Michigan State-Indiana baseball twin bill


FINAL: MICHIGAN STATE 3, INDIANA 2. Spartans sweep the double header and take the series, improving to 25-17 and 9-6 B1G. IU 23-17, 6-10. Hoosiers got a leadoff double from Craig Dedelow to lead off their ninth. He went to third on a groundout, scored on another. But then the 18th strikeout of an Indiana hitter on the day ended it.

END EIGHTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. Will Nolden had a one-out single for Indiana to go 3-for-3 for the game, but the only other Hoosier hit is Soers’ fifth-inning double. The Hoosiers then gave up an out to sacrifice Nolden to second and Rodrigue grounded out to end the inning.

END SEVENTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. Hoosiers have gone out 1-2-3 in five of the seven innings in game two.

END SIXTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. A relatively uneventful frame.

END FIFTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. Cam Gibson, Kirk’s son, slammed a loonnnnnng homer to right leading off the Spartan fifth. Caleb Baragar’s day then ended after giving up consecutive singles to Ryan Krill and Mark Weist. Luke Harrison came on in relief for IU with two on and none out and snuffed the Spartans from there.

Indiana then got its first run of the day, and might have gotten more had not a very questionable infield-fly call been made by the base umpire.

Logan Sowers powered a leadoff double up the left-center gap and Nick Ramos was hit by a pitch. That brought up Isaiah Pasteur, who lifted a pop into left center that plainly was going to clear shortstop and fall in before the outfielder’s could get there. And it did. But the ump called infield fly after the ball hit the turf. Nobody had anything remotely resembling a routine play on the ball, which is what the rule requires. Without the call, IU would have had bases loaded with none out and, given how the ensuing at-bats went, it almost certainly cost the home team a run. As it was, Will Nolden’s ensuing single then scored one instead of two before Austin Cangelosi hit into a 3-6-3 double play.

TOP FIFTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 0. Cam Gibson, Kirk’s son, slammed a loonnnnnng homer to right leading off the Spartan fifth. Caleb Baragar’s day then ended after giving up consecutive singles to Ryan Krill and Mark Weist. Luke Harrison came on in relief for IU with two on and none out.

END FOURTH: Michigan State 2, Indiana 0. Another fantastic play from IU junior Nick Ramos at short. Slides to get ball up the middle, throws from his knees for the out rob leadoff man Chad Roskelly. This hasn’t been a great day for the Hoosiers overall, so far, but the defense has been absolutely stellar except for one errant throw trying to complete a possible double-play in game one.

END THIRD: Michigan State 2, Indiana o: Will Nolden got IU’s first hit of the game, a lined one-out single to center, and second hit of the day. But he stayed at first.

END SECOND: Michigan State 2, Indiana 0. All the damage came after two outs and nobody on. Walk, single, then No. 9 hitter Kory Young laced a 2-run double to the left field corner. Game one’s No. 9 hitter for MSU, Dan Durkin, went 3-for-4 in the opener. Six Hoosiers up and six Hoosiers down so far. MSU lefty Jeff Kinley (2.81 ERA) has fanned 3 already.

END FIRST: 0-0. A truly spectacular 6-4-3 double-play, starting with an all-out dive and then flip by shortstop Nick Ramos, prevents a Michigan State score. The inning continued a day-long trend of MSU leadoff men reaching, this time on a bloop single over short from Cam Gibson. Gibson then looked picked off, but was ruled safe at second, even though the throw beat him there. And after Ryan Krill was hit by a Caleb Baragar pitch, Mark Weist smoked a grounder right up the middle. Ramos somehow snagged it, fully outstretched, and Casey Rodrigue made a great turn. IU then went out 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, but with two lineouts, one of which required a superb diving catch in left by Gibson. He’s got good wheels, just like his dad, all-time Spartan great Kirk Gibson.


Michigan State senior Mitch VanVossen, who entered 2-4 with a 5.85 ERA, dominated Indiana’s host Hoosiers in game one of today’s double-header as the Spartans sailed to a 7-0 win. VanVossen went the distance and allowed just one hit, a grounded single to center in the third by Craig Dedelow, while fanning eight.

MSU pounded out 12 hits, including four doubles, two by Ryan Krill. The Spartans broke the game open with a five-run seventh that featured three of the doubles.

Michigan State evened the series at 1-1 with a 7-0 win in today’s opener. More detailed updates on game one are below the fold.

FINAL GAME ONE: MICHIGAN STATE 7, INDIANA 0. MSU senior Mich VanVossen with a complete-game, one-hit shutout. Entered 2-4 with a 5.85 ERA.

