Cream Tops Crimson 2-1 To Take Series Lead
Oct. 14, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Justin Cureton drove in the winning run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly as Team Cream took game three of the Cream and Crimson series 2-1, giving the squad a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five event. The contest was a freshman pitcher's duel, as five frosh combined to allow two earned runs over 13 innings.
Tyler Thicke picked up the win in relief, allowing just two walks and striking out three over his 2 1/3 innings. Reed Reznicek (Cream) and Joey DeNato (Crimson) set the stage for the offensively challenged affair, as both were incredibly strong in their first starts of the series. Reznicek allowed just two hits, but walked five, surrendering one run while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings of work.
DeNato, who is still yet to give up an earned run in 17 intrasquad innings this fall, went five innings and scattered four hits and two walks, striking out two and allowing only one unearned tally. Blair Betts collected the loss out of the pen for the Crimson, giving up two singles and the sac fly in the sixth. Matt Dearden chipped in 1/3 of an inning with a walk and a strikeout.
The Cream opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first. T.C. Knipp reached second on an error to open the game, then went to third on a Dylan Swift single and scored when Alex Dickerson drove a sac fly to centerfield to make it 1-0.
The lead held up until the fourth, with Reznicek holding the Crimson squad hitless through the first three. But Josh Lyon drew a leadoff walk and then moved into scoring position on a Ty Downing double to put two on and nobody out. Reznicek then got a strikeout to keep the runners in place, but Wes Wilson drove in the tying run with a single to make it 1-1. Reznicek avoided further damage, though, inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the frame.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Cream got the run it needed, as Dustin DeMuth led things off with a single, then moved to second on a Michael Basil sac bunt. Trace Knoblauch followed with a walk, and then Cody Leichman singled to load the bases with one away. Cureton sent a 2-2 pitch to center that was deep enough to make the score 2-1. Thicke allowed a one-out walk in the seventh, but a strikeout and a groundout ended the contest.
The Cream's victory gave guest coach Jamie Pratt and the Kelley School of Business a 2-1 victory in the mid-week mini-series against its opposition. The Cream and Crimson series now takes Friday off for the Hoosier Caddy Golf Classic, and will conclude with weekend games on Saturday (4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30).
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