IU SPLITS WEEKEND WITH MICHIGAN
April 2, 2000 IU SPLITS WEEKEND WITH MICHIGAN
Bloomington, Ind.-- History repeated itself, as IU and Michgan split their four game series this weekend. Michigan took the final game 4-3 to end the weekend. IU is now 3-5 in the Big Ten, and 20-12 overall.
"We played really hard, but came up a run short," said IU head coach Bob Morgan. "You lose three one-run games in the Big Ten, and that really hurts you. But I thought we got a lot better offensively. We're hitting the ball much better, and we're just playing better."
Michigan got on the board first today. Rob Bobeda's single to right scored Brock Koman to get the Wolverines their first run of the ball game. Indiana held the Wolverines scoreless for the next three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Hoosiers got things started when Blake St. Clair got a base hit to right center, then moved to third off Vasilli Spanos's shot to right. Then St. Clair scored off a wild pitch to tie the game at one.
Michigan catcher David Parrish put U of M up again when he nailed a solo shot to left center in the top of the fifth. Indiana took little time to even the score, as Dan Haegele nailed his second triple of the series in the bottom of the sixth, and then scored off Spanos's double to center. Then in the seventh, Parrish knocked his second ball out of the park, to put Michigan up 3-2. Michigan got an insurance run when Mike Sokol knocked a shot to the right center fence and scored Jordan Cantalamessa. IU answered in the eighth when Spanos's sacrifice to deep right scored St. Clair. That would be the final Hoosier run.
Fred Graf struck out five, allowed only four runs, and gave up nine hits in seven and 2/3 innings. Graf's loss moves him to 4-5 this season. Nick Otte pitched one-third of an inning, striking out two to end the Wolverine's rally in the eighth.
Wednesday the Hoosiers travel to Indiana State for a 6:30 p.m. game.
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