Cards clobber Hoosiers with 8-run sixth inning #iubase

An eight-run bottom of the sixth spoiled Indiana’s shot at an upset in Tuesday’s 9-2 loss at No. 7 Louisville.

The Cardinals sent 12 men to the plate and collected seven hits during the inning, burying the Hoosiers in the final midweek game of the regular season. Louisville (43-10), in the midst of one of the best years in program history, closed its regular season home schedule with a 33-1 record at Jim Patterson Stadium and victories in all 14 of its midweek games.

Indiana (31-19), which is a half-game behind Minnesota atop the Big Ten standings, now travels to Nebraska to close the regular season Thursday through Saturday.

Louisville jumped on three IU relievers in the sixth, forcing the Hoosiers to dig deep into their bullpen during the latter innings. Luke Stephenson was pulled after allowing a one-out double to Danny Rosenbaum that put the Cardinals ahead 3-2. B.J. Sabol was ineffective against his three batters of the inning, loading the bases by hitting back-to-back batters before giving up an RBI single to Corey Ray. Right-hander Pauly Milto was on the mound for the final four runs of the inning, including a two-run double by Brendan McKay.

Starter Jonathan Stiever pitched well during the first 3 2/3 innings, yielding four hits, striking out two and walking none. A decent start to the evening gave Indiana a chance to strike first, which it did in the fifth. Craig Dedelow drove in Alex Krupa and Colby Stratten with a two-out double that gave the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead.

That lead, however, quickly disappeared.

Indiana used seven pitchers and watched the Cardinals cap their scoring with Devin Hairston’s RBI single off Brian Hobbie in the eighth inning.

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  1. Interesting evening at the ball park . I U went with their young pitchers and the U of L starter was an established starting pitcher has a 11-0 record in midweek games, 14-0 overall. Wet field conditions and U of L is a top five program this year. Attending a U of L home game is a different experience than BK Field, you park on a side street and walk across a busy street( cars stopped for us both going and coming into the park which was a great help) the park is like the old minor park compact, with the pitchers warm up area is in field of play and require fielders protection for line drive foul balls. The video board was a nice addition for the ball park for player pictures, stats, video replays, would be nice of IU would add a video at BK Field. The park has a railroad for a neighbor in the outfield we counted 5 to 6 trains passing duringthe game(one of the engineers must have been a UofL fan as he sounded the train horn as it passed by the ballpark. A good experience and not disappointed with the IU effort, they played a better team today.

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