Baseball Set to Take on Governors

    Go Hoosiers! Michael Earley had two hits and a double for the Hoosiers in IU's loss to Illinois State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Michael Earley had two hits and a double for the Hoosiers in IU's loss to Illinois State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 1, 2008

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    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Indiana baseball team will take on Austin Peay in its second game of the Austin Peay Invitational on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST. The Hoosiers (1-3) and host Governors will meet for the first time since 1990.

    Yesterday, Andrew Means had three hits, including a pair of triples, but the Indiana baseball team was toppled by Illinois State 12-5 on Friday. Michael Earley added a pair of hits and drove in two for the Hoosiers.

    Illinois State got off to a lucky start in the first, as the leadoff hitter Mike Stalowy hit a lofty flyball to center, but Means slipped on the waterlogged field and Stalowy went all the way to third with a leadoff triple. Ronnie Calvird then singled him home to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.

    The Hoosiers responded in the top of the third after Means delivered a one-out triple to deep left center. Evan Crawford brought home the junior with a fielder's choice grounder to shortstop to knot the game up at 1-1. But ISU came right back with four in the bottom of the frame, the crucial blow coming on a three-run home run off the bat of Corey Maines that gave ISU a 5-1 lead.

    But Indiana fought back for a run in the top of the fifth, once again a Means triple setting up the rally. This time it was Josh Phegley delivering an RBI on a grounder, though the sophomore reached base after the throw from the shortstop went wild and the Hoosiers trimmed the lead to 5-2.



    In the fifth, Indiana rallied once again, scoring three runs to draw even with the Redbirds. Chris Hervey started the inning off by reaching on an error by the third baseman and Jerrud Sabourin followed with a walk to give the Hoosiers two on and none out. After Brad Henke struck out, the two runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. That's when Earley delivered with a two-run double down the left-field line to score both and draw IU within one. Earley moved up on a balk and then came home on a Tyler Rogers sac fly that knotted the game at 5-5.

    Once again, though, the Redbirds responded, and in the bottom of the sixth got six consecutive base hits and a walk, with only a pickoff retiring a batter. By the end of the inning, five ISU batsmen had crossed the plate to make the score 10-5 in favor of the Redbirds. ISU then added a pair more in the bottom of the seventh to push the score to the final margin.


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