Live: Minnesota at Indiana, Game 3

UPDATE, End of the Ninth Inning: Michael Basil flew out to center field, Casey Smith struck out and Matt Serfling hit a check swing weak fly to third base to end the game. Minnesota wins 5-2 and sweeps the series. The Hoosiers fall to 25-15, 6-6 in the Big Ten. Crucial loss. More later.

UPDATE, Middle of the Ninth Inning: Matt Dearden gave up a two-out single to right fielder John Gominsky, but got first baseman Nick O’Shea to fly out to end his second shutout inning. The Hoosiers are down to their last bats, down 5-2. Minnesota right-hander Scott Matyas comes on in relief.


UPDATE, End of the Eighth Inning: Minnesota reliever Billy Soule’s second inning was much less dramatic than his first. IU first baseman Jerrud Sabourin hit one hard of Soule’s leg, but Matt Puhl made a play on it to get the first out. Left fielder Josh Lyon and pinch hitter Trace Knoblauch flied out, and IU is down to its last three outs of the weekend. Minnesota leads 5-2.


UPDATE, Middle of the Eighth Inning: Indiana center fielder T.C. Knipp has had an excellent defensive weekend, but may have just made his most impressive play. With two outs and runners on first and second in the eighth, Minnesota pinch hitter Dan Olinger hit a sinking liner that threatened to give Minnesota more insurance runs. Knipp came up and made an outstanding diving catch to end the inning, giving Matt Dearden a shutout inning of relief. Minnesota still leads 5-2. IU down to six outs.


UPDATE, End of the Seventh Inning: Indiana finally got on the board in the seventh. Second baseman Casey Smith, Tracy’s son, followed a single by Michael Basil with an RBI double. He moved to third on a groundout by Matt Serfling (after an impressive nine-pitch at-bat in which he didn’t see a ball until the sixth pitch) then scored on an RBI groundout by third baseman Dustin DeMuth. IU still down 5-2 to Minnesota. Matt Dearden has come on in relief of Joey DeNato.


UPDATE, Middle of the Seventh Inning: After five breezy innings, Joey DeNato is struggling. After the three run sixth, Minnesota scored another run in the sixth on an RBI single by right fielder Justin Gominksy. The Hoosiers almost got out of it when Minnesota center fielder Troy Larson hit what looked like a double-play ball to shortstop Michael Basil, but Larson beat out the relay throw to keep the inning alive. Minnesota leads 5-0.


UPDATE, End of the Sixth Inning: Indiana has now stranded six base runners. Alex Dickerson led off the inning with a single, but Minnesota’s Austin Lubinsky retired the next three to get out of the inning. Minnesota leads 4-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Sixth: When Minnesota figured Joey DeNato, they did it in a major way. After a one-out walk by catcher Kurt Schlagen, Hoosier-killer A.J. Pettersen tripled to the left center field gap to bring him home. Center fielder Troy Larson then hit a slow bouncer down the third base line and reached while Pettersen scored.Third baseman Kyle Geason later singled home a run to give Minnesota a 4-0 advantage.


UPDATE, End of the Fifth: IU right fielder Matt Serfling reached with an outstanding push bunt for an infield single and he advanced to second base on a groundout, but he was stranded and Minnesota right-hander Austin Lubinsky’s shutout continues. Minnesota leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fifth: DeNato continues to cruise. This one was a five-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. Right fielder Matt Sefling had to make a long run to get a hard hit fly ball by Minnesota second baseman Matt Puhl, but that was the lone scare. DeNato has faced the minimum since the first, and has thrown just 51 pitches so far.


UPDATE, End of the Fourth: Indiana’s offensive struggles continue. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin and Wes Wilson both drew walks, but a hard-hit ball by left fielder Josh Lyon to left was caught and shortstop Michael Basil grounded to a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. The Gophers lead 1-0. IU has a total of three runs in this series.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fourth: Joey DeNato gave up his first hit of the game but erased him quickly. Minnesota center fielder Troy Larson flared a single to right field, but DeNato picked him off. That’s his ninth pick-off of the year. IU has picked off 26 runners. The team in the Big Ten with the second-most has a total of nine. Minnesota still leads 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the Third: IU right fielder Matt Serfling led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a groundout by Dustin DeMuth but was stranded after flyouts by center fielder T.C. Knipp and left fielder Alex Dickerson. Minnesota still leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Third: Joey DeNato gets through another quick inning in seven pitches and three straight groundouts. Minnesota leads 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the Second: Indiana got a two-out base runner thanks to a walk to Michael Basil, but that was all. Minnesota leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Second: Joey DeNato got through the second inning on four pitches. Second baseman Casey Smith made a diving play on a one-hop liner off the bat of Minnesota left fielder Sam Ryan to make sure the Gophers didn’t get a base runner. The Gophers still lead 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the First: Defense is quite obviously going to be the most blatant casualty of playing in this rain. Indiana third baseman reached on a grounder to first base that slipped out of the hands of Minnesota first baseman Nick O’Shea. He moved to second on a bunt by T.C. Knipp that would’ve gone foul any other day, but stayed just inside the line on the wet grass. Minnesota’s Austin Lubinsky retired the next two batters, though, and Minnesota keeps a 1-0 lead.


UPDATE, Middle of the First: Joey DeNato only allowed one base runner in the first and didn’t allow a hit, but Minnesota scored anyway. Right fielder Justin Gominsky walked and went from first to third on a wild pitch. When catcher Wes Wilson finally got to the ball, he threw to third and missed. The ball went into left and allowed Gominsky to score. DeNato got Nick O’Shea to flyout to end the inning, but it’s still 1-0 Minnesota.


Easter brings another soggy morning at Sembower Field, but IU and Minnesota are going to give it a go. The lineups follow.

Minnesota (13-15 overall, 5-6 in the Big Ten)

1. AJ Pettersen, ss (.379, 1 HR, 6 RBI)

2. Troy Larson, cf (.233, 6 RBI)

3. Justin Gominsky, rf (.318, 8 RBI)

4. Nick O’Shea, 1b (.318, 2 HR, 19 RBI)

5. Kyle Geason, 3b (.242, 14 RBI)

6. Sam Ryan LF (.261, 4 RBI)

7. Matt Puhl, 2b (.213, 11 RBI)

8. Designated hitter, TBA

9. Kurt Schlangen, c (.156)

P-Austin Lubinsky, rhp ( 2-3, 5.59 ERA)

Indiana (25-14, 6-5 Big Ten)

1. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.382, 15 RBI)

2. T.C. Knipp, cf (.257, 18 RBI)

3. Alex Dickerson, dh (.362, 5 HR, 36 RBI)

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

5. Josh Lyon, lf (.204, 3 HR 17 RBI)

6. Wes Wilson, c (.289, 2 HR 17 RBI)

7. Michael Basil, ss (.287, 3 HR, 16 RBI)

8. Casey Smith, 2b (.205, 3 RBI)

9. Matt Serfling, rf (.333, 7 RBI)

P-Joey DeNato, lhp (5-1, 2.43 ERA, 34 K’s in 37 IP)


  1. Hey thanks for the info Dustin. You do a great job covering IU and the baseball team. Keep up the great work.

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