Hoosiers Earn Split with Minnesota
May 19, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Andrew Means had two hits and four RBIs in the second game of a doubleheader to lead Indiana to a split with second-place Minnesota on Saturday. Evan Crawford had three hits and drove in three runs in the two games as well, as Indiana eliminated the Golden Gophers from Big Ten title contention.
In game two, Minnesota got on the board first with a run in the second inning as the first three hitters reached base in the inning with a pair of walks and a Derek McCallum double doing the damage. But Chris McCombs pitched his way out of trouble in the inning to keep the score at 1-0.
Indiana manufactured a run in the bottom of the second without the benefit of a hit. David Trager led off with a walk and moved up to second on a groundout. Another grounder moved the junior to third, and then he came home on a wild pitch to knot the score at 1-1. But the Gophers responded with a pair of runs on three straight two-out doubles to take a 3-1 edge.
Indiana struck back once again though, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Keith Haas reached on an error with one out and Crawford followed by lifting a single to right. Means came through with a clutch hit next, lacing a line drive down the left field line and into the corner to score both runners and tie the game at 3-3. Michael Nilles followed with a walk, but Ethan Vogt came on in relief and retired both batters he faced to end the Hoosier inning.
Minnesota battled back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on its fifth double of the game and then a single by Nohelty. Nohelty stole second, advanced to third on a walk, and then came home on a sacrifice fly by Mee.
But Indiana came right back in the bottom, rallying for a trio of runs. Billy O'Conner started the inning with a single, and he was erased on a fielder's choice by Sterling Mack. Reid Briglia then pinch hit and drove a double the other way into the left-center field gap to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Haas followed with a walk, and Crawford scored Indiana's fourth run on a groundout to second. After Means walked, Nilles came through with a line-drive single to center to score a pair of runs and put IU up 6-5. But the Gophers responded once again, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to regain the lead, 7-6.
The seesaw continued in the bottom of the fifth, with the Hoosiers mounting a one-out rally. O'Conner drew a walk, and then Mack moved him to second with a single to short right field. After Brian Lambert pinch ran for O'Conner, Brad Henke delivered a looping single to load the bases. Haas tied the score with a single to center, and then Crawford delivered another RBI with a sacrifice fly to right to make the score 8-7. Means then drew blood again with a two-run triple that fell just out of the reach of a diving Mee to give Indiana a 10-7 lead.
Eric Arnett came on and ended the trend in the top of the sixth, allowing a leadoff double, but then striking out the side to maintain the Hoosier lead. He followed by pitching a perfect ninth on a pair of flyouts and a groundout to earn his second save of the season. Chris Squires picked up the win to move to 2-1, while the Hoosiers got to Minnesota ace Ethan Vogt for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings, dropping him to 3-2.
In the opener, the Hoosiers got on the board in the first without the benefit of a base hit. Haas was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and Crawford walked to move him up 90 feet. After Means sacrificed the runners over and Nilles walked, Brad Henke hit a sacrifice fly to right to put the Hoosiers up 1-0.
Indiana extended its lead with a solo run in the fourth. Chris Hervey was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved up on a sacrifice by Josh Phegley. Mack then ripped a ball toward the left-center gap, but it was tracked down by Mike Mee on a full run to keep Hervey at second. But after Haas walked, Crawford brought the run home with a single up the middle.
Despite control trouble in the first, Matt Bashore pitched brilliantly and held a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings. But Matt Nohelty broke up the gem with a single to center and then Mee walked to put a pair of runners on. Nate Hanson followed with a liner to third that Henke was able to knock down, but the hit loaded the bases with two out. Dan Lyons then gave the Gophers their first lead with a bases-clearing double to left-center. A Tijl Vanderwege walk ended Bashore's day, but Squires came on in relief to get Kyle Baran to ground out to end the inning with Minnesota up 3-2.
That was the only cushion the Gophers would need, as Kyle Carr allowed just a walk in his three innings of work for his eighth save of the year. Gary Perinar picked up the win to move to 4-4 on the season, while Bashore fell to 4-6.
The two teams will finish their four-game set tomorrow at Sembower Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. as Indiana will honor its four seniors - Ben Greenspan, Haas, Nilles and Josh Richardson - prior to the contest.
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