Hoosiers Topped in Series Finale
April 22, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State got eight runs in the first inning to emerge with an 11-3 victory over the Indiana baseball team in the final game of the teams' four-game series. The Buckeyes moved to 23-10 (8-6 Big Ten) with the victory, while IU is now 14-22 (4-12).
The Hoosiers got on the board quickly with a first inning run. Evan Crawford got things started with a looping single to center field and he moved up to second with his 14th stolen base of the season. After Keith Haas was retired, Andrew Means roped a line drive the other way off the wall and motored around to third with a triple to put IU up 1-0.
The lead was short for IU though, as OSU struck for eight first-inning runs off the tandem of Doug Fleenor and Billy Kitchen. Justin Miller got things started with a bases-loaded double to left center and he scored when Ryan Dew grounded out to second. After Tony Kennedy reached on an error, Jason Zoeller ended Fleenor's outing with a two-run home run to left field. Kitchen allowed a double to Cory Kovanda and a Jacob Howell two-run shot to see Ohio State go up 8-1.
The Buckeyes tacked on a pair more runs in the bottom of the second off Kitchen to extend their lead to 10-1. Eric Arnett then came on in relief for the Hoosiers and threw three shutout innings for IU, allowing three hits and one walk on the day. He gave way to Jarrett Casey on the mound, who allowed one run on two hits in his two innings of work. Chris Squires pitched the eighth and struck out a pair of Buckeyes in the frame.
The Hoosiers added a pair of runs on four hits in the top of the ninth, with Means adding an RBI double to his totals to give him a 2-for-5 day at the dish. Brian Lambert also had a double in the frame, while Billy O'Conner led off the inning with his first hit of the season.
At the plate, Chris Hervey turned in a 3-for-4 outing and was denied a perfect day at the dish on a diving stop by Brian DeLucia at third base. Evan Crawford had two hits in five at-bats, and added his 14th and 15th stolen bases in the contest.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Wednesday night, when they travel to Oxford, Ohio, for a matchup with Miami University. IU will square off with head coach Tracy Smith's former squad under the lights at 7 p.m. EDT.
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