Crimson Even Series 2-2 With 10-8 Victory
Oct. 16, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Crimson squad evened things up 2-2 by virtue of a 10-8 victory on Saturday at Sembower Field. Josh Lyon had a grand slam and five RBI in the win, while Will Nolden had a four-hit game and scored three runs.
The two squads will do battle on Sunday at 1:30 to decide the 2010 Cream and Crimson Series title in the final game of the best-of-five series.
The Crimson came roaring out of the gate against Chad Martin, who suffered a blemish on what has been a stellar fall season for the junior college transfer. Brian Lambert had a leadoff single and moved to second on a groundout, then Lyon delivered him with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Two batters later, Casey Smith made it 2-0 with an RBI double and then moved to third. Smith scored the third run of the frame on a Martin balk to take the early lead.
Nolden tacked on a run in the second, scoring on a squeeze after singling, to make it 4-0. In the fifth, he led off with a single, moved to second on a walk, and scored when Jerrud Sabourin singled him home to make it 5-0 Crimson.
The squad was backed by an excellent start by Ryan Halstead, who surrendered just two hits and one walk in five innings of work. The freshman righty had four Ks in the game, though he was also helped by catcher Ty Downing, who gunned down two runners on the basepaths in the second.
The Cream finally got on the board in the sixth against Smith, as Alex Dickerson drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-1. But the Crimson came roaring back in the bottom of the seventh, plating four runs off Aaron Slegers. Slegers, who surrendered just three hits and one run in his first three innings of work, was touched for singles by Nolden and Austin Lentz, then surrendered a walk to Sabourin to load the bases with two down. That brought Lyon to the plate, and the junior lifted his team by hitting a 1-2 pitch out of the yard to give the Crimson a 9-1 edge.
But the Cream refused to fade quietly, netting seven runs in the eighth inning. Trace Knoblauch started things with a leadoff homer, then two walks and an error loaded the bases for Dickerson. The slugger plated two runs with a single, and Micah Johnson followed with an RBI single of his own to make it 9-5. A balk scored the sixth run of the day, and Cody Leichman made it even more interesting by driving in two runs on a single.
With nobody out in the frame, the Crimson turned to Blake Monar, who slammed the door by allowing a sac bunt, a strikeout and a groundout to end the damage at 9-8 headed to the eighth. Monar then helped his own cause, leading off with a double and coming home on a Nolden single to result in the 10-8 final score.
Halstead got the win for the Crimson, while Martin was carded with the loss to fall to 1-1. The two squads will finish off the series on Sunday at 1:30 after the annual team banquet, which will run from 10-1.
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