Bottom 10th: Indiana had 33 wins going into Saturday’s game, but not a walkoff. Now the Hoosiers have one. Designated hitter Kyle Schwarber hit a massive solo home run to lead off the inning to tie the game 2-2. Right fielder Will Nolden reached on a one-out single, went to second on an errant pickoff throw, then scored on a single by left fielder Chris Sujka, giving the Hoosiers a 3-2 walk-off victory and a seep of the series. They improve to 34-8 overall, 11-4 in the Big Ten.
Top 10th: Michigan center fielder Patrick Biondi pounded the first pitch he saw over the right field wall, giving Michigan a 2-1 lead. IU pitcher Ryan Halstead and catcher Chad Clark made sure it didn’t get any worse.Halstead walked the next batter, Travis Maezes, but Clark threw him out stealing second and Halstead retired the last two batters. Indiana trails 2-1 going into its half of the 10th.
Bottom 9th: Dustin DeMuth led off with his fourth infield single of the series and went to second base on a bunt by Chris Sujka. Catcher Chad Clark walke, but pinch hitter Trace knoblauch struck out and Tim O’Conner grounded to short to end the inning. 2-2 and going to extras.
Top 9th: Michigan first baseman Jack Sexton reached on an error and went to second base on a wild pitch, but was picked off by Ryan Halstead to end the inning. Game tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the ninth.
Bottom 8th: Cronenworth struck out Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis to start the eighth. Will Nolden ripped a single to right and stole second base, but Michael Basil grounded to short to end the inning. 1-1 going into the ninth.
Top 8th: Luke Harrison came in in relief of Aaron Slegers and gave up a single to the first batter he faced and a sacrifice bunt to the second. Ryan Halstead came in after that, however, and induced a groundout and a soft liner tho short to escape the inning. Game tied, 1-1.
Bottom 7th: Dustin DeMuth led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Michigan starter Logan McAnallen came out nd was replaced by second baseman Jacob Cronenworth. Cronenworth hit Chad Clark, but the first batter he faced, but then struckout Nick Ramos and got Ricky Alfonso to groundout to second base to end the inning. Game still tied. 1-1.
Top 7th: Catcher Cole Martin led off the inning with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a wild pitch before Michigan’s Patrick Biondi pounded one off the wall in right field for an RBI double to tie the game 1-1.
Bottom 6th: Logan McAnallen is still cruising too. Indiana goes down 1-2-3 in the sixth. Still 1-0 IU.
Top 6th: Aaron Slegers cruised through a 1-2-3 sixth inning highlighted by a diving play by first baseman Sam Travis. IU still leads 1-0.
Bottom 5th: Chad Clark drew a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Ramos, but Michigan’s Logan McAnallen struck out Justin Cureton and Kyle Schwarber to end the inning. Indiana still leads 1-0.
Top 5th: Michigan center fielder Patrick Biondi reached with a one-out single, but Aaron Slegers retired the other three batters he faced. Indiana still leads 1-0.
Bottom 4th: Indiana finally got on the board in the fourth to breakup a scoreless game. Sam Travis led off with a walk, took second on a wild pitch, went to third on a single by Scott Donley and scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Michael Basil. IU leads 1-0.
Top 4th: Aaron Slegers gave up a leadoff walk, then retired the next three hitters he faced. Game is still scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Bottom 3rd: Chad Clark led off the third with a single and moved to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Nick Ramos but ended the inning stranded at third when Kyle Schwarber lined to right. Scoreless through three.
Top 3rd: Aaron Slegers put two runners on with two outs, hitting Michigan’s Travis Maezes with a 3-2 pitch, then giving up a single to Michigan’s Michael O’Neill, but he also induced a groundout by second baseman Jacob Cronenworth to end the game. Scoreless through 2 1/2.
Bottom 2nd: IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth picked up yet another infield single and stole second base with two outs, but IU right fielder Casey Smith grounded out to end the inning. Scoreless after 2.
Top 2nd: Indiana second baseman Nick Ramos botched an easy grounder and Michigan catcher Cole Martin singled, giving Michigan runners on first and second, but Indiana right-hander got Michigan first baseman Jack Sexton swinging to end the inning. Scoreless after 1 1/2.
Bottom 1st: Michigan’s Logan McAnallen also cruised through a 1-2-3 first inning. Scoreless after 1.
Top 1st: Aaron Slegers retired Michigan 1-2-3 on just 10 pitches in the first. Scoreless through a half.
Indiana goes for the sweep Sunday against Michigan with about 15 scouts in the stadium to watch Aaron Slegers. LIneups follow.
MICHIGAN (22-19, 8-6 in the Big Ten)
1. Patrick Biondi, cf (.315, 26 runs, 9 RBI)
2. Travis Maezes, ss (296, 2 HR, 26 RBI)
3. Michael O’Neill, rf (.345, 1 HR, 25 RBI)
4 Jacob Cronenworth, 2b (.324, 2 HR, 29 RBI)
5. Zach Zott, lf (.321, 2 HR, 15 RBI)
6. Kevin White, dh (.263, 10 RBI)
7. Cole Martin, c (.241, 1 HR, 19 RBI)
8. Jack Sexton, 1b (.217, 10 RBI)
9. Brett Winger, 3b (.167, 1 RBI)
P–Logan McAnallen (2-2,, 2.93 ERA, 31 K’s in 43 IP)
INDIANA (33-8, 10-4)
1. Justin Cureton, cf (.242, 48 runs, 13 RBI)
2. Kyle Schwarber, dh (.404, 9 HR, 37 RBI)
3. Sam Travis, 1b (.313, 6 HR, 35 RBI)
4. Scott Donley, lf (.391, 4 HR, 47 RBI)
5. Michael Basil, ss (.325, 3 HR, 29 RBI)
6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.380, 2 HR, 27 RBI)
7. Casey Smith, rf (.316, 5 HR, 27 RBI)
8. Chad Clark, c (.243, 23 RBI)
9. Nick Ramos, 2b (.271, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
P — Aaron Slegers, rhp (6-1, 1.93 ERA, 33 k’s in 51 1/3 IP)