Crimson Take Game One, 7-3
Oct. 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A seven-run fifth inning provided all the offense that was needed as the Crimson squad took game one of the Cream & Crimson World Series, 7-3. Evan Crawford and Michael Earley had three hits and Alex Dickerson had a double and a home run for the Crimson in the win. Kipp Schutz hit a double and a home run in a losing effort for the Cream.
Eric Arnett picked up the win with four strong innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out two. Matt Bashore started for the Cream and collected a no-decision, scattering five hits, striking out four and keeping the Crimson scoreless in his four innings of work. Josh Lyon also had a solo homer for the Cream in the loss.
Crawford led off the game with a double down the left field line off Bashore, but as he tried to steal third, Bashore spun and picked him off second. The Crimson threatened again in the second, as Earley led off with a single and Dickerson moved him to third on a ball in the left-center gap that went for a double.
The Crimson squad then got aggressive, trying a suicide squeeze with Ethan Wilson at the plate, but Wilson was unable to get the ball down on an ankle-high pitch, and Earley was erased. Bashore then struck out Ethan Wilson and got Wes Wilson on a grounder to third to keep the Crimson off the scoreboard.
Schutz collected the first hit of the ballgame for the Cream, leading off the second with a solo homer to right field to make the score 1-0, but Arnett retired six of the last seven to keep the tally there into the fourth. In the top of the fourth, Tyler Rogers got on with a one-out single, and Earley then drove a ball the other way into the right-center gap. After being unable to come up with a sliding catch, Chris Hervey jumped to his feet and fired it in, with the relay throw from Brian Lambert in time to nail Rogers at the plate and keep the margin to 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Cream made it 2-0 with Schutz getting things started with a one-out double to the base of the wall in left center. Freshman Vince Gonzalez followed by ripping a ball into right field to bring Schutz around.
In the fifth, freshman Drew Leininger came on in relief and after an Ethan Wilson walk, he retired Wes Wilson and Dylan Swift to bring up sophomore T.C. Knipp with two down. The switch-hitting Knipp, batting from the right side, slashed a base hit down the right field line and into the corner for an RBI triple to make the score 2-1. Crawford followed by driving a 1-0 pitch to left center for a triple of his own to tie the score 2-2. Junior college transfer Jake Dunning then gave the Crimson its first lead by shooting a ball past Lambert and into centerfield to make it 3-2.
Leininger then walked Rogers and Earley followed with his second straight double to score a run and make it 4-2. Leininger's former Poway High School teammate Dickerson then delivered the big blow, taking an outside pitch deep over the left field wall to make it 7-2 in favor of the Crimson. Leininger rallied to retire seven of the last eight batters he faced from there on in, finishing the contest for the Cream.
The Cream squad did trim the lead slightly in the fifth, with Lyon delivering a pinch-hit homer to right off fellow freshman Marshall Gorham, but Bloomington South product Ben Riggins came on and pitched a perfect sixth and seventh to finish off the contest.
The Cream & Crimson World Series continues with game two scheduled for Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and game three set for Thursday at 3:30. The decisive games in the best of five will be played Saturday (4:30) and Sunday (1:00), with all games to be played at Sembower Field.
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