Hoosiers Go Extras To Knock Off Ohio State
May 22, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Chris Hervey went 5-for-5 with three runs and two RBI and Matt Carr was spectacular out of the bullpen, going 7 2/3 innings to help the Hoosiers earn a 10-8 victory over Ohio State in 10 innings to advance in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. The Hoosiers will play Friday at 12:05 p.m. against the loser of tonight's Illinois/Michigan contest. The game will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
Carr came on with one out in the bottom of the third and got an inning-ending double play off the bat of Michael Arp, and he followed that by allowing just seven hits over the final 7 2/3 innings for his third win of the season. Only two runs came across the plate in his tenure on the mound, and both of those were unearned. The redshirt freshman struck out two to improve to 3-1 on the year and lower his ERA to a team-leading 3.12.
It didn't appear that the Hoosiers and Buckeyes would go to extras, as OSU tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and then loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. But Carr got pinch-hitter Ryan Dew to hit a hard grounder to second. Tyler Rogers fed Tyler Cox for one and then Cox' relay throw was scooped up brilliantly by Brad Henke at first for an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
In the 10th, Michael Earley was hit by a pitch to start things off and moved up 90 feet on a clutch two-strike sac bunt by David Trager. Eric Arnett then pinch-ran for Earley at second and advanced to third on a Cox flyball to right. Then Andrew Means got ahead 3-1 of reliever Eric Best and drilled a double over the head of J.B. Shuck to give the Hoosiers a 9-8 lead. Hervey added his fifth hit of the day to score Means and give Indiana an insurance run.
IU got out to a roaring start against Buckeye starter Jake Hale. Means reached on an error to start the contest, and Hervey followed with a double just inside of the bag at third to put two men in scoring position with nobody out. Josh Phegley followed with a sac fly and Jerrud Sabourin had an RBI groundout to make it 2-0 in favor of the Hoosiers with two down and the bases empty. But Rogers, Kipp Schutz and Earley followed with three straight hits to bring in two more tallies and give Indiana a 4-0 lead.
The Hoosiers tacked on one more on an RBI double by Phegley in the second to make it 5-0, but the Buckeyes scored two in the bottom of the frame on a two-run single by Tony Kennedy. In the third, OSU batted around and scored four runs to chase Matt Bashore from the game. After a leadoff walk by J.B. Shuck and a flyout by Justin Miller, five straight reached against Bashore to score three runs and tie the game. Carr then came in and gave up a seeing-eye single to Kennedy to score one and make it 6-5 before forcing the inning-ending double play.
But the Hoosiers came right back to regain the lead in the top of the fourth. With two down, Means reached on a bunt single and stole second. He came around on an RBI single by Hervey to left to tie the game 6-6. Then Phegley reached on an error to put runners at the corners, and Sabourin delivered an RBI single to give IU a one-run edge. Rogers then ripped a double down the right-field line to score another and the Hoosiers led 8-6 in the middle of the fourth.
The Hoosiers will play at 12:05 on Friday at Ray Fisher Stadium against either the Fighting Illini or the Wolverines. Should the Hoosiers win that game, they would then play Penn State on Friday at 3:35 p.m. Be sure to check IUHoosiers.com later on Thursday evening for the latest updates. Live audio and GameTracker for the games will be available through IUHoosiers.com.
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