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UPDATE, End of Game

Indiana pushed a couple across. but still fell 17-12. Huge one tomorrow. More later.

UPDATE, Middle of Ninth Inning

Just in case Indiana was thinking comeback, Illinois packed on four more runs. Center fielder Willie Argo had a two-run triple. First baseman Craig Lutes and Todd Shelton each drove in runs with doubles. Illini are up 17-10.

UPDATE, End of the Eighth Inning

Indiana put up a run to chip in to the lead. Shortstop Ethan Wilson doubled to the right center field gap to score center fielder Tyler Rogers from first. The Hoosiers couldn’t add to it, though, and it’s 13-10.

UPDATE, Middle of Eighth Inning

When Matt Igel’s on, he’s one of Indiana’s most effective pitchers. Right now, he looks on. Igel got through his first inning in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Adam Davis to end the inning. Illinois is still up 13-9, however.

UPDATE, End of Seventh Inning

Indiana second baseman Micah Johnson led off the seventh with a single, but it didn’t turn into the rally Indiana so desperately needs. Johnson was retired on a force out on a ground ball by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin. Alex Dickerson popped up and right fielder Michael Earley ripped a line drive back at pitcher Corey Kimes, but Kimes made a great play on it. Illinois is up 13-9 and Matt Igel is coming in to pitch the eighth.

UPDATE, Middle of Seventh Inning

The seventh didn’t start well for Indiana. Illinois shortstop Josh Parr hit an easy grounder to third base, but third baseman Brian Ritz threw wide of the bag and pulled first baseman Jerrud Sabourin off. Tracy Smith then pulled Ritz immediately for freshman Michael Basil. Chris Squires didn’t allow a run, though, in part because of a delayed steal by Illinois center fielder Willie Argo that went awry. Illinois still up 13-9.

UPDATE, End of Sixth Inning

Indiana put the first two runners of the inning on base, but couldn’t put them across. Shortstop Ethan Wilson blasted one to deep center field, but it stayed in the park and catcher Dylan Swift grounded out to end the inning. Indiana leads 13-9.

UPDATE, Middle Of Sixth Inning

The inning was over. Illinois designated hitter Todd Shelton had struck out swinging. The ball just happened to be in the dirt, so there was just this little formality of throwing the ball to first to end the inning.

But that formality led to disaster.

Indiana catcher Dylan Swift inexplicably chased Shelton down the first base line, then looped a throw that went over the head of first baseman Jerrud Sabourin. That allowed first baseman Craig Lutes to score from third and the inning to continue. Right fielder Pete Capetta then drove home a run with a single. Catcher Adam Davis drove in two with another single, then third baseman Brandon Hohn hit a two-run homer to make it 13-9 Illinois.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of Sixth Inning

Walker Stadler got the first two batters he faced to ground out. That allowed Illinois second baseman Christian Cummins, who Stadler inherited, to score, but he seemed to be in decent shape. He walked the next batter, however, then gave up a double to Illinois left fielder Casey McMurray, so the Hoosiers are going to closer Chris Squires. Indiana leads 9-7.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of Sixth Inning

Jonny Hoffman gave up a leadoff double and Tracy Smith decided it was the end of his day. Walker Stadler is in for him now. Indiana up 9-7.

UPDATE, End of Fifth Inning

Corey Kimes gave up a single to Jerrud Sabourin, but struck out left-fielder Alex Dickerson and got right fielder Michael Earley to fly out to end the inning. Indiana leads 9-6.

Pitching Change, Bottom of Fifth Inning

Announcer Jeremy Gray was just talking about Micah Johnson’s recent freshman fade. He’s hit maybe two home runs in the past month and a half, and his average has fallen to just over .300. Gray pointed out that Johnson didn’t even play baseball last year because of a shoulder injury and pointed out that he’s played three challenging positions in third base, second base and center field. As if to say “don’t start making excuses for me yet” he responded with a three-run homer that puts Indiana up 9-6. Illinois then pulled Mike Sterk for left-hander Corey Kimes.

Pitching Change, Bottom Of Fifth Inning

Indiana answered quickly. Right fielder Michael Earley hit his third home run of the weekend to lead off the fifth, then designated hitter Josh Lyon singled to right and went to second on a wild pitch. Center fielder Tyler Rogers then ripped a double into the right center field gap and scored Lyon. Rogers went to third when the ball was mishandled in center field, and the Illini elected to take out Kevin Johnson for right-hander Mike Sterk. Illinois still up 6-5.

UPDATE, Middle of Fifth Inning

Though it has a homer in this game, Illinois isn’t the type of team that beats you with bombs. It strings singles and doubles and stolen bases together to form its innings. That’s sort of what happened in the fifth. Designated hitter Todd Shelton and right fielder Pete Capetta had RBI singles and catcher Adam Davis drove in a run with a groundout to make it 6-3 Illinois.

UPDATE, End of Fourth Inning

Indiana tied the game in the fourth when catcher Dylan Swift ripped a hard one-hopper to third base to score third baseman Brian Ritz from third. Illinois third baseman Brandon Hohl threw the ball away to allow Swift to go to second and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin was later hit by a pitch, but the Hoosiers didn’t score. Game tied, 3-3.

