Indiana drops first game of doubleheader with Michigan

FINAL: MICHIGAN 7, INDIANA 3. The Hoosiers drop their fifth consecutive Big Ten game — and their first at Bart Kaufman field this season — falling apart during a five-run second inning for the Wolverines. IU’s current slide comes sandwiched around non-conference victories over No. 7 Louisville and Kentucky, but the Hoosiers can’t afford to weather a doubleheader sweep in Bloomington. They’ll have local product Jake Kelzer on the mound in Game 2, which is expected to start at 4:40 p.m. Caleb Baragar suffers his second loss after lasting only an inning and two-thirds, yielding five runs (four earned). Evan Bell tossed 6.1 innings in relief, allowing only one run and striking out eight. Scott Donley picked up IU’s only RBI of the game, driving in Craig Dedelow on a third-inning sacrifice fly.

NINTH INNING: The Wolverines pad their lead against reliver Will Coursen-Carr with an insurance run courtesy of Carmen Bendetti, who doubled to the wall in right field to drive in Travis Maezes from second base. MICHIGAN 7, INDIANA 3.

EIGHTH INNING: The Hoosiers got two runs back, beginning with some heads-up baserunning by Brian Wilhite. The IU shortstop went from first to third on a throwing error by Michigan shortstop Jake Bivens before scoring on the same play. The Wolverines never called time between plays and lost track of Wilhite, who bolted from third to home for IU’s second run. Craig Dedelow, who reached on Bivens’ error, scored moments later on a 6-4-3 double play. MICHIGAN 6, INDIANA 3.

SEVENTH INNING: Evan Bell has been pretty solid in relief for IU. He’s gone 5.1 innings, striking out six and walking only two while throwing 53 of his 80 pitches for strikes. On the other side, the Hoosiers couldn’t do much to get a run across Jacob Cronenworth, who went six innings and allowed seven baserunners. MICHIGAN 6, INDIANA 1.

FIFTH INNING: A wild pitch by Evan Bell allowed Carmen Benedetti to score Michigan’s sixth run of the game. MICHIGAN 6, INDIANA 1.

THIRD INNING: The Hoosiers got one run back when Scott Donley drove in Craig Dedelow on a sacrifice fly to right field. MICHIGAN 5, INDIANA 1

SECOND INNING: Hang with me. Thomas Bryant’s basketball commitment took me out of baseball coverage for a few innings. The Wolverines chased Caleb Baragar from the game with a five-run second inning during which the Wolverines drove in runs on a single, a bases-loaded walk, a sacrifice fly, a double and a throwing error by Brian Wilhite. MICHIGAN 5, INDIANA 0.

FIRST INNING: Quick and easy inning for Caleb Baragar, who retires the side in order while flashing a nice 90-mile per hour fastball along with a decent breaking ball. Encouraging start for the left-hander, who transferred to IU after two seasons at Jackson Community College. Baragar has been outstanding so far this year, allowing only two runs in 22.2 innings. He’s appeared in six games, including four starts. Scott Donley roped a two-out double to the right field gap, but Logan Sowers struck out to end the inning. MICHIGAN 0, INDIANA 0.

Indiana hosts Michigan for a doubleheader on Saturday. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)
Indiana hosts Michigan for a doubleheader on Saturday. (Mike Miller | Herald-Times)

PREGAME: It’s a really beautiful day at Bart Kaufman Field, where IU hosts Michigan for a pretty important doubleheader. A sweep at the hands of Iowa last weekend threw the Hoosiers (1-4) into the Big Ten cellar, while Michigan (2-4) enters play tied for ninth place. Indiana has been fantastic at home this season, where it has won all seven games this season, matching the best start at BKF since the facility opened in 2013.

Calab Baragar will start game one for IU, followed by Jake Kelzer in the capper. Updates here throughout the day.

Michigan | Indiana
Cronenworth p | Dedelow cf
Glines cf | Hartong c
Maezes 3b | Donley 1b
Benedetti 1b | Sowers lf
Bruder lf | Rodrigue 2b
Bivens ss | Pasteur 3b
White rf | Nolden rf
Lugbauer c | Alfonso dh
Jacobson 2b | Wilhite ss
Cronenworth RHP | Baragar LHP