Bottom 12th: Casey Rodrigue hit a fly ball over the center fielder’s head to bring Will Nolden in from third to give IU a 2-1 win, the Hoosiers’ second walk-off win this weekend. Nolden drew a walk to lead off the inning, moved to second on a bunt and to third on a single by Chad Clark. IU improves to 24-11. More to come.
Top 12th: Luke Harrison took the mound in relief of Scott Effross and retired Michigan State’s lineup 1-2-3. Game still tied 1-1.
Bottom 11th: Michigan State’s Anthony Misiewicz continued to cruise despite controversy in the top of the inning, retiring the Hoosiers 1-2-3. To the 12th, game still tied 1-1.
Top 11th: Michigan State put two runners on in the 11th thanks to a walk and an error by IU shortstop Chad Clark and appeared to have loaded the bases on a ground ball by MSU center fielder Anthony Cheky. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth made a nice play to field it and Sam Travis made a nice pick at first to field to throw, but the first base umpire ruled initially that Travis had stepped off the bag. After Tracy Smith came out to argue the call, umpires met and reversed it, giving the Hoosiers the out and ended the inning. Michigan State’s coaching staff proceeded to argue and MSU’s first base coach was immediately thrown out of the game.
Bottom 10th: Sam Travis reached with a two-out single but was caught stealing to end the inning. Still tied 1-1 going to the 11th
Top 10th: Michigan State’s Anthony Cheky lined a single off IU pitcher Scott Effross for a single to start the inning, then moved to second on a bunt. Jimmy Pickens drew an intentional walk, but Scott Effross got Cam Gibson to fly to right field and Ray Richardson to ground to short to end the inning. Still tied 1-1.
Bottom 9th: Indiana loaded the bases in the ninth with one out. Dustin DeMuth and Brad Hartong had back-to-back singles with DeMuth going to third on Hartong’s single to right. Michigan State walked Will Nolden to load the bases, but left-handed reliever Anthony Misiewicz struck out pinch-hitters Ricky Alfonso and Austin Cangelosi to end the inning. On to extras, tied 1-1.
Top 9th: Nick Ramos and Will Nolden made phenomenal defensive plays to get Indiana through the top of the ninth. Catcher Joel Fisher singled down the right field line with two outs, but Nolden got to it quickly to hold him at first. Johnny Nate then hit a liner in the hole, but Ramos made a diving play to catch it on one hop and threw from his knees to force Fisher at second base. MSU third baseman Justin Hovis then hit a fly ball to the right center field gap, but Nolden made a diving catch to end the inning. Game tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Bottom 8th: Tim O’Conner reached on an error and Kyle Schwarber drew an intentional walk, but Justin Alleman got through the eighth without any additional damage. Game still tied 1-1.
Top 8th: Indiana reliever Scott Effross surrendered a double to MSU designated hitter Blaise Salter and intentionally walked Jimmy Pickens, but got Cam Gibson to fly to center field. He then struck out Ryan Richardson looking on a 1-2 breaking ball on the inside corner after Richardson had fouled off four two strike pitches to end the inning. Game tied 1-1.
Bottom 7th: Justin Alleman cruised through the seventh on just seven pitches. He’s faced the minimum in the last three innings. Game still tied 1-1.
Top 7th: Jake Kelzer gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Krill, but retired the next three batters he faced, striking out two of them. Game still tied 1-1.
Bottom of the 6th: Justin Alleman retired Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Scott Donley in order in the sixth, freezing Donley on a 3-2 breaking ball to end the inning. Game tied 1-1.
Top 6th: Michigan State finally got to Christian Morris in the sixth. MSU center fielder Anthony Cheky ripped a one-out double down the third base line. Cheky moved to third on a balk, then scored when designated hitter Blaise Salter lined a single to center field through a drawn-in infield. Morris then gave up a single to Cam Gibson and was taken out of the game for reliever Jake Kelzer. Kelzer got Ryan Richardson to ground back to the box to end the inning. Game tied 1-1.
