Live at Sembower Field: Michigan State at Indiana, Game 1

End of the Game: Indiana loaded the bases in the ninth and shortstop Michael Basil scored on a wild pitch to give Indiana a 3-2 win. More in the paper tomorrow.

Middle of the Ninth: Michigan State had a chance to take the lead in the ninth but Indiana left fielder Will Nolden made sure it didn’t happen. The Spartans loaded the bases with one out thanks to an error, a walk, and a hit batsman. Center fielder Jordan Keur flied to left, but Nolden came up throwing and tossed out catcher Joel Fisher trying to score. The game is still tied 2-2 heading for the bottom of the ninth.

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End of the Eighth Inning: Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the eighth and the game is still tied 2-2 heading into the ninth.

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Middle of the Eighth Inning: Jonny Hoffman came on in relief of Joey DeNato in the eighth. He walked the second batter he faced but was otherwise perfect. Game tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.

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End of the Seventh Inning: Tony Buccifferro has thrown more than 100 pitches, but he’s still bringing it. He struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 seventh. Game still tied 2-2.

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Middle of the Seventh Inning: Indiana got some good luck to get out of the seventh without giving up a run. With first baseman Ryan Krill at first, center fielder Jordan Keur lined one hard off the third base bag and it popped into short left field. Krill strayed too far off the second base bag, however, and was caught ina  rundown to end the inning. The game is still tied at 2-2.

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End of the Sixth Inning: Indiana designated hitter Dillon Dooney drew a one-out walk, but third baseman Chad Clark grounded into a 6-3 double play to get Michigan State pitcher Tony Bucciferro. Game still tied 2-2.

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Middle of the Sixth inning: Michigan State second baseman Ryan Jones led off the inning after a double, and after two strikeouts by IU’s Joey Denato, MSU right fielder Tony Wieber scored Jones with a single up the middle to tie the game 2-2. Michigan State catcher Joel Fisher almost broke it open with a deep fly to center field, but Justin Cureton went all the way back to grab it. Game still tied 2-2.

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End of the Fifth: Indiana took the lead back in the fifth after nearly running itself out of the inning. Second baseman Dustin DeMuth led off with the inning with a single, but right fielder Chris Sujka struck out by bunting a ball foul with two strikes. DeMuth was then caught stealing. However, left fielder Will Nolden kept the inning alive with a single and center fielder Justin Cureton tripled to the left center field gap to score Nolden. Catcher Kyle Schwarber was hit by a pitch, but Sam Travis struck out with two on to end the inning. Still. Indiana leads 2-1.

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Middle of the Fifth: Michigan State finally did some damage on Joey DeNato. Designated hitter Blaise Salter led off the fifth by ripping a double into the right center field gap. He went to third on an infield single by first baseman Ryan Krill and then scored when Justin Scanlon hit into a force at second base. Scanlon was caught stealing, however, and DeNato picked off center fielder Jordan Keur after Keur had drawn a walk, so DeNato got out of the inning with the score still tied 1-1.

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End of the Fourth Inning: With two outs in the fourth, Dillon Dooney broke a scoreless tie by turning on an inside fastball and tucking it just inside the foul pole for a solo home run. Indiana leads 1-0.

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Middle of the Fourth: Joey DeNato posted his second straight 1-2-3 inning. He’s thrown just 38 pitches through four and it’s still scoreless.

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End of the Third: Indiana right fielder Chris Sujka drew a walk to start the inning, went to second on a bunt by left fielder Will Nolden and to third on a groundout by Justin Cureton, but Tony Bucciferro got out of the inning by striking out Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber after falling behind 3-0. Still scoreless through three.

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Middle of the Third: Joey DeNato needed just eight pitches to record a 1-2-3 inning in the third. Game still scoreless.

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End of The Second: Dillon Dooney drew a walk in the second, but Michigan State’s Tony Bucciferro retired the other three batters and the game is still scoreless through two.

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Middle of the Second: Joey DeNato gave up a two-out single in the second but nothing more and the game remains scoreless. He’s thrown 23 pitches in two innings.

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End of the First: Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber drew a one-out walk but was later caught stealing and Michigan State starter Tony Bucciferro got through his first inning by facing the minimum. Scoreless after the first.

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Middle of the First: Joey DeNato hit a batter and shortstop Michael Basil misplayed a bad hop at short to give Michigan State two base runners in the first, but DeNato escaped without surrendering a run and throwing just 10 pitches. Scoreless after a half.

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A little late again. Lineups follow

Michigan State (20-11, 3-3)

1. Jordan Keur, cf

2. Ryan Jones, 2b

3. Torsten Boss, 3b

4. John Martinez, lf

5. Tony Wieber, rf

6. Joel Fisher, c

7. Blaise Salter, dh

8. Ryan Krill, 1b

9. Justin Scanlon, ss

P- Tony Bucciferro, rhp

Indiana (15-18, 4-4)

1. Justin Cureton, cf

2. Kyle Schwarber, c

3. Sam Travis, 1b

4. Michael Basil, ss

5. Dillon Dooney, dh

6. Chad Clark, 3b

7. Dustin DeMuth, 2b

8. Chris Sujka, rf

9. Will Nolden, lf

P- Joey DeNato, LHP