Lambert, O'Gara Lead Hoosiers To Victory
April 29, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Brian Lambert tied the school record with five hits and Joey O'Gara did not allow a hit or a walk over his five innings of work, as the Indiana baseball team upended Western Illinois 17-2 on Wednesday. Josh Lyon went 3-for-4 with four RBI and Alex Dickerson had a home run and five RBI as well to help the Hoosiers improve to 21-22 on the year.
Lambert became the third hitter this season to garner five hits for Indiana, joining Jake Dunning (vs. Cincinnati) and Josh Phegley (vs. Morehead State). Lambert also drew a walk in the contest and scored three runs, becoming the first Hoosier this season to successfully reach base six times. Dickerson's home run was his second in as many games and his 13th of the season, furthering his IU freshman record.
O'Gara improved to 2-1 with his finest effort of 2009, allowing just two baserunners over his five innings, striking out six. Randon Lingle fell to 1-2 in picking up the loss for Western Illinois. The Hoosiers banged out 17 hits in the game and delivered five sacrifice flies in the contest.
Indiana got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first, plating four runs on three hits by the first four batters of the game. Lambert led off the inning by drilling a single through the left side and he promptly stole his fifth base of the year to move into scoring position. Jerrud Sabourin brought him home on a single to left field, the first baseman's 23rd RBI of the season. After Josh Phegley walked to move Sabourin up 90 feet, Dickerson went the other way for his 13th home run of the year, tying him with Phegley for tops on the team.
In the second, IU dropped nine runs on the Leathernecks to push the lead to 13-0. Indiana tallied three sacrifice flies in the inning, one each by Sabourin, Dickerson and Kipp Schutz - with Dickerson's being dropped by left fielder Tom Lilja. IU got seven hits and saw their counterparts make three errors in the inning as 15 men came to the plate in the frame. Lyon drilled a bases-clearing double for the biggest hit of the inning - one of two doubles in the game for the freshman.
After Indiana plated a single run in the third on a Lyon sacrifice fly, Ryan Cheek shut the IU bats down with scoreless innings in both the fourth and fifth. Meanwhile, O'Gara continued to deal on the mound, allowing his only two base runners on an error in the fourth and a hit batsman in the fifth to see the Hoosiers up 14-0 heading to the sixth.
The Leathernecks finally cracked the scoreboard with two runs on three hits in the top of the sixth against Wyatt Hoff. Both runs came across on a single by John Koszulinski that made it 14-2. The Hoosiers countered with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the frame to push the lead to 14 once again. Phegley walked in a run for the second time on the day and Dickerson provided his second sac fly of the game for IU's two tallies. Indiana added a solo tally in the eighth on an RBI fielder's choice by Michael Earley.
On the mound, Hoff settled in after a tough first inning, allowing just one base runner - on a triple by Andrew Hagins - in the eighth and ninth. Hoff also struck out four over his three frames to give the Hoosiers 10 Ks entering the ninth. With the crowd chanting for Mother Bear's Snack Attack Packs (awarded if IU strikes out 12 batters), Marshall Gorham came on to strike out the side while allowing two hits to give Indiana a season-high 13 strikeouts in the contest.
The Hoosiers return to action this weekend for a crucial three-game set against arch-rival Purdue in West Lafayette. Friday's game is set for 4 p.m., while the two teams will do battle at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's contest will be carried live by WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington. GameTracker and live audio for all three games will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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