Live from Sembower, Indiana vs. St. Francis

UPDATE, End of Game

Chris Squires put a runner on but struck out two batters in the ninth to close it. Indiana wins 7-3. More later.

UPDATE, End of Eighth Inning

Second baseman Jerry Kleman and center fielder Sterling Mack (both late-inning replacements) got singles, but Indiana left the eighth scoreless. Still the Hoosiers lead St. Francis 7-3 going to the eighth inning. Chris Squires is coming into close for Indiana.

UPDATE, Middle of Eighth Inning

Indiana reliever Derek Roof came in for Walker Stadler and pitched a scoreless inning thanks in large part to left fielder Alex Dickerson. Dickerson went all the way into the IU bullpen in left field, crashing into the fence after he grabbed a flyball off the bat of St. Francis catcher Taylor Futterknecht. He then made another nice read on a ball hit by St. Francis second baseman Blayke Kaufman to end the inning after Roof had put two runners on with a walk and a single. IU still leads 7-3.

UPDATE, End of Seventh Inning

Josh Lyon, who came in to play catcher for Indiana in the sixth, yanked the first pitch he saw from St. Francis reliever Patrick Brown over the right field wall, bringing home IU first baseman Jerrud Sabourin to make it 7-3 Indiana. Sabourin is now 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs.

UPDATE, Middle of Seventh Inning

Walker Stadler labored through the seventh, walking two batters then giving up RBI singles to St. Francis center fielder Travis Potchka and left fielder Tristen Peffley as the Cougars cut Indiana’s lead to 5-3. After five scoreless, Stadler has walked three batters and given up three hits and three runs in the last two innings. His pitch count is now up to 97.

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UPDATE, End of Sixth Inning

St. Francis’ Chase Gaff had his first 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. He’s thrown 107 pitches though.

Side note, two at-bat intro tunes I loved. Blake Monar comes out to Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Sterling Mack, unsurprisingly, comes out to “Return of the Mack,” by Mark Morrison.

UPDATE, Middle of Sixth Inning

St. Francis finally broke up Walker Stadler’s shutout. After center fielder Travis Potchka reached on an infield single (close call at first, could’ve gone either way) Stadler walked left fielder Tristen Peffley. Hey then balked the two runners over and Potchka eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by St. Francis catcher Taylor Futterknecht. IU still leads 5-1.

UPDATE, End of Fifth Inning

Indiana first baseman Jerrud Sabourin, left fielder Alex Dickerson and designated hitter Blake Monar all had RBI singles in the fifth to give Indiana a comfortable 5-0 lead.

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UPDATE, Middle of Fifth Inning

St. Francis second baseman Blayke Kaufman reached on an overthrow by Indiana shortstop Michael Basil, but was then caught stealing on a great throw by IU catcher Dylan Swift. After five innings, Walker stadler has allowed just three hits, struck out two batters and thrown just 51 pitches. IU leads 2-0.

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UPDATE, End of Fourth Inning

Indiana made one bunt too many in the fifth. Right fielder Michael Early laid down a beautiful one with two outs to reach. He then stole second base and took third on a throwing error. Second baseman Tyler Rogers tried to score him with a push bunt, however, and that didn’t work as well. IU still leads 2-0.

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UPDATE, Middle of Fourth Inning

Indiana’s Walker Stadler gave up a double to St. Francis pitcher Chase Gaff, but again didn’t allow another baserunner, picking up his second strikeout. IU leads 2-0.

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UPDATE, End of Third Inning

First baseman Jerrud Sabourin crushed a double to left center field to score center fielder Brian Lambert and give Indiana a 2-0 lead over St. Francis.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Third Inning

Two great defensive plays got Indiana’s Walker Stadler through the third inning. Right fielder Michael Earley made an unbelievable play on a foul flyball that went all the way to the bullpen in rightfield at Sembower, making a full extension dive to retire St. Francis’ Travis Potchka. After that, IU second baseman Tyler Rogers made a diving play on a hit up the middle to stop St. Francis left fielder Tristen Peffley’s single from making it into center field.  St. Francis second baseman Blayke Kaufman expected to score and rounded third to hard, and was caught in a rundown to end the inning. IU leads 1-0.

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UPDATE, End of the Second Inning

Indiana shortstop Michael Basil reached on an error, but otherwise the Hoosiers couldn’t get anyone on base in the second. IU still leads 1-0.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Second Inning

Walker Stadler gets out with a 1-2-3 inning this time. Micah Johnson made a nice play on a slow roller and a good throw to end it. IU still up 1-0.

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UPDATE, End of the First Inning

Indiana third baseman Micah Johnson hit a leadoff double off the right field wall, then later stole third base and scored on an RBI groundout by IU first baseman Jerrud Sabourin to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead. Left fielder Alex Dickerson lucked into a double when his ridiculously high pop up fell in short right field, but he was eventually stranded on third base.

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UPDATE, Middle of the First Inning

Indiana pitcher Walker Stadler gave up a two-out bloop single to third baseman Jon Saporsantos but cruised through the first inning otherwise.

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Football practice is closed today, Hugh’s taking care of the Carlino story and no one in the Moses Abraham camp is taking phone calls from Indiana (at least not mine) so covering baseball seems like something cool to do. Indiana gets NAIA St. Francis. The lineups follow.

St. Francis

1. CF Travis Potchka

2. LF Tristan Peffley

3. 3B Jon Saporsantos

4. C Taylor Futterknecht

5. P Chase Gaff

6. 1B Jerrid Rydell

7. RF Tyler Gregory

8. 2B Blayke Kaufman

9. SS Colin Zwiebel

Indiana

1. 3B Micah Johnson

2. CF Brian Lambert

3. 1B Jarrd Sabourin

4. LF Alex Dickerson

5. C Dylan Swift

6. DH Blake Monar

7. SS Michael Basil

8. RF Michael Early

9. 2B Tyler Rogers.

P Walker Stadler

First pitch is coming in a few minutes. Updates throughout.