April 1, 2000
Bloomington, Ind.--The Indiana Hoosiers (20-11, 3-4 conference) took both games in a doubleheader agianst Michigan (8-15-1, 1-6) to take the lead in the series, 2-1. The Hoosiers won the first game 6-1, and the second 10-3.
"I'm very happy with the day," said head IU coach Bob Morgan. "We swung the bat well and kept the pressure on. I thought [Joe] Sadler really stepped up for us, and swung the bat; he's added some pop to our lineup."
In the first game, Zach McClellan scattered 11 hits while the Hoosiers held the Michigan Wolverines to one run, defeating them 6-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Sembower Field. McClellan struck out seven and gave up only one walk.
"[Beating Michigan is] kind of a personal thing," said McClellan. "My dad went there and played basketball for them, so I get really fired up. I had great defense behind me, and the team hit really well, so we got it done."
The Hoosiers got things started in the first when Blake St. Clair slammed his fourth homer this year, to put IU up 1-0. Michigan answered in the second when Rob Bobeda scored off a Jay Dines single down the left line. Indiana got another two runs in the third and were led by a triple from Tim McNab. Dan Hagele had a sacrifice fly to score McNab, then Vasilli Spanos grounded out to short to score Benji Clause.
IU got a three-run inning started in the fifth when Clause scored off a wild pitch. Haegele then scored off a Spanos pop-up. Eric Blakeley then scored St. Clair with a sacrifice fly to center.
Indiana got thier six runs off eight hits and one Michigan error. McClellan got his third win of the season to even his record at 3-3. This was also the first complete game McClellan threw this season.
In the second game Dave Ferris pitched a complete seven inning game, allowing only three runs off eight hits. He struck out six and walked only three. He moves to a perfect 5-0 record this season.
"I had decent command of all four pitches," said Ferris. "The good defense was the key, though. We scored a lot of runs, so that helped."
Michigan got on the board first in the second game when Brock Koman tripled to score Kevin Quinn. IU quickly answered when Haegele's triple scored Clause in the bottom of the first. Spanos grounded out to second, but scored Haegele. Joe Sadler scored when Michigan tried to pick off Blakeley and over threw. IU kept the bats going in the fourth, putting together a five-run effort. Haegele's double scored Clause and McNab, then crossed the plate himself when St. Clair singled. Spanos had an RBI single, scoring St. Clair. Sadler's single scored Spanos to put the Hoosiers up 8-1.
The Hoosiers struck again in the sixth, scoring two more runs. Sadler's triple scored Michael Woodside who singled earlier. Blakeley had a sacrifice RBI to score Sadler. IU led 10-1 going into the top of the seventh, when Michigan put together a rally, but were stopped short after putting two more runs on the board.
The series will be wrapped up tomorrow with a nine-inning,
1 p.m. contest.
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