Northwestern at Indiana baseball, game No. 2

FINAL: NORTHWESTERN 12, INDIANA 1. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 1:05 for IU’s Senior Day game.  NU’s Brandon Magallones with a route-going two-hitter and Jack Havey with a career-high six RBI. Kyle Schwarber homered for IU’s run.

END EIGHTH: Northwestern 12, Indiana 1. Three straight walks and a wild pitch restored Northwestern’s 10-run margin, then another run came home on a ground out. NU still batting.

END SEVENTH: Northwestern 10, Indiana 1. Kyle Schwarber blasted a no-doubter home run to right center that gets Indiana on the board. His 13th of the season.

END SIXTH: Northwestern 10, Indiana. NU senior Jack Havey now has a career-high six RBI after a 2-RBI ground single to center. Both men who scored reached base via walks. Hoosier pitchers have largely dug their own graves today.

END FIFTH: Northwestern 8, Indiana 0.  The nominal good news for Indiana fans is that the Hoosiers finally got a hit, a little grounder into center by Dustin DeMuth. But given how things have gone today, he was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second.

END FOURTH: Northwestern 8, Indiana 0. Scott Heelan drove a 2-run homer well over the left field wall in the fourth. IU’s biggest baseball deficit this season, if you were curious, was a 10-run hole in a loss to Georgia Southern. IU has yet to get a hit today.

END THIRD: Northwestern 6,  Indiana 0. Will Nolden threw a strike from right field to cut down Nick Linne at the plate to end the Northwestern 3rd. Perfect throw, with Kyle Schwarber doing a good job of blocking the plate and handling the collision at home. Wildcat starter Brandon Magallone, high school teammate at Providence Catholic and buddy of IU’s Sam Travis, retired the first eight Hoosiers he faced before hitting Justin Cureton with a pitch. But he promptly induced a fielder’s choice from Will Nolden to end the inning.

END SECOND: Northwestern 6, Indiana 0. IU’s Kyle Hart starts the Northwestern second with eight straight balls and gets pulled by Tracy Smith. Christian Morris on in relief. Zach Morris advanced the runner with a sac bunt. And Jack Havey then drilled a 2-RBI double to the right field corner.

END FIRST: Northwestern 4, Indiana 0. Northwestern immediately showed it meant business, with Trevor Stevens ripping the game’s second pitch down the left field line for a double. Three straight infield singles ensued, one pretty much a swinging bunt and another Jack Havey’s grounder in the shortstop hole with the bases loaded off a diving Michael Basil’s glove for two RBI. Then, with the runners moving, IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth chose to throw to second too late on a subsequent grounder, loading the bases for Scott Heelan, who promptly doubled to the fence in center for two more runs. IU starter Kyle Hart, pitching in tough luck, then buckled down with men on second and third and fanned two straight hitters and ended the inning with a pop-up to first. But the Wildcats had batted around by that time. And then the Hoosiers went out 1-2-3.

The No. 14 Hoosiers are looking to continue rolling in Big Ten play with Northwestern in town for a crucial series, IU’s final league home stand. We’ll have updates here and via Twitter at htograham.

4 comments

  1. Level with me Dustin. Does IU want to win the Big Ten and host a regional? This is really really embarrasing today and could very well cost iu both. Each game is precious and iu is not treating it that way right now. If DeNato and hart are going to be this bad against a mediocre team how does iu plan to do anything in the tourney? They didn’t look great last week either.

    This is unacceptable and someone needs to be held accountable.

  2. Oh i guess ur covering the game today Andy. In that case you can answer my question. Sorry wasn’t paying attention to the name at the top.

  3. 1st trip to BK field. Beautiful facility! Sorry I apparently brought the bad luck. Surely it will be better tomorrow. Too many walks. Wow.

  4. Mike:

    It was a bad day for the home team, sure, but that’s baseball. If their guy pitches great and you have a subpar day on the mound, these things can happen, no matter the comparative overall quality of the two teams playing.

    That’s why it was so unusual for IU to have the sort of streak it had earlier this year. No matter how good or bad a team is, winning or losing as many as 18-straight baseball games is very rare, because pitching is involved. This is still the same Indiana team that won 18 straight.

    Not saying it wasn’t bad for IU today. It was. The guys didn’t hit. Too many at-bats were squandered too easily. There is a lot on the line right now, too, obviously. But it’s just one loss in the standings and it’s a new day tomorrow.

    Even with two straight poor starts, IU managed to go 1-1 so far in the series, and Coach Smith (who obviously wasn’t particularly happy post-game) noted there is a silver lining in that DeNato and Hart are both going to get a little extra rest, not necessarily a bad thing at this point in a long season. Both guys have been nails pretty much all spring and there is no reason to think they won’t continue to be. Even the best pitchers occasionally have a bad outing. Same thing for even the best teams.

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