Bashore's Gem Helps Hoosiers to 6-1 Win
May 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Matt Bashore pitched eight brilliant innings and the Hoosier offense connected for 10 hits and six runs in a 6-1 victory over Michigan State on Friday afternoon. Bashore matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and allowed just three hits and one walk in eight shutout innings to get the win.
Indiana improved to 28-24 (16-6 Big Ten) with the victory. The Hoosiers have now won seven straight games and nine of their last 11. IU has ensured that it will have the best conference winning percentage since the 1939 team went 7-3 and finished second in the Big Ten.
Indiana is currently tied for second place with Ohio State, one-half game behind Minnesota, heading into Friday evening's action. The Golden Gophers take on Penn State in State College, Pa., tonight, while the Buckeyes will play host to Iowa. Illinois is still a half game behind Indiana in fourth place after topping Purdue 6-3 today.
Bashore allowed just three singles and allowed just one runner to reach second base in his most dominant outing of the season. The 10 strikeouts give him 92 on the season (fifth all-time, one behind teammate Eric Arnett's 93 this year) and 228 in his career, as he is just 16 strikeouts shy of all-time leader Eric Jacques. In addition to Bashore's eight innings, Matt Igel threw a third of an inning and Wyatt Hoff surrendered a ninth-inning run in his two-thirds of a frame.
Offensively, the Hoosiers were led by Jake Dunning, who lit up the scoreboard with twos. Dunning went 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBI, two walks and two stolen bases in the contest, as he reached base in every plate appearance. Alex Dickerson and Jerrud Sabourin also had two hits apiece and each lefty also collected an RBI in the game.
After a quiet first two innings, the Hoosiers finally scratched the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the third. Dunning led off with a walk, but starter A.J. Achter got the next two men out with a flyout and a groundout, as Dunning advanced to second. After the shortstop advanced 90 more feet on a wild pitch, Josh Phegley drew a walk to put runners at the corners with two down. That brought Dickerson to the plate, and he laced a single through the right side for his 51st RBI of the season to make it 1-0. Kipp Schutz followed with a single of his own, drilling it to right for a base hit to score Phegley and make it a 2-0 game.
The zeroes continued to mount on the scoreboard for both teams, as Bashore allowed just two base runners from the third through the sixth innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Evan Crawford drilled a leadoff single and let his speed do the work from there. Crawford started by stealing second with Vince Gonzalez at the plate and then he stole third with Dunning at the dish. After swiping third, Crawford broke for the dish on the very next pitch and induced a balk by Achter to score IU's third run of the game for a 3-0 edge.
As Bashore continued to cruise through eight, the Hoosiers collected three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Rogers started the rally with a one-out single and Gonzalez followed with a single of his own to put to runners on with one out. Dunning came to the plate next and got ahead in the count 2-1, and on the next pitch he blasted it into the left-center field gap for a two-run double to make it 5-0. After a Chris Hervey groundout moved Dunning to third, Sabourin plated run number six with a single through the right side. MSU scored its only run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on a walk followed by two singles off of Hoff.
Indiana and Michigan State will conclude their three-game series on Saturday at Sembower Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. with lefty Blake Monar slated to go against MSU's Tony Bucciferro in a battle of two of the top freshman arms in the conference. Live audio and Gametracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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