Cardinal Defense Stymies Hoosiers in 5-2 Defeat
April 16, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team collected nine hits, but Ball State was able to turn five double plays en route to a 5-2 victory over the Hoosiers on Wednesday. Jerrud Sabourin went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a losing effort.
The Cardinals got on the board on the first pitch of the ballgame, as Dean Anna lofted a high fly ball to left-center field and the wind carried the ball over the fence for the shortstop's fourth home run in the last two games.
Indiana, though, rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the second. Kipp Schutz and Sabourin got things going with back-to-back singles and then Chris Hervey followed by being hit with a pitch for the 13th time of the season to load the bases with nobody out. Ethan Wilson then delivered a single for the Hoosiers to bring home IU's first run of the game, and Dylan Swift was hit by a Brenden Stines offering to bring home another run. But Stines was able to get the next three hitters and the Hoosier rally was snuffed out with the home squad leading 2-1.
Starter Matt Carr retired the first two batters of the fourth, having allowed just one hit in his first 3 2/3 innings, but Zach Dygert got another ball high in the air and it carried over the wall in center to tie the game at 2-2. T.J. Baumet followed with a double to left center, and after Anna walked, Wayne Bond delivered a single up the middle to make it 3-2.
In the top of the fifth, the Cardinals got a pair more off of reliever Anthony Cera, as Kolbrin Vitek started things with a triple that fell just out of the reach of a diving Andrew Means in left-center field. After a walk, Ryan Chenoweth reached on an error that scored a run to give the Cardinals runners at first and second and nobody out. Joe Vicini came on in relief and gave up a single through the left side to load the bases. Baumet delivered the fifth run of the game for BSU with a sac fly to center, making it 5-2.
From then on it was all zeroes on the scoreboard, partially because the Hoosiers grounded into double plays in both the fifth and seventh innings. On the mound for IU, the Hoosiers allowed just one base hit after Dygert's single in the fifth. Vicini, Joey O'Gara and Chris Squires each posted scoreless outings out of the bullpen for Indiana.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Hoosiers loaded the bases with one out on a walk and consecutive singles by Sabourin and Hervey. Wilson then ripped a ball toward the hole between third and short, but Baumet came up with the ball, snapped it to second and Nate Fields finished off the play with the relay to first to end the threat.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Friday for the first game of a four-game set against Penn State on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. in University Park, Pa. Live audio and Gametracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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