Late Rally Pushes PSU Past Hoosiers
April 17, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team rallied from a 7-1 deficit to tie the game, but Penn State scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning to take game one of the three-game series, 9-7. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for IU, which fell to 16-18 (6-3 Big Ten). Penn State evened up its conference record at 5-5 and moved to 21-14 overall.
The Hoosiers got two hits each out of the two, three and four hitters in the lineup, with Jerrud Sabourin and Josh Phegley each driving in a pair. Alex Dickerson had a solo home run for his 11th longball of the year, tying the Indiana freshman mark held by Mike Sabo, who hit 11 bombs in 1985.
Mike Deese went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBI for the Nittany Lions. T.J. Macy picked up the win by allowing seven hits over seven innings to move to 3-2. Blake Monar was touched for seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 in picking up a no-decision. Matt Carr collected the loss in relief (1-4).
PSU scored the deciding runs in the top of the eighth inning. Deese singled off of Carr to lead off the inning, but the righty got Cory Wine to pop out for the inning's first out. Jordan Steranka then delivered perhaps the biggest hit of the game, doubling to deep left center to put two in scoring position with one down. Chris Squires came on in relief and pinch-hitter Wes Borden lined a single to center to make it 8-7. The Nittany Lions tallied an insurance run on an RBI groundout by Rick Marlin.
IU threatened in both the eighth and the ninth off reliever Ryan Ignas. Tyler Rogers and Evan Crawford got on in the eighth with one out, but Ignas struck out pinch-hitter Michael Earley and got a flyout from T.C. Knipp to end that inning. In the ninth, IU rallied after the first two men were retired with back-to-back hits and a walk to load the bases. But Ignas struck out Jake Dunning to end the contest with his fourth save.
PSU took an early 2-0 lead on a two-run shot from Deese in the first, but Indiana cut the lead in half with his solo shot in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, though, PSU chased Monar from the game with five runs on six hits.
The key play in the inning came early on, though, with Marlin at second and one out. Louie Picconi delivered a single to left and Kipp Schutz gunned the ball home to try to nail Marlin. Phegley appeared to deliver the tag before Marlin scored, but home plate umpire Dave Condon ruled that Marlin got around the tag to make it 3-1. Deese then added his second shot of the game, this one a three-run bomb to up the Penn State edge to six runs.
Down 7-1, IU used shaky Nittany Lion defense to cut the lead in half. Crawford started the inning with a double that Marlin lost in the sun and PSU made three straight errors to score a pair of runs, and a Phegley sac fly made it 7-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, Indiana rallied for three runs to tie the game. Vince Gonzalez started the rally with a one-out single and T.C. Knipp added a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Sabourin got an outside pitch and drove it to deep left center for a double to plate Gonzalez and Knipp to trim the deficit to one. Phegley then delivered a two-strike single to tie the score at 7-7, but Macy buckled down and struck out Dickerson and Kipp Schutz to end the frame.
The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions will play again on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sembower Field. Eric Arnett is slated to go against PSU's Calvin Grumley. Live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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