Pasteur homers twice in 3-0 win over Louisville

FINAL: No. 24 Indiana 3, No. 7 Louisville 0. Isaiah Pasteur drove in all three runs on a pair of homers, while going 2-for-2 with a walk. Ryan Halstead earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth inning for the Hoosiers, who begin a three-game series at Iowa on Friday afternoon.

Louisville threatened in the top half. A pair of infield singles set the stage for a rally before Luke Harrison struck out Sutton Whiting for the first out and induced a liner to centerfielder Laren Eustace for out No. 2. Corey Ray grounded out to first base to end the inning and keep the Hoosiers out of trouble. INDIANA 3, LOUISVILLE 0.

Nope, no Hobbie — at least not yet. Chris Lemonis goes to the pen for a second time, this time bringing in Luke Harrison with one out in the inning. Harrison replaced Foote, who posted 2.1 scoreless innings, yielding one hit with four strikeouts. Harrison continues another strong effort from the IU bullpen by quickly getting the final two outs of the inning. Hoosiers mount a two-out rally in the bottom half, but can’t push one across. Isaiah Pasteur didn’t hit his third homer of the game in his third plate appearance, but he did draw a walk.INDIANA 3, LOUISVILLE 0.

Two more strikeouts this inning for Foote, who retired Louisville in order. He boosts Indiana’s staff total to nine strikeouts on the evening. Brian Hobbie began loosening up in the bullpen at the start of the innning, so I’m guessing we’ll see him in at some point. INDIANA 3, LOUISVILLE 0.

Two at-bats, two home runs for Isaiah Pasteur, who gives Indiana a 3-0 lead with a two-run shot to left field. It’s been quite a redemption day for Pasteur, who committed three errors in IU’s collapse in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader at Penn State. Beyond that, it’s only the second multi-hit game of the season for the freshman shortstop. Effross gives way to Austin Foote to start the inning, going four innings to match his longest outing since Feb. 27. Effross yielded two hits, walked one and struck out five. Foote keeps it going, keeping Louisville off the board with a pair of strikeouts. In the bottom half, Austin Cangelosi led off the inning with a double to left field and moved to third on a groundout by Will Nolden. INDIANA 3, LOUISVILLE 0.

Effross was on the way to another quick and clean inning before Louisville No. 5 hitter Brendan McKay roped a two-out double into the right field corner. But the double aside, Effross has settled into a groove. The right-hander struck out catcher Will Smith on a low 92 mile per hour fastball to end the inning and has retired 12 of the 15 batters he’s faced. Effross is up to five strikeouts — four looking. His counterpart, Anthony Kidston, has been nearly as effective for the Cardinals. Kidston struck out the side in the fourth to keep this a close one. INDIANA 1, LOUISVILLE 0.

Isaiah Pasteur led off the inning with a home run to left field, the first of his career. In the top half, Cardinals second baseman Devin Hairston watched a fastball go by him for the inning’s second out and Effross’ second strikeout of the day — both looking. Louisville’s Sutton Whiting followed with a liner down the left field line that looked like it might go for a double, but Logan Sowers got to it quickly and threw it in to hold Whiting at first. Effross ended the frame with another strikeout to end the inning. INDIANA 1, LOUISVILLE 0.

Effross skates through a quick second inning. He’ll be back for at least another inning. No action in the IU bullpen. In the bottom half, Austin Cangelosi records the game’s first hit on a rocket to the left side that third baseman Zach Lucas couldn’t quite corral. But IU couldn’t do anything with it heading to the third inning. LOUISVILLE 0, INDIANA 0.

Scott Effross gets through a hitless top of the first, though he did issue a two-out walk. A strikeout ended the inning for Effross, who is making his first appearance since starting against Valparaiso last Tuesday. After sitting for a couple weeks to nurse a sore right arm, Effross has flashed his low-90s fastball in each of the last two outings. In the bottom half, Casey Rodrigue worked a leadoff walk before getting caught trying to steal second for the final out of the inning. LOUISVILLE 0, INDIANA 0.


Indiana hosts Louisville this afternoon at 4 p.m. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)
Indiana hosts Louisville this afternoon at 4 p.m. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)

Indiana and Louisville meet for the first and only time this season today at Bart Kaufman Field. It’s a matchup between ranked teams for the No. 7 Cardinals and No. 24 Hoosiers. Scott Effross returns to the mound for the Hoosiers, who are looking to earn their seventh win of the season here in Bloomington. Inning-by-inning updates to follow.

Whiting ss | Rodrigue 2b
Solak lf | Dedelow 1b
Ray rf | Hartong c
Lucas 3b | Donley dh
McKay 1b | Sowers lf
Smith c | Cangelosi 3b
Tiberi dh | Nolden rf
Hairston 2b | Pasteur ss
White cf | Eustace cf
Kidston RHP | Effross RHP