HOOSIERS LOSE 7-1
May 8, 1999 HOOSIERS LOSE 7-1
Ann Arbor, MI. -- Last weekend, the Indiana baseball team swept Northwestern by playing solid, smart baseball. They began its important series with Michigan by not playing that way and dropped the weekend opener 7-1.
"We just didn't make the plays we needed to make today," said Indiana head coach Bob Morgan. "It really hurt us when we didn't do that today."
Michigan starter J.J. Putz was in a giving mood as he walked the first three Hoosiers he faced. But he struckout clean-up hitter Doug DeVore, and then after walking in a run, he retired the stride with two more strikeouts.
Michigan answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning on a passed ball by catcher Brandt Childs.
Putz gave up two hits and a walk in the second before the game was halted by a 2:03 rain delay. Following the extended break, Putz was a different pitcher.
He didn't allow a run after that and walked just two more hitters in the next seven innings.
Meanwhile Michigan was taking advantage of Indiana mistakes.
Brian Bush led off the fourth with a line drive to right center. DeVore
ran to his right to make the catch but the ball hit in his glove and he
couldn't handle it and it dropped for a two-base error.
David Parris, the son of former major leaguer Lance Parrish, stepped to the plate and drilled a two-run home run over the left field fence for a 3-1 Michigan lead.
The Wolverines extened the league to 5-1 on a two run double by Mike Seestedt. Torres lasted just six innings but he did strikeout nine hitter and allowed just four runs and two earned runs.
Indiana hitters did not have a hit in the last five innings and had only three base runners during that stretch off of Putz and reliever Bobby Korecky.
The Hoosiers are now two games behind Michigan in the race for the Big
Ten Tournament but are still in fourth place with an 11-10 record.
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