April 26, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Matt Bashore allowed just one run over 7 2/3 innings and Chris Squires picked up a save for the second straight game as the Indiana baseball team topped Michigan on Sunday, 3-1. Josh Phegley went 3-for-3 with his 12th home run and the catcher gunned down a pair of Michigan baserunners as well. IU improved to 20-21 and 10-4 in the Big Ten, just half a game behind first-place Ohio State and Illinois.
Bashore improved to 4-3 with the victory, surrendering eight hits and three walks, striking out six in the process. The junior improved to 3-0 in the conference with the victory. Squires now has four saves in Big Ten play, three over the last two weeks.
Indiana got the game's first run in the top of the second, as Evan Crawford drew a leadoff walk. Tyler Rogers followed with a double down the left-field line to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Brian Lambert came to the dish and drilled a fly ball the other way for a sac fly to right to plate Crawford to make it 1-0. Jake Dunning followed and Michigan brought the infield in with the shortstop at the plate. Dunning drilled a grounder right to third baseman John Lorenz and Rogers, who was going on contact, was gunned down for the second out. Catcher Chris Berset then ended the inning for IU, as he gunned down Dunning, who was trying to steal second base.
The Hoosiers added a run to their tally in the top of the third. Vince Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk and he moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. Katzman rebounded to strike out Chris Hervey for out number one and Jerrud Sabourin flew out to shallow center for out number two. The Wolverines elected to walk Phegley intentionally and freshman Alex Dickerson delivered by drilling a single through the right side to make it 2-0.
Both Katzman and Bashore continued to put zeroes on the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh, when the Wolverines rallied off of Bashore. U-M sandwiched infield singles around a strikeout to put a pair of runners on with one out. Pinch-hitter Jake McLouth then drew an eight-pitch walk to load the bases. Bashore got Kevin Cislo to roll over a groundball, but it scored a run to trim the deficit to 2-1. He followed by getting another grounder, this one off the bat of Anthony Toth, to end the inning.
After the close call in the seventh, Phegley responded with a huge home run to return the lead to two runs. The junior jumped all over the first pitch he saw and drilled a homer into the wind and over the left-center field wall to make it 3-1. It was the catcher's second homer of the weekend and 12th of the season. He also caught Michigan runners stealing in both the fourth and fifth innings.
After retiring the first two batters of the eighth, Bashore ran into some trouble with back-to-back singles through the right side. That brought Squires out of the bullpen, who walked the first man he faced to load the bases. Chris Fellows came to the plate with the bags full and Squires got him to fly out down the left-field line to end the inning.
In the ninth, Squires retired the first two hitters on flyouts to left before Toth drove a single to right center to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of leading hitter Ryan LaMarre. Squires got ahead in the count 1-2, but LaMarre fouled off a pair of pitches and took two balls to fill the count. The junior then hit the inside corner with a gorgeous pitch to catch LaMarre looking and end the game.
Squires pitched four innings in the series, saving both the second and third games without allowing a run. He struck out four in the process and lowered his conference ERA to 0.82.
IU is the only Big Ten team that has not lost a conference series this season. At 10-4 in the conference, Indiana is off to its best start since the 1991 team opened the season 10-3-1. IU has not lost a Big Ten season in the last nine conference sets, dating back to the middle of last season.
Indiana will play host to a pair of non-conference games during the week, taking on Miami University on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Western Illinois on Wednesday at 4 at Sembower Field. Both games will have live stats and audio available on IUHoosiers.com.