Hoosiers Finish Off Doubleheader Sweep of Boilers
May 4, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team rode the momentum of a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory in game one to score 11 runs in the first inning of game two en route to an 18-8 victory over Purdue to sweep Sunday's doubleheader between the teams. Andrew Means had four hits and scored five runs in the twinbill, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score of game one.
The Boilermakers got to staff ace Matt Bashore quickly in game one, scoring three runs on three hits in the first and adding a solo tally on a sacrifice fly in the second to take a 4-0 lead, but the Hoosiers battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jerrud Sabourin led things off with a single and two productive outs moved him to third. Michael Earley was then hit by a pitch to extend the inning, and David Trager reached on a throwing error by Dan Black to score Sabourin and move Earley to second. Tyler Cox brought home Earley with a single to center, but Trager was thrown out at third to end the inning with IU down 4-2.
In the seventh, with IU still trailing by two, Trager led off with a walk and then Kipp Schutz pinch-hit and grounded into a fielder's choice to stand at first with one down. That's when Means delivered his heroics, blasting a 2-0 pitch over the wall in deep left-center field for his first home run of the season to tie the game. Evan Crawford then poked an infield single and stole second to put the winning run in scoring position. Josh Phegley came up next and looped a single to shallow right center to bring home Crawford and give IU its fourth walk-off victory of the season.
Bashore picked up the win for the Hoosiers with a complete game. The sophomore struck out nine and allowed just eight hits in seven innings of work. He moved to 5-3 on the season with his third complete game of the year. He leads the Big Ten with his 74 strikeouts and is among the leaders with a 3.02 ERA.
Game two saw the Hoosier bats explode to begin the contest. Each of the first 10 batters got hits, including a pair of home runs. After the first five Hoosiers picked up singles, Schutz came to the plate and blasted a home run over the wall in right center. Tyler Rogers and David Trager followed with singles, but Rogers was thrown out at third on Trager's base hit. Cox followed by ripping a pitch over the left-field wall for his second home run of the year to make it 8-0 with just one out.
Means followed with a double to left off the wall, and two batters later Phegley singled him home through the left side to make it 9-0. Sabourin then ripped his third home run of the season with a liner over the right-field wall to cap off the inning at 11-0. In total, the Hoosiers recorded 13 hits in the frame to post their second 11-run inning of the year. IU also scored 11 in the sixth against New Mexico State on March 11.
The second saw the Hoosiers score four runs on four hits. Rogers singled to lead things off and Trager followed with a walk. Cox then picked up his third RBI of the game with a solid single to left to bring home Rogers, and then Evan Crawford dropped a double down the left-field line to score a pair and stretch the lead to 15-0.
Purdue got two back on a two-run homer by Ryne White off the right-field foul pole in the top of the third and added three in the top of the fourth to trim it to 15-5. The Hoosiers tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning and two in the sixth to gain an 18-5 edge. Purdue added a two-run longball by Drew Madia and a solo shot by John Cummins in the seventh to result in the final score.
Means, Josh Phegley and Jerrud Sabourin each had three hits in game two, with Sabourin posting a home run and driving in four. Means matched a career high with four runs in the game. Chris McCombs pitched the full seven innings, striking out seven en route to his third win of the season.
Prior to the doubleheader, Indiana honored its four seniors - Cox, Doug Fleenor, McCombs and Trager - who played their final weekend game on Sembower Field. Indiana and Purdue will finish off their four-game series on Monday at Sembower Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT. Live stats and audio for the game will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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