Hoosiers Sweep Iowa Series with 21-12 Win
April 18, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Dylan Swift had a career-high five RBI and three other Hoosiers had four-hit games as the Indiana baseball team (19-15, 5-4 Big Ten) earned a series sweep of Iowa (13-19, 3-6) with a 21-12 win on Sunday at Sembower Field. Jerrud Sabourin had four hits and earned his first collegiate save, while Alex Dickerson hit his conference-leading 16th home run of the season.
The Hoosiers have now won four in a row and five of six. IU sits in a four-way tie for third place in the conference, just one game behind Michigan and Ohio State, both of which have identical 6-3 records and have already played the Hoosiers this season. IU takes on Minnesota (14-22, 4-5) next weekend at the Metrodome in a series that will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Josh Lyon went 4-for-4 with three runs to add to the offensive onslaught by the Hoosiers and Tyler Rogers went 4-for-6 with three runs of his own. The duo has been huge at the plate in conference play, as Lyon is now hitting .577, Rogers .514, in Big Ten action. Dickerson drove in a season-high four runs and Michael Earley scored three runs to go along with his two hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games in the win.
Matt Igel picked up the win in relief despite an up-and-down performance. The lefty earned his first victory of 2010 with six innings out of the bullpen, allowing six hits and six walks, with three of the five runs he allowed earned. Sabourin threw the final 2 2/3, allowing just one hit and one unearned run, striking out two in the process. Jarred Hippen collected the loss for Iowa to fall to 2-3. Iowa scored all of its runs without delivering an RBI base hit in the contest.
It looked ominous early on, as the Hoosiers spotted the Hawkeyes a 5-0 lead through two innings with three in the first and two in the second. But Indiana came roaring back with five runs in the bottom of the second to tie the score. Rogers and Sabourin had RBI singles in the frame, as four Hoosier hits and two Hawkeye errors helped Indiana to score the five runs. Swift and Micah Johnson each had an RBI groundout and the final run of the frame came on a passed ball by Tyson Blaser.
In the third, the Hoosiers took the lead for good with a three-run frame. Lyon started things with a double - one of three two-baggers on the day for the Indianapolis native - and Rogers followed with a bunt single to put runners at the corners. Ethan Wilson then delivered an RBI single and Swift added an RBI base knock of his own to make it 7-5 Indiana. Brian Lambert finished off the inning with an RBI bunt single to score Wilson and give IU an 8-5 edge.
The Hoosiers added one in the fourth on a Lyon RBI single, but Iowa trimmed the deficit to 9-7 in the top of the fifth with two runs on a hit, two walks and an error. Igel bounced back, though, as after the first four runners reached, he got a double play and a strikeout to end the inning with only two runs coming across.
The Hoosiers looked to deliver the death-blow in the bottom of the sixth, as singles by Lambert and Sabourin were followed by a three-run bomb off the bat of Dickerson that cleared the scoreboard. Dickerson is currently tied with Vasili Spanos for seventh on the single-season home run list, and his 30th career longball gives him sole possession of 10th on the IU list. T.C. Knipp later added a pinch-hit RBI single to make it 13-7.
But the IU staff made it interesting in the seventh, allowing four runs without a hit or an error. Igel walked the leadoff man before getting Blaser on a flyout for the first out of the inning. Casey Smith and Jerry Kleman followed, but neither was able to tally an out, and the two combined for three walks and two hit batsmen. Sabourin then came on to put out the fire, getting a sac fly and a foulout to end the madness with Indiana still up 13-11.
The Hawkeyes refused to go quietly, though, getting the Hoosiers in order in the bottom of the seventh and tacking on an unearned run on a double play in the eighth, but Sabourin rallied to punch out pinch-hitter Sean Flanagan to end the frame with the home squad holding on to a 13-12 margin.
IU opted to leave no doubt about it heading into the ninth. The Hoosiers plated eight runs on seven hits, the biggest of the inning - and the game - a bases-clearing double by Swift that made it 16-12. Sabourin added a two-run double and Dickerson, Rogers and Blake Monar each added run-scoring singles in the frame to give IU its second 20-plus run game in nine Big Ten contests. Sabourin then set down the Hawkeyes in order in the ninth to finish off the victory.
Indiana is back in action on Tuesday at Miami before taking on the Golden Gophers next weekend. The Hoosiers and RedHawks will do battle at 6 p.m. in Oxford, as Hoosier skipper Tracy Smith goes for a win against his former team. Live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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