Nittany Lions Trip Up Hoosiers 7-3
April 18, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Josh Phegley had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, but the Indiana baseball team was topped by Penn State on Friday night, 7-3. The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions will be back in action tomorrow with a doubleheader as part of the teams' four-game series.
IU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Tyler Rogers drew a one-out walk and Phegley made the Nittany Lions pay for it by stroking an 0-2 pitch deep into the left-field corner for his 13th double of the season, scoring Rogers from first on the play.
The score stayed that way until the fourth, as Matt Bashore was very strong on the mound out of the gates, allowing just two infield singles in the first three innings. But he ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth, as the Nittany Lions used three singles and an RBI groundout to take a 2-1 lead after four.
Then, in the fifth, the Lions picked up four runs - only one earned - as the Hoosiers committed two errors and surrendered three walks in the inning. Rick Marlin delivered the biggest hit of the inning for PSU, as he came up with two outs and the bases full and placed a single between short and third to plate a pair of runs and make it 6-1.
The Hoosiers rallied with a run in the sixth to make it 6-2, as a Chris Hervey RBI single brought home Josh Phegley with the Hoosiers' second run. And IU trimmed it one closer in the seventh, when Phegley delivered an RBI single to right with two outs to plate Andrew Means.
In the eighth, the Hoosiers got a walk from Hervey and a double down the left-field line from Michael Earley to put runners on second and third with one down. But PSU closer Drew O'Neil came into the game and retired the next two hitters to quell the threat. The Nittany Lions added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 7-3.
Phegley is now hitting .444 on the season, the second highest mark in the Big Ten. He leads the team with his 41 RBI on the year, while Means has scored a conference-leading 40 runs in 2008. Each of those marks already tops the team high from 2007. Hervey now has a 12-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .327 after a 2-for-3 game on Friday. Kipp Schutz had two singles in four at-bats for the Hoosiers.
Bashore picked up the loss for IU after allowing seven hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings of work. Joey O'Gara did not allow a hit in 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, and just a solitary unearned run crossed the plate in his time on the mound.
The Hoosiers and Penn State will take part in a doubleheader on Saturday on Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. in University Park, Pa. Live audio and Gametracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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