Indiana 3, Purdue 2 as Hoosiers clinch series Saturday

Indiana pitching limited Purdue to two hits and the host Hoosiers mustered just enough offense to beat the Boilermakers, 3-2, Saturday at Bart Kaufman Field.
Coupled with Friday’s 10-9 IU win, the Hoosiers have already taken the series against their in-state rivals, and the teams conclude with a 3 p.m. game Sunday.
Caleb Baragar delivered a strong five innings and B.J. Sabol, who got the win, and Thomas Belcher, who picked up his third save, were superb in relief for IU (16-13 overall, 3-2 in Big Ten play.) Purdue (4-23, 0-8) got a two-run double from Kyle Johnson in the sixth but not much else.

Here is scoring wrap up and some other details.

END SECOND: Indiana 1, Purdue 0. After a leadoff single by Ryan Fineman, who was sacrificed to second and took third on Luke Miller infield single, the Hoosiers tallied as Austin Cangelosi’s sac-fly to dead center required a leaping, backhand catch by Purdue’s Kyle Johnson.

IU first sacker Cangelosi, who had dropped a Cody Strong foul pop in the first, flipped over the fence to catch Strong’s foul pop to start the Purdue fourth.

Nothing comes of IU’s fourth, capped by Purdue shortstop Harry Shipley’s diving snag of a Luke Miller liner. Hoosiers still leading 1-0.

Purdue freshman cleanup man Nick Dalesandro got the Boilers’ first hit, a lined single to center leading off the fifth.

END FIFTH: Indiana 2, Purdue 0. IU threatened to break the game open as it loaded the bases with none out. Cangelosi looped a leadoff single to right-center. Brian WIlhite’s sac bunt was erred and Tony Butler followed with a walk. After Laren Eustace delivered Cangelosi with a sac fly to center, the Boilermakers escaped further damage by turning a 5-4-3 double-play.

END SIXTH: Indiana 3, Purdue 2. After a one-out walk and a botched double-play ball, Kyle Johnson tied the game for Purdue by ripping 2-run double to left-center. Johnson took third on the throw home. Baragar, lifted with the score tied and two on in the sixth, saw a strong start undone by the defense. But the Hoosiers then got a great job in relief from B.J. Sabol, who avoiding further damage in bases-loaded, 1-out situation. He induced a flyout to short left by Brett Carlson that left Johnson on third, then fanned DH James Jewell looking.
IU regained the lead in the bottom of the frame as Logan Sowers was hit by a pitch, was sacrificed to second, took third on a groundout and scored as Luke Miller delivered a clutch two-out RBI ground single to center.

Thomas Belcher barreled through Purdue’s 2-3-4 hitters with two strikeouts and a weakly-hit grounder in the eighth, then also pitched a quick 1-2-3 ninth to end it.

Johnson and Dalesandro had Purdue’s hits. Leadoff man Eustace and Miller had two apiece to fuel IU’s six-hit attack.

Evan Bell is expected to pitch Sunday for Indiana.