Ohio State at Indiana baseball

End of the Ninth: Ohio State reliever Andrew Armstrong set the Hoosiers down in order in the ninth and Ohio State takes the first game of the series, 6-1.

UPDATE, End of Eighth: Ohio State pulled Drew Rucinski after seven innings for left-hander Andrew Armstrong, and Armstrong almost ran into trouble, surrendering a single and a walk, but he got out of it unscathed and Ohio State heads to the ninth with a 6-1 lead.

UPDATE, Middle of the Eighth: Two more for Ohio State, on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Josh Dezse and an RBI single by David Corna. Buckeyes lead 6-1.

UPDATE, End of the Seventh: Indiana put two runners on in the seventh with back-to-back two-out singles but Drew Rucinski struck out Casey Smith to end the frame. Rucinski is still cruising, throwing just 76 pitches in seven innings. OSU leads 4-1.

UPDATE, Middle of the Seventh: Ohio State tacked on two more runs, taking a 4-1 lead that might be insurmountable in this game. Designated hitter Brad Hutton singled in catcher Greg Solomon, then scored on a squeeze bunt by shortstop Tyler Engle. Blake Monor got out of the inning and is still in, but the Hoosiers are running out of outs.

UPDATE, End of the Sixth: Indiana finally got a run across against Rucinski. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth singled up the middle to start the inning and took second on a bobble in center. He moved to third on a single by catcher Wes Wilson and scored on a grounder to short by Alex Dickerson. Ohio State tried for the double play, but it was thrown away and Dickerson went to second. Inning ended, though, when Micah Johnson lined out to second and Dickerson was doubled off. Ohio State 2, Indiana 1.

UPDATE, Middle of the Sixth: Blake Monar has thrown just nine pitches in two innings, posting another 1-2-3 inning. Nobody’s had a hit since the fourth. Shortstop Michael Basil made a brilliant play on a grounder up the middle, sliding to catch the ball and making a brilliant throw to get the out. Ohio State still leads 2-0.

UPDATE, End of the Fifth: Drew Rucinski recorded his second straight 1-2-3 inning, this time needing just 10 pitches and striking out Drew Rucinski to end the inning. OSU still leads 2-0.

UPDATE, Middle of the Fifth: Blake Monar threw three pitches in the fifth and got three ground balls. He’s thrown just 50 pitches through five, though Ohio State still leads 2-0.

UPDATE, End Of the Fourth: Ohio State’s Drew Rucinski needed just eight pitches to make it through the fourth. The Buckeye right-hander has needed just 48 pitches to make it through four shutout innings. OSU leads 2-0.

UPDATE, Middle Of The Fourth: Ohio State first baseman Josh Dezse ripped a triple off the left center field wall to open the inning, then scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Greg Solomon. Monar escaped without any further damage, but Ohio State leads 2-0.

UPDATE, End of The Third: Again, Indiana gets one base runner and that’s all. Dustin DeMuth singled, but Drew Rucinski got the next two hitters. Ohio State still leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Third: Ohio State got on the board first. After singles by Matt Streng and Tyler Engle to begin the inning, Brian DeLucia hit a deep drive to right. Justin Cureton made a leaping play to catch the ball, but Streng scored from third. Blake Monar allowed another runner to reach when he fielded a bunt and threw wide of first base, but then Ryan Cypret hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. 1-0 Ohio State.


UPDATE, End of the Second: Indiana got another two-out hit in the second, this time a double from center fielder T.C. Knipp. That was the Hoosiers only base-runner again, though, as shortstop Michael Basil popped up to end the inning. 0-0 through 2.


UPDATE, Middle of the Second: Blake Monar cruised through another inning, this time retiring Ohio State 1-2-3 on 10 pitches and recording his first strikeout against David Corna.


UPDATE, End of the First: Alex Dickerson ripped a two-out single to center to give IU a base-runner in the first, but that was all they had. Ohio State’s Drew Rucinski struck out two batters in the inning, including Micah Johnson to end the frame.


UPDATE, Middle of the First: IU lefty Blake Monar breezed through the first inning. He issued a walk to Ohio State second baseman Ryan Cypret, but needed just 13 pitches to escape the inning.


Big Ten baseball returns to Sembower Field today, so we’re going to try to bring back the live baseball blog as well. See how it goes. Anyway, game starts at 3:05 p.m. and I’ll have updates inning by inning. For now, the lineups.

Ohio State (10-11 overall, 2-1 in the Big Ten)

1. Brian DeLucia, rf (.276, 10 RBI)

2. Tim Wetzel, cf (.228, 6 RBI)

3. Ryan Cypret, 2b (.393, 2 HR, 16 RBI)

4. Josh Dezse, 1b (.330, 1 HR 16 RBI)

5. Greg Solomon, c (.381, 14 RBI)

6. David Corna, lf (.275, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

7. Brad Hutton, dh (.211, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

8. Matt Streng, 3b (.264, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

9. Tyler Engle, ss (.217, 7 RBI)

P-Drew Rucinski, rhp (2-1, 2.30 ERA, 19 K’s in 27 1/3 IP)

Indiana (18-10 overall, 2-1 in the Big Ten

1. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.375, 13 RBI)

2. Wes Wilson, c (.308, 1 HR, 16 RBI)

3. Alex Dickerson lf (.367, 4 HR, 25 RBI)

4. Micah Johnson, 2b (.351, 13 RBI)

5. Jerrud Sabourin 1b (.261, 17 RBI)

6. Josh Lyon, dh (.219 2 HR, 13 RBI)

7. T.C. Knipp, cf (.253, 12 RBI

8. Michael Basil, ss (.257, 2 HR, 10 RBI)

9. Justin Cureton, rf (.270, 1 HR 6 RBi)

P-Blake Monar, lhp (3-1, 3.82 ERA, 33 k’s in 37 2/3 IP)