Hoosiers Rally, but Boilers Take Series Finale in 10
May 2, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings for the second straight day, but this time it was Purdue emerging victorious with a 10-7 win at Sembower Field on Sunday. Purdue (26-17, 8-7 Big Ten) takes the series from the Hoosiers (21-21, 7-8 Big Ten) two games to one with the 10-inning triumph.
Down 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth, IU scored the tying runs with two down for the second straight contest to send the game to extras. T.C. Knipp reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning, and after a Brian Ritz flyout, Micah Johnson ripped a single to right field to send Knipp to second. Sterling Mack followed with a foulout, but Jerrud Sabourin came to the plate with the tying run on first. Sabourin, who went 3-for-5 on the day, got a 2-1 pitch and smashed it to left-center field for a two-run double to tie the score 7-7.
But Indiana's heroics were unable to come through for the second straight day, as the Boilers scored three in the top of the 10th to take command. Walker Stadler surrendered a single and a walk with one down, and Mike McKinley came on in relief. McKinley got the first man he faced on a foulout and got a 2-2 count on the next batter. But with Jonathan Lilly dancing off second, McKinley flinched and was called for a balk to send both runners into scoring position. After delivering a ball on the next pitch, his final delivery to Eric Charles bounced wide of home plate for a walk, and allowing Lilly to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. He later gave up a two-run single to Ryan Bridges to result in the final score.
Early on, the game was quite a pitcher's duel, as Matt Carr and Drew Wurdack showed strong outings out of the gate. Carr was touched for a solo run in the third on a sacrifice fly, but otherwise was very strong, going 5.0 innings and surrendering just six hits, one walk and two runs in his second appearance of the year after offseason arm surgery.
Wurdack sailed through the first three, allowing only a single to Alex Dickerson, but IU struck with a four-spot in the fourth. Mack reached on a leadoff walk and moved to second on a Sabourin groundout. Dickerson then eviscerated a ball to deep right field for a double, tying the game as Mack came home to score. Josh Lyon later reached on a walk and then Tyler Rogers ripped a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left for a three-run homer, his second of the season, to make it 4-1.
PU cut the lead to one in the sixth, plating runs on a Drew Madia RBI single and a Angelo Cianfrocco groundout, then took the lead with three in the seventh. Matt Ernest hit the leadoff man and then walked the next batter to put two on with nobody out. Matt Igel came on and surrendered an RBI single to center from Tyler Spillner to tie the score 4-4. Chris Squires followed and pitched well, but the Boilers used small ball to plate two more runs, scoring twice on squeeze bunts in the inning to make it 6-4.
The Hoosiers and Boilers traded runs over the next two half innings, with Indiana scoring on a double by Johnson and a run-scoring single by Sabourin in the bottom of the seventh. PU pushed a run across with two grounders through the left side - the second of the pair glancing off Micah Johnson's glove and dying in shallow left field to allow Cameron Perkins to score from first. That set up Indiana's comeback bid, but the Boilers got the best of Indiana in the end.
The Hoosiers will take the week off for exams before returning to action against Northwestern for a three-game set in Evanston this weekend. The two teams will square off at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT on Friday at Rocky Miller Park, then will play on both Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT. Live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com for all three contests.
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