Northwestern at Indiana baseball, Game 1

UPDATE, End of Game: Ryan Halstead recorded a 1-2-3 inning, and the Hoosiers snap their seven-game losing streak and six-game conference losing skid with a crucial 5-0 victory. The Hoosiers improved to 26-19 overall, 7-9 in the Big Ten. Northwestern falls to 14-2, 6-10.

UPDATE, End of the Eighth Inning: Jack Quigley struck out three straight IU hitters to end the inning, but IU still leads 5-0 heading into the ninth. Closer Ryan Halstead comes in. It’s not a save situation.


UPDATE, Bottom of the Eighth Inning: Paul Snieder was chased without getting an out. Shortstop Michael Basil ripped a liner off the glove of NU third baseman Chris Lashmet to score Wes Wilson and Alex Dickerson. IU second baseman Micah Johnson then singled to left center to score Jerrud Sabourin and the Hoosiers lead 5-0. Northwestern now turns to right-handed submariner Jack Quigley.


UPDATE, Bottom of the Eighth Inning: The Hoosiers chased Matt Gailey in the eighth when right fielder Wes Wilson led off the inning with a single and designated hitter Alex Dickerson doubled to the left center field gap. Gailey intentionally walked first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and stepped out for Paul Snieder, who had been serving as DH. IU still leads 2-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Eighth Inning: IU coach Tracy Smith made a significant gamble leaving Joey DeNato in the game with runners on first and second with no one out, but it worked out in his favor. Northwestern’s Chris Lashmet tried to lay down a bunt but popped it up and IU catcher Ty Downing threw out Northwestern second baseman Patrick Miller, who was straying too far off the bag. DeNato then battled back from down 3-0 to strikeout Northwestern DH Paul Snieder, the team’s top hitter, to end the inning. IU still leads 2-0.


UPDATE, End of the Seventh: Matt Gailey may be trailing, but he’s had a brilliant outing as well. He’s through seven innings on just 83 pitches, surrendering two runs on just six hits. IU still leads, though, 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Seventh: Joey DeNato picked up another strikeout in the seventh and rolled through a second consecutive 1-2-3 inning. He has thrown 94 pitches, but he’s thrown seven goose eggs. Hoosiers lead 2-0.


UPDATE, End of the Sixth: First baseman Jerrud Sabourin came through with a one-out triple, then scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Micah Johnson. Shortstop Michael Basil was picked off to end the inning, but the Hoosiers lead 2-0.


UPDATE: Middle of the Sixth: Joey DeNato’s scoreless innings streak continues thanks in large part to a phenomenal play by center fielder Justin Cureton. Northwestern’s Jack Havey hit one in the left center field cap and Cureton was shaded over well toward right center. Cureton covered a lot of ground, though and laid out completely to make a diving play. Indiana still leads 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the Fifth: Northwestern Matt Gailey, who is taking his first start of the year, is cruising through five. He just got Indiana to hit three flyouts to end the inning. He’s through five innings in just 59 pitches.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fifth: Joey DeNato gave up back-to-back singles with one out, but the Hoosiers got out of the jam thanks to a nifty play by second baseman Micah Johnson. Northwestern third baseman hit a liner over Johnson’s head, but Johnson leaped to get it and flipped it to shortstop Michael Basil just in time to get Northwestern’s Patrick Miller, who had strayed off the bag. The Hoosiers still lead 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the Fourth: IU second baseman Micah Johnson singled to leadoff the inning, but was picked off and the Hoosiers went down in order otherwise. IU leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fourth: Joey DeNato picked up two more strikeouts in the fourth in a 1-2-3 inning. IU still leads 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the Third: This is what they call a microcosm. The Hoosiers had the good fortune of loading the bases after it appeared right fielder Wes Wilson had hit hit into a double play. Chris Lashmet bobbled Wilson’s hard-hit one-hopper, however, had to abandon the throw to second and threw wide of the bag at first. That put third baseman Dustin DeMuth at third and Wilson at second for designated hitter Alex Dickerson, who was intentionally walked. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin flied out to shallow left, however, and shortstop Michael Basil struck out looking to end the inning.IU still leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Third: Michael Basil made up for his base running mistake with a sliding play on a ground ball and a quick throw for an inning-ending force out at third base. DeNato surrendered a two-out double to Northwestern first baseman Chris Lashmet and intentionally walked designated hitter Paul Snieder, but escapes the third unscathed. IU leads 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the Second: Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the second but should be up more than that. Catcher Ty Downing’s double to right center field scored second baseman Micah Johnson from first. However, on the previous play, Johnson singled to left and shortstop Michael Basil was thrown out going from first to third. Regardless, the Hoosiers lead 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Second: Joey DeNato blew through the second inning in just seven pitches, recording his first strikeout of he game. Scoreless through 1 1/2.


UPDATE, End of the First: Northwestern’s Matt Gailey retired IU’s first three hitters in order on just nine pitches. Game is still scoreless.


UPDATE, Middle of the First: Joey DeNato surrendered singles to Northwestern third baseman Chris Lashmet and designated hitter Paul Snieder. However, with runners on first and third and two outs, Northwestern center fielder Kyle Ruchim tried to bunt for a fase hit and DeNato made a nice play on it to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.


Indiana starts a three-game series with Northwestern today trying to save its season. The Hoosiers have been swept in back-to-back Big Ten series and have fallen to seventh place in the Big Ten. Tracy Smith has shaken up his lineup significantly today, and even moved up freshman left hander Joey DeNato to be his Friday starter (and in many ways, he’s contradicted the story I had in the paper today. Thanks Skip.) Regardless. The lineups follow.

Northwestern (14-25 overall, 6-9 in the Big Ten)

1. Trevor Stevens, ss (.305, 15 RBI)

2. Chris Lashmet, 3b (.358, 1 HR 22 RBI)

3. Paul Snieder, dh (.348, 4 HR, 31 RBI)

4. Jack Havey, 1b (.289, 2 HR 25 RBI)

5. Kyle Ruchim, cf (.233, 2 HR, 12 RBI)

6. Chris Kontos, rf (.269, 1 HR, 19 RBI)

7. Nick Linne, lf (.300, 7 RBI)

8. Geoff Rowan, c (.209, 10 RBI)

9. Patrick Miller, 2b ( .194, 1 HR, 5 RBI)

P-Matt Gailey, lhp (2-3, 4.32 ERA, 17 K’s in 25 IP)

Indiana (25-19 overall, 6-9 Big Ten)

1. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.364, 16 RBI)

2. Wes Wilson, rf (.311, 5 HR, 22 RBI)

3. Alex Dickerson, dh (.367, 6 HR 39 RBI)

4. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.275, 21 RBI)

5. Michael Basil, ss ( .271, 3 HR, 17 RBI)

6. Micah Johnson 2b (.309, 16 RBI)

7. Ty Downing, c (.237, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

8. Brian Lambert, lf (.077)

9. Justin Cureton, cf (.267, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

P-Joey DeNato, lhp (5-3, 2.96 ERA, 39 K’s in 45 2/3 IP)


  1. Why did Blake Monar not start today? Is he hurt or something? Either way Frosh Joey DeNato is throwing a great game and has a sweet future @ IU.

    Thanks Drew and Go Hoosiers

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