Illinois at Indiana, Game 3

Bottom 9th: Sam Travis was hit by a pitch to start the inning, but Indiana designated hitter Scott Donley bounced into a 4-6-3 double play. Dustin DeMuth struck out after a Michael Basil single to snap Indiana’s winning streak at 18 games.Illinois won 3-2 with starter Ryan Castellanos getting the win and closer Bryan Roberts getting the last five outs for the save.


Top 9th: Scott Effross allowed a two-out infield single but struck out Davis Hendrickson to end the inning. He’s thrown three shutout innings, but Illinois leads 3-2 going into the bottom half of the ninth.


Bottom 8th: Indiana went down 1-2-3 again in the bottom of the eighth and is three outs away from its first loss in 19 games. Illinois leads 3-2.


Top 8th: Great hustle play by IU shorstop Michael Basil made sure Illinois didn’t score in the eighth. Designated hitter Michael Hurwitz drew a walk to open the inning. Center fielder Justin Parr then put down a perfect bunt to third and beat it out for a single. DeMuth had charged and Basil had gone to second to cover that bag, so there was no one on third. Hurwitz tried to take the open base, but Basil actually outsprinted him from second to third, caught the throw from first baseman Sam Travis in stride and tagged Hurwitz out at third. Scott Effross retired the next two batters to end the inning.


Bottom 7th: Illinois reliever Tyler Jay stepped in in the seventh and had no problems, needing just four pitches to retire the Hoosiers in order. Illinois leads 3-2.


Top 7th: Scott Effross came in for Indiana in the 7th and retired Illinois in order. Illinois still leads 3-2.


Bottom 6th: First baseman Sam Travis reached when he was hit by a pitch, but the Hoosiers otherwise went down quietly in the sixth and are still down 3-2.


Top 6th: There’s apparenly a new NCAA baseball rule that says you can’t change a pitcher mid-count on the leadoff hitter in any inning. We know this because Indiana just tried. Tracy Smith pulled Aaron Slegers after throwing two balls to center fielder Justin Parr for Will Coursen-Carr. The umpiring crew remembered this rule after Coursen-Carr had thrown a few warm-up pitches and Slegers was forced back out to the mound. He gave up a single to Parr. First baseman Devid Kerian then grounded to first, but first baseman Sam Travis threw the ball away trying to force Parr at second base. Slegers then came out of the game for right-hander Christian Morris. Morris got shortstop Thomas Lindauer to ground to third, but Illinois third baseman Brandon Hohl followed with a sacrifice fly to give Illinois a 3-2 lead.  Will Coursen-Carr finally got into the game after that and immediately threw a wild pitch to put first baseman David Kerian on third base, but then Reid Roper, strangely bunting with two outs, popped the ball up all the way to the outfield green to end the inning.


Bottom 5th: Nick Ramos is only in the lineup because Kyle Schwarber is hurt. Indiana has missed Schwarber today, but Ramos just helped ease the pain of his absence. After a single by Chad Clark, the every day second baseman who is catching today, Ramos hit a two-run homer to right to tie the game 2-2.


Top 5th: Aaron Slegers gave up a single to catcher Josh Goldstein and a walk to right fielder Davis Hendrickson to start the inning but struckout left fielder Jordan Parr and got designated hitter Michael Hurwitz to ground to a 4-6-3 double play. Illinois still leads 2-0.


Bottom 4th: Indiana first baseman Sam Travis led off the inning with a single, but center fielder Scott Donley flew out to center field and shortstop Michael Basil grounded to third to get Travis forced at second. Basil was then caught trying to steal second base to end the inning. Illinois leads 2-0.


Top 4th: Illinois took its first lead of the series with a leadoff home run from center fielder Justin Parr. First baseman David Kerian then singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by IU catcher Chad Clark and scored on a sacrifice fly third baseman Brandon Hohl. Illinois leads 2-0.


Bottom 3rd: Second baseman Nick Ramos got on base with a one out single and went to third when Illinois made a throwing error on a bunt by IU center fielder Justin Cureton, but the Hoosiers ran themselves out of the inning. Left fielder Will Nolden flew out to shallow left and Ramos was thrown out trying to score. Scoreless through three.


Top 3rd: Illinois got two singles off Aaron Slegers in the third, but designated hitter Michael Hurwitz lined out to IU shortstop Michael Basil who doubled off Illinois left fielder Jordan Parr at first base to end the inning. Still scoreless.


Bottom 2nd: Indiana shortstop Michael Basil was hit by a pitch and was trying for third on a single by third baseman Dustin DeMuth, but Illinois right fielder Davis Hendrickson gunned him down with a laser of a throw from right field. IU right fielder Casey Smith grounded to first to end the inning.


Top 2nd: Aaron Slegers needed just six pitches to get through the second. Scoreless through 1 1/2.


Bottom 1st: Illinois’ pitcher Ryan Castellanos had no trouble in the first inning, setting Indiana down 1-2-3 in the first. Scoreless through one.


Top 1st: Aaron Slegers gave up a two-out single to Illinois center fielder Justin Parr, but otherwise cruised through the first. Scoreless headed into the bottom half.


Indiana is trying to pull off its third straight three-game sweep to start the Big Ten schedule and to extend its Division I-best 18-game winning streak. However, the Hoosiers will be doing so without catcher Kyle Schwarber, who sprained his knee sliding into home in Saturday’s game. Indiana is hopeful its leading hitter will return next week.

Lineups follow.

Illinois (18-9, 1-4 in the Big Ten)

1. Jordan Parr, lf (.286, 4 HR, 22 RBI)

2. Michael Hurwitz, dh (.312, 1 HR, 17 RBI)

3. Justin Parr, cf (.414, 1 HR, 29 RBI)

4. David Kerian, 1b (.364, 18 RBI)

5. Thomas Lindauer, ss (.305, 5 HR, 22 RBI)

6. Brandon Hohl, 3b (.293, 2 HR, 15 RBI)

7. Reid Roper, 2b (.250, 5 RBI)

8. Jason Goldstein, c (.222, 2 RBI)

9. Davis Hendrickson, rf (.225, 5 RBI)

P — Ryan Castellanos, rhp (0-0, 2.38 ERA, 9 k’s in 11 1/3 IP)

Indiana (25-3, 8-0)

1. Justin Cureton, cf (.243, 38 runs, 7 RBI)

2. Will Nolden, lf (.344, 8 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.323, 4 HR, 25 RBI)

4. Scott Donley, dh (.383, 3 HR, 37 RBI)

5. Michael Basil, ss (.327, 3 HR, 24 RBI)

6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.368, 1 HR, 18 RBI)

7. Casey Smith, rf (.310, 3 HR, 16 RBI)

8. Chad Clark, c (.237, 16 RBI)

9. Nick Ramos, 2b (.200, 3 RBI)

P — Aaron Slegers, rhp (5-0, 1.08 ERA, 27 k’s in 33 1/3 IP)


  1. Congrats to all the IU baseball players for an amazing streak. You will be that class that changes IU Baseball forever – making it a national powerhouse. Bravo, gentlemen…now let’s win the B1G!

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