Top 9th: Scott Effross gave up a two-run double to Radley Haddad, but Indiana still wins 5-2.
Bottom 8th: Indiana goes down 1-2-3 again, but the Hoosiers are up 5-2 and Butler is down to its final three outs.
Top 8th: Luke Harrison cruised through his second inning of relief with no trouble, setting the Bulldogs down 1-2-3. Indiana still leads 5-2.
Bottom 7th: Indiana went down 1-2-3 on just four pitches in the seventh. Indiana still leads 5-2.
Top 7th: Luke Harrison stepped in for Kyle Hart in the seventh and continued to hold down Butler. He surrendered a single, but that was all. Indiana still leads 5-2.
Bottom 6th: Center fielder Justin Cureton single to start the inning, but was thrown out trying to steal second base. Left fielder Will Nolden drew a walk, but was stranded. IU still leads 5-2.
Top 6th: Kyle Hart continues to cruise. He hit center fielder Marcos Calderon to open the inning, but then retired the next three batters. Shortstop Michael Basil went deep in the hole to force Calderon at second on a grounder by designated hitter Mike Kseniak. IU leads 5-2.
Bottom 5th: Indiana scored three runs in the third without hitting the ball out of the infield. Justin Cureton was hit by a pitch, left fielder Will Nolden reached on a swinging bunt. They were moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. First baseman Sam Travis was intentionally walked and then designated hitter Scott Donley was unintentionally walked to score Cureton. Shortstop Michael Basil lined to second, but third baseman Dustin DeMuth reached and Nolden scored on an error by Butler shortstop Marco Caponi. IU scored one more run when right fielder Casey Smith hit a slow roller to Caponi and Caponi didn’t get to it fast enough to get DeMuth at second. Travis scored to make it 5-2 Indiana.
Top 5th: Kyle Hart struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 inning. He has retired 12 of the 13 hitters he’s faced since the first. Game tied 2-2.
Bottom 4th: Casey Smith managed a two-out hit, but Butler right-hander Kyle Allen got out of the fourth unscathed otherwise. Game still tied, 2-2.
Top 4th: Kyle Hart has found his stride after a rough first. He retires the Butler order 1-2-3 in the fourth. Game tied 2-2.
Bottom 3rd: Left fielder Will Nolden led off the inning with a bunt single, second baseman Nick Ramos sent him to third with a single even though Ramos was thrown out trying for second and first baseman Sam Travis brought Nolden home with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2.
Top 3rd: Kyle Hart gave up a two-out single to designated hitter Mike Kseniak, but got left fielder Michael Fries to ground out to end the inning. Butler still leads 2-1.
Bottom 2nd: Indiana got on the board in the second. Shortstop Michael Basil got one with a one-out single on a drag bunt, third baseman Dustin DeMuth walked and right fielder Casey Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Catcher Chad Clark grounded to third and that might have ended the inning, but Butler third baseman Patrick Guinane bobbled the ball and could only get the out at third and Basil scored. IU still trails Butler 2-1.
Top 2nd: Kyle Hart found a rhythm in the second and breezed through a 1-2-3 inning. Butler still leads 2-0.
Bottom 1st: Butler right-hander Kyle Allen retired Indiana 1-2-3 to start his outing. Butler leads 2-0.
Top 1st: Butler got to Kyle Hart early with center fielder Marcos Calderon leading off with a single to right and designated hitter Mike Kseniak doubling down the left field line to send Calderon to third. Left fielder Michael Fries grounded to short and Kseniak went too far to third and got caught in a rundown, but that was enough to get Calderon home. Right fielder Jack Dillon grounded into a fielder choice at second but reached and catcher Radley Haddad singled to center to send Dillon to third. Dillon then scored on a double steal with Haddad getting in a rundown to end the inning. Butler leads 2-0.
Game 2 of the dual venue series between Indiana and Butler is about to get rolling.Lineups.
1. Marcos Calderon, cf (.310, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 21 runs)
2. Mike Kseniak, dh (.343, 19 RBI)
3. Michael Fries, lf (.308, 1 HR, 15 RBI)
4. Jack Dillon, rf (.288, 3 HR, 17 RBI)
5. Radley Haddad, c (.252, 1 HR, 18 RBI)
6. Patrick Guinane, 3b (.276, 2 HR, 16 RBI)
7. Lucas Calderon, 2b (.246, 1 HR, 14 RBI)
8. Pat Gelwicks, 1b (.167, 5 RBI)
9. Marco Caponi, ss (.247, 1 HR, 13 RBI)
P — Kyle Allen, rhp (1-0, 3.41 ERA, 23 K’s, 11 bb in 29.0 IP)
1. Will Nolden, lf (.307, 10 RBI)
2. Nick Ramos, 2b (.250, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
3. Sam Travis, 1b (.331, 6 HR, 31 RBI)
4. Scott Donley, dh (.382, 3 HR, 41 RBI)
5. Michael Basil, ss (.341, 3 HR, 27 RBI)
6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.370, 1 HR, 22 RBI)
7. Casey Smith, rf (.291, 4 HR, 18 RBI)
8. Chad Clark, c (.248, 17 RBI)
9. Justin Cureton, cf (.234, 8 RBI)
P — Kyle Hart, lhp (5-0, 2.05, 31 K’s in 52 2/3 IP)