered a key two-run double to give IU a pair of insurance runs in the ninth.
The Hawkeyes struck first with an unearned run in the opening frame. Justin Toole reached on an error to lead off the game, and a sac bunt moved him to second. The senior shortstop then advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on an RBI groundout by Nick Brown to give the home team a 1-0 edge.
Indiana put up a big inning in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Evan Crawford drew a one-out walk and stole second to move into scoring position. Gonzalez then brought him home with a single to center to knot the score 1-1. Hervey followed with a double to deep left to move Gonzalez to third. Jerrud Sabourin then followed with a walk to load the bases for Josh Phegley with one down. Phegley popped the ball to second for an infield fly, but Andrew Ewing dropped the ball and Gonzalez came home on the error to make it 2-1. Dickerson followed with an RBI single to center to push Indiana's lead to 3-1, an edge it would not relinquish.
The Hawkeyes cut the lead in half with a strong start to the bottom of the fourth. Iowa got three straight singles to score a run and put runners at the corners with nobody out. But Bashore got Kurtis Muller to strike out swinging for the first out, then retired Brown at the plate on a failed squeeze by Ryan Durant. Bashore finished off the inning by getting Sean Flanagan on a comebacker to leave the score at 3-2.
Indiana got a run back in the top of the fourth thanks in large part to Chris Hervey. The senior got a leadoff single and then moved to second on a Sabourin groundout. After Phegley lined out to second, the Hawkeyes walked Alex Dickerson intentionally, but the second intentional ball sailed over the head of Kody McManis to allow Hervey to move to third. After completing the intentional walk, reliever Patrick Schatz delivered another wild pitch to allow the St. James, N.Y., native to score and make it 4-2 Indiana.
The visitors cobbled together four insurance runs late - one each in the seventh and eighth and two in the ninth. Phegley scored the first run on a sac fly to left for his 40th RBI of the season to make it 5-2 in the top of the seventh. After the Hawkeyes scored an unearned run in the seventh, IU responded with a run on three walks and a wild pitch to push the edge to 6-3. Two walks and a Schutz two-run double gave Indiana a pair in the top of the ninth to give the Hoosiers an 8-3 cushion heading into the ninth.
Bashore got into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, getting the leadoff hitter, but allowing three straight singles and a walk to make it 8-4 and bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Toole. Squires then came on and got Toole to bounce into a 4-3 double play on a 1-2 pitch to end the ballgame.
IU will play a midweek contest against Ball State on Wednesday in Muncie before playing host to Penn State over the weekend at Sembower Field. GameTracker and live audio for all games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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