Hoosiers Edged By Wildcats, 8-5
May 9, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Josh Phegley hit his 11th home run of the year and drove in two, but the Indiana baseball team was edged by Northwestern on Friday, 8-5. Jerrud Sabourin added three hits in the loss for the Hoosiers, who fell to 21-27 (9-16 Big Ten). NU is now 19-23 (12-13).
The Hoosiers had strong opportunities in both the eighth and ninth innings to draw even with the Wildcats, but were unable to overcome the deficit. IU trailed 8-3 entering the eighth against starter Eric Jokisch, and Evan Crawford led off the inning with a single to right. Phegley came up and hit a deep fly ball to left, but it was caught by Mike Kalina on the warning track for out number one. After a Sabourin flyout, Chris Hervey picked up the Hoosiers with a double just inside of third, and Jokisch walked Kipp Schutz to end his day. Matt Havey then came on against Tyler Rogers, who stung a pitch to right but it was snared by Nate Roberts in right to end the inning.
In the ninth, David Trager led off with an infield single and then pinch-hitter Michael Earley was hit by a pitch. After Andrew Means flew out, Crawford slapped a single to right to load the bases for Phegley. Havey gave the slugger nothing to hit, and Phegley walked to bring in a run and put the tying run on base. Havey then got Sabourin to fly to left for the second out of the inning, and Hervey's bounding ball was handled by shortstop Tommy Finn, who got the force at third to end the ball game.
The bottom of the NU order was outstanding in the ball game, as the 6-9 hitters went a combined 8-for-13 with six RBI and three runs. Finn went 3-for-4 and Nate Roberts was 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI. Jake Goebbert added his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot that gave the home squad a 2-0 lead.
Indiana came back with two in the second to tie the score. Sabourin led off the inning with a double to left center and after a Hervey groundout, Schutz walked to put runners at the corners and one out. Rogers followed with a single to right to score Sabourin and move Schutz to third, and Trager then laid down a successful squeeze to bring home the second run.
But the Wildcats got two in the fourth and three in the fifth off Eric Arnett to take a 7-2 lead. Arnett went the full eight innings, striking out two in the contest as he fell to 3-4. Phegley trimmed the lead to 7-3 with a solo homer to the opposite field to make it 7-3. Phegley's 11 longballs are the most by a Hoosier since Kevin Mahar hit 14 in 2004. He now has 38 RBI in 25 conference games, already a record for an IU player and just four RBI shy of the conference record of 42, held by Illinois' Josh Klimek in 1996.
Indiana and NU will play a Saturday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. CDT in Evanston at Rocky Miller Field. Live audio and GameTracker for the contest will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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