Live: Indiana at Minnesota baseball, Game 2

End of the Game: Indiana’s hopes died on a hard line drive by right fielder Justin Cureton that was stabbed by Minnesota third baseman Kyle Geason. Minnesota wins 12-1 and sweeps the double header. IU hopes to avoid the sweep at a 12:05 p.m. game tomorrow.


Middle of the Ninth Inning: Minnesota tacked another one on in the ninth, just for good measure. Third baseman Kyle Geason’s RBI single followed a double by first baseman Dan Olinger and made it 12-1 Gophers heading into the bottom of the ninth.


End of the Eighth Inning: Right-hander Cullen Sexton relieved Minnesota starter Phil Isaakson and didn’t have any more problems than his predecessor. He walked Alex Dickerson to open the game, but got catcher Dylan Swift to ground to a 5-4-3 double play. Jerrud Sabourin flied to center to end the inning. Minnesota leads 11-1 heading to the ninth.


Middle of the Eighth Inning: Reznicek gave up a single to Troy Larson, but that was Minnesota’s only base runner in the eighth. The Gophers still lead 11-1.


UPDATE, End of the Seventh Inning: IU again goes quietly, this time 1-2-3. Phil Isaakson has made it through seven innings on 90 pitches, striking out seven while walking just one and scattering seven hits. Minnesota still leads 11-1.


UPDATE, Middle of the Seventh Inning: Reed Reznicek relieved Jonny Hoffman in the seventh, and like every other IU pitcher in Game 2, he was baptized quickly. David Bettenberg, the third batter he faced, took him deep for a two-run homer that made it 11-1 Minnesota.


UPDATE, End of the Sixth Inning: Jerrud Sabourin led off the inning with a single, but then Phil Isaksson retired three straight. Minnesota still leads 9-1.


UPDATE, Middle of the Sixth Inning: Jonny Hoffman struck out the side in the sixth, and it looks like the IU reliever has found a groove. Of course, the IU bats haven’t done anything since the first, and it’s 9-1 Minnesota.


UPDATE, End of the Fifth Inning: After right fielder Justin Cureton and third baseman Dustin DeMuth opened the inning with back-to-back singles, Phil Isaaksson retired the next three batters to escape the inning unscathed. The Gophers still lead 9-1.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fifth Inning: Minnesota with its first quiet inning of Game 2. Jonny Hoffman needs only five pitches to get through a 1-2-3 inning, but the Gophers still lead 9-1.


UPDATE, End of the Fourth Inning: Casey Smith reached with a two-out single, but that was all Indiana managed against Phil Isaakson in the fourth. The Hoosiers still trail Minnesota, 9-1.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fourth Inning: Minnesota catcher Nick O’Shea greeted IU reliever Jonny Hoffman in style, crushing his first pitcher over the left field wall. Hoffman retired the next three hitters, but the Gophers lead is up to 9-1.


UPDATE, End of the Third Inning: Phil Isaakson cruised through the third, striking out Wes Wilson to close a 1-2-3 inning. Jonny Hoffman is coming in to pitch the fourth for Indiana. Could be a long day for the Hoosiers’ bullpen.


UPDATE, Middle of the Third Inning: Minnesota tacks on another run thanks, again, to A.J. Pettersen. With second baseman Matt Puhl on third, Petterson hit a pop-up just beyond the drawn-in infield that fell to score Puhl to make it 8-1 Minnesota.


UPDATE, End of the Second Inning: Indiana put a pair of runners on thanks to a walk to Casey Smith and a single by Trace Knoblauch with one out, but Justin Cureton struck out and Dustin DeMuth grounded to first to end the inning.


UPDATE, Middle of the Second Inning: The horrors didn’t end for Indiana after Carr came on for Martin. Carr threw a wild pitch that scored Nick O’Shea to give Minnesota a 7-1 lead. Carr struck out the two batters he faced, but the Hoosiers still face a major deficit.


UPDATE, Top of the Second Inning: Chad Martin is out of the game after getting just one out in the third and giving up six runs on six singles in a disastrous second inning. Left fielder Andy Henkmeyer drove in the first run, and center fielder Troy Larson drove in two with a single. Justin Gominsky got an RBI and a hard it liner took a bad hop in front of second baseman Micah Johnson. Johnson turned awkwardly to try to get out of the way of it and went down with an apparent leg injury and had to be taken out of the game. Catcher Nick O’Shea and Dan Olinger followed with RBI singles as the Golden Gophers batted around before Tracy Smith went to Matt Carr in relief. Minnesota leads 6-1.


UPDATE, End of the First Inning: Dustin DeMuth opened the inning with a double (aided by a slick outfield that caused Minnesota left fielder Andy Henkemeyer to trip while fielding it) and Alex Dickerson drove him home with an RBI double to put Indiana up 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the First Inning: AJ Pettersen continues to give the Hoosiers problems, but this time he was neutralized. After he led off the game with a double, Chad Martin got Troy Larson looking, then induced a flyout from right fielder Justin Gominsky and eventually a ground out from Dan Olinger to end the inning.


Game 2 of the doubleheader is about to get underway. We’ll see how much of this one happens. The lineups follow.

Minnesota (12-15, 4-6 in the Big Ten)

1. AJ Pettersen, ss (.382, 1 HR, 22 runs, 5 RBI)

2. Troy Larson, cf (.205, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

3. Justin Gominsky, rf (.324, 7 RBI)

4. Nick O’Shea, c (.309, 1 HR, 17 RBi)

5. Dan Olinger 1b (.263, 11 RBI)

6. Kyle Geason, 3b (.239, 13 RBI)

7. Designated hitter to be announced (Really, that’s how Minnesota works)

8. Matt Puhl, 2b, (.202, 11 RBI)

9. Andy Henkemeyer, lf (.206, 3 RBI)

P-Phil Isaksson, lhp (1-4, 3.43 ERA, 15K’s in 42 IP)

Indiana (25-13, 6-4 in the Big Ten)

1. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.377, 29 runs, 15 RBI)

2. T.C. Knipp, cf (.264, 18 RBI)

3. Alex Dickerson, lf (.363, 5 HR 35 RBI)

4. Wes Wilson, c (.293, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

5. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.268, 20 RBI)

6. Michael Basil, ss (.295, 3 HR, 16 RBI)

7. Micah Johnson, 2b (.325, 15 RBI)

8. Trace Knoblauch, dh (.188, 1 RBI)

9. Justin Cureton, rf (.258, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

P-Chad Martin, rhp (2-2, 2.41 ERA, 27 K’s in 52 1/3 IP)