Michigan at Indiana, Game 2

Top 9th: Brian Korte gave up a bunt single and a walk and right-hander Jake Kelzer walked the only better he faced, so the Hoosiers went to bullpen glue guy Scott Effross to finish it off. He gave up a single to Kyle Jusick to make it 5-1, but then got Carmen Benedetti to pop up to third base, Ramsey Romano to fly out to right field and Harrison Wenson to strikeout to end the game. IU wins 5-1.


Bottom 8th: Alex Lakatos struck out all three batters he faced in relief in the eighth. IU leads 5-0 going into the ninth.


Top 8th: IU went to the bullpen in the eighth after seven scoreless by Kyle Hart. Right-hander Luke Harrison got two outs before giving up a single to Michigan second baseman Eric Jacobson. Left-hander Brian Korte came on to face the left-hander Travis Maezes and struck him out to end the inning. IU leads 5-0.


Bottom 7th: Donnie Eaton induced groundouts from Brad Hartong and Dustin DeMuth and struck out Will Nolden with a wicked backdoor breaking ball. IU still leads 5-0.


Top 7th: Kyle Hart issued a walk, with two outs, but otherwise cruised through the seventh. Brad Hartong made an outstanding play in right to catch a ball that was heading out of play, and IU still leads 5-0.


Bottom 6th: Kyle Schwarber drew a walk and stole second base (just because he can) but Michigan’s Donnie Eaton retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. IU still leads 5-0.


Top 6th: Kyle Hart got through the sixth on seven pitches. He picked up his seventh strikeout in the process. IU leads 5-0.


Bottom 5th: Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth tripled to open the fifth, chasing Michigan left-hander Evan Hill for the game in favor of Donnie Eaton. DeMuth would be stranded however. Michigan brought the infield and outfield in, and IU left fielder Casey Smith’s lineout to center field was a tad to shallow for his father to be comfortable sending DeMuth in from third. Tim O’Conner and Nick Ramos struck out to end the inning. IU still leads 5-0.


Top 5th: Hart retired Michigan’s hitters 1-2-3 in the third, picking up his sixth strikeout on another breaking ball to end the inning. IU leads 5-0.


Bottom 4th: Michigan left-hander Evan Hill retired the first two batters of the fourth, but IU got to him after that. Casey Rodrigue singled through the left side of the infield and then stole second base. Kyle Schwarber walked, then IU first baseman Sam Travis ripped a single up the middle to score Rodrigue. Michigan center fielder Jackson Glines tried to throw out Schwarber going to third and threw wide of the bag, allowing Schwarber to score and Travis to go to third. Scott Donley walked but, IU’s Brad Hartong grounded out to end the inning. IU leads 5-0.


Top 4th: Kyle Hart walked the second batter he faced but got Michigan designated hitter Kyle Jusick to ground into a 6-3 double play to end the inning. IU still leads 3-0.


Bottom 3rd: Indiana got a double from designated hitter Scott Donley and a single from right fielder Brad Hartong with one out. Hartong took second on Michigan’s throw home. Donley was thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch third strike to IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth, but Hartong moved to third base and DeMuth reached. Hartong scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 IU. DeMuth went all the way from first to third, but was stranded when Casey Smith flew to center field to end the inning. IU leads 3-0.


Top 3rd: Kyle Hart picked up another strikeout with his curveball to start the inning. After giving up a single up the middle, he got the next two hitters to fly out to end the inning. IU leads 2-0.


Bottom 2nd: After disastrous attempts at small ball on Friday, Indiana scored a pair of runs with that approach in the bottom of the second on Saturday. Right fielder Brad Hartong and third baseman Dustin DeMuth led off the inning with singles. Left fielder Casey Smith put down a perfect bunt down the first base line to move them over. Hartong scored on a slow rolling grounder by center fielder Tim O’Conner. After shortstop Nick Ramos walked, DeMuth came home on a liner up the middle by IU second baseman Casey Rodrigue. Michigan’s Eric Jacobson made an excellent play on the ball and it was a close play at second where he tried to force Ramos, but IU got the call and DeMuth scored to make it 2-0 IU.


Top 2nd: Kyle Hart gave up a leadoff double down the left field line by Michigan right fielder Jackson Lamb. After that, however, he struck out the next three batters, mostly working with his curveball to get out of the inning. Scoreless through 1 1/2.


Bottom 1st: Casey Rodrigue led off the inning by ripping a double down the left field line. Catcher Kyle Schwarber’s pop up down the third base line fell just inside the line between the Michigan left fielder and the third baseman, but Rodrigue had to hold at second. IU first baseman Sam Travis grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and designated hitter Scott Donley struck out to end the inning with Rodrigue stranded on third. Scoreless through one.


Top 1st: Kyle Hart walked Travis Maezes to start the inning and Maezes went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cronenworth. However, Hart picked Maezes off at second and struck out Jackson Glines to end the inning. Scoreless through a half.


Game 2 of Indiana’s series with Michigan is set to start at 2:05 p.m. Lineups follow.

Michigan (8-13-1)

1. Travis Maezes, ss (.318, 14 runs, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7 SB)

2. Jacob Cronenworth, lf (.197, 10 runs, 9 RBI)

3. Jackson Glines, cf (.346, 14 runs, 13 RBI)

4. Jackson Lamb, rf (.263, 1 HR, 8 RBI)

5. Kyle Jusick, dh (.300, 9 RBI)

6. Kendall Patrick, 1b (.241, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

7. Ramsey Romano, 3b (.274, 4 RBI)

8. Harrison Wenson, c (.200, 1 RBI)

9. Erick Jacobson, 2b (.000)

P- Evan Hill, lhp (1-2, 4.40 ERA, 22 K’s in 30 2/3 IP)

Indiana (11-8)

1. Casey Rodrigue, 2b (.312, 15 runs, 9 RBI, 8 SB)

2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.316, 19 runs, 3 HR, 10 RBI)

3. Sam Travis, 1b (.347, 12 runs, 16 RBI)

4. Scott Donley, dh (.224, 13 RBI)

5. Brad Hartong, rf (.235, 2 RBI)

6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.317, 1 HR, 5 RBI)

7. Casey Smith, lf (.170, 2 RBI)

8. Tim O’Conner, cf (.148, 2 RBI)

9. Nick Ramos, ss (.194, 5 RBI)

P-Kyle Hart, lhp (2-1, 2.59 ERA, 16 K’s in 24 1/3 IP)


One comment

  1. Who did Geoff, Harv, pick to win it all? I went with Iowa St.

    Luke Hancock gets angry- at himself, at Van Treese, at Russ Smith.

    Seeing Calbert be so happy on StL’s bench is nice to witness. He’s a good guy on a good coaching staff.

    Update- everyone on Louisville yells at Van Treese

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