Hoosiers Triumph Over Evansville in Extras
May 12, 2009
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Indiana hit four home runs - two by Josh Phegley - but it was late-inning heroics and the pitching of Matt Igel that lifted the Hoosier baseball team to a 10-8 victory over Evansville in 10 innings on Tuesday. The Hoosiers improved to 26-24 on the season, while UE is now 25-27.
In addition to Phegley's two homers, Kipp Schutz and Jake Dunning each hit balls out of the yard as well. Schutz, an Evansville native, had three hits in his return to his hometown. Jerrud Sabourin had two hits and drove in three runs in the win.
Igel was stellar out of the pen, allowing just one hit and striking out five in his 3 2/3 innings. The freshman collected his first win in an IU uniform. Chris Squires pitched the 10th for his seventh save of the season.
The Hoosiers jumped out to three quick runs with longballs by Phegley and Schutz in the first with two down. After two quick outs, Phegley blistered a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his 15th home run of the season to make it 1-0. After Alex Dickerson delivered a single, Schutz came up in his hometown for the first time as a college athlete, and smashed a ball the other way for his fifth round-tripper of the year to make it 3-0.
Evansville got a run back in the bottom of the frame by using a leadoff walk, some small ball and an RBI infield single. But IU used the longball again in the second, this time with Dunning going deep. The shortstop blasted his fourth homer of the year on a line over the left-field wall to push IU's lead to 4-1. But Evansville continued to battle, using an infield single and two walks to load the bases. Leadoff hitter Jim Viscomi came up next, and the speedster hit a grounder to Dunning at short. The Hoosiers got one out at second, but the relay by Tyler Rogers sailed high to plate two runs and make it a 4-3 ballgame.
IU continued its two-out magic in the third. Dickerson started the rally with a line-drive single up the middle and Schutz followed with his second hit of the game, lining a single over the shortstop's head into centerfield. On the play, Viscomi mishandled the ball, allowing Dickerson to advance to third. Evan Crawford followed and drilled a single through the left side to plate Dickerson for IU's fifth run of the contest.
The give and take continued in the fifth, as Phegley blasted his second homer of the game and 16th of the year with a no-doubt shot down the left-field line that stayed inside the foul pole to make it 6-3. Again, Evansville battled back for another run in the bottom of the frame. Greg Wallace led off the inning with a double to left and he moved to third on an errant throw by Dickerson. Matt Carr retired Tom Heithoff on strikes for the first out, but Andy Pascoe brought home UE's fourth run of the game on a sac fly to right to make it 6-4.
In the top of the sixth, IU got another run across courtesy an RBI single by Jerrud Sabourin that plated pinch-hitter Michael Earley. Evansville responded in the bottom of the frame, this time in a big way. A walk, error and bunt single loaded the bases and Cody Fick emptied them with a double to the gap in left center to tie the game. After a wild pitch moved Fick to third, Wallace hit a hard liner to right for a sacrifice fly to give Evansville its first lead of the night at 8-7.
IU got the equalizer in the top of the eighth, plating an unearned run. Josh Lyon led off with a walk and he gave way to pinch-runner Brian Lambert. Lambert moved to second on a wild pitch, but Dunning flew out to left for the first out. Earley then got on base after being hit by a pitch for Sabourin. The lefty bounced a ball to second that went for a fielder's choice, and then shortstop Andy Smith pump faked a throw on to first. That got Lambert to come around third and try to score, as Smith threw to home, but Lambert knocked the ball loose from Andrew Gher for IU's eighth run.
Meanwhile, Igel pitched brilliantly out of the pen to keep IU tied up in a close game. The Vincennes, Ind., native struck out a pair of batters in the eighth and then set down the side in the ninth to strand a pair of runners with the score knotted at 8-8.
In the 10th, Rogers led off with a single down the right-field line and moved to second on a Vince Gonzalez sacrifice. Dunning then came to the plate and grounded out to second to push Rogers to third with two down. Earley worked the count to 3-2 against reliever Wade Kapteyn and drew a walk to put runners on the corners for Sabourin. The first baseman then drilled a 3-2 pitch into deep left center for a two-run double to make it 10-8. Squires allowed an infield single, but struck out two in the 10th to finish off the game.
Indiana is back in action this weekend with its final home series of the year against Michigan State. The two teams will play on Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. before finishing their series on Saturday at 1 p.m. GameTracker and live audio for
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