Hoosiers Sweep Spartans, Advance to Big Ten Tournament
May 17, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Indiana baseball team finished up a four-game sweep of Michigan State with a 14-5 victory to earn a berth in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2003. The Hoosiers finish the regular season at 28-28 after registering their first Big Ten series sweep since 1999 against Northwestern. The Hoosiers will be the sixth seed in the tournament, where they will face No. 3 Penn State Wednesday at 3:35 EDT in Ann Arbor, Mich., at Ray Fisher Stadium
Josh Phegley finished his regular season with a bang, going 4-for-6 with four runs, three RBI and his 13th home run of the season. The sophomore finishes the regular season with a .436 average and 71 RBI, each of which led the Big Ten this season. He also finishes with 63 runs, which places him among the conference leaders.
Andrew Means went 3-for-5 with three runs in the game, hitting two triples in a single contest for the second time in his career. Jerrud Sabourin went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Tyler Rogers added three hits of his own. On the mound, Tyler Tufts was outstanding, allowing nine hits and three walks in eight innings of work, striking out two in the process. More importantly, he induced six double plays in the contest to keep the Spartans at bay.
The Hoosiers came out blazing in the first, putting five runs on the board to take a quick lead. Means led off with a single up the middle and moved up on a Chris Hervey sacrifice. Phegley then delivered an RBI single to bring home Means and make it 1-0. The RBI was his 43rd in conference play, breaking the previous conference record of 42, set by Mike Klimek in 1996.
Two batters later, Rogers delivered a single and then Kipp Schutz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Evan Crawford followed with a two-run single to center and moved to second on the throw, and Trager added a two-run single to cap off the scoring at 5-0.
After the Spartans tallied a run in the bottom of the first, IU added two more runs in the second to make it 7-1. Means led off the second with a triple and came home on a Hervey single just inside the bag at third. Hervey stole second and after Phegley and Sabourin were retired, Rogers delivered an RBI single to score Hervey and make it 7-1.
The Hoosiers tacked on a run in the third on an RBI triple by Means, his second triple of the game to match the school record. In the fourth, Phegley led off the inning with a double and came home on a Sabourin single to make it 9-1. IU added another run in the sixth on Phegley's solo home run, his 13th of the season.
Meanwhile, Tufts continued his strong mound performance for IU. The junior induced double plays in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to minimize the damage. He allowed seven hits in the first seven innings of action to the Spartans.
In the eighth, the Hoosiers scored four times in an inning that saw a lightning delay slow the pace of the contest. Means was hit by a pitch to start things and moved to third on a Hervey single to left. Phegley then brought Means home on a single up the middle for his third RBI of the game, but Hervey was thrown out at third for the first out of the frame. Sabourin then followed with a two-run homer his fifth of the season to stretch the Hoosier lead to 13-1. Following an 18-minute lightning delay, Crawford added an RBI double later in the inning to make it 14-1. The Spartans scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Doug Fleenor finished off the contest with a 14-5 victory.
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