Hoosiers Go 7-1 on Spring Trip

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    March 21, 1999

    Hoosiers Go 7-1 on Spring Trip

    Hoosiers Score Four in the Bottom of the 9th to Win Against Hartford

    Homestead, Fla. -- The Indiana baseball team scored four runs, three of which were unearned, in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4 over Hartford for their second victory of their spring trip.

    Ryan Schade began the Indiana rally with a one-out double off Hartford reliever Brandon Hartfield. He scored on a rbi single by Benji Clause to make it 4-2.

    The next two Indiana hitters, Sam Incandela and Frank O'Connell, each reached on infield errors which helped set up the rest of the inning.

    Clause scored when O'Connell's grounder was misplayed by shortstop Javier Marchial. Incandela then scored on a throwing error by catcher Ryan Ellis as O'Connell was stealing second base.

    Doug DeVore walked and then moved to second, and O'Connell did likewise to third, on a balk by Hartfield.

    Mark Minor then ripped a single to score the winning run.

    Nick Otte won the game for the Hoosiers in relief. He allowed only two hits in 3 2/3 innings in which he stuck out 9 batters. He and starter

    David Ferris combined to strikeout 14 Hartford hitters while walking just three.

    The victory improves the Hoosiers record to 11-1 on the season. IU plays Iona Tuesday

    Hoosiers Win Wild One 14-10

    Boca Raton, Fla. -- It is a good thing the Hoosiers got to continue batting and battling as they defeated Iona 14-10 Tuesday after giving up an early 7-0 lead.

    The Hoosiers took that lead after the top of the third but as they went to the plate just three innings later, the team found itself behind 10-9.But thanks to some timely hitting and a quality relief effort by Chris Wilson, the Hoosiers came back to win the game for their third consecutive win on their spring trip.

    Frank O'Connell, Jason Williams and Ryan Schade all had run scoring singles in the top of the sixth to give Iu a 12-10 lead. Williams then added an RBI single in the eighth and Benji CLause stole home in the ninth to add some insurance runs.

    All three of those players held the Hoosiers with three hits as IU had 13 for the game.

    "I told our players that no lead is ever safe and that was the case today," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said. "I was pleased with the way we came back and scored some more runs."

    Wilson entered the game in the fifth and got the Hoosiers out of a jam. Over the next four innings, he allowed just two hits and no runs as he earned his first win of the season.

    "Chris did a great job of keeping us in the game," Morgan said. "We needed that after giving up that lead."

    Iona took the 10-9 lead as they scored five runs in the fifth. IU starter Zack McClellan gave up two of the runs and then Fred Graf gave up three before Wilson stopped the rally.

    The Hoosiers were also helped in the game by stealing nine bases in 10 attempts. Dan Haegele, who started the Hoosiers attack with a solo home run in the first, led the way with four steals. Clause, whose steal of home was not part of a double steal, added two steals.

    The victory pushes the Hoosiers record to 12-1 while Iona dropped to 1-4.

    Indiana continues its trip Wednesday night against Nova Southeastern.



    Boca Raton, Fla. -- Four runs was enough for the Indiana Hoosiers in two games Friday as they defeated Columbia 4-3 and Princeton 4-0.

    But the story of the day came in the Princeton game as Indiana pitcher Jason Torres had the best outing of his career as he pitched a complete game.

    The senior struckout a career-high 15 Tiger hitters while allowing just two hits. He also walked just three batters.

    "I didn't really do anything different today than I have in other starts," Torres said. "I guess I was able to set up the hitters a little better and they swung and missed more than they connected."

    Torres allowed just two hitters to reach as far as second base and struckout at least one hitter in every inning. During one stretch from the fourth through the seventh innings, he retired 10 consecutive hitters.

    "Jason was really on tonight," Morgan said. "We really didn't play well against Columbia even though we won, but he really gave us a lift with the way he pitched."

    Doug DeVore was the hitting star for IU against Princeton as he was 3-for-4 including an RBI double in the first and a two-run single in the third. Frank O'Connell added a solo home run in the eighth for IU's final run.

    The Hoosiers had to come from behind in the first game of the day against Columbia.

    The Lions led 2-0 after the top of the third before the Hoosiers tied the game with single runs in the third and the fourth. Dan Haegele had an RBI single in the third while Benji Clause did the same in the fourth.

