Hoosiers Fall in Series Finale, 5-2
May 3, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Matt Bashore threw 7 1/3 strong innings and Alex Dickerson had two hits, but the Indiana baseball team fell to Purdue, 5-2, in the series finale between the two rivals. The Boilermakers took the series two games to one, as Indiana lost a weekend Big Ten series for the first time since the middle of 2008. IU is now 22-24 and 11-6 in Big Ten play.
Bashore struck out nine men in the contest and allowed just eight hits, but five wild pitches and a passed ball victimized the Tipp City, Ohio, native in the ballgame. He fell to 4-4 on the season with the loss. Matt Morgan pitched an outstanding game for the Boilers, allowing just five hits and one walk, striking out five in 7 1/3 innings of work.
Purdue scratched the scoreboard in the first inning courtesy a hit and two walks. Brandon Haveman delivered a leadoff single and two batters later he moved to second on a walk by John Cummins. Bashore got a big out by picking Haveman off second for out number two, as Cummins moved up to second base on the rundown. But Cummins took advantage of what he was given, as back-to-back wild pitches moved him to third and then across home plate to make it 1-0 Boilers.
In the fourth, PU delivered consecutive singles to start the inning and a sac bunt moved both runners into scoring position. Bashore followed by delivering a beautiful strikeout pitch to Jonathan Lilly, but the ball skittered away from Josh Phegley behind home plate, scoring a run and allowing Lilly to move to first. Bashore then hit nine-hole hitter Alex Jaffee as he squared to bunt to load the bases. Bashore then got Haveman to bounce into a fielder's choice, as Jerrud Sabourin gunned the runner down at the plate for out number two with the bases still loaded. Ben Wolgamot drilled a ball toward the hole in the left side, but Vince Gonzalez made a diving stop and fired to second for a force out to end the inning.
An unearned run in the fifth made it 3-0 Boilermakers. Cummins led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Bashore rebounded to strike out Dan Black on a 3-2 pitch for out number one, but David Blount's grounder was mishandled by Tyler Rogers at second base and as the ball rolled into right field, Cummins came around to score the third run.
In the seventh, the Hoosiers cracked the scoreless contest with a pair of runs in the seventh. Alex Dickerson posted a one-out single to start the rally and Kipp Schutz executed a solid hit and run, shooting a ball through the right side to put runners at the corners with one down. Evan Crawford came to the plate and hit a grounder to short, but he beat out the potential double play at first base to score Dickerson with Indiana's first run. Rogers followed that up with a hard single to left with two down with Gonzalez coming to the plate. The freshman sent a soft grounder to short, but Nick Overmeyer's throw shorthopped Cummins at first for an error to plate Crawford with Indiana's second run as the score moved to 3-2.
In the eighth, Indiana had a golden opportunity to tie the game. A walk for Jerrud Sabourin with one out brought Josh Phegley to the plate as the go-ahead run. Phegley put a charge into the ball, but it fell short of the wall in right as Jaffee squeezed it for out number two. Dickerson followed by lining a pitch into left center to put runners at the corners and two down. Schutz then walked to load the bases, but Crawford's line drive to center was grabbed by Haveman to end the inning.
In the eighth, Purdue added a pair of insurance runs to help seal the contest. Eric Charles started the inning with a leadoff single and he moved to second on a sacrifice. Bashore then walked pinch-hitter Ryan Bridges on a close 3-2 pitch to put two on with one out. That ended the junior's day, as Chris Squires came out of the bullpen for Indiana. Squires got Jaffee on a jam-shot popup on the infield and then got Haveman to 2-2, but the pesky centerfielder went the other way, lining a double over Schutz' head in left to plate a pair and stretch the lead to 5-2. The Boilers then shut Indiana down 1-2-3 in the ninth to finish off the game.
The Hoosiers do not have any midweek games due to final exams and are off until next weekend, when they play host to Northwestern at Sembower Field. The two teams play on Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's contests will both be carried live on the Big Ten Network. GameTracker and live audio for all three games will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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