Hoosiers Set for Game Two Against Ospreys
March 14, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Indiana baseball team will look to avenge Tuesday's 16th-inning loss to North Florida on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT. The Hoosiers fell to the Ospreys 10-9 in an epic battle between the two squads. Billy Kitchen (0-0) will be on the hill for the Hoosiers with Dicarlo Thompson (0-0) hurling for UNF.
In yesterday's contest, Andrew Means went 4-for-7 with two RBIs and a run scored. Keith Haas and Reid Briglia each had three hits as well, with Briglia scoring three runs in the contest. Tyler Cox and Chris Hervey had multiple hit games as well for IU.
A wild ninth inning saw the Hoosiers score seven runs and the Ospreys scored three to send the game to extras. Haas got things started in the ninth with a single to right field and moved to third two batters later when Briglia ripped his second hit of the day, a single to left field. Cox followed with a hard double to deep left-center that scored Haas to make the score 5-2. Pinch hitter Michael Nilles hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Briglia, and the Hoosiers were down to their final out.
Trevor McConnell then pinch hit and drew a walk to put runners on first and second with two down. Means then ripped a single through the left side that plated Cox to trim the deficit to one. Hervey then came to the plate with no hits on the season, and earned a chop single to first base to tie the score. Fixler then singled through the left side to give IU a one-run lead, and Haas followed with his second hit of the inning to plate Hervey. The ball then rolled past the center fielder and Fixler came around to make the score 8-5 in favor of the visitors.
In the bottom of the ninth, UNF scored three of its own. Damon Olinto led things off with a double to deep right center, but Eric Arnett rebounded to get the next two hitters. Mycal Jones followed with an infield single, then T.J. Gaudy was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. The killer play came on a grounder to Cox that was mishandled, then the throw bounced wide of first to score Jones. Gaudy also rounded third on the play, and Nilles' throw to Phegley beat the runner, but Gaudy slid under the tag to tie the game.
Each team scored a run in the 10th inning, with Briglia getting his third hit of the day and scoring on Means' fourth hit of the contest, a chop single to deep third base. UNF added a run of its own in the frame, as James Belyea led off the inning with a double. Joe Vicini retired the next two on a fly out and a ground out, but Jon Dandridge dribbled a single up the middle to knot the game at 9-9 and send the game to the 11th.
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