Bashore Hurls Hoosiers to Big Ten Semifinals
May 21, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A day after Eric Arnett shut down Purdue to the tune of seven shutout innings, teammate Matt Bashore matched his cohort's effort, allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine in seven innings of scoreless baseball as the Indiana baseball team (30-25) rocked second seed and 21st-ranked Minnesota (35-16) to the tune of a 12-3 win. Brian Lambert, Tyler Rogers and Jake Dunning each had three hits in the game as the Hoosiers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back.
Indiana advances to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, where it will take on top seeded Ohio State at 7:05 p.m. on Friday. Earlier in the day, Purdue knocked off Michigan State in the loser's portion of the bracket, and the Boilermakers will take on the Gophers at 12:05 p.m. in an elimination game. The Buckeyes knocked off Illinois 7-4 in the nightcap.
The Hoosier offense smashed 18 hits in the game, 10 in the first three innings, en route to the nine-run win. Every member of the starting lineup hit safely in the contest, with Josh Phegley, Alex Dickerson and Kipp Schutz also tallying multi-hit games. Dickerson drove in three runs for Indiana, while Jerrud Sabourin scored a trio of runs in the victory as well.
IU got out to a hot start with two runs on three hits. Lambert led the game off with a first-pitch single up the middle, and Sabourin was then hit by a pitch to put two runners on with nobody out. That brought Phegley to the plate, and the catcher ripped a single to center field on a hit and run that plated Lambert and moved Sabourin to third. After a Dickerson strikeout, Schutz ripped a single through the right side to make it 2-0 Indiana in the top of the first.
Bashore had a rough bottom of the first for the Hoosiers, as he issued consecutive one-out walks to A.J. Pettersen and Derek McCallum. But the junior bounced back with a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning with IU still ahead by a pair of runs. Those would be the only two walks that Bashore would surrender in the contest.
In the top of the second, Indiana plated four insurance runs of Chauncy Handran. With one down, Dunning got the rally started with a double to left field and he was followed by an RBI double off the bat of Lambert to make the score 3-0 in favor of Indiana. A single by Sabourin and a double by Phegley scored another run and Dickerson followed with a line-drive double to right center that plated two more to push the edge to 6-0 Hoosiers.
After that it was all zeroes until the sixth inning. Handran settled in well and kept IU off the scoreboard for the next three innings, and Bashore continued his dominant performance for the Hoosiers. The Tipp City, Ohio, native did not surrender a hit until the fifth inning, when he gave up a leadoff single off the bat of Nick O'Shea that fell just in front of Evan Crawford to put a tally in the hit column. Two batters later, Justin Gominsky reached on an infield single, but Bashore got a flyout and a strikeout to end the inning with the shutout still in tact.
After the Hoosiers got a run on an RBI single from Schutz in the sixth, they plated a trio of insurance runs in the seventh. Dunning brought home the first two runs with a single up the middle to make it 9-0 and Dickerson put IU into double digits with a single to left center that made it 10-0.
Bashore finished off his stellar outing with a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Gominsky on a 3-2 pitch to end the seventh. The junior struck out nine in the game to put his season total at 101, just two behind Arnett on the year. They are just the fourth and fifth Indiana pitchers to post triple digits in Ks in a year. Bashore also lowered his ERA to a season-low 3.57.
After Indiana scored a solo run in the eighth, the Gophers got their first scores with three runs off reliever Drew Leininger in the bottom of the eighth. With one run on the board and the bases loaded, Matt Carr came on and surrendered a two-run double, but he put out the fire with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning with IU still ahead 11-3. The Hoosiers tacked on a tally on a Crawford RBI double in the top of the ninth to result in the final score.
Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com to find out who Indiana will take on in the semifinal matchup. The contest will be carried live on WHCC Hoosier Country 105.1 FM in Bloomington and worldwide on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio on channel 196. Live audio and GameTracker will also be available for the game at IUHoosiers.com.
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