Michigan at Indiana, Game 3, Live at Sembower Field

UPDATE, End Of Game

Just realized I didn’t update this. Indiana won 26-6. Hoosiers had four players with four hits in second baseman Tyler Rogers (4-for-4, six RBIs), left fielder Alex Dickerson was 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs, shortstop Michael Basil was 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin was 4-for-6 with five runs scored. IU improves to 13-13 with a 1-2 Big Ten record.

UPDATE, End of Eighth Inning

Indiana first baseman Jerrud Sabourin didn’t have an RBI yet, so he drove in himself with his fifth home run of the year to make it 26-6 going into the top of the ninth inning.

UPDATE, Middle of the Eighth Inning

Michigan third baseman John Lorenz and left fielder Mike Kittle had RBI singles off Jonny Hoffman to make it 25-6 Indiana.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top Of Eighth Inning

Casey Smith is apparently hurt, so after facing one batter in the top of the eighth, he came out for reliever Jonny Hoffman.

UPDATE, End of Seventh Inning

Indiana’s subs are in, and they’re enjoying themselves. Matt Ernest, the IU football team’s wide receiver turned cornerback who joined the baseball team to help the struggling pitching staff, got his first career at bat and poked a single to right to score a run. Catcher Wes Wilson drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, then shortstop Brian Reitz drove in two runs with a triple. Second baseman Tyler Rogers drove in another run with a single to make it 25-4 Indiana.

UPDATE, Middle of Seventh Inning

Michigan center fielder Patrick Biondi singled home a run, but IU right-hander Casey Smith left two runners on base and Indiana still leads 20-4.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of Seventh Inning

Drew Leininger got one out in the seventh, then came out of the game to a standing ovation for right-hander Casey Smith. Leininger cruised through 6 1/3 innings with just 88 pitches, striking out five batters and giving up five hits and three runs.

UPDATE, End of Sixth Inning

Indiana second baseman Tyler Rogers drew a bases loaded walk to score right fielder Michael Earley, making it 20-3 Indiana.

UPDATE, Middle of Sixth Inning

Drew Leininger gave up a leadoff triple to Michigan second baseman Anthony Toth, then an RBI groundout to catcher Chris Bereset. He got through the next two hitters, however, and Indiana still leads 19-3.

UPDATE, End of Fifth Inning

Michigan followed the disastrous fourth with a 1-2-3 inning. The Wolverines got center fielder Sterling Mack in one of the stranger ways. Mack fouled a pitch off the knob of the bat, then hit the next pitch on the same part of the bat. This time it went fair down the third base line, and he nearly beat it out for a single. Regardless, Indiana still leads 19-2.

UPDATE, Middle of Fifth Inning

After throwing behind the dugout for most of the hour or so he was watching his teammates hit, Drew Leininger got out on the mound and tossed a 1-2-3 inning, picking up his fifth strikeout. IU leads 19-2.

UPDATE, End of Fourth Inning

After 11 runs and 16 batters, the fourth inning is finally over. However, catcher Dylan Swift tacked on an RBI single and shortstop Michael Basil drove home a run with a double to make it 19-2 Indiana.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of Fourth Inning

Yeah, another one. Dylan Clark is in for Sinnery after Sinnery gave up a home run to Indiana center fielder Sterling Mack and an RBI single to designated hitter Josh Lyon. The Hoosiers are up 17-2.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of Fourth Inning

Indiana is taking two days of frustration out on Michigan today. after RBI singles by designated hitter Josh Lyon and shortstop Michael Basil, Tyler Rogers crushed a grand slam to chase Jeff DeCarlo and give the Hoosiers a 15-2 lead. Brandon Sinnery is now in for Michigan.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of Fourth Inning

Michigan goes to pitcher No 4 in left-hander Jeff DeCarlo. Right fielder Michael Earley chased him with an RBI single to give Indiana a 9-2 advantage.

UPDATE, Middle of Fourth Inning

Drew Leininger cruised through a 1-2-3 fourth inning, striking out the last two batters he faced. He’s thrown 58 pitches through four innings. Indiana leads 8-2.

