Hervey, Arnett Lead Hoosiers To 9-2 Victory
May 15, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Chris Hervey had three hits and drove in four runs and Eric Arnett pitched eight strong innings as the Indiana baseball team scored a pivotal 9-2 victory over Michigan State on Thursday at Kobs Field. Andrew Means scored four runs for Indiana as the Hoosiers moved within a game of the Spartans in the race for the Big Ten Tournament.
Arnett allowed nine hits and two walks in eight strong innings, allowing just one earned run in the contest. Arnett struck out four and induced three double plays, including a 3-6-1 to finish off the eighth inning. He improved to 4-4 on the season with the victory. Chris Squires struck out the side in the ninth to finish off the victory for the Hoosiers.
Hervey's four RBI were a career high for the junior, who logged his second straight three hit game in the victory. He got things started early for the Hoosiers after Andrew Means reached on an error. Hervey got ahead 1-0 of Mike Monterey and crushed a pitch down the left-field line and it bent just inside the foul pole for the St. James, N.Y., native's second bomb of the year.
Monterey allowed base runners in each of the next three innings, but stranded two men each in the third and fourth. In the fifth, Means led off the inning by drilling a ball into the gap for his sixth triple of the season and then Hervey drove him home with a single through the drawn in infield to make it 3-2. Meanwhile, Arnett was impressive on the mound, retiring the leadoff man in each of the first four innings and getting a 6-3 double play to end the fifth after allowing the leadoff man to walk.
In the sixth the Spartans finally cracked the scoreboard. Johnathan Roof reached on a single after having his at-bat extended on a dropped foul ball, and Kyle Day hit his eighth home run of the year just out of Hervey's reach over the wall in left field to make it 3-2.
But the closeness of the contest was short-lived, as the Hoosier bats exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth to make it 8-2. Tyler Cox, Means and Hervey each singled, with Hervey's infield single bringing in a run, to tally the first run. Josh Phegley followed with his team-leading 16th double of the season to score another Hoosier tally as IU chased Monterey from the game after seven-plus innings.
Nolan Moody came on and got the first out of the inning, but it was a productive one as Jerrud Sabourin hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field to score Hervey and move Phegley to third. Tyler Rogers followed with a double left-field line to score Phegley, and Rogers capped off the scoring two batters later when he scampered home on a wild pitch to make it 8-2. Means added a run in the eighth after a leadoff walk, a stolen base and an RBI single by Sabourin to finish off the scoring.
Cox went 2-for-5 to notch his fifth straight two-hit game for Indiana. Tyler Rogers and Means each had two-hit contests of their own in the game. Means' four runs matched his season and career high, set earlier this year in the series finale against Purdue.
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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