Hoosiers Topped by Purdue, 4-2
April 13, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Chris Hervey went 2-for-4 with his first career home run, but it was not enough for the Indiana baseball team, which fell at Purdue, 4-2, on Friday. Hervey scored both runs for the Hoosiers (13-15, 3-6 Big Ten).
The Hoosiers got on the board in the top of the third, as Hervey hit his first career home run to give IU a 1-0 lead. With one out, Hervey turned on a 1-1 offspeed pitch and hit a towering fly ball over the left field wall for Indiana's second home run of the season. The lead was short-lived, though, as the Boilermakers (14-12, 4-4) put together three infield singles and a sacrifice fly to knot the game at 1-1.
Hervey helped Indiana regain the lead in the top of the fifth, as he reached on an infield single to lead off the inning. After Andrew Means sacrificed him over to second, Evan Crawford delivered his team-leading 18th RBI of the season on a line-drive single to left. The throw from the outfield came in behind Hervey, who put the Hoosiers up 2-1.
The Boilers gained their first lead of the afternoon in the sixth, as Purdue put a pair of runs on the board with two outs. With a runner on second and two down, Nick Overmeyer laced a single to center to tie the score. Spencer Ingaldson followed with a single to put runners at the corners, and then Alex Jaffee knocked Overmeyer home with a single to center, giving the home squad a 3-2 lead. Purdue extended its lead to 4-2 in the seventh with Jon Moore plating a run on a two-out triple to put IU in a two-run hole.
Indiana attempted to mount a comeback in the ninth, as the visitors put a pair of runners on with two outs. Tyler Cox and Trevor McConnell then swiped third and second, respectively, to put a pair in scoring position with two down and Hervey at the plate. The sophomore's heroics ran short in the ninth, though, as he lifted a fly ball to right field to end the game.
Tony Sedlmeyer improved to 4-2 with the victory, pitching six innings for the Boilermakers. The freshman allowed six hits and two walks, striking out one and allowing a pair of IU runs. Matt Bischoff earned the save for Purdue, as he allowed one hit and two walks over his three innings of work. Tyler Tufts was credited with a complete-game loss, allowing 13 hits and four runs over eight innings of work.
The Hoosiers and Boilers will do battle again on Saturday, as the teams are scheduled for a doubleheader at Lambert Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT.
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