UPDATE, End of the Third Inning

Indiana loaded the bases, but center fielder Stering Mack grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

UPDATE, Middle of Third Inning

Drew Leininger walked the first batter he faced in the third, a rarity, but got out of the inning by getting Michigan designated hitter Coley Crank to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. Indiana leads 8-2.

UPDATE, End of Second Inning

Matt Miller got both batters he faced out, but Indiana still leads 8-2.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of Second Inning

Michigan is now on pitcher No. 3. IU left fielder Alex Dickerson crushed a two-run homer over the right center field wall to give Indiana a 8-2 lead. Michigan is bringing right-hander Matt Miller into pitch.

UPDATE, Middle of Second Inning

After a single by third baseman John Lorenz and a double by left fielder Mike Kittle, Michigan scratched another run across with a sacrifice fly by shortstop Derek Dennis. Indiana leads, 6-2.

UPDATE, End of First Inning

Shortstop Michael Basil pounded the first pitch he saw from Michigan reliever Kolby Wood off the center field wall to score catcher Dylan Swift and made it 5-1. Second baseman Tyler Rogers followed with a single to move Basil to third and third baseman Micah Johnson ripped a single to right to score Basil. Rogers went to third when the ball was bobbled in right field.  IU got aggressive on the basepaths with a double steal, though, and Rogers was thrown out at home. Indiana is up 6-1, though.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of First Inning

Indiana has already chased Michigan starter Eric Katzman. Left fielder Alex Dickerson, batting right-handed in a rarity against a lefty, drove in the first run with a single to right. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin scored on a wild pitch, then catcher Dylan Swift ripped a two-run single to the right center field gap to give Indiana a 4-1 lead. Michigan replaced Katzman with right-hander Kolby Wood.

UPDATE, Middle of First Inning

Drew Leininger kept the ball on the ground, but Michigan put enough grounders in the right place to get a run across and take a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Anthony Toth had a one-out infield single, then catcher Chris Berset grounded one hard past Indiana third baseman Micah Johnson, sending Toth to third. Designated hitter Coley Crank then bounced to third, but gave Toth enough time to come home. Leininger struck out Michigan first baseman to end the inning, however. 1-0 Michigan.


Indiana’s hoping to salvage one game out of opening weekend of the Big Ten. The Hoosiers hope they can get a win with ace Drew Leininger, who had to push back his start because he pitched Tuesday against Louisville. The starting lineup follows.


1. Patrick Biondi, cf (.392, 1 HR 18 RBI)

2. Anthony Toth, 2b (.306, 12 RBI)

3. Chris Berset, c (.391, 2 HR, 19 RBI)

4. Coley Crank, dh (.378, 6 HR, 31 RBI)

5. Mike Dufek, 1b (.382, 30 RBI)

6. Nick Urban, rf (.295, 1 HR 18 RBI)

7. John Lorenz, 3b (.264, 2 HR, 10 RBI)

8. Mike Kittle, lf (.324, 10 RBI)

9. Derek Dennis, ss (.282, 3 HR 17 RBI)

P-Eric Katzman, lhp (1-0, 4.26 ERA, 5 k’s in 6 1/3 innings)


1. Micah Johnson, 3b (.319, 7 HR, 24 RBI)

2. Brian Lambert, cf (.254, 1 HR 4 RBI)

3. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.451, 4 HR, 27 RBI)

4. Alex Dickerson, lf (.430, 10 HR, 34 RBI)

5. Michael Earley rf (.306, 4 HR 12 RBI)

6. Ethan Wilson, dh (.238, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

7. Dylan Swift, c (.231, 5 RBI)

8. Michael Basil, ss (.293, 1 HR, 15 RBI)

9. Tyler Rogers, 2b (.309, 6 RBI)

P-Drew Leininger (3-1, 1.22 ERA, 25 k’s in 27 innings)


  1. That’s a higher score than their football counterparts posted in 7 of 12 games this season.

  2. Too bad IU doesn’t have the pitching that they had last year…they would be favored to win the Big Ten.

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