    Columbia went ahead in the fifth as Matt Buckmiller had an RBI single off IU starter Brad Edwards to take a 3-2 lead.

    Indiana scored the winning runs in the seventh as Clause and Haegele each drove in runs off Columbia starter Dan Gati.

    Nick Otte came in to replace Edwards in the sixth and allowed no hits over the last four innings to earn the victory.

    The victories improve Indiana's record to 5-1 on its spring trip and 14-2 overall. The Hoosiers continue the trip Saturday against Columbia again.


    IU Defeats Columbia 13-6

    Boca Raton, Fla. -- The Indiana baseball team improved its spring trip record to 6-1 with a 13-6 victory Saturday over Columbia.

    The game was close in the beginning as neither team scored in the first three innings.

    In fact, the Hoosiers sent just 10 batters to the plate in the first three innings as Columbia starter Ryan Kiernan allowed just one base runner during that stretch.

    However in the fourth, the Indiana bats started to come alive. The Hoosiers scored twice on a RBI ground out by Doug DeVore and a RBI single by Frank O'Connell.

    After IU starter David Ferris did not allow a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Hoosiers extended their lead to 7-0 with a four run fifth.

    DeVore and O'Connell each had RBI's but the big hit was a two-run double by Jason Williams.

    Columbia scored their irst run off Ferris in the bottom of the inning as Matt Buckmiller hit a solo home run. That was the first run IU pitchers had allowed in 17 innings over a three-game span.

    The Hoosiers scored five more times in the sixth to take a 11-1 lead. Indiana relievers Fred Graf and Zack Otte came on to relieve Ferris and did not allow a run in the sixth or the seventh respectively.

    Indiana scored once more in the top of the eighth but Columbia scored three in the bottom of the inning off Tom Willerer.

    IU scored one more in the ninth before Columbia finished the game scoring twice more in the bottom of the inning.

    "I thought we played well at the beginning of the game but some of our relievers did not do the job late in the game which made it a long day at the park," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said.

    DeVore had three runs batted in while Dan Haegele went 3-for-5 with four runs scored. Ferris pitched five innings and allowed just the one run and six hits while striking out and walking three hitters. The victory was the second of the season for him.

    The Hoosiers are now 15-2 and finish the spring trip with a single game against Cornell Sunday.


    Hoosiers Score 11 in 9th to Win

    Boca Raton, Fla. -- The Indian baseball team saved its best for its last at bat Sunday as they scored 11 runs in the top of the ninth to help erase a four-run deficit and win its spring trip finale 12-6 over Cornell.

    Cornell starter John Osgood held the Hoosiers at bay over the first eight innings as he allowed just four hits and just one run as Cornell led 5-1 going into the final inning.

    Osgood, who also served as Cornell's designated hitter, was lifted for a pinch-runner in the bottom of the eighth and then was replaced on the mound to start the ninth.

    Cornell's first reliever of the frame hit the first two batters he faced and then gave up a double to Jason Williams and a walk before yielding to freshman Ryan Hudson.

    Hudson didn't fare much better as he hit the first batter he faced and walked the next hitter. By this time Cornell still led 5-4.

    Dan Haegele then ripped a one-out two-run single into left for a 6-5 lead.

    Doug DeVore then followed with a massive, long three-run home run to extended the lead. Frank O'Connell then followed with a solo home run and that was the end of Hudson.

    The Hoosiers then scored two more times off Mike Walogorsky as Williams added a home run and Robert Stastny ripped a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

    The Hoosiers scored 11 times in the inning on six hits and sent 15 hitters to the plate.

    IU reliever Zack McClellan had some trouble in the ninth as Cornell sent seven hitters to the plate but they managed to score just one run.

    McClellan came into the game in the seventh and allowed just the one run on three hits to earn his second victory of the season.

    "I was pleased with the way our team came back today," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said. "It was a different ball game with Osgood out of there and we took advantage of it."

    Osgood was strong in his eight innings as he allowed just the one run and struckout six while walking just one.

    Williams led the IU hitting attack as he went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. Haegele and DeVore each had three RBI.

    The Hoosiers ended their spring trip with a 7-1 record and are now 16-2 overall.

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