Illinois at Indiana at Bart Kaufman Field

Top 9th: Ryan Halstead pitched a 1-2-3 inning to clinch the 3-2 victory for the Hoosiers, extending their national best win streak to 17 games and improving their record to 24-3 overall, 7-0 in the Big Ten.


Bottom 8th: Kevin Johnson has put together a remarkable performance since giving up two home runs in the second. Indiana came into this game hitting .324 as a team. The Hoosier have had two base runners since the second. But those two bombs and a run in the first were enough. IU leads 3-2 going into the ninth.


Top 8th: Scott Effross hit Illinois right fielder William Krug and center fielder Justin Parr doubled him home to make it 3-2. However, Ryan Halstead stepped in with two outs and induced a pop up to strand Parr at second. IU takes a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the eighth.


Bottom 7th: IU shortstop Michael Basil led off with an infield single, but the next three hitters went down. IU still holding a 3-1 lead.


Top 7th: Joey DeNato gave up a single to start the seventh before stepping out for reliever Scott Effross. Effross retired all three hitters he faced, and IU maintains a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.


Bottom 6th: Illinois right-hander Kevin Johnson has retired 14 of his last 15 hitters and got 2-3-4 hitters Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Scott Donley out in order in the sixth. Indiana still leads 3-1.


Top 6th: Joey DeNato picked up his sixth strikeout and also induced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the sixth.


Bottom 5th: IU second baseman Chad Clark got a two-out single, but that was all for IU in the fifth. Indiana still leads 3-1.


Top 5th: Joey DeNato gave up singles to Illinois third baseman Brandon Hohl and right fielder Will Krug, but DeNato struck out designated hitter Michael Hurwitz to get out of a first-and-third jam. IU still leads 3-1.


Bottom 4th: Illinois pitcher Kevin Johnson is finding a groove. He posted his second straight 1-2-3 inning. Indiana still leads 3-1.


Top 4th: Joey DeNato gave up a single to left fielder Jordan Parr to start the inning, but then picked  him off, struck out the next batter and got the next to fly out to center to end the inning. IU leads 3-1.


Bottom 3rd: Indiana’s 1-2-3 hitters went down in order with catcher Kyle Schwarber going down looking and first baseman Sam Travis flying out to left. IU still leads 3-1.


Top 3rd: Illinois catcher Jason Goldstein opened the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Will Krug. DeNato retired the next two hittes, but it’s 3-1 Indiana now.


Bottom 2nd: Indiana shortstop Michael Basil went opposite field for a homer to right field and right fielder Casey Smith followed him two batters later with another homer to right to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead.


Top 2nd: Indiana center fielder Justin Cureton made a foolish decision in the second, but pitcher Joey DeNato made sure the Hoosiers didn’t pay for it. Illinois shortstop Thomas Lindauer and third baseman Brandon Hohl had back-to-back singles and when the second fell in to Cureton’s left. He tried throwing to third to stop Lindauer but never had a chance and Hohl took second base to put two Illini in scoring position. However, DeNato got Illinois second baseman Reid Roper to ground out to first to end the inning. IU still leads 1-0.


Bottom 1st: Indiana center fielder Justin Cureton reached on a throwing error, stole second base, went to third on a groundout by catcher Kyle Schwarber and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Sam Travis to give Indiana a 1-0 lead.


Top 1st: Indiana starter Joey DeNato gave up a one-out walk to Illinois designated hitter Michael Hurwitz, but picked him off and faced the minimum in the first, getting a strikeout and a groundout for the other two outs. Did need 18 pitches to get through.


At Bart Kaufman Field for the first night game a the new stadium, and it’s apparently the first time a night game has ever been played at Indiana “intentionally.”  Lineups follow.

Illinois (18-7, 1-2 in the Big Ten)

1.  Will Krug, rf  (.301, 24 runs, 1 RBI)

2. Michael Hurwitz, dh (.326, 1 HR, 17 RBI)

3. Justin Parr, cf (.407, 1 HR, 28 RBI)

4. Jordan Parr, lf (.296, 4 HR, 22 RBI)

5. David Kerian, 1b (.387, 18 RBI)

6. Thomas Lindauer, ss (.292, 4 HR, 21 RBI)

7. Brandon Hohl, 3b (.286, 1 HR, 13 RBI)

8. Reid Roper, 2b (.281, 5 RBI)

9. Jason Goldstein, c (.214, 2 RBI)

P — Kevin Johnson (4-1, 1.89 ERA, 34 K’s in 47 2/3 IP)

Indiana (23-3, 6-0 in the Big Ten)

1. Justin Cureton, cf (.240, 35 runs, 7 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.438, 7 HR, 31 RBI)

3. Sam Travis, 1b (.337 4 HR, 23 RBI)

4. Scott Donley, dh (.380, 3 HR, 36 RBI)

5. Michael Basil, ss (.317, 2 HR, 23 RBI)

6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.390, 1 HR, 18 RBI)

7. Casey Smith, rf (.294, 2 HR, 13 RBI)

8. Will Nolden, lf (.375, 7 RBI)

9. Chad Clark, 2b (.233, 15 RBI)

P-Joey DeNato, lhp (3-1, 3.41 ERA, 33 K’S in 34 1/3 Innings)



  1. Yeah, it’s close to packed, actually. I don’t know if it’s sold out, but I don’t see a lot of empty seats. It’s a college baseball stadium, so it’s not like filling 59,000 in Memorial, but we’re close to capacity here.

  2. It’s amazing how once the local paper gives some pub to the baseball team the fans come out.

    Maybe if we gave the football team some positive coverage, we’d sell out the Rock.

  3. Right, Aruss. Because I never write positive things about the football team and the fact that the baseball team is 24-3 has nothing to do with this.

  4. Aruss, lighten up. DD does an awesome job covering IU sports. Im fired up for the baseball team but I cant think of much negative pub given to the football team. I hope we win 8+ this year. Go IU.

  5. AZ Hoosier – did Dustin mention in his updates who threw out the first pitch today? Harvard & I would agree that was a purposeful slight to the football team.

    Aruss 1
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  6. Facilities matter! Fan support matters. Great start for this year’s IU baseball team.

    What a great way to entertain a family living anywhere near Bloomington. I can’t wait to see the new stadium.

    Recruiting should see significant improvement in the years to come. Go Hoosiers!

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