Louisville at Indiana baseball

UPDATE, End of Game: Freshman catcher Ty Downing and junior third baseman Brian Ritz both hit solo home runs in the ninth to make it at least look interesting, but Louisville still won 8-4.

UPDATE, Middle of the Ninth Inning: Dylan Swift is putting in his Cooperstown application. Moved to second base in the ninth, he made a brilliant diving play to rob Louisville’s Alex Chittenden of a hit. Louisville goes down 1-2-3 and leads 8-2 going into the ninth.

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UPDATE, End of the Eighth Inning: Indiana finally got on the board in the eighth. Pinch hitter Brian Lambert singled to score a run and center fielder T.C. Knipp scored on a passed ball. Wes Wilson flew out to center field to leave two runners on, however, and Louisville leads 8-2.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Eighth Inning: Dylan Swift retired Louisville in order. Read that again. Dylan Swift retired the side in order. Two scoreless innings for the catcher. Louisville lead 8-0.

UPDATE, End of the Seventh Inning: Michael Basil managed a two-out single, but that was it for the Hoosiers in the seventh. Still 8-0 Louisville.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Seventh Inning: For as ugly as today has been, the last inning has been worth it. Catcher Dylan Swift, who might be the best quote I’ve ever interviewed, came on to pitch in relief and put two batters on but then struck out the next two with a fastball that couldn’t have touched 80. And just as he was striking out the second guy, Tijan Jobe walked into Sembower Field. No, I’m not making that up. Louisville still leads 8-0.

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UPDATE, End of the Sixth Inning: The Hoosiers go down in order with three straight flyouts and Louisville still leads 8-0. Catcher Dylan Swift is in to pitch for Indiana. Ty Downing is behind the plate now.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Sixth Inning: Eric Kartman is settling in — not that it matters, of course — and retired three straight in the sixth. It’s the first time Louisville has gone down in order in this game. The Cardinals lead 8-0.

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UPDATE, End of the Fifth Inning: The Hoosiers still haven’t scored. Catcher Dylan Swift drew a walk, but third baseman Dustin DeMuth grounded to a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. IU trails Louisville, 8-0.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Fifth Inning: Louisville had its quietest inning since the second, managing only a two-out single. The Cardinals still lead 8-0.

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UPDATE, End of the Fourth Inning: The Hoosiers got two hits in the fourth but didn’t turn it into anything. Shortstop Michael Basil grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end it. Louisville still leads 6-0.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Fourth Inning: Indiana keeps digging it self a bigger hole. Reliever Eric Kartman walked two batters after an out to start the inning, then shortstop Alex Chittenden singled to right to score a run. First baseman Ryan Seiz was trying to go from first to third on the play and IU second baseman Micah Johnson tried to throw him out. Johnson’s throw bounced off Seiz’s leg and went into the dugout, allowing another run to score, putting Louisville up 8-0.

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UPDATE, End of the Third Inning: Louisville reliever Gabriel Shaw hit IU catcher Dylan Swift with a pitch to begin the inning, but then retired the next three batters to end the inning. Louisville still leads 6-0.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Third Inning: The third got ugly for Indiana. Real ugly. Starter Tyler Thicke walked two of the first three hitters he faced, and was pulled in favor of lefty Drew Leininger. Leininger walked the first batter he faced, then surrendered a two-run double to first baseman Ryan Seiz. Two batters later, left fielder Drew Haynes singled up the middle to drive another run home. Center fielder Adam Engel followed with a chopper to short that handcuffed shortstop Michael Basil. He tried to make a quick throw but missed wide of the bag to allow another run to score. Leininger then threw a wild pitch to allow another runner to score, and the Cardinals took a 6-0 lead to the bottom of the third.

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UPDATE, Bottom of the Second Inning: Louisville’s Matt Koch also had an easier second inning, retiring the Hoosiers in order and recording two strikeouts. Louisville leads 1-0.

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UPDATE, Middle of the Second Inning: Louisville center fielder Adam Engel reached on a two-out push bunt and went to second on a balk, but was stranded. The Cardinals still lead 1-0.

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UPDATE, End of the First Inning: Indiana put two runners on to start the inning, as third baseman Dustin DeMuth was hit by a pitch and center fielder Justin Cureton singled to right. However, Micah Johnson’s bunt didn’t work and DeMuth was thrown out at third. Left fielder Alex Dickerson then grounded to first and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin grounded to first to end the inning.

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UPDATE, Middle of the First Inning: Tyler Thicke’s day started badly, but it could’ve been much worse. He walked two batters and surrendered two singles in the first, but Louisville managed just one run out of that. Catcher J.J. Ethel hit a sacrifice fly to left to score center fielder Adam Engel from third base to give Louisville a 1-0 lead, but the Cardinals stranded the bases loaded.

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It’s the last game of the year at Sembower Field and it’s cold. Today’s isn’t the most meaningful game in the world, as the Hoosiers have virtually no chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but they have momentum coming off this weekend’s sweep of Michigan State and a win could help them carry it into the final Big Ten series of the weekend at Illinois.

It’s the final home game for Wes Wilson, T.C. Knipp, Brian Lambert, Matt Carr, Dylan Swift and all-time hit leader Jerrud Sabourin. The lineups follow.

Louisville (26-26)

1. Adam Engel, cf (.193, 4 RBI)

2. Jeff Gardner, dh (.259 1 HR, 5 RBI)

3. Ryan Wright, 2b (.317, 9 HR, 39 RBI)

4. Stewart Ijames, rf (.257, 11 HR, 43 RBI)

5. J.J. Ethel, c (.282, 2 HR, 18 RBI)

6. Cade Stallings, 3b (.228, 2 HR, 18 RBI)

7. Ryan Seiz, 1b (.254, 2 HR 14 RBI)

8. Alex Chittenden, ss (.206, 14 RBI)

9. Drew Haynes, lf (.248, 16 RBI)

P-Matt Koch, rhp (4-5, 3.82 ERA, 42 k’s in 61 1/3 IP)

Indiana (30-21)

1. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.368, 23 RBI)

2. Justin Cureton, cf (.302, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

3. Micah Johnson, 2b (.330, 2 HR, 31 RBI)

4. Alex Dickerson, lf (.360, 8 HR, 47 RBI)

5. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.293, 1 HR, 26 RBI)

6. Wes Wilson, rf (.281, 5 HR, 23 RBI)

7. Michael Basil, ss (.270, 4 HR, 22 RBI)

8. Dillon Dooney, dh (.189, 1 HR, 6 RBI)

9. Dylan Swift, c (.130, 6 RBI)

P-Tyler Thicke, lhp (0-0, 3.52 ERA, 4 k’s in 7.2 IP)