Wolverine Bats Top Hoosiers in Series Opener
April 25, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Chris Hervey extended his hitting streak to 17 games, but the top power-hitting team in the conference sank the Indiana baseball team as Michigan downed the Hoosiers 14-6 in the first game of a four-game series. The Hoosiers and Wolverines will play in a doubleheader tomorrow at Sembower Field at 1 p.m. EDT.
Jerrud Sabourin and Tyler Rogers had two hits each for IU, with Rogers bashing a pinch-hit three-run home run in the fifth inning for the home squad. Josh Phegley went 1-for-3 and scored a pair of runs for the Hoosiers. The Wolverines are now 16-1 in the Big Ten and extended their overall winning streak to 12 games.
Michigan got on the board in the second with an Alan Oaks single starting things off. Chris Berset and Jason Christian each followed with a double as the Wolverines took a 2-0 lead. In the third, Michigan got a walk and a single with one out, then Derek VanBuskirk hit a high fly ball that got into the wind and carried over the fence for his eighth longball of the season. U-M followed a similar pattern in the fourth, as a single and an error put two on and two out for Adam Abraham. The third baseman then hit a liner to left that cleared the wall for a three-run shot to open up an 8-0 lead.
But IU stormed back against Michigan ace Zach Putnam in the fifth. Sabourin led off the inning with a single and then Michael Earley walked. Putnam got one out when Evan Crawford's liner was snared on a brilliant diving play in center by Kevin Cislo. Putnam then struck out Tyler Cox for out number two, but Rogers followed with a towering fly to straightaway center that cleared the wall for the sophomore's second home run of the year to make it 8-3.
Michigan got a run back in the sixth on doubles by Leif Mahler and Putnam, but IU retaliated in the bottom of the frame. Hervey started things with a single to center and Phegley walked to put two on and none out. Kipp Schutz then hit a shot to deep right center that hit 4/5 of the way up the wall to score two runs and make it 9-5. Putnam avoided any further damage, though, when Crawford hit a hard grounder to short that resulted in a double play to end the frame.
The Wolverines added on to their lead with three in the eighth and two in the ninth, while Phegley scored the final run on Sabourin's triple to center field in the eighth. Prior to the three-bagger, Phegley knocked his 15th double of the season - the third-highest total in the conference. The sophomore is now hitting .444 on the year after going 1-for-3.
Doug Fleenor took the loss for IU after allowing five earned runs in 3 2/3. Matt Carr pitched a strong 3 2/3 innings of relief, though the Wolverines got to him for four earned runs at the tail end of his outing. Putnam, who entered the game with a 2.57 ERA, got the win despite allowing five runs in seven innings of work.
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