Carr's Bullpen Brilliance Leads Hoosiers to Doubleheader Sweep
May 16, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Matt Carr threw five shutout innings out of the bullpen in a 7-3 win in game two to finish off a doubleheader sweep of Michigan State for the Hoosiers on Friday. IU won game one 7-6 with Matt Bashore finishing off a complete game and Jerrud Sabourin driving in two runs in each contest.
Carr came in with the Hoosiers up 6-3 in the third inning and allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out one. The redshirt freshman got some help from his defense as well, as both Andrew Means and Evan Crawford turned double plays from the outfield in the contest, including a beautiful throw from Means to gun down Kyle Day at the plate to end the third.
IU jumped all over MSU starter A.J. Achter in the first. Means led off with a single and Chris Hervey was hit by a pitch next to set a new school record with his 17th of the season. Josh Phegley followed with a single through the right side to score Means and make it 1-0. After Phegley moved up to second, Sabourin followed with another single to plate two runs and make it 3-0. Tyler Rogers followed with a walk and two batters later Crawford walked to load the bases. David Trager unloaded them with a double down the left-field line to score three and make it 6-0.
MSU scored a single run in the first and two in the second, but Carr shut them down to hold off the Spartans. Kipp Schutz and Crawford hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh to add an insurance run for Indiana.
In game one, the Hoosiers came out of the gates blazing, scoring three runs in the first for Bashore. Means led off the game with an infield single and moved up on a Hervey sacrifice. Phegley then walked and Sabourin delivered an RBI single to make it 1-0. Rogers was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Schutz brought in two with a roped single to center field.
MSU scored two on Bashore in the bottom of the second on a trio of hits, the third an infield single by Steve Gerstenberger to plate the second run. But IU came right back with two of their own in the third to regain a three-run lead. Phegley and Sabourin started things with back-to-back singles, Sabourin's scoring Phegley after a stolen base by the catcher. Rogers then reached on an error, and two batters later Crawford plated a run with a single to center to make it 5-2.
After the Spartans scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Hoosiers tallied insurance runs in the fifth and sixth, one on a Rogers double and the other on a throwing error by Gerstenberger. Then in the bottom of the seventh, the first two runners reached and Kyle Day hit a three-run shot to make it 7-6. After Bashore struck out Justin Potes, Eric Roof drew a walk to give MSU a one-out base runner. Dennis Jones pinch-ran and stole second, but got doubled off on a liner to center that Means grabbed and ran in for an unassisted double play.
Bashore improved to 7-3 with the win and upped his conference-leading total to 83 strikeouts. With his four hits, Phegley is now hitting .429 on the season with 68 RBI. He has 42 RBI in conference games, tying the Big Ten record, set by Illinois' Mike Klimek in 1996. His 68 overall RBI are tied for fourth in school history with Phil Dauphin's 68 in 1989.
Indiana now controls its own destiny, as an IU win tomorrow or a Northwestern loss in either of its final two games against first-place Michigan will put Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2003. Indiana has clinched at least seventh place, its highest finish since the 2003 campaign.
Indiana and MSU will wrap up theor series on Saturday at 1:05 at Kobs Field. Live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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