Hoosiers Drop Extra-Inning Affair to ISU
April 17, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Andrew Means matched a career high with four hits and Jon Fixler added three, but the Indiana baseball team lost in 10 innings to Indiana State, 9-7. The Hoosiers rallied from down 5-1 to take the lead in the sixth inning, but were unable to come away with the victory, as they fell to 14-18 on the season.
Joe Vicini picked up the loss for the Hoosiers to fall to 2-1 on the season. With one out in the 10th, Josh Abercrombie got aboard with a bunt single and Chris Schmidt followed with a triple to deep right center to put ISU up a run. Schmidt came home when Nick Ciolli followed with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Sycamores the final margin of victory.
After falling behind 5-1 in the early innings, the Hoosiers rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. Josh Phegley got the inning started with a one-out single through the left side and moved up 90 feet on a Brian Lambert walk. Chris Hervey then loaded the bases with a single to left, and then Keith Haas sent Phegley home when Chad Dawson's throw home on a grounder pulled catcher Adam Kamuda off the plate. A fielder's choice by Evan Crawford plated another run, and Means followed with a roped double to left center to score two more. Fixler finished off the inning with a single through the left side to plate Means and give IU its first lead of the contest.
In the seventh, ISU used a leadoff double by Brett Siegmund and a pair of groundouts to tie the score at 6-6, but IU fought back with another solo run in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Means ripped his second double of the game, this one down the left field line. Fixler then followed with extra bases of his own as his liner to left center plated Means to give IU a 7-6 edge heading to the ninth.
ISU tied the score in the top of the ninth with Chris McCombs on the mound. Siegmund got aboard with a one-out, infield single, and Paul Strack pinch ran at first. Strack drew McCombs' attention, and the pitcher's attempted pickoff went wide of Brad Henke at first and moved Strack up to third. Later in the at-bat, McCombs' curveball bounced off the plate and away from Phegley, and Strack came home to tie the score. The Hoosiers had two on in the ninth inning, but were unable to put a run across against the Sycamores.
Indiana is back in action this weekend, when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a four-game series against Ohio State. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. EDT.
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