Baseball: Indiana at Louisville

Bottom 9th: Louisville right fielder Cole Sturgeon led off the 9th by tagging a double to the right center field gap. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Rosenbaum to end the game, giving Louisville a 4-3 win.


Top 9th: Nick Ramos drew a leadoff walk, but pinch runner Trace Knoblauch was forced at second base after a bad bunt by center fielder Justin Cureton. Designated hitter Kyle Schwarber flied to right and Sam Travis grounded to short to end the inning.


Bottom 8th: Ryan Halstead retired the side 1-2-3. Still tied heading into the ninth, 3-3.


Top 8th: Indiana put runners on first and second in the eighth, but Casey Smith flew out to right field and Chad Clark struck out looking to end the inning.


Bottom 7th: Starter Will Coursen-Carr stayed in for the seventh inning and paid the price. After retiring the first two batters he faced, he gave up a single. Pinch hitter Danny Rosenbaum hit a weak grounder to second base, but Nick Ramos botched it. Tracy Smith went to the mound to talk to Coursen-Carr but left him in. Shortstop Sutton Whitting then tied the game witha  double to right field, which right fielder Casey Smith misplayed to allow two runs to score. The game is tied 3-3.


Top 7th: Indiana goes down 1-2-3 for the third straight inning. Still holding on to a 3-1 lead, however.


Bottom 6th: Nick Ratajczak led off with an ingenious push bunt single, but Ty Young grounded to a 4-6-3 double play, Will Coursen-Carr picked up his sixth strikeout and got through the sixth. Indiana still leads 3-1.


Top 6th: Indiana went down 1-2-3 for the second straight inning. Still leads 3-1.


Bottom 5th: Zak Wasserman got an infield single — on a soft grounder to second in which he took advantage of a shift — but Coursen-Carr retired the other three batters he faced. IU still leads 3-1.


Top 5th: After a three-run fourth, Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the fifth. IU still leads 3-1.


Bottom 4th: Louisville left fielder Coco Johnson led off with a single, but got caught leaning way too far off first base when Jeff Gardner struck out and found himself in a double play. Michael Basil made a slick play on a grounder by right fielder Cole Sturgeon to end the inning. IU still leads 3-1 and Coursen-Carr is through four.


Top 4th: Dustin DeMuth came up in the fourth inning looking to drag bunt. That didn’t work, so he eventually changed his mind. Which worked out fairly well. DeMuth hit a 2-1 pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer to give Indiana the lead. Center fielder Justin Cureton later singled in Casey Smith to give Indiana a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.


Bottom 3rd: Coursen-Carr induced a pair of groundballs and then got Ty Young to strike out swinging to end a 1-2-3 third, the first time he retired the side in order. Louisville leads 1-0.


Top 3rd: IU had its 2-3-4 hitters up in the third but went down 1-2-3. Louisville still leads 1-0.


Bottom 2nd: Will Coursen-Carr will be credited with an unearned run in the second, but he very much earned it. Coursen-Carr fielded a sacrifice bunt by Cole Sturgeon, wheeled around and threw well wide of first base, putting runners on second and third with no one out. Catcher Kyle Gibson flew out to center field to score Jeff Gardner to make sure Coursen-Carr paid for his miscue. However, Coursen-Carr struck out Zak Wasserman and then got Suttin Whiting to hit a soft liner to third base to end the inning. Louisville leads 1-0.


Top 2nd: Nick Ramos was hit by a pitch with two outs, but Louisville lefty Kyle McGrath retired the other three batters he faced and struck out Justin Cureton swinging to end the inning.


Bottom 1st: Will Coursen-Carr walked leadoff hitter Adam Engel, but got lucky when he overslid the bag at second base in what turned out to be a 3-6 double play. Ty Young doubled to right, but Coco Johnson struck out to end the inning. Scoreless through 1.


Top 1st: Indiana loaded the bases with a single by Kyle Schwarber and walks to Scott Donley and Michael Basil, but Dustin DeMuth struck out looking to end the inning. Scoreless through a half.


No. 14 Indiana is looking to add to its already healthy NCAA Tournament resume today against No. 12 Louisville. The Hoosiers have already defeated the Cardinals twice this season, once in a neutral site tournament and once in Bloomington, and is going for the sweep. Lineups follow.

INDIANA (36-9)

1. Justin Cureton, cf (.228, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 49 runs, 19 SB’s)

2. Kyle Schwarber, dh (.397, 12 HR, 40 RBI, .699 SLG)

3. Sam Travis, 1b (.304, 6 HR, 36 RBI)

4. Scott Donley, lf (.371, 4 HR, 47 RBI)

5. Michael Basil, ss (.314, 3 HR, 33 RBI)

6. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.395, 3 HR, 31 RBI)

7. Casey Smith, rf (.324, 5 HR, 27 RBI)

8. Chad Clark, c (.255, 28 RBI)

9. Nick Ramos, 2b (.268, 4 HR, 15 RBI)

P — Will Coursen-Carr, lhp (2-0, 1.61 ERA, 15 k’s in 28 IP)


1. Adam Engel, cf (.253, 40 runs, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 37 SB’s)

2. Nick Ratajczak, 2b (.296, 2 HR, 25 RBI)

3. Ty Young, 3b (.376, 4 HR, 50 RBI)

4. Coco Johnson, lf (.321, 4 HR, 32 RBI)

5. Jeff Gardner, dh (.350, 5 HR, 26 RBI)

6. Cole Sturgeon, rf (.342, 1 HR, 30 RBI)

7. Kyle Gibson, c (.353, 11 RBI)

8. Zak Wasserman, 1b (.236, 18 RBI)

9. Sutton Whiting, ss (.333, 1 HR, 25 RBI)

P– Kyle McGrath (6-1, 1.56 ERA, 44 K’s in 40 1/3 IP)



  1. Aruss,
    First, shaddup.
    Second, just got back from Louisville and just heard about this. Apparently from what I read it’s a long, long way from a done deal as Evan just got his release.

  2. Shaddup..That’s funny..Reminds me of ‘The Hopper’ commercials…HOT!!>>HOT!!!>>HOT!! off the presses.

    So, have we finally come around to the reason Remy and Mo got the push? Crean is a ruthless holy man.

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