Hoosiers Take Series Finale From Spartans
May 16, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Josh Lyon went 3-for-5 with a crucial three-run homer as the Indiana baseball team took the series finale from Michigan State on Sunday, 10-7. Matt Carr threw 5 2/3 strong innings for the win, while Chris Squires recorded his ninth save of the season, tossing the final 3 1/3 for the Hoosiers (25-24, 10-11 Big Ten). Ryan Jones and Jeff Holm each had three hits in the loss for MSU (32-17, 10-11).
Jerrud Sabourin had a three-hit day for the Hoosiers, while Michael Earley went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Brian Lambert had a crucial two-run double for IU in the victory. Tony Bucciferro fell to 7-5 with the loss for the Spartans.
Indiana jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead with a strong first inning at the plate. Micah Johnson drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later Alex Dickerson hit an RBI double to right center to make it 1-0. Earley followed with a single to left to plate Dickerson, and a Lyon single put runners at the corners with one away. Brian Ritz then hit a grounder to second that was mishandled by Ryan Jones, and Earley came home to give IU a 3-0 lead. Ethan Wilson added an RBI single up the middle to give the Hoosiers a four-run advantage.
Michigan State bounced back with four unearned runs in the bottom of the first, though. Jones led off with a single and then Torsten Boss followed by reaching on an error by Johnson to put two on and nobody out. Jonathan Roof then hit a grounder back to Carr on the mound, but the righty's throw to second was wide of the bag to load the bases with nobody out. Jeff Holm hit a two-run single and Eli Boike and Brandon Eckerle each added run-scoring singles to make it 4-4.
The Hoosiers took the lead for good in the second. Johnson reached to lead off the inning when a swinging third strike bounced wide of the catcher. Sabourin followed with a single to right to send Johnson to third. Dickerson followed, and hit a grounder to short that resulted in a double play, scoring Johnson for the fifth Hoosier run of the contest.
Both teams remained off the scoreboard until the fifth, though the Spartans had an eventful third. Roof led off the inning by drilling a liner to pitcher, but Carr snagged it for the first out. Holm followed and crushed a ball to deep center field and it landed out of the reach of Sterling Mack in center field for a triple. As Mack got the ball back in to the infield, Johnson mishandled the ball and Holm broke for the plate. Sabourin gathered the ball and whipped it to Dylan Swift, who tagged out Holm for the second out. The Spartans followed with a single and a walk, but Carr got Eckerle to foul out to end the inning.
Up 5-4 in the fifth, Sabourin led off the inning with a single to right, and after a Dickerson flyout, Earley singled to right center. Lyon fell behind 0-2 in the count, but fouled off two straight pitches, took a ball, and then blasted a ball that hooked around the right-field foul pole to give Indiana an 8-4 lead for his 11th longball of the year.
MSU loaded the bases with a hit, a walk and a hit batsman off of Carr in the sixth. With two down in the frame, Squires came out of the pen to face Jones. The second baseman got ahead 2-0 and hit the next pitch through the left side to score a pair of runs and trim it to an 8-6 lead. Squires then rebounded to get Boss looking to end the inning.
IU answered right back in the seventh. Earley led off with a walk and after a Lyon flyout, Ritz got a walk of his own. Kurtis Frymier came out of the pen for the Spartans to face Lambert, and the redshirt junior went the other way with a ball just inside the line in right field for a two-run double to make it 10-6.
The Spartans got a run on a Holm solo homer in the seventh, but Squires got a popout and a groundout to end the inning. After Squires got the Spartans 1-2-3 in the eighth, Boss led off the ninth with a single. Squires rebounded by getting a pair of groundouts, and then the senior punched out Chris Roberts on a 3-2 pitch on the inside corner to end the game. It marked his ninth save of the season, matching the Hoosiers' single-season record, set by Ryan Smith, who had nine in 2002.
IU will wrap up the regular season with a three-game set against Illinois at Sembower Field on Thursday (3 p.m.), Friday (1 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.) this week. Live audio and statistics will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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