Bottom 5th: Tim O’Conner drew a one-out walk but was thrown out stealing with Kyle Schwarber up to end the inning. IU still leads 1-0.
Top 5th: Christian Morris cruised through the fifth on just nine pitches, picking up his third strikeout. IU leads 1-0.
Bottom 4th: IU’s Sam Travis flared a line drive to right field with one out that MSU’s Jimmy Pickens tried to make a diving play on. It fell in front of him and then bounced over him when he was on the ground, allowing Travis to go for a triple. IU’s Scott Donley followed with a bloop single to left field to bring Travis in. Donley was thrown out trying for second. Dustin DeMuth drew a walk and MSU second baseman Johnny Nate botched a line drive off the bat of Brad Hartong that allowed DeMuth to go to third and Hartong to second, but Will Nolden grounded out to end the inning. IU leads 1-0.
Top 4th: Christian Morris retired the side in order, picking up his second strikeout. Game still scoreless.
Bottom 3rd: Justin Alleman retired Indiana 1-2-3 in the third. He’s thrown just 39 pitches so far. Still scoreless.
Top 3rd: Michigan State second baseman Johnny Nate led off the third with a single. Third baseman Justin Hovis tried to bunt him over, but Christian Morris got Nate out at second base, then retired the next two batters. Game still scoreless.
Bottom 2nd: Michigan State’s Justin Alleman struck out Dustin DeMuth and Brad Hartong, then got Will Nolden to ground back to him in a 1-2-3 pitch. Game still scoreless.
Top 2nd: Michigan State shortstop Ryan Richardson battled for nine pitches, but eventually went struck out on a 90 mile per hour fastball from Christian Morris. Morris then got the next two batters out on a total of four pitches for a 1-2-3 inning. Game still scoreless.
Bottom 1st: Casey Rodrigue led off the first with a single and went to second on a groundout by Sam Travis. He tried to score on a single to left by Scott Donley, but was thrown out at home by Michigan State’s Cam Gibson. Scoreless through one.
Top 1st: Michigan State right fielder Jimmy Pickens drew a two-out walk, but Cam Gibson flied out to center field to strand him at second. Christian Morris got through the first in 12 pitches. Scoreless.
Game 2 of Indiana’s series at Michigan State starts at 2:05 p.m. Lineups follow.
Michigan State (20-15, 5-5)
1. Anthony Cheky, cf (.290, 25 runs, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 20 SB)
2. Blaise Salter, dh (.341, 20 runs, 4 HR, 32 RBI.)
3. Jimmy Pickens rf (.339, 20 runs, 3 HR, 23 RBI)
4. Cam Gibson, lf, (.304, 20 runs, 1 HR, 10 RBI)
5. Ryan Richardson ss (.263, 14 RBI)
6. Ryan Krill 1b (.234, 1 HR, 10 RBI)
7. Joel Fisher, c (.241, 3 HR, 18 RBI)
8. Johnny Nate, 2b (.196, 7 RBI)
9. Justin Hovis, 3b (.130, 3 RBI)
P-Justin Alleman, rhp (4-1, 2.90 ERA, 34 K’s in 59 IP)
Indiana (23-11, 9-1)
1. Casey Rodrigue, 2b (.286, 28 runs, 14 RBI)
2. Kyle Schwarber, lf (.355, 34 runs, 6 HR, 21 RBI)
3. Sam Travis 1b (.361,28 runs, 5 HR, 35 RBI)
4. Scott Donley, dh, (.299, 4 HR, 29 RBI)
5. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.370, 5 HR, 15 RBI)
6. Brad Hartong, c (.263, 2 HR, 12 RBI)
7. Will Nolden, rf (.293, 15 RBI)
8. Nick Ramos ss (.214, 2 HR, 15 RBI)
9. Tim O’Conner, cf (.164, 7 RBI)
P-Christian Morris, rhp (.2-2, 2.61 ERA, 25 K’s in 41 1/3 IP)