Hoosiers Come From Behind to Defeat Wright State 9-7
March 29, 2000 Hoosiers Come From Behind to Defeat Wright State 9-7
"We were able to be down 6-0 and come back and win," said head coach Bob Morgan. "We shouldn't have been in that position, but for us to be down 6-0 and come back and win the ball game 9-7 was great."
The Hoosiers broke a 7-7 tie with a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Tim McNab led off the inning with a double and Dan Haegele advanced McNab to third and moved to second on an error. Vasilli Spanos drove home the game-winner with a double to right field and Gibran Hamdan executed a suicide squeeze to plate an insurance run giving Indiana a 9-7 lead.
Fred Graf picked up the win with two innings of relief. He improves to 4-4 on the season.
Wright State took advantage of five walks, a hit batsman, an error and a single to put four runs on the board in the second inning to jump out to the 4-0 lead. The Raiders scored once more in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Matt Bruner to make the score 5-0 and then again in the fifth inning to open up a 6-0 advantage.
Indiana battled back with a five spot in the bottom half of the fifth as 10 batters went to the plate for the Hoosiers. Joe Sadler led off the inning with a pinch hit walk. Singles by Jason Williams and Benji Clause loaded the bases as Clause picked up his third hit in as many at bats.
Dan Haegele then drew a one-out walk to plate Williams to get the Hoosiers on the board. Spanos then connected a single down the right field line to score a pair of runs and make the score 6-3. After a Blake St. Clair walk to load bases once again, Michael Woodside picked up an infield single and RBI to pull the Hoosiers to within two. John Bestler concluded the scoring with a single to make the score 6-5.
Wright State picked up a run in the seventh to take a 7-5 lead, but Indiana once again responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at seven. Spanos led off the inning with the single and moved to third on a single by St. Clair. Woodside reached on an error that scored Spanos and Kevin O'Brien walked to load the bases. Williams then laid down the perfect suicide squeeze to score St. Clair with the tying run.
The Hoosiers will return to Big Ten action this weekend as Michigan comes to town for a four-game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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