Indiana vs. Austin Peay, NCAA Tournament

Bottom 9th; Walker Stadler pitched the ninth and struck out a pair of Austin Peay hitters to finish off Indiana’s 15-6 win. The Hoosiers advance  play the winner of tomorrow’s elimination game between Austin Peay and Valparaiso at 7:05 p.m. The hoosiers have two chacnes to win to advance to the Super Regional. More to come.

Top 9th: Indiana got one base runner in the ninth but it didn’t turn into anything. The Hoosiers lead 15-6 going into the bottom of the 9th.

Bottom 8th: Christian Morris gave upu a double in the eighth but also struck out two and got out of the inning unscathed. IU still leads 15-6.

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Top 8th: Austin Peay faced the minimum in the eighth. Chris Sujka struck out. Kyle Schwarber reached on an error, but first baseman Sam Travis grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end it. IU still leads 15-6.

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Bottom 7th: Christian Morris came in for Joey DeNato in the seventh. He hasn’t pitched in some time, but of course, he just has to get outs without a complete disaster. He gave up three singles to start the seventh, but then get shortstop Reed Harper to ground to a 4-6-3 double play. That allowed a run to score to make it 15-5 and left fielder Cody Hudson followed with an RBI single, but Michael Davis grounded out to end the inning. IU leads 15-6.

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Top 7th: Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the seventh for the first time all game. Of course, IU still leads 15-4.

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Bottom 6th: Joey DeNato very much found it after the second. He hasn’t given up a hit since and now has nine strikeouts. Allowed a runner to reach when he failed to field a bunt, but struckout three batters in the sixth. IU leads 15-4.

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Top 6th: Indiana continues to be merciless on Austin Peay. First baseman Sam Travis and designated hitter Scott Donley both drew bases-loaded walks and then shortstop Michael Basil came through with a two-run single to give Indiana a 15-4 lead. And Austin Peay has already gone through six pitchers.

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Bottom 5th: Joey DeNato got the first 1-2-3 inning of this game in the fifth, recording his sixth stikeout of the game. Indiana still leads 11-4.

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Top 5th: Indiana put a gap in this one in the fifth. Center fielder Justin Cureton hit a one out double to the left center field gap to get things going.  Left fielder Will Nolden singled and then catcher Kyle Schwarber singled up the middle to score Cureton. First baseman Sam Travis drew a walk and then designated hitter Scott Donley hit a three-run double to the right-center field gap to make it 11-4.

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Bottom 4th: Joey DeNato had his smoothest inning, giving up a two-out walk but striking out third baseman Jordan Hankins to end the inning. IU leads 7-4.

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Top 4th: Indiana got a cushion in the fourth. Right fielder Will Nolden led off with a bunt single, first baseman Sam Travis and Scott Donley drew walks and reliever Kevin Corey came out for Kacy Kemmer. Shortstop Michael Basil stepped in and grounded a single in between third base and short to score Nolden and Travis. Donley was thrown out at third. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth singled to send Basil to third, but left fielder Casey Smith struck out to strand the runners. Still, the Hoosiers re up 7-4.
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Bottom 3rd: Joey DeNato struck out a pair of batters in the third and pitched his first scoreless inning. Still, it was taxing in terms of pitch count. He needed 24 pitches to get through four hitters and has thrown 62 through 3.

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Top 3rd: IU left fielder Casey Smith drew a leadoff walk, but Austin Peay reliever CKevin Corey got Chad Clark to ground into a 5-4-3 double play and center fielder Justin Cureton to ground out to the pitcher to end the inning. IU leads 5-4.

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Bottom 2nd: Joey DeNato struck out two batters to start the second, but then gave up a single to center fielder Dylan Riner and paid for it. Third baseman Jordan Hankins followed with a double to score Riner and cut Indiana’s lead to 5-4.

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Top 2nd: Indiana got back the runs it gave up the first and then some. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth led off the inning with a double and later scored on passed ball. Second baseman Chad Clark and center fielder Justin Cureton both drew walks and scored on an RBI single by catcher Kyle Schwarber. First baseman Sam Travis then hit a first-pitch fastball from Casey Delgado off the scoreboard in left field for a two-run homer. Austin Peay starter Casey Delgado came out of the game for right-hander Kevin Corey and IU leads 5-3.

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Bottom 1st: Austin Peay jumped on Joey DeNato in the first. Center fielder Dylan Riner and third baseman Jordan Hankins singled, then shortstop Reed Haprer hit a three-run home run to left field. Catcher P.J. Torres almost came through with a two-run blast, but IU left fielder Casey Smith caught it at the wall. Austin Peay leads 3-0 after 1.

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Top 1st: First baseman Sam Travis had a one-out single and designated hitter Scott Donley drew a walk, but Casey Delgado got shortstop Michael Basil to pop up to end the inning. Scoreless after 1.

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Indiana (44-14)

1. Will Nolden, rf (.298, 24 runs, 11 RBI, .388 OBP)

2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.374, 16 HR, 46 RBI, .665 SLG)

3. Sam Travis, 1b (.309, 8 HR, 48 RBI, .525 SLG)

4. Scott Donley, dh, (.352, 4 HR, 52 RBI)

5. Michael Basil, ss (.309, 3 HR, 41 RBI)

6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.396, 5 HR, 39 RBI, .567 SLG)

7. Casey Smith, lf (.314, 5 HR, 30 RBI)

8. Chad Clark, 2b (.243, 1 HR, 32 RBI)

9. Justin Cureton, cf (.225, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 54 runs, 21 stolen bases)

P– Joey DeNato, lhp (8-2, 2.52 ERA, 69 K’s in 85 2/3 IP)

Austin Peay (46-13)

1. Dylan Riner, cf (.317, 35 runs, 24 RBI)

2. Jordan Hankins, 3b (.351, 11 HR, 52 RBI, 66 runs)

3. Craig Massoni, 1b (.388, 16 HR, 68 RBI)

4. Reed Harper, ss (.345, 6 HR, 55 RBI)

5. Cody Hudson, lf (.365, 3 HR, 38 RBI, 42 runs, 30 SB)

6. Michael Davis, dh (.276, 4 HR 13 RBi)

7. P.J. Torres, c (.268, 7 HR, 35 RBI)

8. Tommy Hager, rf (.303, 5 RBI)

9. Brett Carlson, 2b (.233, 11 RBI)

P– Casey Delgado (9-2, 4.83 ERA, 100 K’s in 91 1/3 IP)

One comment

  1. Whoever said IU needed to get through the first game and than would relax and really play, they were right.

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