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    HOOSIERS DROP SERIES FINALE
    Loss give Indiana a split for the series


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    April 5, 1998

    HOOSIERS DROP SERIES FINALE
    Loss give Indiana a split for the series

    West Lafayette, Ind.­ The Indiana baseball team dropped the final game of a four-game series with Purdue Sunday, 4-2. The loss gave the Hoosiers a split in the series and evened its conference record at 4-4.

    Boiler freshman Austin Bilke needed just 115 pitches and two hours, two minutes to five-hit the Hoosiers at Lambert Field. Bilke, making his first Big Ten start and second start of his career, carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before junior Jason Williams singled to center. Bilke also struck out nine Hoosiers en route to the complete game victory.

    The Hoosiers mounted a late-inning comeback, but fell short in the ninth. Trailing 2-0, IU scored in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by freshman Dan Haegele. The sac fly scored Scott Anleitner, who started the rally with his fifth consecutive pinch hit.

    But IU gave up two runs in the bottom half of the inning, and entered the ninth trailing by three. The Hoosiers got one run back on a sacrifice fly by Williams, and had the tying run at the plate in Mike Spisak, but he grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.

    The loss spoiled a tremendous performance by senior Greg Schabel, who had probably the best outing of his career. Schabel allowed just four hits and three runs over a career-high 7.1 innings pitched. His best previous outing came last season against Michigan when the southpaw hurled seven innings, allowing one run on six hits.

    The loss also saw the end to Brandt Childs 13-game hitting streak. Childs struck out twice, grounded out, and in his final chance to extend the streak, walked to lead off the ninth inning.

    The loss drops IU to 19-15 and 4-4 in Big Ten play. Both teams earned victories at their home sites during the series, as Friday night's game at Victory Field in Indianapolis was a home game for Purdue. The Hoosiers swept the Boilers in a double header yesterday at Indiana, 8-3 and 12-2.

    The Hoosiers next action will be Tuesday as they travel to Terre Haute to take on #30 Indiana State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.





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