Hoosiers Sweep Doubleheader From Iowa
April 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team swept a doubleheader from Iowa on Saturday, taking game one 4-1 and winning a 4-3 affair in extras in game two. Chris Squires picked up the save in the first contest and the win in game two to lift Indiana (18-15, 4-4 Big Ten) into a tie for third place in the conference. The Hawkeyes fell to 13-18, 3-5 Big Ten, after the double dip.
Squires allowed one hit and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings for his sixth save of the year in the opener, then went 4 1/3 for the win in game two, surrendering two unearned runs and striking out a career-high six. Alex Dickerson and Josh Lyon each hit home runs in game one, while Jerrud Sabourin had a 3-for-5 day and scored the winning run in game two. Jonny Hoffman and Drew Leininger each had excellent starts for the Hoosiers, with Leininger improving to 6-1 on the season. Michael Earley had hits in both ends of the double-dip to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
In a pitcher's duel in game one, IU took a 4-1 victory with Leininger going 7 2/3 innings, surrendering just seven hits and an unearned run. The southpaw lowered his conference-leading ERA to 1.20 as he tallied his fifth start (out of seven) on the season without allowing an earned run. Dickerson and Lyon each had solo shots to spoil an impressive start from Hawkeye hurler Nick Brown, who fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Dickerson put Indiana on the board with a mammoth home run to right leading off the fourth. The Poway, Calif., native's 15th home run of the season and 29th of his career moved him into a tie for 10th on IU's career list. The Hawkeyes countered with an unearned run on a single, a walk and an error by Micah Johnson at third in the top of the fifth. Leininger rebounded to get a strikeout and a flyout to end the inning with the score still 1-1.
Johnson redeemed himself in the bottom of the inning, lacing a triple to left and then coming home on a Tyler Rogers sacrifice fly to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead. Lyon increased the lead to 3-1 with his seventh homer of the year, a line shot that hooked around the foul pole in the sixth. The longball was not without controversy, though, as first base umpire Scott Inman originally ruled it foul before reversing his call after consulting with the rest of the crew. That drew the ire of Iowa skipper Jack Dahm, who argued the call and was tossed from the contest.
Leininger sailed through the sixth and seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth. After back-to-back hits, the Hawkeyes put on the hit-and-run, but Ryan Durant's flare to right was caught by Earley, who gunned to first to nab the Iowa runner for a double play. Squires then came on to strike out Dallas Burke to end the threat.
Indiana added an insurance run in the eighth on a walk, a hit batsman, a sac bunt and an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Sterling Mack. In the ninth, Squires allowed a leadoff single, but got a groundout and two strikeouts to end the game.
In the second game, Hoffman pitched a strong five innings, but was denied a win when the Hawkeyes tied the score on two unearned runs in the ninth. Hoffman surrendered just five hits and one walk, striking out three. Iowa got to him early in the game, stringing together three singles to plate a run in the first. But after that, he was lights out, setting down the side in order in the second, third and the fourth, and allowing just a bunt single on a bang-bang play in the fifth.
The Hoosiers put a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Dickerson doubled and Earley followed with a single to start the inning, then Lyon delivered a sac fly to score Dickerson. Rogers followed with a single to move Earley to third, and Michael Basil brought Earley home on a sac fly to right.
In the sixth, the Hawkeyes got a single and a walk to chase Hoffman from the game. Walker Stadler came on to get a sac bunt and then Matt Igel came on and got his man on a popout. Squires then entered with two runners in scoring position, and retired Tyson Blaser on a first-pitch lineout to end the threat. In the bottom of the frame, Lyon and Rogers hit back-to-back doubles with two down to push the IU lead to 3-1.
Squires stranded two Hawkeyes in both the seventh and eighth, and got a strikeout to start the ninth. After a single from Burke, Kurtis Muller hit a tailor-made double play ball, but Basil mishandled it and everyone was safe. A walk loaded the bases, but Squires got a groundout for out number two as the score was trimmed to 3-2. Durant then tied the game with a single to left before Squires got the final out of the inning on a strikeout.
The Hoosiers went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, and Squires struck out two in the 10th to send the game to the bottom of the frame at 3-3. Sabourin laced a one-out double down the left-field line and then the Hawkeyes elected to walk Dickerson intentionally. Earley then hit a soft grounder to short, but when Chett Zeise flipped to Mike McQuillan at second, McQuillan dropped the ball. As it rolled away from him, Sabourin came all the way around from second to give the Hoosiers a 4-3 win in extras.
Indiana will go for the sweep on Sunday, when it will face Iowa at 1 p.m. at Sembower Field. Admission is free to all Indiana baseball home games. Live audio and statistics will also be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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