TOP NINTH: Blaise Salter’s single in the ninth means Michigan State has gotten the leadof man on seven times. Spartans have 12 hits, overall, now. But more fine defense from IU third-sacker Isaiah Pasteur, including an unassisted double-play, keeps Sparty from adding to its lead.

END EIGHTH: Michigan State 7, Indiana 0. MSU starter Mick VanVossen has still allowed just one hit. He entered the day 2-4 with a 5.45 ERA.

END SEVENTH: Michigan State 7, Indiana 0. Thomas Belcher allows a single (by MSU No. 9 hitter Dan Durkin, a .200 hitter entering the game and making just his fourth start, is now 3-for-3), a walk then gets stung by 2-RBI double down the left field line by Ryan Krill. It was Krill’s second double of the day and, given that he also homered Friday, he’s already having a nice series for the Spartans. Belcher was lifted at a ground out in favor of Evan Bell, but, after a pop-out for the second out, more carnage ensued as Ryan Richardson slammed a ground-rule double to left and, following a walk, Chad Roskelly roped a 2-RBI double down the left field line that barely eluded a leaping Isaiah Pasteur. MSU starter Mick VanVossen still in and dominant. He has eight strikeouts. IU has just one hit.

END SIXTH: Michigan State 2, Indiana 0. Spartans add an unearned run. Blaise Salter laced a leadoff single and was erased when, with one out, Brandon Hughes grounded to second. IU second baseman Casey Rodrigue tagged Salter in the basepath, but then hurried his throw to first for what should have been a double-play. The errant throw got Hughes to second. IU opted to remove starter Jake Kelzer for sidewinding reliever Thomas Belcher, who has been dominant against right-handers this season, but Belcher was greeted by a lined RBI single to left by Chad Roskelly.

END FIFTH: Michigan State 1, Indiana 0. Hoosiers caught a break when MSU leftfielder Cam Gibson misplayed Casey Rodrigue’s fly into a two-base error, but IU couldn’t capitalize. Indiana still has just one hit in the game against Spartan starter Mick VanVossen.

END FOURTH: Michigan State 1, Indiana 0. Great defense being played by Indiana today. Yet another diving catch, this one by CF Craig Dedelow, robs MSU’s Chad Roskelly. But IU then goes out 1-2-3.

END THIRD: Still MSU, 1-0. Ryan Krill, who homered Friday, smoked the first pitch of the inning for a double to right-center. But then a great sliding catch in right by Will Nolden held Krill at second, and that’s where he stayed after a groundout and a lineout. Craig Dedelow then got IU’s first hit of the game, a one-out single, but was stranded at second.

END SECOND: Michigan State 1, Indiana 0. Spartans get a leadoff single from Brandon Hughes and a 2-out RBI single from Dan Durkin. In between was a superb diving play by IU’s Isaiah Pasteur, who leaped to backhand a smoked grounder off the bat of Anthony Cheky, quickly got to his feet and made a strong throw to first for the out. IU got a leadoff walk and a two-out walk but Nick Ramos, in his first at-bat since March 11, lined out hard to center to cap the frame.

END FIRST: 0-0. IU’s Jake Kelzer worked around a pair of walks and a hit-batsman by virtue of a pair of groundouts and a perfect throw from catcher Brad Hartong to second, nailing leadoff man Cam Gibson, who was trying to steal and would have succeeded without a throw right on the bag. IU’s Casey Rodrigue worked a leadoff walk the Hoosier half of the frame and eventually reached third, but stayed there as Scott Donley lined out to end the inning.

PREGAME: The Bart Kaufman Field organist just played “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.” Literally true. Severe clear as the phrase goes. The flags remaining appropriately at half-mast, however, in the wake of the Hannah Wilson tragedy.

But there is now baseball to play, and Michigan State and the host Hoosiers are playing two today, after Saturday’s postponement. Bloomington native and former South standout Jake Kelzer is on the mound for IU in game one, with Nick Ramos returning to the Hoosier lineup at shortstop for his first start since March 11.

We’ll have updates here and via Twitter @htograham. Thanks for checking in.


  1. As a baseball season ticket holder and I have attended all of the week end games, I don’t think you can place all the blame on the new coach. Even of Tracy Smith was still the coach, IU would still be experiencing an off year. We don’t have the hitting on this team that the past two teams had. Kyle Swarber , Double A at Tennessee Smokies check out his numbers for this season so far, and you can see the hit production that missing in the IU lineup. Also check out Sam Travis and Dustin Demuth and their A league teams. I think the success of the past two teams have all of us spoiled and maybe our expectations too high for this year’s team.

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