Cream Finishes Series with 10-4 Win

    Go Hoosiers! Trace Knoblauch scored three runs in the deciding game five.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Trace Knoblauch scored three runs in the deciding game five.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 17, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Eric Kartman pitched five solid innings in his first start of the series and the Cream squad put crooked numbers on the board in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 10-4 victory and the series 3-2 on Sunday. Trace Knoblauch scored three runs in the win for the Cream.

    Michael Basil, Matt Serfling, Dylan Swift and Justin Cureton each had two hits in the victory, and the 5-9 hitters in the Cream lineup combined for seven hits, six runs and four RBI. Kartman allowed three hits and three walks, but just two runs, and struck out four for the win. Reed Reznicek surrendered three hits and two runs in his three innings, while Matt Carr finished off the game with a scoreless ninth.

    For the Crimson, Jerrud Sabourin went 1-for-3 with a home run, while Josh Sefton had a pair of hits and two RBI in a losing effort. Matt Dearden kept the Cream off the scoreboard until the fourth, but allowed three runs in the deciding inning. Blair Betts followed and surrendered three earned runs in 2 2/3 frames. Joey DeNato pitched the final two innings, striking out three and allowing a pair of unearned runs to keep his fall ERA at a perfect 0.00 in 19 innings.

    The Crimson struck first with a Sabourin homer in the first, as he belted a Kartman offering over the right-field wall and onto the softball field to make it 1-0 in favor of the road squad. But Kartman settled in after that, putting zeroes on the board in the second, third and fourth to keep it a one-run game.



    That paid off in the bottom of the fourth, when the Cream put a crooked number on the board with a four-spot to take a lead they would not relinquish. T.C. Knipp led off with a walk, and Micah Johnson had a one-out walk two batters later. That brought Dustin DeMuth to the plate, and the freshman singled home Knipp to make it 1-0, and advanced to second on the throw to third.

    Basil followed with his second double of the day, scoring both Johnson and DeMuth to give the Cream a 3-1 lead. A balk sent Basil to third, and Knoblauch followed with a walk to put runners at the corners. Basil was gunned down at third after Knoblauch was caught off first, but Knoblauch was able to move to second on the play. Swift followed by ripping a grounder up the middle to plate Knoblauch and make it 4-1.

    In the top of the fifth, the Crimson got a run back off of Kartman. Brian Ritz drew a leadoff walk, stole second and advanced to third when Swift's throw went into center. Sefton then singled him home to trim the deficit to 4-2.

    But the Cream was able to pull away in the fifth. Cureton had a leadoff single and Serfling followed with a single of his own to send Cureton to third. After Serfling swiped second, Knipp delivered a two-run single to push the edge to 6-2. In the sixth, Cureton and Serfling added RBI singles to make the score 8-2.

    The Crimson rallied with two runs in the seventh as Ritz had an RBI groundout and Sefton added a run-scoring single. But the Cream was able to finish things off with two unearned runs off DeNato in the eighth. Knoblauch and Swift had singles, and after a Cureton strikeout, the Crimson infield was unable to handle a Serfling popup, allowing two more runs to score to result in the final tally.

    The Hoosiers have now concluded their fall season and will return to a limited schedule until Feb. 1, when they can commence official spring practices. IU opens the 2011 season at the Caravelle Resort Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


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