Indiana State at Indiana

Top 9th: Evan Bell gave up a single to start the ninth and came out of the game for IU closer Scott Effross. Effross got the first hitter he faced to ground into a 4-6-3 double play and then struck out the last batter looking to end the game. Indiana takes a 8-4 victory to improve to 19-10 and extend its winning streak to seven games.


Bottom 8th: Indiana had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth and first baseman Sam Travis hit a ball outfield depth, but it was foul and it was short enough for Indiana State first baseman Manuel Estevez to get to it. He not only did that, but threw Tim O’Conner out at home trying to score. IU takes an 8-4 lead to the ninth.


Top 8th: After four effective innings of relief, IU right-hander Thomas Belcher gave up singles to the first two batters he faced in the eighth and came out for left-hander Sullivan Stadler. Stadler walked the only batter he faced and right-hander Evan Bell came on to try to get IU out of the inning. Catcher Mike Fitzgerald lined to center field and IU center fielder Tim O’Conner tried to make a diving play on it but couldn’t make the catch, allowing one run to score. Bell got the next two hitters to ground out, but both of those brought runs home to make it 8-4. Bell struck out the next hitter with a nasty curveball to get out of the inning. IU leads 8-4.


Bottom 7th: First baseman Sam Travis started a rally with a one-out single to left. Designated hitter Scott Donley grounded to first and ISU’s Manuel Estevez had a chance to turn two, but his throw went wide of second base and into the outfield to keep the inning alive. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth drew a walk and then left fielder Brad Hartong ripped a single to right to drive in two runs to make it 8-1. Will Nolden grounded to a 6-3 double play to end the inning, however.


Top 7th: Thomas Belcher continues to cruise. He picked up his third strikeout to start the seventh, gave up a single but then induced a 6-3 double play to get out of the inning. IU leads 6-1.


Bottom 6th: Indiana State managed its first 1-2-3 inning since the first, as Nick Ramos, Tim O’Conner and Casey Rodrigue went down in order. IU still leads 6-1.


Top 6th: Thomas Belcher struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 inning. He’s allowed just one base runner in three innings of relief. IU leads 6-1.


Bottom 5th: Casey Rodrigue singled up the middle to start the inning and then took second on a wild pitch. Kyle Schwarber lined a single to left that hung in the air and appeared catchable, forcing Rodrigue to hold and only take third base, but Schwarber took second on a throw to home. First baseman Sam Travis brought all three home with a fly ball to right field that just kept carrying and cleared the wall for a three-run homer. Scott Donley followed that with a double, but he would eventually be stranded on third after Indiana State’s Derek Hannah’s made a diving play on a grounder from IU’s Will Nolden and threw Nolden out at first on a controversial call. IU leads 6-1.


Top 5th: Cody Zimmerman managed a two-out single against Thomas Belcher, but that would be all the baserunners Indiana State would get in the fifth. IU still leads 3-1.


Bottom 4th: After a one-out single by third baseman Dustin DeMuth, Brad Hartong crushed an inside pitch over the left-field wall for a two-run homer to make it 3-1. Nick Ramos doubled but was stranded.


Top 4th: Thomas Belcher stepped in for the Hoosiers in relief and got through his first inning in just six pitches. Still tied 1-1.


Bottom 3rd: Tim O’Conner opened the inning with an infield single, but was caught stealing. Kyle Schwarber walked, but Sam Travis popped up to left to strand him. Score still 1-1.


Top 3rd: Indiana State’s Landon Curry and Jacob Hayes both reached with singles in the third. Curry moved to third base on a fly to center field by catcher Mike Fitzgerald, and Hayes stole a base to put runners on second and third with two out, but IU right fielder made a running catch on a fly ball to the gap by designated hitter Michael Eberle to end the inning. Still 1-1.


Bottom 2nd: Indiana State’s Ryan Keaffaber appeared to be out of the second when ISU third baseman Cody Zimmerman stabbed a hard grounder off the bat of Brad Hartong with two outs. His throw came up short and skipped past first baseman Manuel Estevez rolling deep into foul territory in right field and allowing Hartong to go to second. The next batter, Will Nolden, tagged a 1-0 pitch deep to the right center field gap for an RBI double to tie the score 1-1.


Top 2nd: Indiana State’s Manuel Estevez golfed a 1-2 pitch over the left center field wall to give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead. Brian Korte struck out the next ISU batter to get out of it without further damage.


Bottom 1st: Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the first on a flyout by Casey Rodrigue, strikeout by Kyle Schwarber and groundout by Sam Travis. Scoreless through one.


Top 1st: Brian Korte struck out the first two batters he faced in his first start of the season. He walked the next batter and should’ve been out of the inning on a grounder by Indiana State’s Mike Fitzgerald, but shortstop Nick Ramos botched it and put two runners on. Designated hitter Michael Eberle grounded back to the box, however, and Korte got out of the inning.



Indiana gets Indiana State in a rematch of a game the Hoosiers lost earlier this season. Lineups follow.

Indiana State (21-8)

1. Landon Curry cf (.274, 24 runs, 15 RBI)

2. Cody Zimmerman 3b (.325, 1 HR, 15 RBI)

3. Jacob Hayes rf (.289, 3 HR, 17 RBI)

4. Mike Fitzgerald c (.330, 3 HR, 17 RBI)

5. Michael Eberle, dh (.226, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

6. Tyler Wampler ss (.327, 8 RBI)

7. Tony Rosselli, lf (.269, 1 HR, 5 RBI)

8. Manuel Estevez 1b (.273, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

9. Derek Hannahs, 2b (.348, 20 RBI)

P-Ryan Keaffaber, lhp (0-0, 2.62 ERA, 13 K’s)

Indiana (18-10)

1. Casey Rodrigue, 2b (.308, 25 runs, 14 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber c (.333, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 27 runs)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.383, 19 runs, 2 HR, 26 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.275, 3 HR, 23 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.385, 4 HR, 13 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong, lf (.250, 1 HR, 6 RBI)

7. Will Nolden, rf (.271, 14 runs, 5 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.209, 9 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.151, 4 RBI)

P-Brian Korte, lhp (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 3 k’s in 7 IP)