Ball State at Indiana

Top 9th: Evan Bell struck out three batters in the ninth but still needed another out because one of those  hitters reached  on a wild pitch. Still, he got a flyout to end it and Indiana won 10-1. The Hoosiers have won 14 of their last 15.


Bottom 8th: Brian Willhite singled to start the eighth, but IU otherwise went down in order. Hoosiers take a 10-1 lead to the ninth.


Top 8th: Will Coursen-Carr took the mound for his first work since April 13 and struck out two batters in a shutout inning. IU still leads 10-1.


Bottom 7th: Indiana went down 1-2-3 in theb seventh, though Sam Travis appeared to have an infield single. Ball State’s Elbert Devarie made a diving play on the ball and got the benefit of the doubt at first in a 10-1 game. IU of course, leads.


Top 7th: Jake Kelzer gave up a pair of singles, but struck out two more hitters to get through the seventh unscathed. Indiana still leads 10-1.


Bottom 6th: Indiana send 15 men to the plate in the sixth. Twelve of them reached base and nine of them scored. Scott Donley walked to open the inning and third baseman Dustin DeMuth grounded to third for what appeared to be a tailor made double play ball, but Ball State third baseman Sean Kennedy’s throw was high, and both runners not only reached but advanced to second and third. Relief pitcher Jacob Brewer was brought in and catcher Brad Hartong crushed the second pitch he saw from him over the left field wall for a three-run home run. Will Nolden followed with a double and he advanced to third when Tim O’Conner struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Ricky Alfonso lined a single to center field to score Nolden. Casey Rodrigue flew out to center field, but catcher Kyle Schwarber’s RBI groundout brought in another run to make it 6-1. Pinch-hitter Brian Willhite and Dustin DeMuth drove in runs with RBI singles, then Hartong drove in both of them with a single to finish the inning with five RBI. That made it 10-1 Indiana heading into the seventh.


Top 6th: Luke Harrison stepped in for Sullivan Stadler in the sixth and retired the side in order. Game still tied 1-1.


Bottom 5th: IU’s Chad Clark singled to open the fifth and was bunted to second by Casey Rodrigue, but Kyle Schwarber struck out and Sam Travis grounded to second to end the inning. Game still tied 1-1.


Top 5th: Sullivan Stadler picked up his sixth strikeout in the fifth inning. He also walked a batter in Alex Call, but Call was thrown out stealing by Brad Hartong. Game still tied 1-1.


Bottom 4th: Ball State reliever Nestor Bautista cruised through the fourth, striking out Dustin DeMuth and Luke Cureton. Indiana has just one hit through four. Game tied 1-1.


Top 4th: Sullivan Stadler cruised through a 1-2-3 fourth inning with a pair of strikeouts. He’s thrown 66 pitches through four. Game still tied 1-1.


Bottom 3rd: Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis both grounded out and Scott Donley struck out in the third with Ball State lefty Clay Manering cruising through a 1-2-3 inning. Game still tied 1-1.


Top 3rd: Ryan Spaulding singled and Sean Godfrey reached on an error for Ball State in the third, but both were stranded. Game still tied 1-1.


Bottom 2nd: Chad Clark produced Indiana’s first hit with a two-out single, but was Indiana’s only baserunner in the second. Game tied 1-1.


Top 2nd: Ball State left fielder Kyle Raleigh crushed a no-doubt home run on a 3-2 pitch from Sullivan Stadler well over the right field wall to tie the game 1-1. Stadler struck out two of the other three batters he faced, and got the other to groundout, but Raleigh left no doubt off the bat.


Bottom 1st: Sam Travis created a run in the first on pure baserunning aggression. Travis was on first base with two outs when Scott Donley struck out on a wild pitch. The ball went all the way to the backstop which allowed Donley to reach and Travis to go to second. Travis, though, kept going to third, drawing a throw from BSU catcher Sam Tidaback that sailed over third baseman Sean Kennedy and in to left field. Travis scored to make it 1-0 even though the Hoosiers didn’t get a hit in the inning.


Top 1st: Ball State’s Sean Godfrey reached on an error by Chad Clark, but that was the only baserunner Sullivan Stadler allowed in the first. He struck out a batter as well and got out of the inning on 15 pitches. Scoreless through a half.


Indiana takes on Ball State in a midweek game starting at 6:05 p.m. Lineups follow.

Ball State (27-13)

1. Alex Call, rf (.328, 23 runs, 17 RBI)

2. Ryan Spaulding, 2b (.293, 30 runs, 5 HR, 26 RBI)

3. Sean Godfrey, cf (.324, 36 runs, 7 HR, 44 RBI)

4. T.J. Weir dh (.235, 3 HR, 17 RBI)

5. Sean Kennedy, 3b (.374, 21 runs, 12 RBI)

6. Kyle Raleigh, lf (.222, 2 HR, 10 RBI)

7. Alex Maloney, ss (.256, 2 HR, 21 RBI)

8. Caleb Stayton, 1b (.300, 4 HR, 28 RBI)

9. Sam Tidaback, c (.203, 2 HR, 8 RBI)

P-Clay Manering, lhp (1-3, 6.99 ERA, 28 K’s in 37 1/3 IP)

Indiana (25-11)

1. Casey Rodrigue, 2b (.294, 29 runs, 16 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber, rf (.338, 35 runs, 6 HR, 21 RBI)

3. Sam Travis, 1b (.362, 29 runs, 5 HR, 37 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.301, 4 HR, 31 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.371, 5 HR, 15 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong, c (.247, 2 HR, 12 RBI)

7. Will Nolden, cf (.266, 11 RBI)

8. Luke Cureton lf (.100)

9. Chad Clark, ss (.182, 2 RBI)

P-Sullivan Stadler, lhp (1-1, 5.11 ERA, 7 k’s in 12 1/3 IP)

One comment

  1. Crazy stat for IU pitching staff, they have only allowed 3 runs in the last 50 innings. That is THREE! Way to step up pitchers.

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