Live at Sembower Field: Iowa at Indiana, Game 3

End of the Game: Ryan Halstead punctuated a brilliant outing with a strikeout, finishing 5 1/3 perfect innings of relief to give the Hoosiers a 10-5 win and victories in two of the three games in the series.

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End of the Eighth: Indiana first baseman Sam Travis tacked on an RBI single to give the Hoosiers a 10-5 lead heading into the top of the ninth.

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Middle of the Eighth: Ryan Halstead is still cruising. It took him just 10 pitches to get through the eighth and he’s retired 13 straight in 4 1/3 perfect innings of relief. IU up 9-5.

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End of the Seventh: After completing the comeback in the fifth, Indiana broke the game open in the seventh. After a single by catcher Kyle Schwarber, a hit by pitch by first baseman Sam Travis and a walk by shortstop Michael Basil, pinch hitter Collin McEnery hit a single through the left side of the infield to score two runs. Second baseman Dustin DeMuth followed with an RBI double and the Hoosiers got a fourth run on a botched grounder to third base by pinch hitter Will Nolden. The Hoosiers go into the eighth with a 9-5 lead.

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Middle of the Seventh: Reliever Ryan Halstead, who was the Hoosiers’ closer last year, found a groove. The seventh was his third straight 1-2-3 inning and he’s thrown 3 1/3 perfect innings so far. Game tied 5-5.

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End of the Sixth: Indiana could’ve taken a lead in the sixth, but didn’t in large part because of a base-running mistake. Second baseman Dustin DeMuth was caught stealing, because he didn’t slide into the bag. He probably would’ve beat it out if he did. Left fielder Chris Sujka, the next hitter, walked and right fielder ripped a single down the right field line that would’ve easily scored DeMuth. Sujka advanced to third, but center fielder Justin Cureton flied out to end the inning. The game is tied 5-5.

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Middle of the Sixth: Ryan Halstead earned his second straight 1-2-3 inning thanks in large part to a brilliant play deep in the hole at second base by Dustin DeMuth. Game still tied 5-5.

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End of of the Fifth: Indiana batted around in the fifth and came all the way back to tie the game at 5-5. After a single by second baseman Dustin DeMuth and a one-out walk by right fielder Tim O’Conner, the former wide receiver, center fielder Justin Cureton ripped a two-run triple to the left center field gap to make it 5-4. Catcher Kyle Schwarber then singled Cureton home to tie the game. The Hoosiers loaded the bases looking for more but shortstop Michael Basil flied to left to end the inning.

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Middle of the Fifth: Indiana finally got a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. Reliever Ryan Halstead got two flyouts and a groundball and needed just 10 pitches to get out of the inning. Iowa still leads 5-2.

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End of the Fourth: Indiana got on the board in the fourth thanks to a two-run homer to straightaway center field by first baseman Sam Travis, his second of the weekend. Iowa still leads 5-2.

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Middle of the Fourth: The Iowa fourth was the Hawkeyes least eventful so far. Shortstop Jacob Yacinich drew a walk, but he was the only base runner. Still, the Hoosiers went to the bullpen again, bringing Ryan Halstead in after two outs for Luke Harrison. Still, Iowa leads 5-0.

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End of the Third: Indiana managed a hit in the third, but Sasha Kuebel has still faced the minimum. Indiana second baseman Dustin DeMuth led off the inning with a single. Left fielder Chris Sujka took his spot on a fielder choice when his pop-up fell in on the infield, but DeMuth was forced at second base. Indiana right fielder Tim O’Conner then ripped a liner to third, where Iowa third baseman Chett Zeise made a brilliant play to make the grab and throw out Sujka at first. Iowa leads 5-0.

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Middle of the Third: Top of the third was pretty much disastrous for IU. Drew Leininger hit Iowa shortstop Jacob Yacinich then allowed a single to third baseman Chet Zeise. Yacinich went to third, Zeise went to second on the throw, and Leininger came out of the game. Reliever Luke Harrison struck out the first batter he faced, but then allowed Yacinich to score on a wild pitch. Iowa first baseman Bryan Niedbalski singled home a run, advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on a single by Iowa catcher Keith Brand and the Hawkeyes lead 5-0.

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End of the Second: Iowa’s Sasha Kuebel recorded his second straight 1-2-3 inning to start the game, escaping the inning in just six pitches. Iowa still leads 2-0.

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Middle of the Second: Another day, another unearned run surrendered by Indiana. IU left-hander Drew Leininger surrendered a walk and a single to start the inning, then fielded a bunt from Iowa catcher Keith Brand and threw wide of the bag to allow Iowa first baseman Bryan Niedbalski to score. Right fielder Andrew Host then hit a sacrifice fly to score designated hitter Ryan Rumpf. Leininger redeemed himself somewhat by fielding a safety squeeze bunt by center fielder Kris Goodman and got Brand out at home. Still, Iowa leads 2-0.

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End of the First: Sam Travis hit a 2-2 pitch from Iowa’s Sasha Kuebel a long way into the left center field gap, but Iowa center fielder Kris Goodman made a great play to run under it and Kuebel escaped with a 1-2-3 inning in the first. Game is scoreless heading into the second.

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Middle of the First: Indiana left-hander Drew Leininger took a hard grounder off his leg, which became an infield single for Iowa third baseman Chett Zeise, but that was the Hawkeyes only base runner in the first, as they failed to hit the ball out of the infield. Scoreless heading into the bottom half of the first.

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Coming up on first pitch here in the rubber match. Lineups (minus stats because I’m running late) follow.

Iowa (10-13 overall, 3-2 in the Big Ten.

1. Mike McQuillan, 2b

2. Jacob Yacinich, ss

3. Chett Zeise, 3b

4. Phil Keppler, lf

5. Bryan Niedbalski, 1b

6. Ryan Rumph, dh

7. Keith Brand, c

8. Andrew Host, rf

9. Kris Goodman, cf

P-Sasha Kuebel, lhp

Indiana (11-16, 3-2)

1. Justin Cureton, cf

2. Kyle Schwarber, c

3. Sam Travis, 1b

4. Dillon Dooney, dh

5. Michael Basil, ss

6. Chad Clark, 3b

7. Dustin DeMuth, 2b

8. Chris Sujka, lf

9. Tim O’Conner, rf

P-Drew Leininger, lhp

3 comments

  1. ABC News led off their program tonight with videos of the rioting Kaintuck fans trying to burn down Lexington after winning a SEMI FINAL game.

    Way to stay classy.

    No matter what the kitties do on Monday there will be no living down their fans’ behavior on Saturday. When the inevitable Kaintuck troll shows up here all anyone should respond is a reference to their fans setting their own cars ablaze.

  2. Another conference series win for the Hoosiers! Good work and keep it rolling. 4-2 is a good start in conference play.

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