Indiana Bested in Two of Three
April 15, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team was bested in two of three contests by Purdue on Sunday, as the Boilers took the four-game series from the Hoosiers, 3-1. Hoosiers Andrew Means, Jon Fixler and Michael Nilles posted their first home runs of the year on the day, as IU fell to 14-17 (4-8 Big Ten). Purdue is now 16-13 (6-5).
The Hoosiers started the day with a 3-0 lead after Saturday's contest was suspended due to rain, but reliever Josh Groves got Purdue out of trouble with no further damage. The Boilers responded with a run in the bottom of the first off Matt Bashore on a walk, a wild pitch and a single to right field to make it 3-1.
After Purdue scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score, the Hoosier bats exploded for four runs in each of the final two innings to walk away with the 11-3 win. Reid Briglia reached on an error to lead off the sixth and he moved to third on a sacrifice by Tyler Cox. Nilles followed with a line-drive triple to deep left-center field to give IU a 4-3 lead. Chris Hervey followed with a two-out double to right to plate Nilles. After Keith Haas walked, Evan Crawford ripped a double to right center to score a pair, but was thrown out at third to end the inning.
In the seventh, Means led things off with a towering home run to left center to stretch the lead to 8-3. Then, with two on and one out, Nilles delivered another blow, this one a line-drive dinger to left field that cleared the fence to give Indiana its final margin of victory. Joe Vicini pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out two to move to 2-0 on the season.
In game two, the Boilers notched eight hits and 10 runs in the first inning to walk away with a 13-0 victory. Purdue sent 16 men to the plate in the first off starter Jason Ferrell and reliever Eric Arnett. Ferrell fell to 3-2 on the season with the loss, while PU's Ricky Heines allowed three hits in a shutout victory to move to 6-2 on the season with a 3-0 mark in conference action.
In the third and final game of the day, Purdue scored a come-from-behind, 11-7 victory to take the series, 3-1. The Hoosiers scored a first inning run on a Haas single and an error, but the Boilers retaliated with a run in the third to knot the game 1-1. IU fought back with another unearned run in the fourth, and produced one in the top of the fifth with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to take a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Purdue scored four unearned runs with two outs as IU committed a pair of errors and added three hits in the frame. Indiana fought back once again, as Means led off the inning with a single. Fixler then hit the first pitch he saw deep over the right-field fence to tie the game at 5-5 for his first home run of the year. Fixler followed that up in the seventh with a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to give Indiana another lead, 7-5.
But the joy was short-lived, as Purdue scored one in the bottom of the frame and added five more on a pair of home runs in the eighth to take the game 11-7. Josh Lindblom picked up the win in relief to improve to 3-4, while Doug Fleenor was credited with the loss for the Hoosiers. Fleenor threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and four walks, as he fell to 1-3 on the season.
Indiana is back in action with a non-conference affair against Indiana State on Tuesday afternoon. The Hoosiers will host the Sycamores at Sembower Field for a 3 p.m. first pitch.
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