Northwestern at Indiana, Game 1

Top 9th: Northwestern third baseman Nick Linne reached on an error to start the inning, but closer Ryan Halstead retired the next three batters to give the Hoosiers a 3-1 win. They improve to 37-10 overall, 14-5 in the Big Ten.

Bottom 8th: Michael Basil drew a walk and third baseman Dustin DeMuth singled with one out, but right fielder Tim O’Conner struck out and Chad Clark flied to center to end the inning. IU still leads 3-1 heading to the ninth.

Top 8th: Brian Korte came in for Luke Harrison after Harrison gave up a one-out single and retired both batters he faced. IU still leads 3-1.

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Bottom 7th: Catcher Kyle Schwarber drew a two-out walk, but Sam Travis struck out to end the inning. IU still leads 3-1.

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Top 7th: Scott Effross hit a batter to start the seventh and came out shortly after. Reliever Luke Harrison walked a batter, but also got a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. IU still leads 3-1.

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Bottom 6th: Indiana took the lead back in the sixth, but missed an opportunity to blow the game open. Catcher Kyle Schwarber led off the inning with a double and first baseman Sam Travis singled him to third. Designated hitter Scott Donley ripped a double to right to score Schwarber and put runners on second and third. That hit chased righthander Luke Farrell from the game in favor of Reed Mason. Mason’s first pitch was a wild pitch that scored Travis from third. Mason walked Michael Basil and Dustin DeMuth to load the bases, but struck out Casey Smith and got Chad Clark to ground to a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning. IU takes a 3-1 lead, however.

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Top 6th: Back-to-back doubles by Northwestern catcher Scott Heelan and pinch-hitter Jack Livingston tied the game at 1-1. However, Scott Effross struck out the last two batters of the inning to make sure the damage wasn’t worse. 1-1.

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Bottom 5th: Indiana finally got on the board in the fifth after missing badly on a scoring opportunity. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth led off with a double but was thrown out trying to score from home on a grounder to short by second baseman Chad Clark. Center fielder Justin Cureton followed with a single to right field, however, that sent Clark to third. Right fielder Will Nolden singled to left to score Clark, though Cureton was thrown out at third to end the inning. IU leads 1-0.

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Top 5th: Scott Effross recorded a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth. Game is still scoreless.

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Bottom 4th: After a single by Will Nolden and a walk to Kyle Schwarber to start the fourth, IU tried to manufacture a run by using 3-hole hitter Sam Travis to bunt. Northwestern’s Luke Farrell made a play on the ball, though, and threw out Nolden at third base. Scott Donley grounded out to first to move Schwarber and Travis to second and third, but Michael Basil lined out to short to end the inning. The game is still scoreless.

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Top 4th: Scott Effross is handling his assignment fairly well so far. He gave up a two-out single to Northwestern third baseman Nick Linne, but he struck out Walker Moses to end the inning. Game is still scoreless.

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Bottom 3rd: Luke Farrell has been overwhelming at this point for Northwestern. He’s struck out six batters through three innings and has faced the minimum nine hitters. Scoreless through 3.

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Top 3rd: Joey DeNato gave up a leadoff double and that was enough for Tracy Smith to decide that his day should be done. Smith pulled DeNato before he’d given up a run and brought Scott Effross onto the mound. Effross managed to retire the first three batters he faced, and it’s still scoreless.

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Bottom 2nd: Luke Farrell has already struck out four Indiana batters and retired the first six hitters he faced. Scoreless through 2.

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Top 2nd: DeNato gave up a pair of singles in the second and faced runners on first and third, but NU shortstop Trevor Stevens lined to second base and Chad Clark leaped in the air to save a run. The game is still scoreless, but DeNato has already thrown 48 pitches in two innings.

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Bottom 1st: Luke Farrell struck out Will Nolden and Sam Travis and got Kyle Schwarber to ground out to first on a 3-0 pitch to end the first. Scoreless through 1.

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Top First: Joey DeNato threw 27 pitches in the first inning, giving up a walk and a single, but still got out of it unscathed. Scoreless after a half.

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Kyle Schwarber’s back behind the plate for the first game if the IU-Northwestern series. It’s his first game catching since injuring his knee on April 6. Lineups follow.

NORTHWESTERN (21-21 overall, 8-13 in the Big Ten)

1. Trevor Stevens, ss (.256, 35 runs, 1 HR, 14 RBI)

2. Kyle Ruchim, cf (.350, 2 HR, 23 RBI)

3. Zach Morton, 2b (.289, 1 HR, 29 RBI)

4. Jack Harvey, 1b (.336, 2 HR, 22 RBI)

5. Scott Heelan, c (.359, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

6. Jack Mitchell, dh (.221, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

7. Jack Quigley, rf (.273)

8. Nick Linne, 3b (.141, 8 RBI)

9. Walker Moses, lf (.264, 16 RBI)

P-Luke Farrell, rhp (3-2, 1.60 ERA, 72 K’s in 73 1/3 IP)

INDIANA (36-10, 13-5)

1. Will Nolden, rf (.315, 17 runs, 10 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.391, 12 HR, 40 RBI)

3. Sam Travis, 1b (.295, 6 HR, 36 RBI)

4. Scott Donley, dh (.366, 4 HR, 47 RBI)

5. Michael Basil, ss (.310, 3 HR, 33 RBI)

6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.398, 4 HR, 33 RBI)

7. Casey Smith, lf (.316, 5 HR, 27 RBI)

8. Chad Clark, 3b (.248, 28 RBI)

9. Justin Cureton, cf (.227, 49 runs, 1 HR, 14 RBI)

P-Joey DeNato, lhp (7-1, 2.75 ERA, 61 K’s in 68 2/3 IP)