UPDATE, Middle of Fourth Inning

Jonny Hoffman only made one mistake in the fourth, but it was a big one. Third baseman Brandon Hohl pounded the first pitch he saw for a solo home run to make it 3-2 Illinois.

UPDATE, End of Third Inning

Indiana first baseman Jerrud Sabourin walked and left fielder Alex Dickerson singled to right, but Illinois’ Kevin Johnson retired the next three batters, the last two on strikeouts, to escape. Game tied 2-2.

UPDATE, Middle of Third Inning

Three doubles by Illinois turned into two runs in the third. Shortstop Josh Parr led off the inning by lining one down the third base line. He moved to third on a groundout by center fielder Willie Argo, then scored on another groundout to second by first baseman Craig Lutes. Left fielder Casey McMurry then got a lucky double, dropping one in front of Indiana left fielder Alex Dickerson and taking second when Dickerson slipped on the wet grass. McMurray then scored on a double down the left field line by designated hitter Thomas Shelton. Game tied 2-2.

UPDATE, End of the Second Inning

Brian Ritz has broken into Indiana’s lineup recently because he has too much power to keep on the bench. His second-inning at-bat was a case in point. He crushed a 2-2 offering from Illinois’ Kevin Johnson over the right center field fence. Johnson retired the next three batters, but the Hoosiers are now up 2-0.

UPDATE, Middle of the Second Inning

Indiana got three major double plays Thursday and got the benefit of another one on the second after Jonny Hoffman walked the first batter he faced. He walked another in the inning, but got second baseman Christian Cummins to pop up to second base to end the inning. Indiana up 1-0.

End of the First Inning

Indiana got on the board in the first inning for the second time in this series and once again it was because of right fielder Michael Earley. The Hoosiers clean-up hitter ripped a double to right-center field to bring first baseman Jerrud Sabourin home and sending left fielder Alex Dickerson to third. Designated hitter Josh Lyon struck out, however, and center fielder Tyler Rogers grounded to short to end the inning. Indiana up 1-0.

Middle of the First Inning

Jonny Hoffman should’ve gotten out of the first inning in three hitters, but Indiana third baseman Brian Ritz fielded a grounder and threw it well wide of the first base bag. Hoffman got the next Illinois hitters, designated hitter Thomas Shelton, to ground out to him, so the Illini still got nothing out of it. 0-0 after the top of the first.

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OK, back at Sembower for Game 2 of the Indiana-Illinois series. BeatPurdue called me out on a story comment (rightfully) today for not posting standings. So here’s the way things stand going into today.

Big Ten      Overall

1. Minnesota          14-8            26-27

2. Michigan            13-9             33-19

3. Purdue                 12-9             31-19

4. Northwestern    12-10           23-29

5. Indiana               11-11            26-24

6. Iowa                    10-11           24-26

7. Michigan State  10-12          33-18

8. Ohio State        10-12            27-22

9. Illinois               9-13            25-25

10. Penn State     8-14             21-29

And the lineups:

ILLINOIS (25-25, 9-13)

1. Willie Argo, cf (.321, 4 HR 29 RBI)

2. Craig Lutes, 1b (.309, 2 HR, 24 RBI)

3. Casey McMurray, lf (.343, 5 HR 38 RBI)

4. Thomas Shelton, dh (.348, 4 RBI)

5. Pete Capetta, rf (.255, 2 HR, 22 RBI)

6. Adam Davis, c (.270, 3 HR 10 RBI)

7. Brandon Hohl, 3b (.266, 2 HR, 30 RBI)

8. Christian Cummins, 2b (.192, 6 RBI)

9. Josh Parr, ss (.273, 1 HR, 29 RBI)

P-Kevin Johnson, rhp (5-2, 4.90 ERA, 47 K’s in 71 2/3 IP)

INDIANA (26-24, 11-11)

1. Micah Johnson, 2b (.304, 9 HR, 35 RBI)

2. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.408, 6 HR 43 RBI)

3. Alex Dickerson, lf (.411, 23 HR, 71 RBI)

4. Michael Earley, rf (.343, 12 HR, 35 RBI)

5. Josh Lyon, dh (.359, 11 HR 33 RBI)

6. Tyler Rogers, cf (.350, 3 HR, 29 RBI)

7. Brian Ritz, 3b (.333, 3 HR, 11 RBI)

8. Ethan Wilson, ss, (.299, 7 HR, 20 RBI)

9. Dylan Swift, c (.277, 1 HR, 20 RBI)

P-Jonny Hoffman, rhp (2-2, 8.53 ERA, 23 K’s in 38 IP)

One comment

  1. I know there is a thought among Scoop writers that there’s no interest in IU Baseball, but there is and I appreciate the live updates. Thanks.

    Would be great to bump some of the space in print allocated for stnadings for nationally covered leagues to give us Big Ten standings for softball/baseball etc. at least once a week, if not all of the time. Just a thought. Champaign’s paper does a great job of providing nuggets like that and think it might play well here also.

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