Hoosiers Win Home Finale, 13-5
May 13, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Chris Hervey and Brad Henke each had three hits as the Indiana baseball team collected a 13-5 win over Butler on Tuesday. Doug Fleenor picked up the win after throwing three strong innings of relief, allowing just one run. IU improved to 24-28 on the season with the victory, which was the last game of the season at home for the Hoosiers.
In addition to Hervey and Henke, Josh Phegley, Dylan Swift and Tyler Cox each had two hits in the victory. Chris Squires and Matt Carr each went a strong inning out of the bullpen for Indiana as well. IU will now travel to East Lansing for a four-game series with Michigan State beginning Thursday at 3:05 p.m. EDT.
After the Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the first, the Hoosiers responded with a single run in the bottom half on an RBI triple by Phegley to score Hervey and tie the game 1-1. In the second, Henke and Swift started the inning with consecutive singles to put runners at the corners with one out. Cox scored Henke on a grounder to second, and two batters later, Hervey doubled home a run with a smash down the third-base line. Phegley capped off the scoring in the second with a single to left to make it 4-1.
Then in the third, IU broke the game open with seven runs on seven hits. After Tyler Rogers lined out to open the inning, the next eight hitters reached as the Hoosiers chased starter Joe Ochs from the game. Jerrud Sabourin capped off the scoring in the frame with a two-run double to right field as IU took a commanding 11-1 lead. Henke and Kipp Schutz each had two-baggers of their own in the inning.
After Butler scored twice in the top of the fourth, IU pushed across solo runs in the fourth and fifth to make it 13-3. Butler got their only run off Fleenor on a solo homer in the top of the seventh by Nate Hart. The senior allowed two hits and struck out four in his three innings of work. The Bulldogs added a run on two hits in the ninth, but Carr struck out Joe Pauley looking - his second K of the inning - to end the contest.
The double-digit scoring marked the 13th time this season that IU has scored 10 or more runs in a game. Indiana has now topped 15 hits 10 times during 2008, including each of the last two contests. The Hoosiers have scored 359 runs on the year, the most in the Tracy Smith era.
Indiana and MSU will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1:05 p.m. and then will wrap up the series on Saturday at 1:05 at Kobs Field. Live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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