Hoosiers Post Dramatic Comeback Win in 11
May 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In front of the largest crowd on record in Sembower Field history (1,213), the Indiana baseball team rallied for four runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, then got a walk-off win in the bottom of the 11th on an RBI single by closer Chris Squires to defeat Purdue 12-11. Michael Earley had four hits, including a homer, to lift the Hoosiers (21-20, 7-7 Big Ten) to the win over the Boilers (25-17, 7-7).
Down 11-7 with Earley on second and two down in the ninth, Brian Ritz started the rally with a single to shortstop. Blake Monar followed by drawing a walk, and then Micah Johnson, who finished 3-for-6, ripped a single up the middle to plate two runs. That brought pinch-hitter Ethan Wilson to the plate, and the Pendleton, Ind., native ripped an 0-1 pitch just inside the bag at third and into the left-field corner Pinch-runner Justin Cureton scored easily, and Johnson motored all the way around from first to knot the game at 11-11.
Squires took over on the mound, delivering a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 10th, but Matt Jansen countered by downing Indiana in order in the bottom half, though Alex Dickerson's deep flyball fell just a few feet short of the wall in right. In the top of the 11th, Squires surrendered an infield single and a one-out walk, but struck out the side to send the game to the bottom of the 11th still knotted at 11 apiece.
Tyler Rogers led off the decisive inning by executing a perfect push bunt to second base and reaching on a single. That brought Ritz to the plate with nobody out and the speedy Rogers on first. Purdue brought third baseman Cameron Perkins in tight, and Ritz dropped a bunt perfectly in front of the plate on the first base side. Perkins fielded it and gunned Ritz down at first, but with nobody covering the bag, Rogers never stopped and motored into third to put the winning run 90 feet away with Squires coming to the plate.
With no position players remaining and having ceded the designated hitter when Josh Lyon went in at catcher, Squires went up looking for a fastball, and ripped the first pitch he saw off shortstop Barrett Serrato's glove and through the drawn-in infield for a walk-off single and his first career hit. The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native had not swung a bat in a competitive situation since high school, but he emerged with the game-winning RBI in addition to picking up the win to improve to 4-1. Jansen took the loss to fall to 2-4 on the year.
Dickerson finished 3-for-6 including his 18th home run of the year, while Dylan Swift and Brian Lambert each added two hits. Tyler Spillner had three hits to lead the Boilers, while five others had multi-hit games. Kevin Plawecki and Drew Bridges each hit home runs in the win.
IU jumped out to a 5-1 lead in a five-hit third, but Purdue battled back with two runs in the fourth off starter Jonny Hoffman to make it 5-3. In the bottom of the fourth, the Hoosiers tacked on another run on a Lambert RBI single that scored Swift to push the edge to 6-3. But the wheels fell off in the top of the fifth for the Hoosiers, as the Boilers scored seven runs on seven hits and an error to take a huge 10-6 lead. Five of the seven runs were scored with two out in the inning, as Purdue had nine straight hitters reach with the only respite a caught stealing by Swift.
After PU scored another run in the top of the sixth, Mike McKinley took over on the mound and proceeded to throw three straight shutout innings, surrendering only one hit and one walk while striking out two. Dickerson added a solo home run in the seventh to make it a four-run ballgame in the waning innings.
Indiana and Purdue will finish off their series on Sunday at Sembower Field with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. in the rubber match. Live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com for all the latest on IU Baseball.
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