April 28, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Josh Phegley and Alex Dickerson each hit home runs for the Indiana baseball team, but the Hoosiers fell to Miami University, 9-6, on Tuesday afternoon. The RedHawks used a four-run fifth to break open a tie ballgame and improve to 22-18 on the year. IU is now 20-22.
Dickerson's home run was his 12th of his freshman season, breaking the previous freshman record, held by Mike Sabo in 1985. The Poway, Calif., native went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in the contest to up his season average to .380. He leads all Big Ten freshmen in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage.
Phegley's three-run shot marked his 13th of the season to move into sole possession of the conference's lead in home runs. His 52 RBI are second in the league as well. The round-tripper was also the 28th of the Terre Haute native's career, tying him for 10th on Indiana's all-time list. Jerrud Sabourin and Josh Lyon each had two hits in a losing effort as well.
Miami struck first with a pair of runs on two hits off starter Matt Carr in the first. Carr hit leadoff man Adam Eaton with a pitch to start the game, and two batters later Chris Nadeau brought him home with his 15th double of the season. Tommy Nurre followed with an RBI single to center and the RedHawks were quickly up 2-0. Carr rebounded to get the next two hitters, though, to end the first with the home squad down a pair of runs.
IU got the runs back in the bottom of the fourth on Dickerson's 12th bomb of the year. Jerrud Sabourin led off the inning with a single, and two batters later Dickerson drilled a pitch high over the scoreboard in right center to knot the game 2-2.
MU responded with four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-2 lead. Carr surrendered a single up the middle to lead off the innings and an effective hit and run put two runners on. Eaton then loaded the bags on a bunt single - one of three bunt singles by the speedster. Carr then walked Jordan Petraitis and Nadeau to bring in the first two runs before a Nurre sac fly made it 5-2. Drew Leininger
came on and surrendered a walk and a sac fly of his own to plate the RedHawks' sixth run of the contest.
In the sixth, Miami struck again with a Jon Edgington leadoff triple and a sac fly making it 7-2. The Hoosiers rallied in the bottom of the frame, as Alex Dickerson and Kipp Schutz posted consecutive one-out singles. Two batters later, Josh Lyon loaded the bags with a single of his own through the right side and Jake Dunning went the other way with an RBI single to right to push the score to 7-3. Samuel Dawes came on out of the bullpen and got pinch-hitter Michael Earley to bounce out to third to end the threat.
IU got three runs back in the bottom of the seventh off the bat of Phegley. Evan Crawford drew a leadoff walk and Sabourin immediately followed with a rope single into right field to put runners at the corners. Phegley got ahead in the count 2-0 and blasted the next pitch deep over the left-field wall for a three-run shot to trim the deficit to 7-6. Dawes followed that by surrendering a pair of hard hit balls, but managed to retire both IU hitters. Dickerson was set down on a scorcher that lined off of Dawes' leg but caromed to shortstop for a 1-6-3 putout. Schutz came up next and hit a deep fly to left and Chris Nadeau caught the ball as he was falling down just shy of the fence to end the threat.
In the ninth, though, the RedHawks rallied for a pair of runs to stretch the lead to 9-6. After a leadoff walk, back-to-back doubles off Dunning - who came on to pitch in the inning - plated two Miami runners for the two insurance runs. Indiana did get the tying run to the plate with one down in the bottom of the frame after consecutive hits by Phegley and Dickerson, but closer Jamaal Hollis got Schutz on a foulout and got Tyler Rogers to fly out to right to end the contest.
Carr fell to 1-5 on the season after giving up seven hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Matt Igel pitched a strong two innings for the Hoosiers out of the pen, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out three. Lance Kingrey picked up the win for MU to move to 1-2, while Hollis collected his second save of the season. Adam Eaton, Tommy Nurre and Jon Edgington each had three hits for the victors.
Indiana will now take on Western Illinois on Wednesday in the final home non-conference contest of the season for IU. The Hoosiers and Leathernecks will do battle starting at 4 p.m. at Sembower Field. GameTracker and live audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.