Matt Bashore continued his dominance in conference play, going 7 innings and allowing just 6 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 6. Only ahead by a run heading into the 8th, Coach Tracy Smith opted to go to the bullpen at a time when he has demonstrated a propensity to stay with the starter so far this season. With the bullpen really stepping in up in the first 2 Penn State games, Chris Squires got the ball in the 8th, and he did not disappoint. The right-hander used a devastating change-up to induce 3 groundouts in the 8th and 3 strikeouts in the 9th, earning the save and securing the series win for the Hoosiers.
At the plate, the Hoosiers recorded 10 hits and were led by Sabourin, Dickerson, and Lambert with 2 apiece. Brian Lambert was a pleasant surprise in the starting lineup in left field as a replacement for Kipp Schutz in games 2 and 3 against Penn State's left handed starters. He went 3 for 6 with no Ks, 2 RBIs, and 1 run scored. Although Penn State's game 2 and 3 starters were below average for the Big Ten, I have to think Lambert made a push to get more at-bats in future games (especially against left handed pitching).
The win moves us to .500 on the season (18-18). Next up for the Hoosiers is a rematch with Louisville (who defeated IU 15-1 two weeks ago at U of L) at home on Tuesday at 4pm. Go Hoosiers!