Josh Phegley [photo courtesy of Illinois Baseball Report Photo Gallery] homered twice and drove in 5 as the Hoosiers took Game 1 of a 3-game set with #26 Illinois 14-4 to move to 2-1 in Big Ten play. The junior catcher also added a double and 2 walks and scored 4 times as he led the way at the plate for the Hoosiers. On the evening, IU banged out 14 hits, 7 of which were for extra bases. Jerrud Sabourin, Tyler Rogers, Alex Dickerson, and Michael Earley had 2 hits apiece, and both Dickerson and Earley drove in 2.
On the mound, freshman Blake Monar picked up his third win of the season as he threw 7 strong innings, giving up 3 runs and striking out 7. After giving up 2 runs in the first, Monar really found a groove and pitched brilliantly the rest of the way. He had his curveball working and fooled the Illini batsmen on a number of occasions.
The win is the fourth in a row for IU and moves the team's record to 11-15 on the season. Tomorrow the Hoosiers will square off against the Illini in a doubleheader with game 1 slated to start at 1pm. Eric Arnett will be on the mound for the Hoosiers in game 1 and will be looking to improve his record to 6-1. Matt Bashore will follow him in game 2 and look to build off his last outing and pick up his second win of the season. Hopefully tomorrow will be more of the same for IU. Go Hoosiers!