Hoosier Baseball Avoids Elimination

6 comments by   |   Friday, May 23, 2008 - 1:04 am EDT

Junior leftfielder Chris Hervey went 5-for-5 at the dish on Thursday, scoring three times and driving in two, as Indiana got past Ohio State, 10-8, in 10 innings to stay alive in the Big Ten Tournament.

The sixth-seeded Hoosiers (29-29) now play at noon today against Illinois, a game to be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Andrew Means also scored three times and power hitters Josh Phegley and Jerrud Sabourin each had a pair of RBIs. But the big story was relief pitcher Matt Carr, a redshirt freshman, who entered in the third inning after a rough start by staff ace Matt Bashore and finished the game. Carr gave up two runs in 7 2/3 innings but neither was earned. He is now 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 appearances.

After tying the game in the eighth, the Buckeyes had the bases juiced in the ninth before Carr induced a CLUTCH double 4-6-3 double play that first baseman Brad Henke scooped out of the dirt. Indiana then took the lead on a Means RBI double and Hervey’s fifth hit which scored the speedy Hoosier centerfielder. Carr then got ahead of each batter with an 0-1 count in the bottom of the frame and completed the 1-2-3 inning with just six pitches.

Should they win this afternoon, the Hoosiers will play on the BTN right after against Penn State, which is 5-0 against them this season.

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6 comments:
#1
Brian
Friday, May 23, 2008 - 3:31 AM EDT

What a great game! I thought we were done in the 9th, but when that double play happened, the place erupted! Then Means comes through in the 10th with a BIG hit over the center fielder. Go Hoosiers!

 
#2
Caleb
Friday, May 23, 2008 - 6:20 AM EDT

Sounds like a last inning gut wrencher. Ill be watching today on BTNHD so hopefully they can come through again. This is the best the baseball team has looked in years isnt it? If anyone has much info on who the sluggers are and who the best pitchers are and their ages I would be interested to know. All I know is Means leads off I believe and plays CF. I lived in Briscoe right there by the field and during the spring I would always love to head over to a few games each season.

 
#3 Friday, May 23, 2008 - 3:24 PM EDT

Caleb…

I’m sure you picked up on some of this if you were watching this afternoon. The Hoosiers haven’t made the postseason tournament in five years, and this season’s record is the best since then. 2003 is also the last time the Hoosiers weren’t dead last in the conference, so yes, it’s safe to say they haven’t looked this good in years.

Means is certainly good, but sophomore catcher/DH Josh Phegley led the Big Ten in average and RBIs this season. Both were First Team All-Big Ten, as was sophomore LHP Matt Bashore.

I actually lived in Foster as an IU freshman and did the same thing.

 
#4
Matt
Friday, May 23, 2008 - 3:27 PM EDT

I saw that they got the win over the Illini this afternoon, so now they play Penn St. Who knows, maybe they can beat them, they seem to be playing pretty good ball the last couple of weeks.

 
#5
Jeff - Bloomington
Friday, May 23, 2008 - 3:55 PM EDT

Does anyone know why IU gets to be the home team, despite being the lower seed, in today’s game against PSU?

 


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