Indiana vs. Nebraska, Big Ten Championship

Top of the ninth: Jake Kelzer had a 1-2-3 inning to end it. IU sweeps the Big Ten titles for the second straight year with an 8-4 win.

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Bottom of the 8th: Indiana added a run on an RBI single by Casey Rodrigue to make it 8-4 going into the ninth.

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Rest of Top 8th: Jake Kelzer’s first pitch after the 42-minute lightning delay popped out of Kyle Schwarber’s glove for passed ball and allowed Lubach to go to third and Reveles to second. However, Ryan Boldt then grounded back to Kelzer to end the inning. IU still leads 7-4.

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Top 8th/Lightning Delay: Tanner Lubach opened the eighth with a single and went to second on a ground ball to first base by Austin Darby. Jake Kelzer struck out pinch hitter Blake Miller but then walked shortstop Steven Reveles. WIth the count 0-2 on Ryan Boldt, lightning was seen, and the game is now in delay.

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Bottom 7th: Zach Hirsch retired the Indiana side in order. IU still leads 7-4.

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Top 7th: Nebraska centerfielder Ryan Boldt opened the seventh with a double to the right center field gap and scored on a throwing error by Indiana’s Nick Ramos. However, Jake Kelzer stepped in and got the last two outs of the inning, stranding Nebraska’s Jake Placzek at third. IU still leads 7-4.

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Bottom 6th: Indiana got itself a cushion in the sixth. Brad Hartong drew a walk and Will Nolden bounced a single up the middle. Nick Ramos then lined a single to right to load the bases. An RBI groundout by Tim O’Conner made it 5-3. Casey Rodrigue then grounded to short and that was misplayed by Steven Reveles for an error to allow Nolden to come home. Kyle Schwarber then singled to right to bring in Ramos to make it 7-3 Indiana.

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Top 6th: Thomas Belcher entered in the sixth and got three ground balls to get out of the inning in eight pitches. IU leads 4-3.

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Bottom 5th: Kyle Schwarber crushed a 1-0 pitch over the bullpen into the right field stands for a solo home run to put Indiana up 4-3 in the fifth.

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Top 5th: Nebraska tied the game in the fifth. Nebraska center fielder Ryan Boldt led off with a single, third baseman Jake Placzek walked and left fielder Michael Pritchard laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Second baseman Pat Kelly hit a roller to second base that should have been a double play, however, it rolled through the legs of IU second baseman Casey Rodrigue to get into center field and allow two runs to score. Nebraska first baseman Blake Headley hit a ground ball to first base, but instead of going home with it, IU first baseman Sam Travis turned a 3-6-3 double play. Based on his reaction, he apparently thought he had ended the inning, but he had allowed Michael Pritchard to score, tying the game 3-3.

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Bottom 4th: Nick Ramos reached with one-out single, but IU center fielder Tim O’Conner grounded to a 6-4-3 double play to end the fourth. IU leads 3-0.

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Top 4th: Tanner Lubach and Austin Darby came through with one-out singles, but Brad Hartong made a running catch to retire now designated hitter Austin Christensen and Luke Harrison struck out Steven Reveles to get through the fourth unscathed. IU leads 3-0.

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Bottom 3rd: Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth came up with two-out singles and that was enough for Nebraska to pull starter Austin Christensen for right-hander Bob Greco, but Brad Hartong flew to right to end the inning. IU still leads 3-0.

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Top 3rd: Sullivan Stadler gave up a walk to Steven Reveless and a single to Nebraska center fielder Ryan Boldt to start the third. Luke Harrison came in, however and retired the next three batters he faced. Nebraska’s Jake Placzek laid down a bunt to move the runners to second and third. Michael Pritchard lined out to left, but it was too shallow to bring the run home. Pat Kelly grounded out to third to end the inning.

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Bottom 2nd: Will Nolden led off the second with a single to left, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Ramos, to third on a deep flyout by Nick Ramos and home on a wild pitch. Indiana leads 3-0.

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Top 2nd: Sullivan Stadler walked Tanner Lubach in the second, but retired the other two batters he faced. IU leads 2-0.

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Bottom 1st: Kyle Schwarber and Scott Donley drew first-inning walks and third baseman Dustin DeMuth drove a double to the gap to bring them both home, giving Indiana a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

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Top 1st: Sullivan Stadler issued a leadoff walk to Ryan Boldt, but got him out at second base when Nebraska third baseman Jake Placzek put too much on a bunt. Stadler later had Placzek picked off but threw high to first base and that was enough time for him to slip into second. However, he retired Michael Pritchard and Pat Kelly to get through the first. Scoreless.

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IU plays Nebraska for the Big Ten Tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament (which neither one of them actually need) at 2 p.m. Lineups follow.

Nebraska (40-18)

1. Ryan Boldt cf (.294, 40 runs, 2 HR, 30 RBI)

2. Jake Placzek 3b (.282, 42 runs, 25 RBI)

3. Michael Pritchard lf (.314, 43 runs, 3 HR, 46 RBI)

4. Pat Kelly 2b (.319, 35 runs, 4 HR, 54 RBI)

5. Blake Headley 1b (.326, 2 HR, 24 RBI)

6. Tanner Lubach c (.293, 3 HR, 26 RBI)

7. Austin Darby rf (.296, 3 HR, 35 RBI)

8. Designated Hitter (Nebraska doesn’t announce one until he bats)

9 Steven Reveles ss (.257, 31 runs, 16 RBI)

P-Austin Christensen, lhp (3-0, 3.21 ERA, 11 K’s in 14 IP)

Indiana (41-13)

1. Casey Rodrigue 2b (.279, 44 runs, 21 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber c (.336, 59 runs, 11 HR, 39 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.348, 50 runs, 10 HR, 53 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.312, 5 HR, 45 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.379, 5 HR, 34 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong lf (.320, 3 HR, 35 RBI)

7. Will Nolden rf (.299, 29 runs, 22 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.250, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.189, 17 RBI)

P-Sullivan Stadler lhp (2-1, 2.92 ERA, 18 K’s in 24 2/3 IP)

One comment

  1. Well, folks. Kids are up from their naps. It’s been a rainy morning, the sun is finally out, and with a 7-4 lead in the seventh, it’s hard to justify keeping them in the house any longer. (And quite frankly, of Indiana doesn’t hold on and win, I’m not sure I want to watch it.) Heading to the lake, so I’ll go ahead and be the first to congratulate our Hoosiers on another B1G sweep. Proud of boys. Go Hoosiers!

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