Matt Bashore, who may be arguably the best Big Ten pitcher during conference season, continued his dominance only allowing 3 hits in 8 innings. He also struck out 10 compared to only 1 walk. With IU scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th, Coach Tracy Smith could rest closer Chris Squires in favor of Freshmen Matt Igel and Wyatt Hoff who both pitched well in relief. Igel started the 9th, and retired the lefthanded batter he was brought in for. With one out down, Hoff came in to retire the Spartans after giving up 1 run on 2 hits.
On the offensive side, the Hoosiers had 10 hits. IU was led by Jerrud Sabourin (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB), Alex Dickerson (2-4, 1 RBI), and Jake Dunning (2-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 2 SBs) who all had 2 a piece. Kipp Schutz (1-4, 1 RBI), Evan Crawford (1-4, 1 run, 2 SBs), Tyler Rogers (1-4, 1 run), and Vince Gonzalez (1-4, 1 run) also all had one hit. Even Chris Hervey (1 BB) and Josh Phegley (2 BBs), who were the only 2 Hoosier starters not to record a hit, reached base at least once. The Hoosiers walked 6 times in the game while only striking out twice.
The IU baseball team is scheduled for their last home game tomorrow (Saturday May 16) at 1pm as they look to sweep the series. There was a great crowd today, and I hope to see the same tomorrow as the baseball team looks to give Seniors Chris Hervey and Joe Vicini a memorable last game at Sembower Field. Go Hoosiers!