IU looks for doubleheader split in Game 2 vs. Michigan

FINAL: INDIANA 13, MICHIGAN 11. The Hoosiers avoid the doubleheader sweep and look ahead for a much-needed win in Sunday’s rubber match. Scott Donley picked up three hits, scored three runs and drove in two runs in Game 2 after picking up the Hoosiers’ lone RBI in the opener. Will Nolden also finished with three hits, including his first career home run on a two-run shot. Logan Sowers belted a three-run homer and Craig Dedelow supplied a two-run triple. Ryan Halstead set an IU record with his 90th career appearance and saved his sixth game of the season.

EIGHTH INNING: Michigan has made this a ballgame once again. The Wolverines explode for seven runs against IU relievers Brian Hobbie and Christian Morris, who made his first bullpen appearance after a rough go of it through his first seven starts on the season. Hobbie recorded the first out of the inning easy enough before loading the bases and giving way to Morris, who allowed all seven runs to score. Four of them were charged to Morris, who started Tuesday’s game at Kentucky before lasting only 2.1 innings. Ryan Halstead came in to shut the door with a strikeout and now he has a chance for the save. INDIANA 13, MICHIGAN 11.

SEVENTH INNING: Jake Kelzer retired the side in order only twice over his six innings of work, but limited damage well and put himself in position for the win. Kelzer gave way to Thomas Belcher to start the seventh and Belcher escaped a jam in his first frame of work by inducing an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to keep the Wolverines from getting a run back. INDIANA 13, MICHIGAN 4

SIXTH INNING: IU adds two more, scoring in each inning except for the second. The latest flurry of runs was aided by a couple mistakes by Michigan backup catcher Kendall Patrick, who threw a ball to the backstop while trying to complete a rundown halfway down the third baseline, allowing Scott Donley to score. Moments later, Casey Rodrigue came home on a passed ball by Patrick. INDIANA 13, MICHIGAN 4.

FIFTH INNING: The runs are coming in bunches today. Will Nolden adds to Indiana’s lead with a two-run homer, the first of his career, over the right field wall. Hoosiers now up 11-4. INDIANA 11, MICHIGAN 4.

FOURTH INNING: Jacob Croneworth’s two-run single tied things at 4-4 before Indiana exploded for five runs in the bottom half, including a three-run shot to centerfield by Logan Sowers. Craig Dedelow started the IU scoring punch with a two-run triple into the right field corner. INDIANA 9, MICHIGAN 4.

THIRD INNING: Indiana earned its first lead of the day with a three-run bottom half. Scott Donley picked up his third RBI of the day — second of the game — when he drove in Brad Hartong on a double to right field. Donley came home moments later on a throwing error and Isaiah Pasteur gave IU a two-run cushion with his RBI single through the middle. In the process, the Hoosiers forced Michigan Starter Ryan Nutof into a laborious third inning of work. Nutof is already at 52 pitches for the day. INDIANA 4, MICHIGAN 2.

SECOND INNING: A quick inning for both sides. Will Nolden was the inning’s only baserunner, reaching first on a single to right field. MICHIGAN 2, INDIANA 1.

FIRST INNING: Michigan cleanup hitter Carmen Benedetti drove a two-run homer off IU starter Jake Kelzer into the IU bullpen beyond the left field fence. The Hoosiers got one back in the bottom half on a one-out RBI single by Scott Donley. MICHIGAN 2, INDIANA 1.

PREGAME: Indiana can’t afford a doubleheader sweep at home, where it dropped its first game of the season at Bart Kaufman Field earlier this afternoon. The Hoosiers will send local product Jake Kelzer (1-1, 2.89 ERA) to the mound against the Wolverines’ Ryan Nutof (2-2, 2.92 ERA).

Michigan | Indiana
Cronenworth 1b | Dedelow cf
Glines cf | Hartong c
Maezes ss | Donley 1b
Benedetti rf | Sowers lf
Bruder lf | Rodrigue 2b
Bivens 3b | Pasteur 3b
Jusick dh | Nolden rf
Lugbauer c | Wilhite ss
Jacobson 2b | Eustace dh
Nutof RHP | Kelzer LHP