PSU Takes Doubleheader From Hoosiers
April 19, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State took both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday from the Indiana baseball team, winning game one 8-1 before taking the second half 3-2 on a walk-off victory.
The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead in the second game by playing small ball in the first inning. Andrew Means bounced a single up the middle to lead off the game and he moved to second on a sac bunt by Evan Crawford. After moving up on a wild pitch, Means scored on a single by Josh Phegley that shot through the left side and into left field.
Penn State retaliated with a run in the bottom of the frame, though, as Landon Nakata got a one-out base hit to start the rally. After starter Kyle Leiendecker struck out Joe Blackburn for the second out, Rob Yodice earned a walk and Brian Ernst followed him with an RBI single to knot the score 1-1.
After the Nittany Lions gained a lead in the bottom of the third, the Hoosiers rallied for a run in the top of the fourth. Chris Hervey led off the inning with a triple that fell just inside the left-field line and he came home on a Kipp Schutz RBI single. The Hoosiers managed to load the bases on singles by Tyler Cox and Means, but Crawford flew out to center to end the rally. Means finished 3-for-4 on the game while Cox was 2-for-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Nittany Lions pushed the winning run across after leadoff hitter Wes Borden earned a hustle infield single to start the inning. Borden stole second and moved to third on a Nakata grounder to put the winning run at third with one down. Doug Fleenor got the out he needed off of Blackburn, as Dylan Swift made a nice grab on a foul fly right in front of the PSU dugout, but then Yodice followed with a single through the box to bring home Borden with the winning run.
In the opener, Penn State was able to pick up an 8-1 victory over the visitors through good production out of the bottom of its lineup. Cory Wine, Rick Marlin and Ryan Boonie - the six, seven and eight hitters - each had two hits and scored two runs in the game as the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first two innings and never looked back in the win.
Indiana trimmed the deficit to 4-1 in the top of the fifth inning on an Ethan Wilson RBI double, but IU got no closer as the Nittany Lions scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to ice the victory. Jerrud Sabourin was 3-for-3 in the loss for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers and Penn State will finish off their weekend series on Sunday at 1:05 in University Park, Pa. Live audio and Gametracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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