Phegley's Four Hits Lead Hoosiers Past Indiana State
April 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Terre Haute native Josh Phegley went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run against his hometown school in leading the Hoosiers to a 7-2 win over Indiana State on Wednesday. Sophomore righty Eric Arnett pitched six strong innings, allowing just four hits and one walk, to pick up the win for the Hoosiers.
Phegley drove in four runs in the contest, the biggest blow a three-run bomb in the fifth inning. Phegley is now hitting .447 with six home runs and 46 RBI to lead the Hoosiers in all three categories.
The sophomore's three-run shot capped off a five-run fifth as the Hoosiers tallied seven hits to break open a 2-2 game. After Michael Earley grounded out to start the frame, Evan Crawford and Tyler Cox singled back-to-back to put runners at the corners and one down. David Trager then dropped down a bunt and earned a hustle infield single to push the Hoosiers ahead 3-2.
Andrew Means followed with a bunt single to load the bases, and then Chris Hervey hit into an RBI fielder's choice to bring Phegley to the plate with runners at the corners. Phegley then turned on the first pitch he saw, hitting a towering fly ball that cleared the fence in left to break the game wide open at 7-2. Kipp Schutz and Jerrud Sabourin followed with consecutive singles, but Earley popped out to end the inning.
The Hoosiers took an early 1-0 lead as Means was hit by a pitch to start the game, stole second and came home on an RBI double by Phegley, the 14th two-bagger of the year for the catcher. In the second, Earley made it 2-0 by bashing a 3-1 pitch deep over the left-field wall for his third home run of the year.
In the fifth, the Sycamores got to Arnett with a pair of runs. After the first two hitters grounded out, Bronco Lafrenz went the other way and lofted a double to the right-center gap. The next pitch hit Ryan Strausborger, and then Brian Ramirez hit a double to the gap to tie the game at 2-2. Arnett retired 13 men on groundouts to just one flyout in the game and the sophomore struck out four in the contest.
Chris Squires and Matt Carr came on to pitch the final three innings, keeping the Sycamores off the scoreboard. In the seventh for the Hoosiers, Hervey hit a slow dribbler up the middle for a single to extend his hitting streak to 16 games in the win. Each of the nine starters for the Hoosiers had a hit in the game.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Friday when they take on Michigan on Friday in the first game of a four-game set. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Sembower Field, as the first-place Wolverines bring an 11-game winning streak into Bloomington. Live stats and audio will be available for the series on IUHoosiers.com.
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