Live at Sembower Field, Purdue at Indiana

UPDATE, End of Game

Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the 10th and the Hoosiers fall below .500 in the Big Ten. More later.

UPDATE, Middle of 10th Inning

Yet again, this series turns on a strange play. Mike McKinley got the first batter he faced to pop up. With runners on first and second, he saw an opportunity to end the game when he saw Purdue right fielder Jonathan Lilly straying way too far off second base. However, McKinley didn’t make the decision to go to second base until he was already in his motion and he was called for a balk, allowing runners to go to second and third. Shortly after, he walked second baseman Eric Charles on a wild pitch, allowing Lilly to score. The next hitter, first baseman Ryan Bridges, singled to right field to score two runs, giving Purdue a 10-7 lead going into the bottom of the 10th.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of 10th Inning

Walker Stadler retired the first batter he faced but gave up a single to center fielder Jonathan Lilly and a walk to shortstop Nick Overmyer. The Hoosiers are bringing in Mike McKinley, who pitched three crucial shutout innings yesterday. Game still tied 7-7.

UPDATE, End of the Ninth Inning

And they’re in extra innings again. Of course they are. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin ripped a double to the right center field gap to score T.C. Knipp and Micah Johnson to tie the game 7-7. Alex Dickerson had a chance to win it — and Purdue shockingly pitched to him — but he grounded out to short. On to the 10th.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of the Ninth Inning

Joe Haase has come in for Brad Schreiber with runners on first and second and one out with Sterling Mack coming to the plate. Pinch-hitter T.C. Knipp reached on an error and third baseman Micah Johnson ripped a single to right. Purdue still leads 7-5.

UPDATE, Middle of Ninth Inning

Indiana just barely escaped the top of the ninth unscathed. Designated hitter Drew Madia and catcher Kevin Plawecki had two-out singles and enter fielder Jon Moore hit one deep to left field and Alex Dickerson didn’t read it well off the bat, but adjusted to make the play. Purdue leads 7-5 with Indiana down to three outs.

UPDATE, End of Eighth Inning

Tyler Rogers was maybe two feet from tying the game, but his flyball ended up ending the inning. The Indiana second baseman knocked one to the right field wall, but Purdue right fielder Jonathan Lilly made the catch and threw back in time to double off designated hitter Josh Lyon at first base. Purdue goes into the ninth leading 7-5.

UPDATE, Middle of Eighth Inning

Purdue added a run on some Indiana laziness. With a runner on first, shortstop Nick Overmyer singled off the glove of Micah Johnson at third base. The Ball trickled into the outfield, and the Hoosiers were slow to get to it. Purdue third baseman Cameron Perkins never stopped running and scored on the play to make it 7-5 Purdue heading into the bottom of the eighth.

UPDATE, End of Seventh Inning

Indiana cut Purdue’s lead in half in the seventh. After a one-out double by third baseman Micah Johnson, first baseman Jerrud Sabourin ripped a single to right field to score him. Purdue leads 6-5 going into the eighth.

UPDATE, Middle of Seventh Inning

Purdue added two more runs on brilliantly executed small ball. Eric Charles laid down a safety squeeze bunt to bring home shortstop Nick Overmyer. Squires fielded the bunt and took the force out at second base. First baseman Ryan Bridges followed with a single on a perfect hit and run play, hitting the ball in the hole between shortstop and third base as IU shortstop Michael Basil ran to second to cover the base for the stealing Charles. Charles went all the way to third, then scored on another safety squeeze by designated hitter Drew Madia. Purdue leads 6-4.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of Seventh Inning

Matt Igel faced one batter and allowed an RBI single to Purdue left fielder Tyler Spillner to tie the game 4-4. The Hoosiers are bringing in closer Chris Squires with runners on first and third base and no one out.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of the Seventh Inning

Indiana left-hander Matt Igel is in for Matt Ernest, who walked one batter and hit another in this inning with nobody out.

UPDATE, End of Sixth Inning

Scheiber got Michael Basil to fly to right field to end the inning. IU still leads 4-3.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Bottom of Sixth Inning,

Drew Wurdack is out after 110 pitches for Purdue. He’s being replaced by right-hander Brad Schreiber, who hit a home run as a designated hitter earlier in this series. Indiana has a runner on first and two outs. The Hoosiers still lead 4-3.

UPDATE, Middle of Sixth Inning

Ernest surrendered an RBI single to designated hitter Drew Madia and an RBI groundout to right fielder Angelo Cianfrocco. Purdue cuts the Indiana lead to 4-3.

UPDATE, Pitching Change, Top of Sixth Inning

Matt Carr, who had Tommy John surgery last year and was operating on a short leash, is out after throwing 53 pitches, but getting five innings with that is quite impressive considering. Matt Ernest is in in relief. Purdue’s Eric Charles led off the inning with a double off Carr.

UPDATE, End of Fifth Inning

Indiana center fielder Sterling Mack singled and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin got an infield hit when shortstop Nick Overmyer fell over while fielding his grounder. However, left fielder Alex Dickerson grounded out to end the inning. Indiana leads 4-1.

Important note, though. The game is now official, which is big because it’s raining again now. They’re still playing, but we’ll see how long that lasts.

