Michigan State at Indiana, Game 3

Top 9th: Luke Harrison retired the side 1-2-3, striking out Ryan Krill to end the game. The Hoosiers have won 13 of 14 and improve to 25-11 overall, 11-1 in the Big Ten.

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Bottom 8th: Casey Rodrigue ripped a one out double off the left field wall, Kyle Schwarber drew an intentional walk and Michigan State ┬ástarter Cam Vieaux came out of the game for reliever Jake Lowery. Sam Travis pounded the first pitch Lowery threw deep to the left center field gap where it one-hopped the wall for a two-run double. Scott Donley followed with a single to left and Travis scored on an aggressive wave around. That was the end of Lowery’s day. IU didn’t score again, but the Hoosiers go to the ninth with a 4-1 lead and a chance for a sweep.

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Top 8th: Anthony Cheky drew a walk and stole second base and Jimmy Pickens was intentionally walked with two outs in the eighth, but Luke Harrison struck out Joel Fisher to get out of the inning unscathed. Game still tied 1-1.

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Bottom 7th: Dustin DeMuth reached with a one out double to the left center field gap in the seventh and Brad Hartong followed with a walk, but Cam Vieaux struck out Will Nolden and got Nick Ramos to fly to right field to end the inning. Game still tied 1-1.

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Top 7th: Brian Korte started to lose control of his pitches in the seventh, giving up two walks and a single to load the bases with one out. Tracy Smith removed Korte for right-handed reliever Luke Harrison, who got MSU second baseman Johnny Nate to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning on the second pitch he threw. Game still tied 1-1. Korte will take a no decision after 6 1/3 innings in which he struck out four and allowed four hits and four walks.

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Bottom 6th: Cam Vieaux keeps cruising as well. He retired the Indiana side 1-2-3 in the sixth. Game still tied 1-1.

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Top 6th: Brian Korte has now faced the minimum in each of the last five innings with all three Michigan State baserunners in those innings having been erased via pickoff or caught stealing. He retired Michigan State 1-2-3 in the sixth on 10 pitches and has just 75 through six. Game still tied 1-1.

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Bottom 5th: Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the fifth, and Cam Vieaux has thrown just 58 pitches. Game still tied 1-1.

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Top 5th: Brian Korte struck out the first two batters he faced in the fifth, then got Justin Hovis to ground out to end the inning on a total of seven pitches. After throwing 30 pitches in the first inning, he’s thrown just 35 in the four innings since. Game tied 1-1.

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Bottom 4th: Scott Donley reached with a one-out single, but Cam Vieaux otherwise retired Indiana in order in the fourth. Game still tied 1-1.

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Top 4th: MSU’s Cam Gibson reached with a one out single, but tried stealing with two outs and was thrown out oversliding the bag. Game still tied 1-1.

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Bottom 3rd: Indiana got on the board in the third thanks to a defensive miscue. Will Nolden drew a walk and shortstop Nick Ramos popped up to right field, but MSU right fielder Jimmy Pickens lost the ball in the sun. It fell in for a single and IU had runners on first and second. Tim O’Conner bunted the runners to second and third and Casey Rodrigue brought in Nolden with a groundout to second to tie the game 1-1.

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Top 3rd: MSU right fielder  Jimmy Pickens reached with a two-out single to left, but was picked off straying inexplicably far off the bag. Brian Korte faced the minimum and MSU still leads 1-0.

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Bottom 2nd: Cam Vieaux retired the Indiana side 1-2-3 again and has thrown just 22 pitches in two innings. MSU still leads 1-0.

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Top 2nd: Michigan State’s Ryan Krill drew a walk to start the second, but was later picked off by IU catcher Kyle Schwarber after straying too far off first base on a ball in the dirt. Korte got Johnny Nate to pop up a bunt and struck out MSU third baseman Justin Hovis to end the second. MSU still leads 1-0.

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Bottom 1st: Cam Vieaux struck out Casey Rodrigue on a 3-2 breaking ball to start the first, then got Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis to ground out to end the first. MSU still leads 1-0.

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Top 1st: Brian Korte gave up a run before he got an out in the first, but did calm down after that to avoid further damage. MSU center fielder Anthony Cheky worked an eight-pitch walk to start the game and designated hitter Blaise Salter followed that by ripping a double into the right center field gap on the first pitch he saw to score Cheky from first. MSU left fielder Cam Gibson would reach on an infield single, but Korte stranded Gibson and Salter on base. Still, it took Korte 30 pitches to get through the first. Michigan State leads 1-0.

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Game 3 of Indiana’s series with Michigan State starts at 1:05 p.m. Lineups follow.

Michigan State (20-16, 5-6)

1. Anthony Cheky cf (.298, 26 runs, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

2. Blaise Salter, dh (.348, 20 runs, 4 HR, 33 RBI)

3. Jimmy Pickens, rf (.331, 3 HR, 23 RBI)

4. Joel Fisher, c (.239, 3 HR, 18 RBI)

5. Cam Gibson, lf (.290, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

6. Ryan Richardson, ss (.259, 14 RBI)

7. Ryan Krill 1b (.240, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

8. Johnny Nate 2b (.211, 7 RBI)

9. Justin Hovis, 3b (.113, 3 RBI)

P-Cam Vieaux, lhp (5-2, 1.62 ERA, 26 K’s in 39 IP)

Indiana (24-11, 10-1)

1. Casey Rodrigue, 2b (.295, 28 runs, 15 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.345, 34 runs, 6 HR, 21 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.366, 5 HR, 35 RBI)

4. Scott Donley, dh (.295, 4 HR, 30 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.375, 5 HR, 15 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong, lf (.256, 2 HR, 12 RBI)

7. Will Nolden, rf (.272, 11 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.206, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.167, 7 RBI)

P-Brian Korte, lhp (0-0, 1.93 ERA, 9 K’s in 14 IP