Morehead State at Indiana, Game 3

Bottom 9th: Indiana made a play at a comeback. Ricky Alfonso and Kyle Schwarber singled, Sam Travis drew a walk and Scott Donley ripped a grand slam over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 8-7. Dustin DeMuth drew a walk to put the winning run on base, but Brad Hartong grounded out to short to end it. Morehead State wins 8-7 to snap Indiana’s winning streak at nine games.


Top 9th: Scott Effross retired Morehead State 1-2-3 in the ninth. The Hoosiers still trail 8-3 heading into their final at-bats.


Bottom 8th: IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth singled in the eighth and took second on an errant pickoff throw but was stranded. Indiana trails 8-3 and has just one run since the first.


Top 8th: Morehead State barely touched Luke Harrison through his first four innings of relief, but they got to him in the eighth. After getting a groundout to start the inning, Harrison gave up back-to-back singles then a two-run double to left fielder Nick Newell on a gap shot to left center field. Scott Effross came on and got back-to-back ground balls, but MSU center fielder Clayton Meyer beat out the second one for a single and Morehead State took an 8-3 lead.


Bottom 7th: Kyle Schwarber reached with a two-out double and went to third on a wild pitch, but Sam Travis lined out to left to end the seventh. Indiana still trails 5-3.


Top 7th: Luke Harrison gave up a two-out single in the seventh, but Brandon Rawe was caught stealing to end the inning. Morehead State still leads 5-3.


Bottom 6th: Indiana is still struggling to get the bats going. Morehead State reliever Tyler Keele struck out the first two batters he faced and then got Chad Clark to pop out to end the sixth. Morehead State still leads 5-3.


Top 6th: Luke Harrison keeps attacking. He struck out two more batters in the sixth and already has six strikeouts in three innings. He’s ¬†thrown 35 pitches, 29 of them strikes. Morehead State still leads 5-3.


Bottom 5th: Indiana center fielder Tim O’Conner led off the fifth with a single and eventually scored when left fielder Scott Donley’s grounder to short was bobbled by MSU shortstop Robby Spencer. Indiana cut Morehead State’s lead to 5-3.


Top 5th: Luke Harrison is not messing around. He struck out two more batters in the fifth. he gave up an infield single but otherwise retired the side in order. MSU still leads 5-2.


Bottom 4th: Scott Donley singled and Chad Clark drew a walk, but that was all the offense the Hoosiers could muster in the fourth. Morehead State leads 5-2.


Top 4th: Trying to provide the antidote for IU’s pitching woes early on, Luke Harrison entered the game in the fourth and threw eight straight strikes to start his outing before throwing a breaking ball in the dirt as a chase pitch. He struck out the first two batter he faced on three pitches, then got the third to fly to center to end the inning. Morehead State still leads 5-2.


Bottom 3rd: Casey Rodrigue started the third with a single, but Kyle Schwarber popped up and Sam Travis grounded into a double play to end it. Morehead State leads 5-2.


Top 3rd: Morehead State third baseman Jeff Birkofer hit a two-out single and left fielder Nick Newell threatened to send him home with a shot to the right center field gap, but IU center fielder Tim O’Conner made a diving play on it to end the inning. Morehead State leads 5-2.


Bottom 2nd: Chad Clark ripped a two-out double down the left field line, but he was the only baserunner in the second. Morehead State leads 5-2.


Top 2nd: After Will Coursen-Carr walked the first batter he faced in the second, Tracy Smith decided he’d seen enough already and took him out. He ¬†put in Evan Bell and Evan Bell didn’t have an easier time. He hit the first batter he faced then walked the second and allowed designated hitter Bobby Burns to take third base and then home on wild pitches. Clayton Meyer then ripped a double over the center field to bring home a run, shortstop Robby Spencer drove in a run with an RBI groudnout and first baseman Kane Sweeney hit a bomb over the center field fence to give Morehead State a 5-2 lead.


Bottom 1st: Casey Rodrigue led off the first with a single and catcher Kyle Schwarber followed by ripping an 0-1 pitch opposite field over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Indiana leads 2-0 after one.


Top 1st: Will Coursen-Carr looked a little wild in his first inning, walking the first batter he faced and throwing a wild pitch off the backstop, but he still retired the other three batters he faced, striking out one to get out of the inning. Scoreless after a half inning.


Game 3 of the Morehead State at Indiana starting at 1:05 p.m. Lineups follow.

Morehead State (16-18)

1. Robby Spencer ss (.326, 2 HR, 19 RBI)

2. Kane Sweeney, 1b (.268, 4 HR, 23 RBI)

3. Brandon Rawe, rf (.419, 5 HR, 29 RBI)

4. Chris Robinson, c (.358, 1 HR, 25 RBI)

5. Bobby Burns, dh (.345, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

6. Jeff Birkofer, 3b (.337, 10 RBI)

7. Nick Newell, lf (.275, 2 HR, 13 RBI)

8. Blaine Tanner 2b (.228, 10 RBI)

9. Clayton Meyer, cf (.188, 2 RBI)

P-Willie Sligh, (0-3, 11.14 ERA, 13 K’s in 21 IP)

Indiana (21-10)

1. Casey Rodrigue, 2b (.308, 28 runs, 14 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber c (.346, 33 runs, 5 HR, 21 RBI)

3. Sam Travis, 1b (.381, 5 HR, 35 RBI)

4. Scott Donley, lf, (.296, 3 HR, 26 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.409, 5 HR, 15 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong, rf (.308, 2 HR, 14 RBI)

7. Austin Cangelosi, dh (.333, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

8. Chad Clark, ss (.167, 2 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner, cf (.167, 8 RBI)

P-Will Coursen-Carr, lhp (2-2, 3.03 ERA, 18 K’s in 32 2/3 IP)