UPDATE, Middle of Fifth Inning

Matt Carr hit the first batter he faced then gave up a single on a perfect bunt by Purdue center fielder Jonathan Lilly. However, shortstop Nick Overmyer then popped up his bunt and left fielder Tyler Spillner grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Carr has thrown just 51 pitches so far through five innings and has induced three double plays. Indiana leads 4-1.

UPDATE, End of Fourth Inning

Indiana is in control thanks to big hits by Alex Dickerson and Tyler Rogers. Center fielder Sterling Mack led off with a walk and went to second on a groundout by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin. Dickerson then ripped a double to right center field to score Mack. After right fielder Michael Earley struck out, Josh Lyon walked. Rogers, the Hoosiers second baseman, took a 1-2 pitch on the outside part of the plate that was somehow called a ball, but then crushed a curveball over the left field wall on the next pitch to give Indiana a 4-1 lead.

UPDATE, Middle of Fourth Inning

A huge play by Indiana first baseman Jerrud Sabourin got the Hoosiers through the inning unscathed. Purdue designated hitter Drew Madia doubled off the left field wall and went to third base on a sacrifice fly by catcher Kevin Plawecki. Purdue right fielder Angelo Cianfrocco looked like he had an RBI groundout to first, but Sabourin stepped on the bag, then threw Madia out at home for a double play. Purdue still leads 1-0.

UPDATE, End of Third Inning

Purdue’s Drew Wurdack cruised through a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the first two batters he faced. Purdue leads 1-0.

UPDATE, Middle of Third Inning

Purdue’s half of the third inning turned on a foul pop-up. Shortstop Nick Overmyer popped up a 1-1 pitch, and IU catcher Dylan Swift seemed to settle underneath it, but lost it in the grey clouds and it fell foul. Overmyer was hit on the next pitch, then went to third when left fielder Tyler Spillner doubled off the left field wall. Purdue second baseman Eric Charles hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Overmyer. Purdue leads 1-0.

UPDATE, End of Second Inning

Indiana left fielder Alex Dickerson led off the inning with a single, but Purdue’s Drew Wurdack retired the next three hitters. Still 0-0.

UPDATE, Middle of Second Inning

Matt Carr gave up a leadoff single to Purdue designated hitter Drew Madia but retired the next three hitters. Still 0-0.

UPDATE, End of First Inning

Center fielder Sterling Mack walked, but was gunned down in a strike ’em out, throw ’em out play when first baseman Jerrud Sabourin went down swinging. 0-0 after 1.

UPDATE, Middle of First Inning

Indiana starter Matt Carr allowed the first two batters he faced to reach, but the right-hander picked off Purdue left fieldr Tyler Spillner at first. After Carr walked second baseman Eric Charles, Purdue first baseman Ryan Bridges lined out to first and IU first baseman Jerrud Sabourin stepped on the bag to double off Charles.


Haven’t live blogged the last few baseball games I’ve covered, in large part because I’m not sure there’s been a lot of interest. But this weekend has been wild and today’s game could be a season turner for Indiana. The Hoosiers and the Boilermakers have split the first two games and are in a four-way for fourth-place in the Big Ten. All 11 teams in the conference are within two games of first place going into Sunday. So this one matters.

There will probably be a brief delay, though. It’s not raining hard, but there is enough dampness that they’ve put the “skin tarp” up, which means  the basepaths and home plate are covered but not the grass parts of the infield. It will probably be 1:15 when they get started.

The lineups follow.

Purdue (25-17 overall, 7-7 in the Big Ten)

1. Tyler Spillner, lf (.354, 1 HR 26 RBI)

2. Eric Charles, 2b (.307, 1 HR, 28 RBI)

3. Ryan Bridges, 1b (.357, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

4. Drew Madia, dh (.283, 6 HR, 21 RB)

5. Kevin Plawecki, c (.342, 7 HR 40 RBI)

6. Angelo Cianfrocco, rf (.306, 1 HR, 14 RBI)

7. Cameron Perkins, 3b (.327, 7 HR, 28 RBI)

8. Jonathan Lilly, cf (.258, 1 HR, 6 RBI)

9. Nick Overmyer, ss (.351, 4 HR 18 RBI)

P Drew Wurdack, (4-2, 5.05 ERA, 42 K’s in 41 IP)

Indiana (21-20, 7-7 Big Ten)

1. Micah Johnson, 3b (.321, 9 HR 33 RBI)

2. Sterling Mack, cf (.288, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

3. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.414, 6 HR, 40 RBI)

4. Alex Dickerson, lf (.414, 18 HR, 56 RBI)

5. Michael Earley, rf (.341, 8 HR, 24 RBI)

6. Josh Lyon, dh (.361, 9 HR, 27 RBI)

7. Tyler Rogers, 2b (.330, 1 HR, 19 RBI)

8. Michael Basil, ss (.243, 1 HR 21 RBI)

9. Dylan Swift, c (.261, 16 RBI)

P Matt Carr, rhp (0-1, 6.75 ERA, 3 k’s in 2.2 IP)


  1. Those don’t tend to happen at Sembower Field, scb. However, Matt Carr had a great outing after having only pitched 2 2/3 innings this season up until Sunday.

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