Four Earn All-Invitational Honors
March 3, 2008
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Four members of the Indiana baseball team have been named to the Austin Peay Invitational All-Tournament Team. Matt Bashore, Evan Crawford, Andrew Means and Josh Phegley were honored for the Hoosiers, who finished in a three-way tie for first place at the weekend event.
Phegley had a record-setting game in Indiana's 17-14 victory over Valparaiso. He tied a school record with five hits in five at-bats, and additionally he became the first Hoosier since Joe Kemp in 2005 to hit for the cycle. The sophomore also scored four runs and drove in five in the victory for IU, and his two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth gave IU the lead for good in the contest. That followed a 2-for-5 performance against Illinois State where the sophomore scored a pair of runs, as Phegley hit .545, scored six runs and drove in seven in the Invitational.
Bashore collected his first win of the season with a brilliant performance against Austin Peay on Saturday. The Hoosier hurler allowed just four hits - three of them infield singles - and struck out five in six innings for the Hoosiers. In leading IU to the victory, Bashore lowered his ERA to 0.87 and his batting average against to .195.
Means collected hits in each of the three contests in Clarksville to move his season average to .355. The junior centerfielder finished the weekend with a .412 average, leading all players by scoring seven runs and adding a stolen base. In Friday's game, Means went 3-for-5 and tied his own school record by hitting two triples in the contest. He also went 3-for-6 and scored three times in Saturday's win over Austin Peay.
Crawford quietly put together a very solid weekend after struggling on Friday, rebounding with three hits each on Saturday and Sunday to finish the weekend at .429. The sophomore scored four runs and drove in three for the weekend and hit his second career triple on Saturday. The Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native is now hitting .370 on the season, fourth on the team.
The Hoosiers went 2-1 to match the records of Illinois State and Austin Peay for tops at the four-team event. Indiana is now 3-3 on the season and will take on Indiana State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST in Terre Haute, Ind., before heading to California for the Pepsi/JohnnyQuik Invitational next week, hosted by Fresno State.
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