Buckeyes Take Doubleheader from IU
April 21, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Indiana baseball team was bested in both ends of a doubleheader by Ohio State on Saturday, as the Buckeyes took a 3-0 series lead with the victories. OSU took the first game 4-3 and then earned a 9-8 victory on a walk-off sacrifice fly to win the contest.
In game two, the Hoosiers got out to a quick start with three runs in the first inning, with all the action coming with two men out. Keith Haas started things with a two-out walk, and he then stole second. Jon Fixler followed with an RBI double down the left field line to plate the first run, and Andrew Means followed with a single up the middle to score Fixler. A single by Ben Greenspan moved Means to third, and Chris Hervey then dribbled a single up the middle to plate the third run of the inning to give Chris McCombs a 3-0 lead. Josh Phegley nearly capped off the rally, but his line drive to left was tracked down by J.B. Shuck on the warning track to end the inning.
The Buckeyes countered with a run on three hits in the bottom of the frame and then added five more in the second to make the score 6-3. OSU used a pair of walks to get things going in the second, and a throwing error by Tyler Cox plated a run and moved two runners into scoring position. A groundout brought home a second run, and McCombs' day was finished in favor of Jason Ferrell. Ferrell was greeted rudely, though, as Matt Angle hit a double down the left-field line and Eric Fryer followed with a home run to left to give the Bucks a three-run lead.
Indiana got two runs in the top of the sixth with more two-out production. Phegley started things with a walk, Cox followed with a single through the left side and then pinch hitter Reid Briglia got an infield single to load the bases. A wild pitch plated Phegley to trim the deficit to two, and then Evan Crawford earned an infield single of his own to score Cox. But Crawford was picked off first to end the rally with the score 6-5.
In the seventh, the Hoosiers notched three more runs to take an 8-6 lead. Fixler got the rally going with a looping liner to right field that got past right fielder Michael Arp and left Fixler standing on third with a triple. Andrew Means followed with a chopping ground ball deep in the hole to short that held Fixler at third but left Means on first with an infield single. Head coach Tracy Smith then put on the squeeze play and Greenspan put the ball on the ground to score Fixler and move Means to second. Hervey then lined a ball into right field to score Means and put Greenspan on third. Cox followed with a grounder that was mishandled by second baseman Jason Zoeller to bring a third run home.
Ohio State rallied in the bottom of the seventh to earn the victory. The Buckeyes got three singles and a walk off Ferrell to plate one run, and Joe Vicini came in and walked Arp to tie the score. Smith brought in David Trager to give the Hoosiers five infielders, but Tony Kennedy lofted a sacrifice fly to right field. Hervey nearly threw out J.B. Shuck at home, but he slid in just in front of the tag to win the game.
The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second in game one on a pair of extra-base hits. Reid Briglia got things started with one out when he slammed a 1-2 offering to deep right center that glanced off the wall and found Briglia sliding into third with his second triple of the year. Two batters later, Hervey followed with a double into the left-center gap to plate Briglia and give IU the lead.
Ohio State appeared poised to tie the game in the bottom of the third when its first two batters reached base. Jacob Howell got down a bunt, but Matt Bashore got off the mound quickly and retired the runner at third. Then Angle slapped a hard grounder in the hole between second and first, but Evan Crawford made a full extension diving stop to retire Angle at first. Bashore then got Fryer swinging to end the OSU threat and keep the score 1-0.
The Buckeyes grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fourth after the first four hitters reached in the inning. Shuck and Justin Miller started things with back-to-back singles and Bashore walked Arp to load the bases with nobody out. Kennedy then ripped a grounder down the left-field line to score a pair of runs to chase the starter from the game. Billy Kitchen came on in relief and retired the next three batters, but OSU got both runners to score, one on a wild pitch and one on a sacrifice fly, to make the tally 4-1.
Indiana rebounded with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth off the duo of Rory Meister and Josh Edgin. Fixler got his first hit of the series with a one-out single through the left side, and two batters later the Hoosiers began to rally. Cox dribbled a 3-2 pitch through the left side, and then Hervey got his second hit and RBI of the contest with a single past the second baseman to bring Fixler home. Phegley singled home another run on a liner to right field, but Brian Lambert was caught looking on a 3-2 pitch with two runners on to end the threat with the score 4-3 in favor of the home squad.
Bashore allowed five hits and two walks in five innings of work, with all four runs allowed being earned. Billy Kitchen allowed two hits in two shutout innings of work, while the trio of Joe Vicini, Eric Arnett and Chris Squires combined for an inning of shutout ball. Meister pitched 5 2/3, allowing five hits, four walks and three earned runs. Jake Hale picked up his ninth save in the contest.
Indiana and Ohio State will finish off their weekend series on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT at Bill Davis Stadium. Doug Fleenor is scheduled to pitch for IU against Shuck.
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