Hawkeyes Take Series Finale From Hoosiers
April 13, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie the score 5-5, but Iowa picked up two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth to come away with a 10-5 victory in the finale of the four-game series between the two teams. Doug Fleenor pitched eight solid innings for the Hoosiers and Jerrud Sabourin had three hits in the loss.
After retiring the Hawkeyes in order in the first, Fleenor ran into trouble in the second as Caleb Curry singled to lead off the inning and Kurtis Muller followed with a two-run homer to take a 2-0 edge. IU responded by loading the bases with nobody out on singles by Kipp Schutz and Sabourin and a Chris Hervey hit by pitch. Two batters later, Ethan Wilson singled in two runs with a base hit to left field to tie the game 2-2. But David Trager came up next and hit into a double play to snuff out the Hoosier rally.
The Hawkeyes scored three more in the top of the third on three hits and a pair of Hoosier errors, as one of the three runs went into the books as unearned. Meanwhile, Matt Mossey was rock-solid on the mound for the Hawkeyes, as he did not allow a hit in the third, fourth or fifth and held the Hoosiers in check down 5-2.
George Rasiarmos came on in relief in the sixth, and the Hoosiers were able to tie the game off the reliever, with all the damage coming with two outs. Schutz stood at second with two down after reaching on a fielder's choice with Hervey at the plate, and the junior promptly ripped a double down the right-field line. After Jason Belk entered the game, Tyler Rogers followed with a pinch-hit double to left to bring Hervey home to trim the deficit to one.
Tyler Cox then followed with a pinch-hit walk, and David Trager came up next with an RBI single through the left side to knot the score. Nick Erdman then came on in relief for Iowa, and he walked Andrew Means on a 3-2 pitch. But Evan Crawford was unable to bring home any other runs, as he grounded a 2-1 pitch to short to end the rally.
Fleenor retired the side in order in the seventh - his fourth 1-2-3 inning of the game - but a hit, a walk, a hit batsman and a Hoosier error allowed the Hawks to bring home two in the eighth. Fleenor then saw the first four runners of the ninth reach, and Iowa picked up two runs. Eric Arnett got one batter on a sac bunt and followed with a strikeout, but after a Kody McManis walk, the sophomore was called for a balk to bring home the 10th and final run. Arnett then struck out Justin Brauer to finish off the inning, and Andrew Porter came on to get the final three outs of the game.
Josh Phegley had a brilliant series at the plate against the Hawkeyes, going 9-for-16 and reaching base 15 times. The Hoosiers return to action with a non-conference road game against Louisville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. EDT before returning home to take on Ball State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Live audio and GameTracker for both games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
Check back soon