Indiana goes for sweep of Rutgers #iubase

FINAL: Indiana 5, Rutgers 4. The Hoosiers earn their first series sweep since taking three games from Cal State Fullerton a month ago. After an uneven pitching day, Luke Harrison and Ryan Halstead brought some stability to the back end of the bullpen. Halstead earned his seventh save, Casey Rodrigue hit his fourth homer and the Hoosiers look forward to Tuesday’s game at Indiana State.

EIGHTH INNING: Indiana pitchers still haven’t managed a three-up, three-down inning this afternoon, a streak prolonged another inning by Vinny Zarrillo’s two-out single. Aside from a few two-out hiccups, Luke Harrison has been Indiana’s best pitcher today. Ryan Halstead is warming for IU. INDIANA 5, RUTGERS 4.

SEVENTH INNING: IU coach Chris Lemonis went with Luke Harrison to start the seventh and Harrison earned two quick outs before throwing away what should have been the final out of the inning. The Hoosiers have now used five pitchers — each of whom has failed to retire the side in order. INDIANA 5, RUTGERS 4.

SIXTH INNING: Evan Bell on for the sixth and quickly finds this is not a day for pitchers. Bell loaded the bases by hitting a batter, giving up a single and walking another. But an inning-ending, 5-3 double play turned by Isaiah Pasteur kept the Scarlet Knights from tying the game. Rutgers has 10 hits already. INDIANA 5, RUTGERS 4.

FIFTH INNING: Thomas Belcher replaces Christian Morris, who worked four scoreless innings in the emergency start. Morris allowed six hits, but stranded all eight runners that reached base against him, while throwing 82 pitches, 51 strikes. The way things were going, you figured Rutgers would take advantage of runners on base at some point this afternoon. It did in the fifth. Belcher loaded the bases, retiring only one batter on a comebacker that he nearly through over the head of catcher Brad Hartong. Kyle Hart replaced him and allowed all three inherited runners to score before giving up an RBI groundout of his own to allow the Scarlet Knights to tie the game. Indiana got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out single to right field by Will Nolden. INDIANA 5, RUTGERS 4.

FOURTH INNING: Nothing comes easy for Morris, who averts another one-out crisis with a pop up and a strikeout. He’s up to 82 pitches, 51 strikes. After a leadoff single, Will Nolden first to third on Colby Stratten’s single to left field. But Nolden was stopped from scoring when he darted home on a bunt to the side of the pitcher’s mound, where Gaby Rosa fielded the ball and nabbed him at the plate. INDIANA 4, RUTGERS 0.

THIRD INNING: Rutgers makes Morris work for it again. Vinny Zarrillo lined a one-out double into the left field corner before Morris induced a couple fly balls to get out of the inning. The right-hander is up to 52 pitches, 31 for strikes. The Hoosiers boosted his cushion to four runs in the bottom of the inning on Logan Sowers’ RBI double to the right field wall. INDIANA 4, RUTGERS 0.

SECOND INNING: Morris is flirting with trouble in each of his first two innings, but Rutgers has no runs to show for its work. The Scarlet Knights loaded the bases on a two-out walk before a groundout fielded by Casey Rodrigue allowed IU to escape the inning. Rutgers has stranded five runners so far, while Morris has thrown 34 pitches, 21 strikes. Indiana went down in order in the bottom half. INDIANA 3, RUTGERS 0.

FIRST INNING: Christian Morris allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, but retired the heart of Rutgers’ order without trouble and hit 92 miles per hour with his fastball while doing so. Casey Rodrigue lined a leadoff homer over the right field fence to start the bottom half and the Hoosiers took advantage of a Rutgers error to score another. With Brad Hartong at first, Craig Dedelow lined a grounder to the first base bag, where Joe D’Annunzio quickly tagged the base for the out. But D’Annunzio couldn’t turn the double play, throwing the ball into left field as Hartong took third and later scored on a groundout by Scott Donley. Logan Sowers worked a two-out walk and scored from first after second baseman Chris Suseck dropped a fly ball in shallow right field. Errors, man. Lots of errors. INDIANA 3, RUTGERS 0.

PREGAME: Indiana has a chance to earn its first series sweep since taking three games against Cal State Fullerton in mid-March, but it will have to do so with a late change to its pitching plans.

Christian Morris will start in place of Scott Effross, who was a late scratch. We’ll get more on that bit of news after the game. This could be a good opportunity for Morris to get back on track and, perhaps most importantly, build some confidence. Little has gone Morris’ way this year. He was originally tabbed as IU’s Saturday starter coming into the season, but hasn’t gone five innings or more since helping IU to a win over Cal State Fullerton on March 14. Morris enters today’s game with a 7.09 ERA and has yielded 49 hits in 33.0 innings. His last outing came out of the bullpen, when he was roughed up for three runs and recorded only one out.

LINEUPS
Rutgers | Indiana

Carter cf | Rodrigue ss
D’Annunzio 1b | Hartong c
Marcinczyk rf | Dedelow cf
Zarrillo lf | Donley 1b
Suseck 2b | Sowers lf
Campbell 3b | Cangelosi dh
Walker dh | Nolden rf
Devish c | Pasteur 3b
Jennings ss | Stratten 2b
Rosa RHP | Morris RHP

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  1. Colby Stratten in the starting lineup his weekend was HUGE addition to the offense this weekend.

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