HOOSIERS DEFEAT IPFW WITH TWO RUNS IN THE NINTH
February 15, 2000 HOOSIERS DEFEAT IPFW WITH TWO RUNS IN THE NINTH
The Indiana baseball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-6 victory over IPFW. The Hoosiers won the game in their final at bat with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth. The game was scheduled earlier today as the Hoosiers continue to prepare for their trip to San Diego this weekend.
Blake St. Clair started the Hoosier rally in the ninth as he was hit by a pitch with one out. Eric Blakeley, coming off his two home run performance against IUPUI, doubled to center field and St. Clair moved to third and then after a defensive miscue in the outfield scampered home to tie the game at six. Mark Minor then reached on an error after the IPFW infield could not haul in a pop up. Blakeley moved to third on the error. Jason Williams then drove home the game-winner with a line drive to left field.
"You have to give them credit. They got a lead and held onto it for most of the game and just kept battling. We are glad to get the victory today and glad to get in another game before we go to San Diego," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said.
IPFW, coached by former Hoosier player and assistant coach Billy Gernon, jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Hoosiers pulled to within in the third inning. Rob Stastny provied a two-out two run single to make the score 4-3. IPFW came right back with two runs in the fifth to take a 6-3, but Indiana scored the game's next four runs. Statsny scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to make the score 6-4 and Tim McNab picked up an RBI on a ground out in the eighth to pull the Hoosiers to within one at 6-5.
Stastny was perfect 2-2 on the day and is now 4-4 on the season, while Rich Beric went 3-5 on the day. Blakeley and Williams also each collected a pair of hits.
Nick Vitielliss (1-0) picked up the win as he worked a perfect eighth inning.
The Hoosiers will be in action next weekend as they travel
to San Diego to face San Diego State on Friday, Oklahoma State
on Saturday and Kansas State on Sunday.
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