Bashore's Strong Performance Gives Hoosiers Split
April 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Matt Bashore allowed just five hits and one run, striking out eight in a 2-1, walkoff victory in the first game of a doubleheader against No. 23 Michigan to snap a 12-game win streak for the Wolverines. Evan Crawford delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh for the Hoosiers. Michigan rebounded with an 11-4 win in the second game to avoid a sweep. Chris Hervey had hits in each of the two games to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.
Game one was a brilliant pitcher's duel, with Bashore and Chris Fetter each pitching brilliantly for their teams. Fetter allowed seven hits in 6 1/3 innings and picked up his first loss of the season to fall to 7-1. The Carmel, Ind., native struck out five Hoosiers in the loss. Bashore moved to 4-3 and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.76 on the season.
Neither team was able to crack the scoreboard in the first two innings, but the Hoosiers got the game's first run in the bottom of the third. Crawford led off the inning with a single through the right side. Tyler Cox then came to the plate and attempted a bunt, but popped it up behind the plate. The senior was granted second life, though, as catcher Nate Recknagel dropped the ball. Two pitches later, Cox got a successful bunt down and Crawford advanced to second. After Andrew Means struck out, Hervey hit a bloop double to shallow right to plate Crawford and make it 1-0.
On the other side, the Wolverines got runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the first, second and fourth innings, but Bashore bore down and got key strikeouts in each of those three innings. He retired seven men on strikes in the first four innings of the game.
In the top of the fifth, Kevin Cislo drew a two-out walk. That appeared innocuous enough, as Jason Christian lofted a flyball to shallow center, but Means misplayed the ball after a long run and it dropped in. U-M sent Cislo home on the play, but Means made a brilliant throw to gun him down at the plate and end the inning.
The sixth didn't end up as well for the Hoosiers, as Recknagel drew a one-out walk. The Wolverines pinch-ran for the Big Ten's top power hitter, and it paid off, as he did his part in a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Zach Putnam delivering a single through the right side. Next, Adam Abraham hit an 0-2 curveball into left to score Kenny Fellows and tie the score 1-1. But Bashore got a groundout and a strikeout to end the threat, and the game headed to the bottom of the sixth all knotted up.
In the top of the seventh, the Wolverines got a pair of runners on and one out, but Bashore got the groundball he needed off the bat of Leif Mahler as the Hoosiers turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Jerrud Sabourin led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left - his third hit of the ball game - and then David Trager pinch-ran for the freshman. After Tyler Rogers dropped down a sac bunt, the Wolverines intentionally walked Michael Earley to set up the double play. But Crawford would have none of that, ripping a single right back up the middle to plate Trager and give the Wolverines just their second conference loss of the season.
In game two, the Hoosiers came out of the gate screaming, scoring four runs off starter Travis Smith in just 1/3 of an inning to take a 4-1 lead after the first. But Michigan's big bats came alive, launching solo home runs in the second, third and fourth innings to tie the game. U-M added a two-out single from Recknagel in the top of the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.
On the other side, Michael Powers allowed just two hits in 5 2/3 innings of relief work, striking out five Hoosiers in the process. The Wolverines added three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to lead to the final score of 11-4. Michigan is now 30-9 on the season and 17-2 in conference play. The Hoosiers are 17-24 with a 5-14 Big Ten mark.
IU and Michigan will finish off their four-game series at Sembower Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. GameTracker and Live Audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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