IU looks to snap midweek skid vs. Evansville #iubase

FINAL: EVANSVILLE 2, INDIANA 1. The Hoosiers drop their third consecutive midweek game with a big series at first-place Illinois looming on Friday.

14th INNING: Scott Donley dropped what should have been the first out of the inning at first base, allowing Eric McKibban to reach on the error. Stewart Nelson moved McKibban to second on a sac bunt and No. 9 hitter Travis Tokarek drove him in on a single through the middle. It was an unearned run against Evan Bell, who replaced Ryan Halstead after the IU closer struck out seven batters in three innings. Indiana loaded the bases on a walk and a pair of two-out infield singles from Will Nolden and Isaiah Pasteur before pinch hitter Chris Lowe struck out to end the game. EVANSVILLE 2, INDIANA 1.

ELEVENTH INNING: Ryan Halstead notches two strikeouts in a perfect top half of the inning, but IU throws the bottom half of the inning away on what looked like a botched hit-and-run. With one out, Scott Donley reached first on an E6, but was thrown out at second when Logan Sowers couldn’t make contact on a 2-1 pitch up and in. Sowers struck out on the next pitch and another inning awaits. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

TENTH INNING: Shaine Showers worked a leadoff walk against Luke Harrison, who earned the next two outs — the second of which was a grounder to third base that allowed Showers to reach second base. Harrison intentionally walked Aces cleanup batter Kevin Kaczmarski to face Jonathan Ramon, who grounded out to second base. Demetrius Webb worked a one-out walk, but Will Nolden struck out and Brad Hartong lined out to centerfield on the first pitch he saw. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

NINTH INNING: Luke Harrison ran out of the bullpen and retired the side in order. Unfortunately for IU, Evansville reliever Conor Gilligan did the same in the bottom half. To extras we go. Hoosiers 3-1 in extra-inning games this season. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

EIGHTH INNING: A leadoff error by Austin Cangelosi at second base wasn’t enough to hurt Scott Effross of the Hoosiers. Effross worked through the error, retiring the next three batters and getting out of the inning on a 91 mile per hour fastball for a called strike three to Tyler Sullivan. A leaping catch by Evansville second baseman Stewart Nelson stole a leadoff single from Brad Hartong and the Hoosiers don’t muster anything else from there. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

SEVENTH INNING: Scott Effross, who missed his schedule Sunday start, allowed a two-out single to Shaine Showers, but it amounts to nothing in his first relief appearance since March 31. After a leadoff walk in the next inning, Will Nolden moved to second base on a one-out grounder, but Casey Rodrigue grounded out to end the inning. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

SIXTH INNING: Kyle Hart comes on to take over for Belcher and allows a leadoff single before retiring the next three batters. Scott Donley worked a leadoff walk in the bottom half, but was caught stealing in what may have been a botched hit-and-run attempt. Logan Sowers and Austin Cangelosi followed with strikeouts to end the inning. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

FIFTH INNING: A whole lot of ‘Wow’ that inning. IU reliever Thomas Belcher replaced Brian Hobbie and allowed a one-out triple to Aces leadoff man Shain Showers. But Belcher danced out of the jam by getting Jarod Perry to pop out to first base and Josh Jyawook to line out to shortstop. But Jyawook got the last laugh in the next half inning, retreating and flipping over the left field wall and into the Hoosier bullpen to steal — I mean literally steal — a home run from Craig Dedelow for the third out of the inning. Indiana’s home crowd at Bart Kaufman Field offered a nice ovation for the play, which might rank No. 2 all-time in catches at Bart Kaufman Field. Justin Cureton’s catch in the 2013 NCAA Tournament is still No. 1 for me. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

FOURTH INNING: Hobbie’s streak of retired batters ended at eight to start the inning, and Jonathan Ramon’s sacrifice fly to centerfield tied the game at 1-1. Demetrius Webb worked a two-out walk in the bottom half, but was picked off first base on a nice pickoff move by Evansville’s Matthew Rodgers. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

THIRD INNING: Another quick inning for Hobbie, who has now retired eight straight batters. Logan Sowers extended his hitting streak to six consecutive games with a two-out single in the bottom half, but IU doesn’t add anything else. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 0.

SECOND INNING: A three-up, three-down inning for Hobbie, who received a little help along the way. Third baseman Isaiah Pasteur dove to grab a hard grounder down the line and threw to first baseman Scott Donley, who picked the ball out of the ground and held on for the final out of the top half of the inning. The Hoosiers threatened during their turn at the plate. A 6-4-3 double play earned two quick outs for the Aces before Demetrius Webb and Casey Rodrigue followed with back-to-back singles. Brad Hartong nearly clubbed a three-run homer to left-centerfield, but the wind knocked it down for the third out of the inning. That’s maybe the second or third possible homer IU has lost to the win over the last 24 hours. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 0.

FIRST INNING: Hobbie escaped a two-on jam in the top of the first, striking out Evansville’s No. 5 hitter Jonathan Ramon for his first K of the night. Brad Hartong doubled with one out in the bottom half and Scott Donley drove him in on a standup double to the left field gap. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 0.

PREGAME: Indiana has dropped its last two midweek games and looks to snap that skid tonight against Evansville at Bart Kaufman Field. Brian Hobbie, who has held opposing batters to a .193 batting average, will start for Indiana. Here’s how everything else shakes out for the Hoosiers and Aces.

LINEUPS
EVANSVILLE | Indiana

Showers ss | Rodrigue ss
Perry rf | Hartong dh
Jyawook lf | Dedelow cf
Kaczmarski cf | Donley 1b
Ramon 3b | Sowers lf
Foley dh | Cangelosi 2b
McKibban 1b | Nolden rf
Nelson 2b | Pasteur 3b
Tokarek c | Webb c
Rodgers RHP | Hobbie RHP