IU baseball hosts Valparaiso #iubase

FINAL: Indiana 4, Valparaiso 0. Hoosiers win their 11th consecutive game, using seven pitchers and RBIs from Brad Hartong (two), Casey Rodrigue and Will Nolden. IU heads to Penn State for a weekend series that begins Friday.

Eighth inning:
Thomas Belcher becomes Indiana’s sixth pitcher of the day, earning two strikeouts to take the Hoosiers into what should be their final at-bats. IU hurlers have combined for 10 strikeouts so far. Indiana 4, Valparaiso 0.

Seventh inning:
Indiana added three more runs, starting the inning with a leadoff walk and a hit batsman. A sacrifice bunt by Isaiah Pasteur moved pinch runner Laren Eustace to third and Will Nolden to second before Brad Hartong drove them both in on a single through the middle. Hartong scored from first when the next batter, Casey Rodrigue, doubled into the left field corner. At the top of the frame, Luke Harrison entered to pitch and Brad Hartong entered to catch. Harrison hit Jeff Edwards with one out before Hartong threw him out trying to steal second base. Harrison ended the inning with a strikeout — IU’s eighth of the afternoon. Indiana 4, Valparaiso 0.

Sixth inning:
Brian Hobbie leaves after three outstanding innings, yielding only one hit and striking out four. Austin Foote entered as IU’s fourth pitcher of the day and allowed a two-out single before a pop fly to right field ended the top half of the inning. Indiana 1, Valparaiso 0.

Fifth inning:
Ho hum. Quiet frame for all involved. Indiana 1, Valparaiso 0

Fourth inning:
Will Nolden’s two-out single to centerfield scored Scott Donley from second base for the game’s first run. Nolden turned around and quickly stole second, but couldn’t get around to score. In the top half, Brian Hobbie picked up his third strikeout with a slider that has been unhittable to this point. Indiana 1, Valparaiso 0.

Third inning:
Coursen-Carr lasted only an inning and a third, leaving a two-on, one-out jam for Brian Hobbie. The reigning conference Freshman of the Week came on and used his hard slider to record two strikeouts and escape the inning. The Hoosiers went down in order in the bottom half. Valparaiso 0, Indiana 0.

Second inning:
Effross throws only the one inning, giving way to Will Coursen-Carr to begin the frame. Coursen-Carr quickly earned the first two outs before falling into a little trouble, giving up a single and a walk. A grounder fielded by Austin Cangelosi at third base was enough to get out of the inning unscathed. The Hoosiers threatened with the bases loaded and one out, but Isaiah Pasteur grounded out in back-to-back at-bats.Valparaiso 0, Indiana 0.

First inning:
Back from the soreness that shut him down since late February, Effross authored a quick and clean first inning. He threw 11 pitches, including eight for strikes, while striking out his first batter of the day. Big Ten Player of the Week Austin Cangelosi grounded into an inning-ending double play in the bottom half. Valparaiso 0, Indiana 0.

Indiana finishes batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against Valparaiso. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)
Indiana finishes batting practice prior to Tuesday’s game against Valparaiso. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)
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PREGAME: Indiana hosts Valparaiso, marking the return of Scott Effross to the mound. The right-hander makes his first start since the end of February.

LINEUPS
VALPARAISO | INDIANA

Mahoney ss | Rodrigue 2b
Lodden rf | Dedelow cf
Palace 1b | Cangelosi 3b
Delaney dh | Donley dh
Clark lf | Sowers lf
Molitor 3b | Lowe 1b
Bartolomucci c | Nolden rf
Edwards 2b | Pasteur ss
Johnson cf | Webb c
Kaucic LHP | Effross RHP