Boilers Hang On To Win Series Opener
May 3, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit to trim the Purdue lead to 6-5, but the Boilermakers pulled away with five runs in the final two innings to take an 11-7 win in the opener of the four-game series between the two teams. The second-place Boilers won their seventh in a row to improve to 26-17 (17-4 Big Ten) and IU is now 18-25 (6-15).
Josh Phegley hit a two-run home run for the Hoosiers, his eighth of the season, and drove in three runs to move his season total to 51 RBI. Andrew Means and Jerrud Sabourin each went 3-for-5, with Means driving in three runs of his own. Chris Hervey went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest in the Big Ten this season.
The Boilermakers got out to a 2-0 lead with single tallies in the first and second innings. Purdue picked up an unearned run in the first and got a solo homer from Dan Black in the second to make it 2-0. Eric Arnett settled in after that, as he did not allow a hit over his next four innings of work and struck out four in the process. In the sixth, the Boilers had their first three batters reach, and a two-run double by Ryne White and a sac fly from Jordan Comadena stretched the lead to 5-0 in the middle of the sixth.
The Hoosiers got to PU starter Matt Bischoff in the bottom of the sixth. Hervey led off the inning with a single through the right side, and Phegley followed with a two-run homer to deep center field to make it 5-2 in favor of the visitors. Sabourin added to the rally with a single and moved to third on a pair of grounders, but the Boilers got out of the inning on a diving stop by third baseman Dan Black to end the frame.
After the Boilers added a run in the top of the seventh, the Hoosiers rallied to bring the game within one at 6-5. Evan Crawford led off with a flyball to shallow right that deflected off the glove of Brandon Haveman in right and put the sophomore at second base. Ethan Wilson then pinch-hit and flew out to deep center to move Crawford to third. Means followed with a hard liner to left over the head of Jordan Comadena for his fifth triple of the season to plate Crawford.
Hervey was then hit by a pitch for the 14th time this year to give the Hoosiers runners at the corners with one out. Phegley then made a bid for his second longball of the game, but Haveman snatched the ball just shy of the fence, and it went in the books as a sac fly to make it 6-5. Sabourin then singled to center to put runners at the corners with two down. The Hoosiers then got aggressive on the basepaths. Sabourin stole second, and the throw down was cut off by Nick Overmeyer at shortstop as Hervey came hard to the plate. But the junior beat the relay throw to steal home plate and trim the deficit to 6-5.
The Boilers then got two in the top of the eighth on Jon Moore's two-run triple, but the Hoosiers countered with a pair of runs in the bottom against closer Josh Lindblom. Tyler Rogers singled to left and Michael Earley was hit by a pitch to put two on with none out. Crawford moved them up 90 feet on a grounder to first, and two batters later Means came to the plate with both in scoring position and two down. He blasted a 1-0 offering deep to left field, but the wind held it in the ballpark and Means had to settle for a two-run double as the score turned to 8-7. But Purdue ended any thoughts of a comeback with three runs on just two hits in the top of the ninth to finish off the contest.
Indiana and Purdue will square off again tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Sembower Field. Prior to the contest, IU will honor its four seniors - Tyler Cox, Doug Fleenor, Chris McCombs and David Trager. Live audio and GameTracker for the contest will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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