Northwestern Takes Down Hoosiers, 11-4
May 8, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - Alex Dickerson went 2-for-4 with his 20th home run of the season, but defensive miscues and an early hole proved too much for the Indiana baseball team to overcome in an 11-4 loss to Northwestern on Saturday at Rocky Miller Park. Chris Lashmet went 4-for-5 for the Wildcats (21-26, 10-7 Big Ten) in the win over the Hoosiers (22-22, 8-9).
Tyler Rogers had a 2-for-4 day at the plate with his third home run of the season in the loss, but made three errors in the field. Eric Jokisch pitched a complete game to improve to 4-5 on the season, scattering eight hits and three walks in striking out seven. Jonny Hoffman fell to 2-2 for Indiana.
Northwestern jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after the first, with only two of the four runs in the frame earned. Arby Fields reached on a Rogers error to start the game, and Chad Noble singled on a bad hop that jumped over the head of Micah Johnson at third. Hoffman then surrendered a walk to load the bases and Lashmet followed by ripping a double over Brian Lambert's head in center field to make it 2-0. Hoffman rebounded to get back-to-back groundouts, as one run scored, but Rogers' second error of the afternoon plated the fourth run of the frame and NU had an early lead for its ace.
The Wildcats got to Hoffman in earnest in the third and fourth, scoring two runs on a two-out Texas Leaguer off the bat of Geoff Rowan in the third. In the fourth, Paul Snieder blasted a two-run homer and Alex Seyferth followed with an RBI single with two down to give Northwestern an early 9-0 lead.
NU got another unearned run in the fifth off Alex Zerman, and Jokisch's impressive work kept the vaunted Hoosier lineup flummoxed through five with just two hits in IU's column. In the sixth, though, IU plated three runs with two outs to cut into the Wildcat advantage. Jerrud Sabourin drew a walk to start the rally, and Dickerson followed by blasting a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right to make it 10-2. Dickerson became just the fourth player in Indiana history with 20 homers in a season, joining Mike Smith (27, 1992), Bill Mueller (23, 1985) and Kevin Orie (20, 1992) in that category. Dickerson moved into a tie for seventh with Orie on the career list with 34 longballs in an Indiana uniform.
After Dickerson's longball, Michael Earley followed with a walk and Josh Lyon hit a looping single down the left-field line, then advanced to second when the Wildcats tried to gun down Earley at third. Jokisch then delivered a wild pitch to send Earley to the plate, and on the throw from Noble at catcher, the ball sailed wide of Jokisch covering. Snieder, though, made a heads-up play from first, backing up the throw and keeping it out of the dugout to leave Lyon at third. Rogers struck out to end the inning with IU down 10-3.
NU tacked on an insurance run with two hits and a walk off Matt Igel in the seventh, and Indiana added a run in the ninth on Rogers' longball, a 2-2 pitch that he blasted over the wall in left. The Hoosiers now have 67 home runs as a team, the top mark in the Big Ten and just 15 shy of the school record of 82 set in the 1992 season.
The Hoosiers and Wildcats will conclude their series at 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET on Sunday in Evanston for the rubber match of the three-game set. Live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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