Carr, Squires Combine for Four-hit Shutout
May 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The duo of Matt Carr and Chris Squires combined for a four-hit shutout as the Indiana baseball team took a 1-0 victory over Northwestern on Sunday to win the series with the Wildcats two games to one. Alex Dickerson went 2-for-4 with the game's only RBI for the Hoosiers (23-22, 9-9 Big Ten). Francis Brooke scattered 10 hits in allowing just one unearned run for NU (21-27, 10-8).
Carr, in just his third start of the season after offseason arm surgery, took a one-hitter into the seventh. He surrendered just three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 shutout innings to improve to 1-1 and lower his season ERA to 2.51. Squires allowed just one infield single, striking out three, in posting his eighth save.
Eight of the nine hitters for the Hoosiers hit safely in the game, but a heavy wind blowing in kept IU from delivering an extra-base hit. Dylan Swift went 2-for-3 for the Hoosier offense. Zach Morton had a 2-for-4 game with the only extra-base hit of the contest, but his error in the first inning proved the difference in the game.
IU looked poised for a big offensive game in the first, as Micah Johnson led off the game by reaching on the Morton error and Jerrud Sabourin immediately followed with a single. Dickerson came up next and laced a single to left for his 63rd RBI of the season, but Sabourin was gunned down trying to go to third for the first out of the inning. Michael Earley followed with a single, but Brooke rebounded to get Josh Lyon on a lineout and Brian Ritz on a strikeout to end the danger.
That wound up being the only inning without a zero on the scoreboard, as the Hoosier defense turned in its best performance of the season just a day removed from its worst. Ethan Wilson made two sterling plays in the first to pick up Carr, and that set things up for the entire day for Indiana.
In the fourth, the Hoosiers turned in arguably the best play of the season. With one on and one out, Morton ripped a grounder up the middle. Ritz dived to his right and stabbed it, flipped the ball to Wilson at second, and the Pendleton, Ind., native barehanded the ball and whipped it to first for a brilliant 4-6-3 double play. Carr added an impressive stab of his own to end the fifth to work around a leadoff walk.
Both teams threatened in the seventh, as Swift led off with a single and went to second on a sac bunt. After a Sabourin punchout, the Wildcats elected to intentionally walk Dickerson to put two on and two out. Earley crushed the first pitch he saw on the left side, but Chris Lashmet went to his left and knocked down the one-hopper to end the frame.
In NU's half of the inning, Morton looped a one-out double down the left-field line and Trevor Stevens followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Carr battled to a 2-2 count with Alex Seyferth, but his next pitch was in the dirt to allow Stevens to move to second on a wild pitch. Seyferth fouled off the following pitch from Carr, and the ball caromed into his face, forcing the designated hitter to be replaced by Hamilton Wise in a 3-2 count. Needing a strikeout, the Hoosiers went to Squires in the bullpen, and the closer struck Wise out on a changeup, though the punchout was credited to Carr. Chris Kontos followed with a swinging bunt to third that looked like an infield single off the bat, but Kontos stumbled out of the box and Johnson gunned him out at first to end the inning.
Indiana got a pair of base hits in the eighth, but closer Paul Snieder came on to get the final two hitters to end the threat. In NU's half, Geoff Rowan got a leadoff infield single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Chad Noble then hit a sinking liner to left and Dickerson made a brilliant diving catch to end the threat. Squires got the final two batters of the game to strike out swinging to end the game.
With his eighth save of the season, Squires has matched his 2009 total and is one shy of the school record set by Ryan Smith (2002). Dickerson continues to lead the Big Ten in all three triple crown categories with his .424 average, 20 home runs and 63 RBI.
Indiana is back in action on Tuesday at Sembower Field, as it plays host to Kentucky for a 4 p.m. non-conference contest. Admission is free to all Indiana baseball home games. Live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com as well.
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