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    April 12, 1998


    Third straight pitcher's duel gives IU a series split

    Lansing, Mich.­ The Indiana baseball team won the series finale against Michigan State, defeating the Spartans at Oldsmobile Park, 3-0. Junior Jason Williams had an RBI triple and a two-run double to account for all of the Hoosiers runs.

    Senior Greg Schabel tied his career high for strikeouts with five and was consistenly ahead of Spartan hitters, as he had two strikes on more than half (17-26) of the batters that he faced. It was his second consecutive strong outing, as he pitched a career high 7.1 innings last Sunday at Purdue, allowing just four hits.

    Sunday, Schabel (2-2) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just seven singles. He got out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth when he struck out Spartan cleanup hitter Mark Mulder with the tying run on third base.

    Sophomore Chris Wilson pitched the eighth and ninth innings to record his first career save. He allowed just one hit while striking out three Spartans.

    IU had at least one runner on base every inning but two, and finally broke through in the sixth when Scott Anleitner singled to right with one out. Dan Haegele replaced him at first, and scored on Jason Williams' triple into the right field corner. But Williams was tagged out at third on a busted squeeze play and Sam Incandela grounded out to end the inning and Hoosier threat.

    Indiana squandered a great scoring opportunity in the fifth inning when the Hoosiers loaded the bases for Doug DeVore, but Spartan freshman John Steiger, making his first Big Ten start, struck out DeVore to end the threat.

    Benji Clause finished the day with no hits in four at-bats, stopping his career high hitting streak at 10 games.

    The win improves the Hoosiers' record to 21-18 and 6-6 in the Big Ten. It is the third straight Big Ten series the Hoosiers have split, after having taken two from Penn State in Bloomington and splitting with Purdue in a series played at both teams' home fields.

    The Hoosiers will travel to Ball State on Wednesday (April 15) at 3 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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