Hoosiers Squeeze Past Spartans
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In its Big Ten home opener on Friday, the Indiana baseball team used a pair of suicide squeeze bunts , a home run by junior catcher Cody Wargo and a complete game effort from pitcher Jacob Cary to secure a 4-2 victory over the Michigan State Spartans at Sembower Field. The Hoosiers improved their season record to 21-7 and moved to 6-3 in conference action with the series opening win. MSU fell to 7-19 and 1-6 in league games.
"Today was a good day. The weather was nice, we had a good crowd and we played well," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said. "The kids played well. I think that the key was when we executed the suicide squeeze and got three (runs) in that inning. It was a well-played game on both sides. We made our double plays several times. It was just a good ball game. We played well and we found ways to win and hopefully we can find a way to win tomorrow."
Indiana scratched the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third on Wargo solo homer. The shot over the right field fence represented the Owings, Md., product's second of the season.
The Spartans responded in the top of the fourth as second baseman Travis Gulick hit a roundtripper of his own to tie the score at one run apiece.
The Hoosiers answered back with a three-run fourth inning. Second baseman Corby Heckman reached on a hard-hit single to the shortstop and third baseman Vasili Spanos banged a double to the wall in right center to put runners on second and third for the Hoosiers. With one out, first baseman Kevin Mahar drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Shortstop Seth Bynum stepped to the plate and laid down a perfect suicide squeeze that rolled down the third base line as Heckman crossed home plate. Wargo then reached base on an error by the Spartan second baseman and Spanos scored to the 3-1 IU lead. Rightfielder Kenny Marrs followed Bynum's lead and also hit a perfect bunt single to score Mahar for the Hoosiers' fourth and final run.
Michigan State was able to muster another run in the fifth frame. Leftfielder David Miller singled through the right side and moved to second on a groundout. Shorstop Alan Cattryse's base hit moved Miller to third and centerfielder Brett Wattles hit a single to left field to bring him home and make it, 4-2.
The Hoosiers held on for the win from there. Cary (7-0) was impressive once again as he pitched his fifth consecutive complete game and his seventh win of the season. The righthander from Bruceville, Ind., scattered eight hits and gave up just two walks while fanning five MSU batters. For Michigan State, starter Patrick Gill suffered the loss (0-5) in 7.1 innings of work. Gill was responsible for all eight Hoosier hits and all four runs. He walked two and struck out six.
"Jacob Cary goes out every Friday and he just does a great job for us," Morgan said. "He is 7-0 now. He has a nice tempo, he pitches fast. He usually throws strikes and he goes out and establishes himself. Pitching establishes the game and when he goes out and pitches well, we play well."
The four-game series between the Hoosiers and the Spartans continues Saturday with a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. as Sembower Field.
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