Hoosiers Top Indiana State, 6-3
April 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Alex Dickerson and Micah Johnson combined for a 1.000 on-base percentage Wednesday afternoon in a 6-3 Hoosier victory over Indiana State (19-12). Neither hitter was retired all day as Indiana picked up win number 21 of the season (21-11).
Freshman Brian Korte earned the `W' on the mound, giving up three runs on four hits, three walks while striking out three in 6.1 innings of work. Korte no-hit the Sycamores through the first four frames before a groundball found its way through the infield to start the fifth. Combined with his four-inning, no-hit stint at Miami (OH) last week, Korte tossed eight consecutive innings of no-hit baseball. Matt Carr manned the bump for the next five outs before handing the ball over to closer Ryan Halstead, who tallied his seventh save of the season. Halstead is now just two saves away from tying the school's all-time single-season record.
The top of the IU order did its job as hitters 1-2-3-4 each recorded multiple hits. T.C. Knipp fueled the Hoosier offense throughout the day. Not only did he drive in a pair of runs, but he also moved Trace Knoblauch into scoring position twice with sacrifice bunts, leading to Knoblauch eventually reaching home on both occasions.
Dustin DeMuth opened the game by slicing a lead-off single into left field and advanced to second on a bobble by the left fielder. Two batters later, Dickerson brought him around with a shot up the middle for his team-high 30th RBI of the 2011 season.
Indiana added another run in the fourth frame to go ahead 2-0. Knoblauch ripped one down the line which looked destined to be a double coming off the bat. However, a spectacular diving play by Koby Kraemer at third base knocked the ball down and limited Knoblauch to a single. A sacrifice bunt by Knipp and subsequent groundball pushed Knoblauch to third base. The next batter would reach on an error, allowing Knoblauch to trot the final 90 feet to pay dirt. The error came from Kraemer, he giveth and taketh away.
Knoblauch made his way around the diamond again in the sixth. A walk, wild pitch and Knipp sac bunt placed him on third base. Justin Cureton then blooped in RBI-single into shallow right field for the 3-0 IU advantage.
The Sycamores finally got to Korte in the seventh, tying things up at 3-3. The stalemate was short-lived though when Indiana matched with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Wes Wilson roped a double, one-hopping the left field wall in front of the Crowe's Nest. Indiana State Head Coach Rick Heller then went to the bullpen, calling for Brandon Flora. The lefty specialist, who entered the game with a flawless 0.00 ERA in 12 appearances, was tagged for hits by Dickerson and Johnson before being pulled.
Heller's next decision worked at first when Reggie Hochstedler struck out back-to-back Hoosiers before running into a buzzsaw known as T.C. Knipp. Indiana's third hit of the inning came off the bat of Knipp, driving in Dickerson and Johnson to hand Flora his first two earned runs and put the Hoosiers up by the final 6-3 tally.
The Cream and Crimson return to Big Ten play this weekend, traveling north to Iowa City for a three-game set with the Hawkeyes. Friday's game is slated for a 7 pm EST first pitch and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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