Hoosiers Edged By Boilers to End Tourney Run
May 24, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Chris Hervey and Josh Phegley each had three hits and Tyler Cox scored three runs, but the Indiana baseball team was bested 11-7 by Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. The Hoosiers finished off their season at 31-30, the first winning season for the Hoosiers since the 2003 squad won 34 games.
Hervey and Phegley were stars offensively in the tournament. Hervey was 12-for-18 with seven RBI, nine runs and a .708 on-base percentage. Phegley went 10-for-22 with two home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored. He also had three doubles in slugging .864 for the tourney. Dan Black of Purdue hit three longballs in the contest against IU and set a new tourney record with his five homers.
The Boilers put three runs on the board in the bottom of the second on three hits and an error, the big blow being an RBI single from Brandon Haveman that scored a pair of runs when Tyler Rogers' throw got past Phegley. But the Hoosiers trimmed the lead to one on a trio of hits in the top of the third. Cox started things with a one-out single to center and Andrew Means followed with a double into the left-field corner. After a Hervey sac fly, Phegley walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jerrud Sabourin then dumped a single into left to score one run, but Jordan Comadena gunned down Phegley at the plate to end the inning.
Up 3-2, the Boilers' power attack came alive, with Dan Black and Jon Moore each knocking solo home runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Then in the fifth, Black did it again, launching a pitch to deep right field for a two-run shot to make it 8-2. After the Boilers scored again in the sixth, IU trimmed the lead with a lone run in the seventh. Cox led off by reaching on an error that put him at third with nobody out. After a shallow fly ball, Hervey delivered an RBI single to make it 8-3.
Black showed he was not done, hitting a pitch high and outside to right center for his third longball of the game, matching the Boiler single-game record. The Boilers added another run to make the deficit 10-3 for the Hoosiers.
But IU bounced back with four runs in the eighth to tighten the contest. Earley started things with a line-drive homer to left field, his fourth of the season, and Evan Crawford followed with a single to center. Ben Wolgamot then robbed Ethan Wilson of a hit with a diving play at second. Cox followed with a bunt single and then Means drove in a run on a groundout to second to make it 10-5. Hervey then drove in a run with a single and Phegley followed with an RBI double that scraped the wall in left to make it 10-7. But Andy Loomis came on and struck out pinch-hitter Brad Henke to end the threat. Purdue tacked on a run in the bottom of the eighth to result in the final score.
Phegley finished off one of the best offensive season in IU history with a .438 average, 15 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 doubles. He is the only Big Ten player with an average over .400 and also is the only one with an on-base percentage over .500 (.507). Saturday marked the final day in the careers of Hoosier seniors Cox, David Trager, Doug Fleenor and Chris McCombs.
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