April 9, 2000
Bloomington, Ind.--Indiana combined offense with strong pitching to defeat Northwestern 10-3. David Ferris worked a complete game allowing just five hits while striking out eight to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Hoosier offense had 10 hits, including six extra base hits.
Indiana battled back after falling behind 1-0 as the Hoosiers scored three runs in the bottom half of the second. Vasilli Spanos led off the inning with a walk and then the trio Tim McNab, Jason Williams and Eric Farley hit back-to-back-to-back doubles.
McNab tied the game at one with a two-bagger to left field to extend his hit streak to nine straight. He then scored on a double to right field by Williams. Farley then collected his first two-bagger of the season to drive home Williams.
Indiana struck again with six more runs in the third to take a 9-1 lead. Spanos provided the early power with a two-run home run to left field. Spanos second homer of the season plated Rich Berich who had driven in Dan Haegele with a double to left centerfield.
Joe Sadler kept the inning going when he reached on a drop third strike. McNab then drilled a triple to right field to plate Sadler and Williams laced a single to left to score McNab. Williams crossed home when John Bestler sent a single up the middle.
Bestler added a sacrifice fly in the fifth to give Indiana a 10-3 lead after Northwestern scored twice in the top half of the inning. Benji Clause who had led off the inning with a walk.
"Coach got on us yesterday for not being up and getting after it," said sophomore right fielder Tim McNab. "Today we had all the fight and all the heart in the world, and if we keep playing like that, good things are going to come."
Indiana mounted a seventh inning rally but fell just one run short as Northwestern handed the Hoosiers an 8-7 defeat.
"We were up 3-0 and the momentum was on our side, but then it just turned, and it was back and forth," said Coach Bob Morgan. "I don't question the kids' effort, or how hard they played, but we just have to get after it. We were one swing away from winning. We just have to get it done."
Northwestern took a 7-6 lead in the sixth when J.P. Williamson drilled a first pitch one-out homerun to right field. The Wildcats added an insurance run in the top half of the seventh.
The Hoosiers (22-15, 5-7) scored once in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Michael Woodside but left the bases loaded to end the game.
Indiana had tied up the game at six in the fifth when Joe Sadler doubled and Tim McNab and Jason Williams stroked singles to score Sadler.
Northwestern (15-14, 2-6) grabbed a 6-5 lead with three runs in the top half of the fifth inning. Kris Musselman provided the big blow with a two-out, two-run homerun to right field.
The Hoosiers broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Jason Williams opened the inning with a single and moved to second when Kevin O'Brien layed down a perfect bunt. O'Brien was able to reach on the sacrifice when Dan Padgett was unable to scoop up the ball. John Bestler then layed down a sacrifice of his own to move the runners to second and third. Leadoff hitter Benji Clause plated both runners with a bloop double down the right field line.
Indiana got out of the gates quickly as its first three batters of the game reached base. Clause led off with a double and scored on Dan Haegele's single. Haegele moved to third on a single by Rich Berich and scored on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Berich later scored on a Joe Sadler double to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead.
Northwestern responded with a pair of runs on four hits in
the second inning and knotted the game at three with a run in
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