Hoosiers Knock Off No. 23 Michigan To Split Series
April 27, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Tyler Tufts allowed just seven hits in a complete-game victory over No. 23 Michigan on Sunday, as the Hoosiers split the four-game set with the Wolverines. Jerrud Sabourin went 4-for-5 and Josh Phegley hit a two-run home run to lead the Hoosiers past first-place U-M.
The Hoosiers tripled the Wolverines' conference loss total, as the previously 15-1 squad now sits at 17-3 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are now 18-24 overall and 6-14 in conference heading into a huge weekend against second-place Purdue on Saturday and Sunday at Sembower Field.
Sabourin's four hits were a career high for the freshman from San Diego, as he went 10-for-15 in the series to raise his season average to .376 on the season. Phegley's home run was his seventh of the year, and he went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. He leads the Big Ten with his .441 average and has now scored 42 runs and driven in 48 on the season.
Michigan got on the board before recording an out in the first inning as U-M started with a walk, double and single to score a run. But Tufts bore down, striking out cleanup hitter Zach Putnam next. After Adam Abraham walked on a 3-2 pitch, Tufts got a soft grounder from David VanBuskirk. The junior sprung off the mound and threw home to retire Leif Mahler at the plate. He then got Alan Oaks on a tapper back to the mound to end the inning.
The Hoosiers retaliated with four runs in the bottom of the first, as they batted around. After Andrew Means struck out, Chris Hervey drew a walk and then Phegley launched a 1-2 pitch over the left-field wall to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead. Sabourin, Ethan Wilson and Kipp Schutz followed with three straight singles to score a run, and then Tyler Rogers doubled just inside the bag at third to make it 4-1 and chase starting pitcher Mike Wilson from the ball game. Ben Jenzen then came on and got Evan Crawford and Tyler Cox on strikes to end the threat.
IU extended its lead in the bottom of the second. Means was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and the junior promptly stole his 25th base of the season to move into scoring position. Hervey then smashed the next pitch into center field to bring home Means and extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Phegley followed with a single, but then Hervey was picked off second for the inning's first out. The Hoosier catcher then came around on Sabourin's second hit - this one a double down the right-field line - to make it 6-1 in favor of the home squad.
In the top of the third, Michigan's power bats came through to trim the deficit to 6-3. Putnam drew a leadoff walk and Abraham followed with his seventh homer of the year to cut into IU's lead. But from then on, Tufts was outstanding, as the Sagamore Hills, Ohio, native did not allow another hit until the eighth inning. At one point, he retired 11 Wolverines in a row, including 1-2-3 innings for U-M in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
On the offensive side, the Hoosiers tacked a run on in the fourth on a Phegley walk, a Sabourin single and a double play to make it 7-3. In the seventh, IU finally got to Wolverine reliever Tyler Burgoon. Sabourin led off with a single up the middle and moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt. Schutz then singled Sabourin to third, but Rogers tallied the second out of the inning on a strikeout. But the Hoosiers picked it up with two outs, as Crawford singled a run home through the left side and then Cox drove a double down the left-field line to plate one more. Means capped off the Hoosier rally with a single up the middle to score two more runs and make it 11-3 heading into the eighth.
Michigan finally got to Tufts in the eighth with a walk and back-to-back singles. But Tufts got leadoff hitter Jason Christian to fly out to right to end the inning. The junior came back out for the ninth and gave up a leadoff hit to Mahler, but then got U-M's 3-4-5 hitters on a flyout, a popout and a groundout to short to end the game. The grounder to short was a whopping 18th ground ball out recorded by Tufts in the contest.
The Hoosiers and Boilers will play doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday on the weekend as opposed to the normal Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule. Saturday's doubleheader will be a nine inning game followed by a seven inning contest, while Sunday's will be seven innings in game one and nine in game two. Live audio and GameTracker for both games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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