Bashore Shines, Hoosiers Split Doubleheader with Wildcats
May 10, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Matt Bashore was stellar in a complete-game victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Northwestern, but the Wildcats picked up a 10-8 victory in game two to split the double dip and win two of the first three games of the series. IU and NU will finish off the series Sunday at 2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised on tape delay beginning at 5 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
Bashore was dominant on the mound for the Hoosiers, going blow-for-blow with David Jensen in a pitcher's duel in the opener. Bashore allowed a leadoff single to Jake Owens, and thereafter allowed just two weakly hit singles in the victory as he improved to 6-3. Bashore walked two and struck out four in the win.
IU got its first run in the second inning after the first seven men were retired by Jensen. David Trager picked up IU's first hit with a double into the left field corner and on the next pitch Tyler Cox ripped a single to left center to score his fellow senior and make it 1-0.
On the other side, Bashore was cruising along, and did not allow a hit in the second, third or fourth innings. In the fifth, a pair of errors by Trager put two on with two out in the frame with Owens at the plate. The veteran barely got a piece of the baseball and spun it just out of Bashore's reach for an infield single. Then Bashore lost control of a pitch with the bases full and it hit Aaron Newman for an RBI hit-by-pitch to knot the score 1-1.
IU finally got to Jensen in the seventh, as Tyler Rogers led off the inning with a base hit. He was sacrificed to second by Schutz, bringing Evan Crawford to the plate with one out and a man on second. Crawford hit a slow grounder through the left side and Rogers turned around third, but Mike Kalina threw a strike to the plate and narrowly beat Rogers for the inning's second out as Crawford moved up to second. Trager then strode to the plate and hit a 2-0 pitch up through the middle to score Crawford and give IU a 2-1 lead.
Bashore allowed a loop single down the right-field line with one out in the seventh, but he retired Owens on a grounder to end the ball game. The sophomore is now 6-3 on the year with a 2.72 ERA and a conference-leading 78 strikeouts.
In game two, the Hoosiers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on singles by Chris Hervey and Jerrud Sabourin and a Josh Phegley HBP. Rogers added a sac fly in the inning as well. But the Wildcats erased the lead in the bottom of the first and added two in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead and chase Tyler Tufts from the contest.
IU rallied in the fifth for a pair of runs, as Andrew Means hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot, in the frame. Phegley then hit a one-out single and Sabourin followed with a single through the right side. After Rogers was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Schutz then drew a walk to bring in a run, but reliever Matt Havey retired the next two batters to end the threat with two runs in.
IU then scored three more runs in the top of the sixth. Consecutive singles by Cox, Means and Hervey scored one run and then Sabourin and Rogers smacked two more singles to knot the score at 7-7. But Havey recovered to retire the final two batters with a tie score. The joy was short-lived though as Chris Lashmet mashed a three-run homer in the bottom of the frame to give the home squad a 10-7 lead. IU got one run in during the seventh, but left the tying run at second base when Sabourin flew out to center to end the contest.
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