Crimson Wins Final Three Games of C&C World Series
Oct. 15, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Crimson squad took the final three games of the Cream & Crimson World Series to take the intrasquad title four games to one. Junior college transfer Jake Dunning was named the Offensive MVP for the series, while junior pitcher Eric Arnett was the Most Valuable Pitcher.
Dunning went 8-for-19 with six RBI and six runs, scoring a run in every game for the Crimson while making just one error at shortstop on the defensive side of the ball. Dunning also stole two bases and rapped four doubles in the five-game series. The junior shone on the mound as well, picking up saves in games four and five, and allowing just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings of relief.
Arnett picked up wins in games one and four, going 2-0 head-to-head against 2008 ace Matt Bashore. Arnett allowed just six hits and four walks in 9 1/3 innings on the mound. The Pataskala, Ohio, native struck out eight batters and allowed three runs for a 2.89 ERA in the series.
Junior Evan Crawford also had an outstanding series for the Crimson, as did freshman Alex Dickerson. Crawford went 6-for-19 with seven runs and a whopping seven steals to just one caught stealing in the five games. He also led off game five with a solo homer. Dickerson went 6-for-13 at the plate with three doubles, one home run and eight RBI.
Several players for the Cream had strong series as well. After a slow start to the fall, Kipp Schutz exploded by going 8-for-15 with five doubles, a triple and a home run for an incredible 1.200 slugging percentage. The redshirt sophomore also scored eight runs and drew two walks.
Sterling Mack was a standout both in center field and at the plate for the Cream as well. He went 6-for-18 with four doubles and four RBI in addition to being a stellar defensive presence in center. Freshman Vince Gonzalez finished off a fine spring by going 6-for-14 in the series with two doubles and four RBI. For the Cream, Josh Lyon slugged two home runs in the series, while Jeff Caldwell hit one. Michael Earley and Ethan Wilson each hit longballs for the Crimson.
In game three, the Crimson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back in a 9-3 victory. Joey O'Gara had an outstanding outing on the mound, going seven innings for a complete-game win. The redshirt sophomore allowed seven hits and one walk, striking out five in the process. Dunning was the offensive star for the victors, going 2-for-3 with three RBI, two runs and a walk in the win.
An early start helped the Crimson to another victory in game four to clinch the series. The Crimson notched three off Bashore in the first on three hits, the big blows a two-run double by Dickerson and an RBI single by Tyler Rogers. After a Jerrud Sabourin sac fly plated a run in the second for the Cream, the Crimson added four unearned runs in the third to take a commanding 7-1 lead that resulted in a 7-4 victory.
Dickerson had a pair of hits and scored two runs for the Crimson, while Earley reached base three times, scored twice and stole three bases in the win. Gonzalez and Brian Lambert each had a single and a double in the loss, while Drew Leininger did not allow a hit in three scoreless innings of relief for the Cream.
Hitting showed up en masse for the series finale on Sunday, with the Crimson earning a 12-9 triumph in the only nine-inning game of the series. Crawford and Earley went deep in the first inning to stake the Crimson a 3-0 lead, and the Crimson scored five more times in the third - three on a three-run homer by Ethan Wilson - to jump out to an 8-1 advantage.
On the other side, Wyatt Hoff was dealing on the mound, allowing four hits and just one run in five innings of work. The freshman from San Diego struck out three in five innings to earn the victory for the Crimson. The Cream stormed back after Hoff's departure, scoring three runs on five hits in the sixth and trimming the deficit to 9-5 with a Mack RBI single in the seventh. Helping to buoy the comeback effort was freshman Blake Monar, who did not allow a hit and walked just one in three innings for the Cream.
In the eighth, though, the Crimson added three insurance runs on a sac fly by Wes Wilson and a two-run double by Dylan Swift. The insurance was necessary, as the Cream used an RBI triple by Schutz, an RBI single by Gonzalez and a two-run double by Lyon to make the score 12-9 heading to the ninth. Dunning allowed the first two batters to reach in the final frame, but got back-to-back flyouts and a groundout to finish off the series.
Indiana is now finished with its fall practice schedule and will resume a full practice schedule on Feb. 1 with the opening of spring practice. The Hoosiers will open the 2009 season on Feb. 20 at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, where they will take on West Virginia, Georgetown and South Florida.
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