Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hoosiers Take Game 2 Behind Arnett's Arm, Dickerson's Bat

It was a record-setting day for IU's Eric Arnett. The big right-hander became the first player in IU baseball history to throw 10 innings in a game as he threw a complete game for the Hoosiers as they came out on top after some late-inning heroics from the Hoosier batsmen. Arnett gave up just 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 6 as he picked up his 6th win of the season and the Hoosiers won their 5th in a row, improving the team's overall record to 12-15 and 3-1 in Big Ten play.

As for the late-game heroics, with runners on first and second and 2 outs in the top of the 9th and IU on the brink of defeat behind 1-0, Chris Hervey came up big for the Hoosiers with a base hit to left that scored Tyler Rogers from second to tie the score. Pinch-hitter T.C. Knipp then stepped to the plate and singled to right but Vince Gonzalez couldn't score from second and was thrown out at the plate to send the game to the bottom half of the ninth with the score tied.

With the score still tied in the top of the 10th, Alex Dickerson put the Hoosiers ahead for good with what proved to be a game-winning homer to left, his eighth of the season. Arnett came back out in the bottom of the 10th and retired the Illini in order to secure this thriller of a win for the Hoosiers.

All photos taken from the Illinois Baseball Report Gallery.

1 comment:

  1. The biggest hit of the game was Hervs. Illinois pitcher was one batter away from a complete game shutout and he sent it into extras.

    Arnett is just a beast this year.