Indiana vs. Austin Peay, NCAA Tournament

Top 9th: Ryan Halstead put a runner on in the ninth but also struck out a pair of batters. IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth chased down a foul pop up to end it and Indiana wins 6-1 to advance to the Super Regionals against Florida State in Tallahassee. More to come.

Bottom 8th: IU went down 1-2-3 in the eighth, but Hoosiers lead 6-1. Austin Peay down to its last three outs.

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Top 8th: Halstead pitched through another inning. One runner reached on an error, but he got three flyouts to get through it. Indiana still leads 6-1.

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Bottom 7th: Indiana hasn’t been able to do much against Tyler Rogers. Second baseman Chad Clark managed a single, but that was all the Hoosiers got in the bottom of the seventh. The Hoosiers still lead 6-1, however.

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Top 7th: Ryan Halstead followed his massive strikeout in the seventh with a strong eighth, striking out a pair of batters and retiring the side in order. IU leads 6-1.

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Bottom 6th: After surviving a tense situation in top half of the inning, IU caught a break in the sixth and re-established control. After loading the bases with a double by Will Nolden, walk by Kyle Schwarber and Scott Donley, IU scored two runs on an error by Austin Peay shortstop Reed Harper. Michael Basil grounded to short for what seemed like an easy play, but Harper double clutched and then threw wide of the bag, allowing Basil to reach and Nolden and Schwarber to score. IU leads 6-1.

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Top 6th:¬† It wasn’t a save situation in the traditional sense, but Iu coach Tracy Smith went to Ryan Halstead in the sixth when he absolutely needed the door shut. Austin Peay had loaded the bases with a pair of singles by Jordan Hankins and Reed Harper and a walk by Cody Hudson. That was enough to get Will Coursen-Carr off the mound. Luke Harrison came in and walked Michael Davis to allow the Governors to get on their board with the first run. Harrison struck out catcher P.J. Torres, but Smith opted not to mess around for the final out. Halstead came in and struck out pinch hitter Matt Wollenzin on five pitches. Indiana maintains a 4-1 lead.

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Bottom 5th: With runners on first and second, IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth gave the Hoosiers needed insurance with an RBI double down the first base line to bring home Scott Donley. The Hoosers stranded runners on second and third, but IU leads 4-0.

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Top 5th: Will Coursen-Carr got in a little bit of troubel in the fifth, but lucked out of it. With runners on first and second and one out, center fielder Dylan Riner lined back to the pitcher. Coursen-Carr turned and threw to second and was late there, but the runner at first was that far out that they still got him. Indiana leads 3-0.

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Bottom 4th: Will Nolden reached on a two-out error but otherwise, Indiana went down in order in the fourth. Hoosiers still lead 3-0.

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Top 4th:Will Coursen-Carr gave up a walk and let that runner go to second on a wild pitch but retired the other three batters he faced. He’s put zeroes on the board for the first four innings. Indiana leads 3-0.

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Bottom 3rd: Indiana was kind of robbed and kind of not in the third, but failed to score after beginning the inning with two singles. After Michael Basil struck out, third baseman hit a flare to center field. Austin Peay center fielder Dylan Riner dove at it, and umpires ruled that he caught it, though it appeared on replay that he trapped it. However, since it was ruled a catch, Indiana’s runners had to get back and it appeared Scott Donley was doubled off at first base. But the umpire didn’t rule it that way. That brought both coaches out to argue. However, the play stood as called. Casey Smith then struck out to end the inning. indiana still leads 3-0.

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Top 3rd: Will Coursen-Carr gave up a single to Brett Carlson, but also recorded a strikeout and retired the other three batters he faced. IU leads 3-0.

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Bottom 2nd: Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the second against Austin Peay right-hander Casey Delgado, back on the mound after starting last night’s game. IU still leads 3-0.

