IU opens weekend series with Rutgers #iubase

FINAL: INDIANA 4, RUTGERS 3. Logan Sowers wins it with a walk-off single to right field.

NINTH INNING: Harrison allowed a one-out single to Christian Campbell, who stole second on a ball in the dirt with two down in the inning. But Harrison escaped without further damage, allowing IU to send its top of the order to the plate in the bottom half. Rutgers reliever Kyle Driscoll hit Casey Rodrigue and Brad Hartong to start the inning. Rutgers brought right-hander Jon Young out of the bullpen to pitch to Craig Dedelow, who couldn’t get a bunt to stay fair but grounded to first to move both runners into scoring position. Young fell into a 3-1 count on Donley before choosing to intentionally walk him and make the double-play a possibility. With a full count, Logan Sowers went and got a fastball and flicked to right field for the game-winning hit.

EIGHTH INNING: Luke Harrison has been one of Indiana’s most dependable relievers out of the bullpen this season, entering Friday with only two earned runs allowed in 23.2 innings of relief. But Harrison found a tough time to give up his third earned run of the year, yielding a two-out RBI triple to Joe Annunzio. RUTGERS 3, INDIANA 3.

SEVENTH INNING: Evan Bell came on and got out of a small two-out jam with a strikeout. IU could’ve avoided the trouble had Isaiah Pasteur been paying attention and covered third base. After a leadoff single, Chris Suseck stole second then went for third with two outs. It appeared that Brad Hartong would’ve nabbed Suseck at third with a good throw, but Pasteur failed to cover the bag with Suseck on the run. Bell ended the inning with a six-pitch strikeout of Chris Folinusz. Caleb Baragar authored a fine Friday night start, going six innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with six strikeouts and two walks. Indiana loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half, but back-to-back groundouts by Scott Donley and Logan Sowers ended the threat. INDIANA 3, Rutgers 2.

SIXTH INNING: IU reclaims the lead on an RBI sacrifice fly by Austin Cangelosi, who is now 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Baragar with a quality start to this point, getting out of the sixth with his second inning-ending pickoff of the night. INDIANA 3, Rutgers 2.

FIFTH INNING: Former Bloomington North star Colby Stratten ties the game with an RBI double to centerfield, scoring Austin Cangelosi. Memorable night for Stratten, who is now 3-for-4 on the season. Stratten’s first career at-bat ended with a three-run triple against Ball State. His first ever college start has been similarly noteworthy to this point. To start the inning, Baragar came back with a quick inning, ending it with a four-pitch strikeout. He has five strikeouts on the night and has thrown 66 pitches, 40 for strikes. RUTGERS 2, INDIANA 2.

FOURTH INNING: Rutgers took the lead with a pair of runs off Caleb Baragar, who was moving along nicely until this inning. An RBI double by Chris Suseck tied things at 1-1 before Suseck scored on a comebacker to Baragar that knocked the pitcher out of defensive positiong, leaving him with only a play at first. In the bottom half, IU went down in order — and quickly. RUTGERS 2, INDIANA 1.

THIRD INNING: Baragar ends the inning with his fourth strikeout of the day, a sweeping breaking ball that … well … it was about a foot off the plate and an extremely generous call given to the Hoosiers, who will certainly take it. Casey Rodrigue picked up a one-out single, moved to second on a passed ball and stole third, but a Craig Dedelow bunt ended the inning. INDIANA 1, Rutgers 0.

SECOND INNING: Craig Dedelow made a sliding catch for the first out before Baragar ended the inning by picking off R.J. Devish at first base. Donley came a foot or two short of a leadoff homer in the bottom half of the inning, driving a fastball to the opposite field where Rutgers left fielder Joe D’Annunzio made the catch just in front of the foul pole. Logan Sowers followed by reaching base on an error by the shortstop and scored on a two-out double by Austin Cangelosi, who took third on the throw to the plate. Isaiah Pasteur struck out to end the inning, stranding Cangelosi on third. INDIANA 1, Rutgers 0.

FIRST INNING: Baragar struck out two in the top of the first before the Hoosiers went down in order in the bottom half. RUTGERS 0, INDIANA 0.

PREGAME: The weather couldn’t be much nicer at Bart Kaufman Field, where Indiana and Rutgers are set to begin a weekend series. It’s a pretty important one for the Hoosiers, who can’t afford to lose more ground in the Big Ten standings. The Scarlet Knights are in fifth place in the conference, but have an overall record of 11-20. Indiana, meanwhile, is 2-6 in league play and sit in 10th place in the standings. Left-hander Caleb Baragar is on the mound for IU and Bloomington North product Colby Stratten, the 2013 Herald-Times Player of the Year, is making his first career start, playing second base and batting ninth. Also of note, Casey Rodrigue is back in the leadoff spot for IU. Here are the full lineups:

Rutgers | Indiana

Carter cf | Rodrigue ss
D’Annunzio lf | Hartong c
Zarrillo rf | Dedelow cf
Suseck 2b | Donley 1b
Campbell 1b | Sowers lf
Devish c | Nolden rf
Folinusz dh | Cangelosi dh
Freeman 3b | Pasteur 3b
Jennings ss | Stratten 2b
McCoy | Baragar LHP