May 28, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After falling behind 8-0 to Minnesota early on, the Indiana baseball team rallied to put the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, but Scott Matyas recorded a strikeout to end the game as the Hoosiers fell 10-8 to the Golden Gophers. Tyler Rogers went 4-for-4 in the loss for Indiana, which will take on Purdue on Friday at noon in an elimination game.
Matt Igel and Walker Stadler combined for six strong innings of relief in the contest to keep IU in the game. The Gophers scored a run in the first and then plated seven unearned runs in the bottom of the second to card Jonny Hoffman with a loss (2-3). Seth Rosin improved to 8-4 for the Gophers in getting the win, though the Hoosiers delivered 10 hits and seven runs off the burly righty in 7 2/3 innings. Matyas tossed 1 1/3 innings of relief to pick up his seventh save.
Alex Dickerson and Micah Johnson each homered in the loss for the Hoosiers, with Johnson tallying two hits. Dylan Swift scored a pair of runs for IU, while Rogers had two RBI. Kyle Knudson and Nick O'Shea each had three hits and three RBI for the Gophers.
Down 8-0 after two innings, IU showed signs of life with a five-run top of the third. Swift started the rally with a one-out single to center, and Johnson drilled a single to right center of his own to send Swift to third. Jerrud Sabourin then put IU on the board with a sac fly to center, making it 8-1. Rosin fell behind Dickerson 3-1, and the sophomore crushed the next pitch over the wall in right for his 24th homer of the season to make it an 8-3 game. Dickerson now has sole possession of second on the single-season list and is alone in fifth on the career list (38) in home runs for the Hoosiers.
The rally continued with Michael Earley
drawing a walk, and Josh Lyon
sent him to second with a single to left. Rogers followed, looping a single to center to score Earley and trim the deficit to 8-4. With Ethan Wilson
at the plate, Rosin bounced the 0-1 pitch to the backstop to score Lyon and leave IU down just three runs.
Igel came on in relief for the bottom of the third, and the sophomore had arguably his best effort of the season. He allowed two runs on six hits, but did not walk a batter and struck out five. The Gophers plated a run off of him in the fourth with a bunt single and two liners to right to make it 9-5, but the Vincennes, Ind., native responded by striking out the next three hitters in succession to end the frame.
In the sixth, the Hoosiers drew within two. Swift was issued a one-out walk to start the frame. Johnson followed and mashed a 1-0 pitch over the wall in dead center for his 11th home run of the season to make it 9-7. Minnesota, though, countered with a run on a hit batsman and singles by Knudson and O'Shea to take a three-run lead. Stadler came on in relief, striking out Matt Puhl and getting Kyle Geason on a fielder's choice to end the frame.
After Rosin and Matyas combined to put zeroes on the board in the seventh and eighth, Indiana rallied in the ninth. Dickerson and Earley drew back-to-back one-out walks, and after a Lyon foulout, Rogers came to the dish. The senior ripped a 1-1 pitch into the left-field corner to plate Dickerson and trim the deficit to 10-8. But with the tying run at second, Wilson was punched out on a borderline check-swing to end the game.
IU now takes on Purdue at noon in an elimination game on Friday, with the winner of that game taking on Iowa immediately after. Both games will be televised on the Big Ten Network, and live audio and statistics will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.