Hoosiers and Boilers Split Doubleheader
May 2, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader with Purdue on Saturday, falling 15-8 in the opener but rebounding for a 7-6 win in game two. Jerrud Sabourin had four hits in game two including a crucial eighth-inning, go-ahead homer. Chris Hervey and Kipp Schutz each hit homers in the victory as well.
Eric Arnett collected the win to improve to 10-1 on the season, becoming just the third player in school history to post double-digit wins in a single season. Arnett also moved to 6-0 in Big Ten play, the first Hoosier to amass six wins in conference play. The junior surrendered 10 hits and six runs in a complete game, but struck out nine men, including five in the final two innings.
Game two started with a bang, as Hervey started the contest with a solo home run over the left-center field wall for his second round-tripper of the year. After two outs were recorded, Alex Dickerson drilled a hard single through the right side and Schutz followed with an opposite-field homer, his fourth of the season, to make it 3-0 Hoosiers going to the bottom of the first.
After the Boilers scored a run on a pair of hits in the bottom of the third, IU responded with two more tallies to make it 5-1. Evan Crawford drew a leadoff walk and after moving up on a Tyler Rogers groundout, the junior swiped third for his 22nd stolen base of the season. Vince Gonzalez then picked up an RBI single by blasting it past a diving Dan Black at third to make it 4-1 Hoosiers. After Chris Hervey drew a two-out walk, Sabourin singled up the middle to score Gonzalez for IU's fifth run of the contest.
IU scored its sixth run in the top of the sixth on a sac fly by Josh Phegley after IU loaded the bases on a trio of bunt singles. But Joe Haase pitched his way out of any further danger with back-to-back flyouts to end the inning. Through six, Arnett was dominant, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out four.
But in the seventh, the Boilermakers came out swinging, bringing home five runs on five hits to tie the game at six. Drew Madia posted the crucial hit, driving a ball to right center with the bases full to score two runs and tie the game 6-6. Fortunately for Indiana, Jerrud Sabourin picked a big time for his fourth home run of the year, crushing a Haase pitch over the wall in right to give IU a 7-6 lead.
Arnett came through with a pair of strikeouts in the eighth and then he came back out to finish off the contest in the ninth. After giving up a leadoff single to Brandon Haveman, Arnett struck out Tyler Spillner and Barrett Serrato to put two down and a runner on first. The Pataskala, Ohio, native uncorked a high, 1-0 fastball to Dan Black, but it sailed high for a wild pitch that sent Haveman into scoring position. The Hoosiers then elected to walk Black intentionally with the base open to put the winning run on base for Madia. Arnett got ahead 1-2 then sent a tumbling slider that Madia swung over to end the ballgame.
In the opener, Purdue used a late offensive rally to take a 15-8 victory. The two teams went to the bottom of the seventh tied at 8-8, but the Boilers scored an unearned run in the seventh and plated six more scores in the eighth to post the decisive victory. Vince Gonzalez had a strong contest at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBI for Indiana. Joey O'Gara collected the loss out of the bullpen, falling to 2-3 on the year.
After Haveman hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first, the bottom of the Hoosier lineup came through in the top of the second. Evan Crawford started things with a double to left to lead off the second and Rogers followed by dropping down a bunt to first. First baseman John Cummins elected to throw to third to get Crawford, but the speedster beat the throw to put runners on the corners. Gonzalez then brought home the first run with an RBI single to center that tied it 1-1. Two batters later, Sabourin delivered a double to deep center that scored a pair and gave Indiana a 3-1 lead.
The Boilermakers scored a pair of runs on a hit, a walk and an error to once again tie the game, but IU used good baserunning to retake a 4-3 edge. Schutz got on base with a two-strike single and he moved up on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Rogers dribbled a single through the left side and Schutz beat the throw to the plate for Indiana's fourth run.
The back-and-forth game continued in the fifth with the Hoosiers extending the lead to 5-3 on an RBI double by Schutz that scored Alex Dickerson. But the Boilers responded to knock Blake Monar out of the game with a big bottom of the inning. After Monar struck out Ben Wolgamot, Cummins delivered a double to right center and moved to third as Brian Lambert mishandled the ball in center. Black followed with an RBI triple to right to plate one run and Eric Charles followed with a single through the right side to tie the game at 5-5. That chased Monar from the game, but O'Gara came on and did not allow either runner to score to keep the game knotted up heading into the sixth.
In the sixth, the Boilers rallied for a three-run inning, delivering five straight singles to take an 8-5 lead. The Indiana defense came through to end the frame, though, as Sabourin started a stellar 3-6-3 double play to end the damage.
The seesaw teetered back in IU's favor in the seventh, with IU tying the game at eight. Phegley and Dickerson started things with a pair of smashed singles and Michael Earley followed with a pinch-hit walk to load the bases. Crawford then came up and drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 8-6. Two batters later, Gonzalez followed that up by drilling a single up the middle to plate two runs and tie the score. Reliever Kevin Cahill rebounded to get the final two outs, though, to send the game tied heading to the bottom of the seventh.
But the Boilers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh off O'Gara to make it 9-8. Chris Squires came on to get a double play and a strikeout, though, to keep it a one-run game. In the eighth, though, Squires gave up a single and hit a batter with one down, and Jonathan Lilly laced a double the other way before coming home on a Charles single to make it 12-8 in favor of Purdue. Drew Leininger came on in relief and after hitting Nick Overmeyer, Alex Jaffee blasted a three-run homer that hooked around the foul pole to make it 15-8.
Indiana and Purdue will finish off the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The contest will be carried live by WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington. GameTracker and live audio for the game will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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