Hoosiers Win Wild, Extra-Inning Affair over NU
May 11, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Indiana baseball team won a wild, 14-12 contest over Northwestern on Sunday in extra innings. Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz hit home runs for the Hoosiers in the victory, while Tyler Rogers had four hits for the victors. IU split the weekend series with the Wildcats to move to 23-28 (11-17 Big Ten).
Andrew Means went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the game, while Chris Hervey, Schutz, Ethan Wilson and Tyler Cox each had two hits as well. Redshirt freshman Matt Carr picked up the win for the Hoosiers by finishing off the ninth inning and retiring the side in the 10th.
The Hoosiers got to NU starter Joe Muraski early on in the game, putting eight runs on the southpaw in his four-plus innings of work. Muraski allowed 10 hits and two walks without a strikeout in his day. Included in that was Phegley's 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the first inning to build an 8-3 lead for starter Joey O'Gara.
But the two teams continued to score in each frame and the Wildcats got a run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-6 Hoosiers. In the seventh, Schutz came up huge bombing a Brian Morgan pitch deep to right center and off the scoreboard to up the lead to 10-6. IU tacked on another run in the frame to make it a five-run lead.
But NU was not done, scoring two in the seventh and going to the bottom of the ninth down 11-8. In the frame, Mike Kalina worked a leadoff walk against Joe Vicini, then moved up on a Chris Lashmet groundout. He then struck out Nate Roberts for the second out of the inning, but Max Mann came through with his fourth hit of the game, a double of the left-field wall to bring the tying run to the plate with two down. That's when Tony Vercelli hit his fourth home run of the year, a liner that cleared the wall in left center to tie the contest.
In the 10th, IU came up big with Means and Hervey starting the inning with consecutive singles to put runners at the corners. Phegley then delivered a sac fly to center for his 64th RBI of the year to give Indiana the lead. Jerrud Sabourin then drew a walk to put two on, and Rogers singled through the left side to bring Hervey to the plate. Evan Crawford then pinch-hit and delivered an RBI single of his own to make it 14-11 heading to the bottom of the 10th.
In the 10th, Aaron Newman led off with a double to right field to start things off. Carr then struck out the two best hitters in the lineup - Jake Goebbert and Mike Kalina - to put two down and two out. Lashmet then delivered an RBI single to right to make it 14-12 and bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Roberts. Carr got ahead of the freshman 1-2, and Roberts ripped a grounder toward first base. Sabourin got a glove on the ball and it deflected right to Rogers, who threw on to Carr for the unconventional 3-4-1 groundout to end the contest.
Indiana will be back in action on Tuesday, when it plays host to Butler at Sembower Field. The final home game of the season for the Hoosiers will begin at 3 p.m. EDT, and live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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