Hoosiers host Eastern Michigan in home opener #iubase

Eastern Michigan takes batting practice in the rain Tuesday at Bart Kaufman Field. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)
Eastern Michigan takes batting practice in the rain Tuesday at Bart Kaufman Field. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)
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PREGAME: I can probably count on both hands the number of fans who have arrived early for today’s IU baseball home opener in rainy Bloomington. Alas, it’s baseball season at Bart Kaufman Field, where the Hoosiers will host Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. today and tomorrow at the same time. Rather than advance today’s game in Tuesday’s H-T, I took a look at the family relationship between IU assistant Shawn Roof and his brother, Eastern Michigan assistant Eric Roof. You can read that by clicking here.

I’ll post inning-by-inning updates here on the Scoop, so follow along. Here are today’s lineups:

Eastern Michigan | Indiana
Rubino 2b | Rodrigue 2b
Wilson cf | Dedelow cf
Peterson dh | Hartong c
McGeein 3b | Donley dh
Mioduszewski lf | Sowers lf
Williams 1b | Ramos ss
Dileo c | Cangelosi 1b
Martin rf | Nolden rf
Lett ss | Pasteur 3b
Mattson RHP | Hobbie RHP

First inning:
IU catcher Brad Hartong picked up the game’s first hit on a two-out double down the left field line. Brian Hobbie threw 24 pitches, 15 for strikes in the top of the first. His fastball sat between 87-89 miles per hour and the freshman allowed only a two-out walk to Eagles DH Jordan Peterson. Eastern Michigan 0, Indiana 0.

Second inning
Logan Sowers reached on a leadoff walk, took third on consecutive wild pitches and scored the game’s first run on Will Nolden’s groundout to second base. Isaiah Pasteur followed with an RBI double. Hobbie is up to four strikeouts — three of which came in this inning. He’s up to 38 pitches, 26 strikes. Indiana 2, Eastern Michigan 0.

Third inning
Scott Donley belted a solo home run, his first of the season, with one out in the inning. Hobbie has yet to retire the side in order, but hasn’t faced any substantial trouble. The right hander is up to 51 pitches, 35 strikes and hasn’t allowed a hit. Indiana 3, Eastern Michigan 0.

Fourth inning
Hobbie gets out of a two-on, two-out jam with a fastball-curve-fastball combo to strike out Jackson Martin for the final out. He’s at 71 pitches, 48 strikes. Looked like Thomas Belcher was warming in the bullpen during the inning, so Hobbie could be done. In the bottom half, Isaiah Pasteur reached second with one out on a throwing error by Eagles third baseman Mitchell McGeein before taking third on a wild pitch. Casey Rodrigue drove him in on a groundout to shortstop. Indiana 4, Eastern Michigan 0.

Fifth inning
Thomas Belcher comes on for Brian Hobbie, who finishes with a final line of four innings, one hit, seven strikeouts and two walks. Belcher posts a three-up, three-down inning out of the bullpen. A two-out balk by Brett Mattson put Logan Sowers and Austin Cangelosi in scoring position, but Will Nolden struck out swinging to end the inning. Indiana 4, Eastern Michigan 0.

Sixth inning
With two on and two out, Thomas Belcher danced out of a jam with a strikeout to end the inning. With two strikeouts so far this afternoon, Belcher now leads the team with 19 on the season. Indiana 4, Eastern Michigan 0.

Seventh inning
Sophomore right-hander Kent Williams relieves Belcher, who went two innings, yielded two hits and struck out two. Williams escaped his first inning after yielding only a hit and striking out one. Pinch hitter Christopher Lowe opened the inning with a double to centerfielder Austin Wilson, who couldn’t get a glove on the ball after a sliding attempt. Lowe later scored on a passed ball by Eagles catcher Tony Dileo. Indiana 5, Eastern Michigan 0.

Eighth inning
Eastern Michigan plated its first runs of the day on a two-run homer by Mike Mioduszewski, followed by an RBI double by Tony Dileo. Indiana 5, Eastern Michigan 3.

Ninth inning
No further damage done against the IU bullpen, as Luke Harrison strikes out Jordan Peterson to end the game. Hoosier pitchers strike out 15 batters on the way to Indiana’s sixth straight win.
FINAL: INDIANA 5, EASTERN MICHIGAN 3.

One comment

  1. I believe it was last week the IU team was in Pt Charlotte, Fl for 2-3 games. I missed it by a week.
    And after leaving 80 degree Florida, betting 40 & rain sucks.

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