Hoosier Bats Silenced in Series Finale
April 25, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Phil Isaakson allowed just one hit over seven innings of work to lead Minnesota (16-24, 6-6 Big Ten) to a 10-0 victory over the Indiana baseball team on Sunday. Michael Earley had the only hit for the Hoosiers (20-18, 6-6) to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
Isaakson had a strange game, as he hit three batters and walked three in an otherwise stellar outing, improving to 3-0 on the year. Scott Maytas came on to throw the final two innings to finish off the ballgame as the Golden Gophers took two of three from IU. Indiana is now in a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference, but is just a game off of first in an extremely tight Big Ten race.
Matt Puhl went 3-for-4 with a trio of doubles and Ryan Abrahamson came off the bench to hit a grand slam to lead the offense for Minnesota. Matt Carr made his 2010 debut after offseason arm surgery, and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the Hoosiers, allowing two runs on two hits to go along with three strikeouts. Matt Igel and Chris Squires also appeared in relief, while Jerrud Sabourin added a scoreless eighth inning.
After Carr pitched the first two innings scoreless, he surrendered a walk and an infield single with one away. He rebounded to strike out Michael Kvasnicka, but Kyle Knudson ripped a double down the left-field line to score two runs and make it 2-0. The Gophers added two more runs in the fourth, both with two outs, as a Kurt Schlangen double and a Troy Larson single each plated tallies to give the home squad a 4-0 lead.
The Hoosiers were not without their opportunities, though, as they left two men in scoring position in the fourth and left two on base again in the sixth. Minnesota added insurance runs with two tallies in the seventh and four on Abrahamson's grand slam in the eighth to make it a 10-0 ballgame. Maytas struck out four in two perfect innings, including setting down the side looking in the ninth.
Indiana is back in action on Wednesday, when it plays host to Indiana State at Sembower Field at 3:05 p.m. Admission is free to all Indiana baseball home games. Live audio and statistics will also be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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