Hoosiers Earn Doubleheader Split with PSU
April 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team split a doubleheader with Penn State on Saturday, posting a 3-1 victory in game two after being topped 6-2 in game one. Jon Fixler hit a sixth-inning home run in game two, while Matt Bashore allowed one run in a complete-game victory.
The Hoosiers took the second game behind a strong outing from Bashore, who improved to 4-4 while allowing nine hits in his seven innings of work. Bashore repeatedly pitched his way out of jams in the contests, getting double plays in the fifth and sixth innings and stranding the bases loaded in the seventh.
The Hoosiers got on the board in the second with a quartet of singles in the frame. Chris Hervey started things with an infield single, and he moved up 90 feet on a single to center by Tyler Cox. Brad Henke followed with a deep fly ball to right field that the wind carried deep to right and off the wall. With the runners holding up on the fly ball, Henke wound up with a single and the bases were loaded for Billy O'Conner. O'Conner ripped a single to right to score Hervey, but Henke was caught off second on the play to end the IU threat.
In the third, Andrew Means hit a one-out single right up the middle and then stole his 20th base on the season. On the steal, the ball got away from catcher Joe Blackburn, and Blackburn could not find the ball up against the backstop, allowing Means to move on to third. He scored three pitches later on an RBI groundout by Fixler.
The Lions got on the board in the top of the sixth after back-to-back singles by Brian Ernst and Rick Marlin scored Blackburn. But Bashore slammed the door by forcing Jim Lietgeb to ground into a 5-3 double play turned by Cox. In the bottom of the frame, Fixler collided with a 1-0 offering, sending a deep line drive over the center field fence for his second longball of the year. Bashore allowed three hits, including two infield singles, in the seventh, but got Blackburn to fly out with the bases loaded to close out the victory.
In the opening game, the Lions scored first on a Cory Wine sacrifice fly to right, but the Hoosiers responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. Keith Haas reached base for the fifth consecutive time against PSU, roping a line drive to right center for a double to leadoff the game. After he moved up on an Evan Crawford flyout, Means singled him home with a dribbler through the left side to tie the score at 1-1.
PSU rallied for a pair of hits in scoring two runs in the second, one of them unearned. The Lions followed that up with three runs in the fourth, all of them coming on a three-run homer to right field that just cleared the wall on a flyball by Scott Gaffney. Meanwhile, Penn State ace Craig Clark retired 12 straight Hoosier hitters until Hervey ripped a double to left in the fifth. He came around to score two batters later, when Brian Lambert slapped a single to right. The Hoosiers got runners on in both the sixth and seventh, but were eliminated with double plays in each inning.
The teams will finish off their four-game set on Sunday. Gaffney is scheduled to pitch for PSU, while the Hoosiers will counter with freshman right hander Eric Arnett. Game time is set for 1 p.m. EDT at Sembower Field.
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