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Top 2nd: Justin Cureton just made one of the best plays I’ve ever seen in college baseball. With runners on first and second and one out, Austin Peay catcher P.J. Torres crushed a ball to the wall in the left-center field gap and it had every right to go over the wall for a three-run home run. However, Cureton scaled the wall and robbed him, then doubled Cody Hudson off first base to end the inning. Indiana still leads 3-0.

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Bottom 1st: Indiana’s offense continues to roll. Catcher Kyle Schwarber got things startedd with a mammoth home run to right field, his 17th of the season, which reached the hill beyond the right field wall. First baseman Sam Travis followed with a double to the left center field gap, then scored on a two-out single by shortstop Michael Basil. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth drew a walk and then left fielder Casey Smith found grass with¬† bloop single that scored Basil. Indiana leads 3-0.

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Top 1st: Austin Peay got a baserunner in the first when center fielder Dylan Riner reached on an error by third baseman Dustin DeMuth. However. AP third baseman Jordan Hankins grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Austin Peay first baseman Craig Massoni crushed the first pitch he saw from Will Coursen-Carr, but IU center fielder Justin Cureton went to the wall in center to get it 400 feet from home plate. Coursen-Carr only threw six pitches that inning, but it was interesting. Scoreless after a half.

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Indiana plays Austin Peay and can win the Bloomington Regional tonight. Lineups follow.

AUSTIN PEAY: 47-14

1. Dylan Riner, cf (.314, 37 runs, 24 RBI)

2. Jordan Hankins, 3b (.354, 11 HR, 54 RBI, 70 runs)

3. Craig Massoni, 1b (.391, 16 HR, 68 RBI, 59 runs)

4. Reed Harper, ss (.345, 7 HR, 59 RBI)

5. Cody Hudson, lf (.364, 3 HR, 40 RBI)

6. Michael Davis, dh (.268, 6 HR, 18 RBI)

7. P.J. Torres, c (.274, 7 HR, 35 RBI)

8. Tommy Hager, rf (.282, 12 runs, 6 RBI)

9. Brett Carlson, 2b (.220, 11 RBI)

P– Kevin Corey, rhp (2-1, 5.25 ERA, 9 k’s in 12 IP)

Indiana (45-14)

1. Will Nolden rf (.302, 11 RBI, 26 runs)

2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.374, 16 HR, 49 RBI, 57 runs)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.314, 9 HR, 51 RBi)

4. Scott Donley dh (.358, 4 HR, 56 RBi)

5. Michael Basil, ss (.311, 3 HR, 45 RBI)

6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.396, 5 HR, 39 RBI)

7. Casey Smith, lf (.310, 5 HR, 30 RBI)

8. Chad Clark 2b (.243, 1 HR, 32 RBi)

9. Justin Cureton, cf (.226, 1 HR, 15 RBi, 56 runs, 21 stolen bases)

P– Will Coursen-Carr, lhp (3-0, 1.81 ERA, 27 k’s in 49 2/3 IP)

7 comments

  1. Amazing…if you build it, they will come. Congrats IU Baseball! (Counting Crows song playing in my head, “Omaha!”)

  2. Hey this is the real Geoff. Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be rooting for IU down in Tallahassee…. despite the fact that I went to Mike Martin Baseball Camp 4 summers. I will say that there was nothing more exciting than watching Deion Sanders play college baseball – absolute lighting in a bottle. Hoping that my ESPN3 works next time IU plays.

    GO HOOSIERS!!!

  3. Phew!, Real Geoff. The suspense is over. We were up all night last night tossing, turning, and worrying about who you’d be rooting for. We know how big of a role that childhood baseball camps go in determining one’s lifetime allegiances, so I’m glad you’ve sweated it out and made the tough call to go with the Hoosiers. Relief!

    Deion was awesome. Like him better than Bo, myself. Where did the two-sport athlete go?

  4. See, I know these things Tom. I feel it’s my duty as a friend to keep y’all in the know. Two-sport athletes started getting phased out when the money became ridiculous. If teams are going to pay you that much (guaranteed $$) they want control. At least that’s my take.

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