Hoosiers Face Cardinals in Non-Conference Affair
May 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team will play host to 2007 College World Series squad Louisville on Tuesday at 3 p.m. EDT at Sembower Field. The Hoosiers are currently riding a three-game winning streak after taking three of four games from arch-rival Purdue. Indiana football head coach Bill Lynch will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
The Hoosiers recently took the final three games of a four-game series from Purdue to vault into eighth place in the Big Ten. IU is just two games out of the postseason, where Northwestern and Penn State are tied for fifth. The Hoosiers head to Evanston to take on the Wildcats in a four-game series this weekend before wrapping up the season with a trip to East Lansing, to battle Michigan State.
IU is led by Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Josh Phegley, who leads the league with a .440 batting average and is in the top five of nearly every category. He already has nine home runs and 59 RBI on the season, including seven longballs and a school-record 36 RBI in Big Ten play. In today's contest against the Cardinals, southpaw Kyle Leiendecker is scheduled to be on the hill for the Hoosiers against righthander Gabriel Shaw for U of L.
The Hoosiers and Cardinals have gone head-to-head once already this season, with the Cards taking a 5-4 decision in Louisville on April 15. In that contest, Jerrud Sabourin had three hits and Chris McCombs pitched seven strong innings but. The Cardinals needed tallies in each of the final three innings to come away with the victory.
In the top of the ninth, Phegley led off with a single and moved up to second base on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Sabourin delivered his third hit of the day, lacing a single to left that scored Phegley to knot the game heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Cheesebrough reached again in the bottom of the ninth to lead off the inning, but Eric Arnett bore down to get a strikeout and a groundout to first to put two men down and a runner at second base. Tyler Christensen pinch-hit for the Cardinals and slapped a single into left field that sliced toward the corner to score the winning run and give UL the 5-4 victory.
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