Crimson Evens Series with 9-1 Victory

    Go Hoosiers! Brian Lambert's two-run single gave the Crimson squad its first lead in a 9-1 win.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Brian Lambert's two-run single gave the Crimson squad its first lead in a 9-1 win.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 12, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Behind an eight-run third inning, the Crimson evened the series against the Cream with a 9-1 victory on Tuesday in the Indiana baseball team's annual Cream & Crimson Series. Matt Igel tossed five strong innings of two-hit ball to pick up the win for Crimson head coach Ty Neal and his assistants from the kinesiology department.

    Brian Lambert went 1-for-3 with a two-run single, while Josh Lyon had two hits and two RBI in the contest for the victors, coached by Paul Pedersen. Matt Serfling had a strong day from the leadoff slot for the Cream with two walks and a run, but the Cream squad was able to muster just two hits in the loss.

    The Cream struck first in the contest, as Serfling drew a leadoff walk to start the game. After advancing to second on a sacrifice and to third on a groundout, Micah Johnson drove him home with an RBI single to give the Cream a 1-0 lead.

    Meanwhile, Jonny Hoffman got out to a roaring start on the mound for the Cream, setting down the first six batters he faced. The Cream appeared poised to double its lead in the top of the third, as Serfling drew a two-out walk and promptly stole second. T.C. Knipp then ripped a single to right, but Josh Sefton delivered a strike on the throw to the plate to nail Serfling at the dish and keep it 1-0.

    That appeared to energize the Crimson, as the first three batters reached in the bottom of the third. Sefton was hit by a pitch and then Casey Smith drew a walk. Will Nolden then executed a nice slash to reach on an infield single to load the bases. After an Austin Lentz strikeout, a wild pitch scored Sefton and Lambert gave the Crimson its first lead of the series with a two-run single to left that plated a pair of runs.



    Sabourin followed with a double to right center, which prompted action in the Cream bullpen. A wild pitch then brought another run home as the Crimson's lead stretched to 4-1. Next up was Wes Wilson, and the senior was plunked by Hoffman, a move that some observers thought might be a message after Wilson had words for Serfling following his termination at the plate the previous inning.

    That spelled the end of the day for Hoffman, and he was followed by Eric Kartman on the mound. The Crimson immediately challenged the youngster, as Brian Ritz laid down a suicide squeeze to score Sabourin and give the Crimson a 5-1 lead. Ty Downing followed with a walk, and he was replaced by pinch runner Joey DeNato to put runners at the corners with two down. After DeNato swiped second, Lyon roped a two-run single to right to plate two more runs. Sefton followed with an RBI single to center to cap off the damage at 8-1.

    From there on, the pitchers settled in, with Igel allowing a pair of walks in the fifth, but striking out Justin Cureton, the last man he faced on the day, to end the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, the Crimson tacked on an unearned run off Aaron Slegers, as Ritz reached on a two-out error and came home on a double by Downing to result in the final score.

    Slegers finished with two hits and a walk allowed in his two innings, surrendering just the unearned run. Matt Dearden finished off the game for the Crimson, striking out two and allowing just a walk in two innings of work.

    The Cream and Crimson series will resume on Thursday after an off day Wednesday, with the business school looking to take the faculty portion of the series, 2-1. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. at Sembower Field.


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