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    HOOSIERS SPLIT; MOVE INTO POSITION IN PLAYOFF HUNT


    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    April 15, 2000

    HOOSIERS SPLIT; MOVE INTO POSITION IN PLAYOFF HUNT

    Boxscore-Game One

    Boxscore-GameTwo

    West Lafayette, Ind.--Indiana moved into a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten as the Hoosiers spilt a doubleheader at Purdue winning game one 9-3 and falling 8-0 in game two. This season it is the top six teams that advance to the Big Ten Tournament.

    Indiana used the strong arm of Zach McClellan early and an offensive explosion late to post a six-run victory in game one. McClellan was near perfect in the early going as his Hoosiers jumped to a 2-1 lead. The junior right-hander gave a leadoff single in the first and then retired 10 in a row, three on strikeouts before a Boilermaker reached on error. He sat the next three, fanning two of them before Purdue picked up its second hit of the game in the fifth inning. Prior to the Boilermaker double, McClellan had faced 14 straight without allowing a hit.

    The next innings saw the Hoosiers break open the game as they put a two-spot on the board in the sixth. Dan Haegele led off the inning with a one-out single and Vasilli Spanos drew a two-out walk to keep the inning alive for Rich Berich. Berich then extended his hitting streak to nine straight with a triple to right centerfield to give Indiana a 4-1 lead.

    The Hoosiers came right back in the seventh with five more runs. Tim McNab reached on error to open the inning and Kevin O'Brien sacrificed him to second. Eric Blakeley then executed on a hit and run and singled to right to score McNab. Blakeley quickly stole second and moved to third Benji Clause's basehit. Haegele then flew out deep to centerfield to plate Blakeley and give the Hoosiers a 6-1 lead. But, they were not done yet as Blake St. Clair drilled a two-out homerun to right field, his fifth round tripper of the season to give Indiana an 8-1 advantage. Spanos then sent the next Purdue pitch over the left field wall to give the Hoosiers nine runs on the day.

    McClellan went the distance throwing 108 pitches. He faced 28 batters and allowed just five hits while striking out five and walking just one for his fourth win of the season.

    Indiana opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning. Spanos led off with a walk and Sadler moved him to second with a one-out walk of his own. Two wild pitches scored Spanos and moved Sadler to third and McNab then extended his hit streak to 12 games with an RBI single.

    Game two saw Purdue score seven runs in the second inning off of David Ferris en route to a 8-0 victory. The loss was Ferris' first of the season as he now owns a 6-1 record.

    McNab and Berich both saw their hit streaks come to an end in the loss.

    The Hoosiers are now 6-9 in Big Ten play and are tied with Michigan and Iowa for fifth place in the conference. Illinois (12-3) sits in first place followed by Penn State (10-4), Minnesota (7-4) and Purdue (8-7).

    Indiana and Purdue will conclude their series tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m.

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