Cream Evens Series With 6-2 Victory
Oct. 9, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind - Redshirt sophomores Sterling Mack and Kipp Schutz each had two doubles in leading the Cream to a 6-2 victory over the Crimson in game two of the Cream & Crimson World Series on Wednesday. Each team has now won one game in the best-of-five series. Kyle Leiendecker collected the win after allowing one run in five innings of work.
Wednesday's game was a makeup for Tuesday's rained out contest. Mack led all players with three RBI in the game, while Brian Ritz scored two runs for the victors. Brian Lambert also had two hits in the win for the Cream. For the Crimson squad, Jake Dunning had a pair of doubles and Ethan Wilson had two singles in a losing effort. Wyatt Hoff collected a tough-luck loss after allowing just two runs on five hits in five innings.
The Crimson got to Leiendecker early, as Evan Crawford drew a leadoff walk in the first and swiped second for his 11th steal of the fall. Tyler Rogers then brought him home with a double to deep left center to make it 1-0 in favor of the Crimson.
The Cream regained the lead in the top of the third with a pair of runs off of Hoff. Ritz drew a one-out walk to get things started, then moved up to second when Hoff's pickoff throw got away from Michael Earley at first base. Mack then came tied the game with his first two-bagger of the afternoon and advanced to third on the throw to the plate, which was just too late to get Ritz. Chris Hervey brought Mack home with a sac fly to left to give the Cream a lead it would not relinquish.
Hoff and Leiendecker did not allow another run in the contest, though Leiendecker was able to pitch his way out of trouble in the fourth. Back-to-back singles and a walk with one out left the bases loaded with the top of the order due up. But Leiendecker caught Evan Crawford looking on a 2-2 fastball and Dunning popped out to first to end the frame.
In the sixth, the Cream picked up an insurance run on a Schutz two-out double, a walk and an error by Rogers at second base to make it 3-1. Then in the seventh, the Cream scored three more as a double by Lambert, a walk by Jerrud Sabourin and an RBI single by Ritz made it 4-1. Mack then delivered a two-run double to stretch the lead to five.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Crimson collected an unearned run with a Dunning double the highlight of the frame, but Blake Monar finished the game off by getting Alex Dickerson on a flyout to left. Monar allowed two hits in his first two innings of work of the fall for Indiana.
Game Three of the Cream & Crimson World Series is 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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