Win and they’re in: Live at Sembower Field

UPDATE, End of Game

My bad. Wrote my game story and forgot about finishing the blog. Chris Squires walked a batter in the ninth but otherwise got through unscathed and Indiana won 16-6. The Hoosiers play Northwestern in the first round o the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

UPDATE, End of the Eighth Inning

Indiana heads into the ninth with a double-digit lead. Designated hitter Josh Lyon had an RBI double, catcher Dylan Swift drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and third baseman Micah Johnson had a two-run single. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin missed out on his chance to steal the batting title from Alex Dickerson, flying to right to end the inning. That means Alex Dickerson will end the regular season as the Big Ten leader in all three triple crown categories. Indiana leads 16-6.

UPDATE, Middle of the Eighth Inning

Chris Squires hit the first batter he faced and appeared to have surrendered a run, but an Illinois base running error allowed Indiana left fielder Alex Dickerson to make a double play. Illinois center fielder hit a fly ball to left with the bases loaded that would have brought catcher Adam Davis home. However, Illinois third baseman Brandon Hohl strayed way too far off second base without tagging. Dickerson threw back to second base to double him off and Indiana escaped the eighth still up 12-6.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of the Eighth Inning

Tracy Smith left Matt Carr out there long enough to get a standing ovation. He gave up a leadoff single then hit a batter but got second baseman Christian Cummins to pop up. At that point, Indiana coach Tracy Smith decided to pull him in favor of closer Chris Squires. The Hoosiers lead 12-6.

UPDATE, End of the Seventh Inning

Indiana went down 1-2-3 with both Jerrud Sabourin and Alex Dickerson grounding to first. They both have 93 hits but Dickerson has two fewer at-bats, which means he wins the batting title if neither gets another at-bat.

UPDATE, Middle of the Seventh Inning

Matt Carr gave up a leadoff home run to Illinois first baseman Craig Lutes but retired the next three batters, a crucial development because it allows Indiana to go straight to Chris Squires without wasting time on a middle man. The Hoosiers lead 12-6.

UPDATE, End of the Sixth Inning

Indiana answered in the sixth, which is probably why Matt Carr is coming out again for the top of the seventh. Right fielder Michael Earley scored on a botched groundball by Illinois second baseman Christian Cummins and center fielder Tyler Rogers scored from second on a double by shortstop Ethan Wilson. Indiana leads 12-5.

UPDATE, Middle of the Sixth Inning

Matt Carr’s today is probably over. He gave up a leadoff home run to left fielder Casey McMurray, then a two-run shot to right fielder Pete Cappetta two batters later. He put on two more Illinois hitters but didn’t allow any more damage and the Hoosiers lead 10-5, but it’s unlikely that he has another inning left.

UPDATE, End of the Fifth Inning

Jerrud Sabourin and Alex Dickerson are staging an interesting battle for the Big Ten batting title, which is the only jewel in the triple crown that is in doubt for Dickerson. Dickerson came into the game a point ahead of Sabourin and both were perfect for the day going into the fifth. Sabourin grounded to a 4-6-3 double play in the fifth, though, and Dickerson struck out. Dickerson is 3-for-4 and Sabourin is 2-for-3. Indiana still leads 10-2.

UPDATE, Middle of the Fifth Inning

Matt Carr gave up a leadoff double to Illinois third baseman Brandon Hohl (who has been crushing the ball this weekend) and hit center fielder Willie Argo (who recorded his Big Ten leading 41st stolen base of the season) but still got through the inning without giving up a run. Indiana still leads 10-2.

UPDATE, End of the Fourth Inning

Libbey got through the inning but not before surrendering an RBI double to Indiana center fielder Tyler Rogers. The Hoosiers lead 10-2.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of the Fourth Inning

Indiana continues to pound the ball. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin homered to right to open the inning and designated hitter Josh Lyon just hit a two-run triple. Illinois relieved Billy Barrett with right-hander Tanner Libbey. Indiana is up 9-2.

