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

End of the Game: Johnny Hoffman got through the ninth unscathed and Indiana wins 10-8 to clinch a berth in the Big Ten Tournament. More in the paper tomorrow.

End of the Eighth: And Indiana has taken over this game. First baseman Sam Travis gave the Hoosiers the lead with a two-run double, then Dillon Dooney drove in a run with a single to make it 10-8 Indiana after they trailed 8-1.

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Middle of the Eighth: Jonny Hoffman comes through with a big inning of relief. He surrendered a single to beginning of the inning, but retired the next three batters. Ohio State still leads 8-7.

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End of the Seventh: So everything just changed. Completely.

Indiana stormed back with a six-run seventh inning to cut the deficit to 8-7. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth led off with his first career home run at Indiana. Left fielder Tim O’Conner and right fielder Chris Sujka followed with singles. Center fielder Justin Cureton was hit by a pitch and then catcher Kyle Schwarber scored all three of them with a triple. Schwarber later scored when Ohio State first baseman Josh Dezse dropped the ball on an attempted pickoff of second baseman Micah Johnson, who was pretty much at second base by the time the ball got there. Designated hitter Dillon Dooney then drove in Johnson to make it 8-7. O’Conner singled later in the inning and Dooney came home trying to tie the game but was thrown out from right field. Still, IU is down just 8-7 going into the eighth.

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Middle of the Seventh: Had some technical difficulties there and lost two innings, but the upshot is you didn’t miss anything good for IU. Ohio State leads 8-1 after a Tim Wetzel RBI single in the top of the seventh.

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Middle of the Fifth: Joey DeNato didn’t quite make it through five innings. He surrendered a home run to OSU third baseman Brad Hallberg to fall behind 5-1, then gave up a walk and a single. Matt Dearden came on after that and struck out Ohio State catcher Greg Soloman, but DeNato leaves with a chance to take another loss. He surrendered 11 hits in 4 2/3.

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End of the Fourth: Designated hitter Dillon Dooney keeps hitting the ball well and got another single, but the Hoosiers didn’t get another base runner. Ohio State leads 4-1.

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Middle of the Fourth: Three players reached base in the third, but Joey DeNato still got through the inning without giving up a run. Ohio State is up 4-1.

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End of the Third: Indiana got on the board thanks to an RBI single by catcher Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber was eventually picked off at second to end the inning, but IU cuts Ohio State’s lead to 4-1.

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Middle of the Third: Joey DeNato could have escaped the third inning if not for a poor route taken to a fly ball by Indiana left fielder Will Nolden. After a double from Brad Hollberg one hopped the wall, right fielder David Corna’s short fly was misplayed by Nolden and turned into an RBI double. Ohio State leads 4-0.

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End of the Second: Designated hitter Dillon Dooney continued a hot streak with a single, but Jaron Long struck out two and got out of the inning easy. Ohio State’s up 3-0 through two.

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Middle of the Second: Joey DeNato looks tired. Not in that I’ve-thrown-too-many-pitches-today-already way. It’s more an overall tired from a long year. And Ohio State just took advantage. Right fielder David Corna started it off with a solo homer to left. Catcher Greg Solomon drove home a run with an RBI double and center fielder Tim Wetzel had an RBI single to give Ohio State a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.

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End of the First: Indiana center fielder Justin Cureton led off with a single, but was caught stealing. Catcher Kyle Schwarber walked, but was forced as part of a 6-4-3 double play grounded into by first baseman Sam Travis. Ohio State ace Jaron Long gets out unscathed. 0-0 through one.

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Middle of the First: Joey DeNato, who has taken losses in his past two outings, got into a little trouble in the first but got out of it. Second baseman Ryan Cypret singled and first baseman Josh Dezse walked, but DeNato struck out Mike Carroll and got third baseman Brad Hallberg to fly out to end the inning. Scoreless heading into the bottom half of the first.

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I missed baseball. Anyway, big series here this weekend. The lineups.

Ohio State (31-22, 11-10)

1. Tim Wetzel, cf (.280, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

2. Ryan Cypret, 2b (.234, 1 HR, 30 RBI)

3. Josh Dezse, 1b (.319, 5 HR, 31 RBI)

4. Mike Carroll, dh (.285, 24 RBI)

5. Brad Hallberg, 3b (.306, 1 HR, 31 RBI)

6. Patrick Porter, lf (.291, 17 RBI)

7. David Corna, rf (.228, 5 HR, 35 RBI)

8. Kirby Pellant, ss (.267, 21 RBI)

9. Greg Solomon, c (.248, 3 HR, 19 RBI)

P-Jaron Long, rhp (6-2, 1.85 ERA, 59 K’s in 92 1/3 IP)

Indiana (27-26, 13-8)

1. Justin Cureton, cf (.260, 3 HR, 21 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.299, 8 HR, 43 RBI)

3. Sam Travis, 1b  (.325, 8 HR 45 RBI)

4. Micah Johnson, 2b (.236, 1 HR, 8 RBI)

5. Dillon Dooney, dh (.325, 2 HR, 16 RBI)

6. Michael Basil, ss .286, 3 HR, 30 RBI)

7. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.257, 16 RBI)

8. Will Nolden, lf (.246, 12 RBI)

9. Chris Sujka, rf (.258, 4 HR, 33 RBI)

P-Joey DeNato, lhp (7-3, 2.70 ERA, 70 K’s in 80 IP.

One comment

  1. We were at this game and almost left after the 6th inning. I am really glad we stayed and watched the impossible happen. There is no quit in this team and they are too young to know better, which is a good thing. Get out there and watch this team today and Saturday. They are good.

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