Indiana Falls In Ninth To Louisville
April 15, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jerrud Sabourin had three hits and Chris McCombs pitched seven strong innings but the Indiana baseball team wound up on the losing end of a 5-4 score against 2007 College World Series participant Louisville on Tuesday. The Cardinals needed tallies in each of the final three innings to come away with the victory.
IU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first after a leadoff double by Andrew Means. Means advanced to third on an Evan Crawford sacrifice and then came home on a Josh Phegley grounder for Phegley's 39th RBI of the season. Louisville responded, though, getting a run on a pair of two-out hits in the bottom of the first to knot the game 1-1.
In the second, Sabourin led things off with a single to right and Chris Hervey followed with a liner to right-center as well. Sabourin moved up to third on the play and Hervey used heads-up base running to advance to second on the throw. After the next two hitters struck out, David Trager came through with a hustle infield single to score one run, and the throw got away from the first baseman to bring home a second run a the Hoosiers took a 3-1 lead.
On the mound, Chris McCombs was throwing very well for the Hoosiers, allowing just one hit from the second inning to the sixth. But the Cardinals got a pair of runs across in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run single by Kyle Cheesebrough to tie the game. Louisville added another run in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead into the ninth.
In the top of the ninth, Josh Phegley led off with a single and moved up to second base on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Jerrud Sabourin delivered his third hit of the day, lacing a single to left that scored Phegley to knot the game heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Cheesebrough reached again in the bottom of the ninth to lead off the inning, but Eric Arnett bore down to get a strikeout and a groundout to first to put two men down and a runner at second base. Tyler Christensen pinch-hit for the Cardinals and slapped a single into left field that sliced toward the corner to score the winning run and give UL the 5-4 victory.
McCombs allowed eight hits and walked just two in his longest outing of the season for the Hoosiers. Means had two hits in the contest as well.
The Hoosiers return home to take on Ball State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Sembower Field. Live audio and GameTracker for the game will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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