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    HOOSIERS DEFEAT PENN STATE IN SLUGFEST SERIES FINALE

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    ="slugfest"> March 29, 1998

    HOOSIERS DEFEAT PENN STATE IN SLUGFEST SERIES FINALE

    14-run sixth inning highlights Indiana victory

    Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana baseball team scored 14 runs in the sixth inning to turn a seven run deficit into a seven run lead, as they defeated the Nittany Lions, 23-17. The victory gave IU (16-12, 2-2) a split in its first Big Ten series of the season.

    IU entered the sixth inning trailing 13-6, but with one out, the Hoosiers went 15 batters without making an out, capped off by junior Brandt Childs' three-run home run off of the Nittany Lions third pitcher of the inning. Childs, junior Frank O'Connell, freshman Dan Haegele and senior Roger Rodeheaver each had two hits in the inning.

    Haegele finished the day with a career high five hits, five runs and five RBI including his first career home run, a three-run shot in the second inning. He also has a career high six game hitting streak, improving his average to a team high .418.

    O'Connell also had a stellar performance, going four for six with five runs batted in, both career bests. Childs extended his hitting streak to a career high eight games by going two four six with four RBI. His team-leading eighth home run of the season raised his average to an even .400.

    Sophomore Benji Clause reached base and scored in five of his six plate appearances, as he singled and walked five times. Senior Roger Rodeheaver also added three hits and three RBI.

    The game featured eight home runs, including a mammoth shot by Penn State designated hitter Chad Whitmoyer, which landed on the adjacent tennis courts nearly 500 feet from home plate. The two teams combined for 40 runs on 33 hits and 24 walks. The Hoosiers' 23 runs are the most since IU scored 30 vs. IU Southeast on April 30 of last season.

    Freshman Zack McClellan (3-0) pitched well over the final four innings, tying his career high with four strikeouts while earning the victory.

    The victory improves the Hoosiers record to 16-12 and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Penn State drops to 10-11 and 2-2 in conference action. The Hoosiers next game will be Tuesday (March 31) in a double header against Taylor. First pitch at Sembower Field is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.


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