UPDATE, Middle of the Fourth Inning

A day after the worst play of his life, Dylan Swift has caught two runners stealing. This time the victim was right fielder Pete Capetta. That allowed Matt Carr to face the minimum in the fourth. Indiana still up 6-2.

UPDATE, End of the Third Inning

Indiana took the lead back in the third in a big way. Left fielder Alex Dickerson had an RBI single, designated hitter Josh Lyon drove in a run with a double and center fielder Tyler Rogers plated two with a single to give Indiana a 6-2 lead.

UPDATE, Middle of the Third Inning

The third inning wasn’t so easy for Matt Carr. The Indiana right-hander gave up two runsin the third, one on an RBI single by center fielder Willie Argo, the other on a passed ball that allowed shortstop Josh Parr to score. Game is tied 2-2.

UPDATE, End of the Second Inning

Illinois right-hander Kevin Manson needed 31 pitches to get through the first inning. He only needed three to get through the second. Third baseman Michael Basil, catcher Dylan Swift and second baseman Micah Johnson all flew out in the inning. Indiana leads 2-0.

UPDATE, Middle of the Second Inning

Through two innings, Matt Carr has still faced the minimum. He induced a groundout and two flyouts in the bottom the second. Indiana leads 2-0.

UPDATE, End of the First Inning

Michael Earley hit what seemed to be a double play ball to shortstop, but it turned into two Indiana runs in the first. Second baseman Micah Johnson and Jerrud Sabourin drew walks, Alex Dickerson singled and Earley’s grounder got under Illinois shortstop Josh Parr’s glove to score Johnson and Sabourin. The Hoosiers lead 2-0.

Middle of First Inning

Matt Carr walked Willie Argo to leadoff the inning, but still got through facing the minimum. Catcher Dylan Swift caught Illinois first baseman Craig Lutes stealing to end the inning. 0-0 after the bottom of the first.


It’s Senior Day at Sembower Field and Indiana is trying to make sure it isn’t its last game of the season. The Hoosiers come in to today’s game in seventh place in the Big Ten. However, according to the math of Indiana assistant sports information director Matt Brady, if they win, they’re in the Big Ten Tournament.

The lineups are as follows.

ILLINOIS (26-25, 10-13)

1. Willie Argo, cf (.318, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 40 SB)

2. Craig Lutes 1b (.308, 2 HR, 26 RBI0

3. Casey McMurray, lf (.348, 5 HR, 38 RBI)

4. Thomas Shelton, dh (.365, 7 RBI)

5. Pete Capetta, rf (.261, 2 HR, 24 RBI)

6. Adam Davis, c (.266, 3 HR, 13 RBI)

7. Brandon Hohl, 3b (.277,  4 HR, 33 RBI)

8. Christian Cummins, 2b (.192, 6 RBI)

9. Josh Parr, ss (.277, 1 HR, 29 RBI)

P-Kevin Manson, rhp (3-2, 4.65 ERA, 17 k’s in 50 1/3 IP)

INDIANA (26-25, 11-12)

1. Micah Johnson, 2b (.309, 10 HR, 38 RBI)

2. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.410, 6 HR, 43 RBI)

3. Alex Dickerson, lf (.411, 23 HR, 72 RBI)

4. Michael Earley, rf (.343, 13 HR, 37 RBI)

5. Josh Lyon, dh (.360, 11 HR, 34 RBI)

6. Tyler Rogers, cf (.356, 3 HR, 30 RBI)

7. Ethan Wilson, ss (.305, 7 HR, 21 RBI)

8. Michael Basil, 3b (.233, 1 HR, 21 RBI)

9. Dylan Swift, c (.276, 1 HR, 21 RBI)

P-Matt Carr, rhp (2-1, 2.70 ERA, 10 k’s in 20 IP)


  1. What is going on in the baseball game? You haven’t updated the status in forever!

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