IU at Louisville

 Bottom 9th: Jake Kelzer hit Louisville’s Jeff Gardner with a pitch to start the inning and allowed a walk later in the inning, but Gardner was caught stealing and Kelzer induced a force play at second to end the inning. IU wins 7-2, improves to 36-12 and has now won 24 of its last 26 games.

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Top 9th: Indiana went into the ninth desperately in need of insurance runs. The Hoosiers got it, first in the firm of a chopped RBI groundout, then in the form of a 400-plus foot three-run homer. Right fielder Will Nolden reached with a one-out grounder up the middle that turned into an infield single. He went to second on an errant pickoff throw then to third when Nick Ramos singled to right. Center fielder Tim O’Conner took advantage of an infield at double play depth, hitting a high chopper that got just over pitcher Cole Sturgeon’s head, allowing Nolden to come in from third. O’Conner was out at first with an RBI groundout, but Casey Rodrigue extended the inning by drawing a walk. Kyle Schwarber then pummelled a 2-1 pitch over the batter’s eye in center field for a three-run homer and IU took a 7-2 lead.

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Bottom 8th: In a rarity, IU reliever Scott Effross failed to get through an inning. He surrendered a leadoff single to Mike White to start the eighth, then gave up an RBI single to left by Louisville center fielder Cole Sturgeon to make it 3-2. Louisville right fielder Collin Lyman bunted Sturgeon over to move the tying run to scoring position and Effross came out. However, Jake Kelzer got Louisville’s Grant Kay to ground out on the first pitch he threw to end the inning. IU still leads 3-2.

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Top 8th: Sam Travis, Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth were retired in order in the Indiana eighth. IU still leads 3-1.

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Bottom 7th: Alex Chittenden doubled to left with one out in the seventh, then scored on a single to left by pinch-hitter Kyle Gibson. Gibson was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the inning, but cut Indiana’s lead to 3-1.

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Top 7th: IU shortstop Nick Ramos singled to start the seventh, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tim O’Conner and to third on a groundout Casey Rodrigue, but Kyle Schwarber grounded to second to end the inning. IU still leads 3-0.

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Bottom 6th: Luke Harrison struck out the first two hitters he faced and got the third to ground out to short to end the inning. IU leads 3-0.

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Top 6th: Scott Donley led off the sixth by crushing a 1-2 offering from Kyle McGrath over the head of Louisville right fielder Colin Lyman that one-hopped the wall for a leadoff triple. After Dustin DeMuth walked, Brad Hartong flew out to right field to bring Donley home to make it 3-0 Indiana.

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Bottom 5th: Luke Harrison struck out the first two batters he faced in the fifth and got the third to ground out to end the inning. IU leads 2-0.

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Top 5th: Casey Rodrigue drew a leadoff walk after falling behind 0-2, but Kyle Schwarber flew out to center and Sam Travis grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the fifth. IU still leads 2-0.

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Bottom 4th: Sullivan Stadler hit Jeff Gardner with a 3-2 pitch to start the fourth, and Tracy Smith pulled him for Luke Harrison. Harrison got third baseman Alex Chittenden to groundout to shortstop, then got Danny Rosenbaum to line to third. Gardner strayed too far off second base and was doubled off. IU still leads 2-0.

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Top 4th: Brad Hartong and Will Nolden managed singles in the fourth, but Nick Ramos flied to right and Tim O’Conner grounded to third to end the inning. IU still leads 2-0.

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Bottom 3rd: Sullivan Stadler gave up a single to Cole Sturgeon but otherwise cruised through the third. Indiana still leads 2-0.

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Top 3rd: Sam Travis picked up a single to left in the third, but IU otherwise went down in order. The Hoosiers still lead 2-0.

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Bottom 2nd: Danny Rosenbaum managed a single to center, but Sullivan Stadler retired the other three hitters he faced and struck out the last one looking at a breaking ball. Sam Travis made another diving play to save a hit at first. IU leads 2-0.

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Top 2nd: Designated hitter Scott Donley and third baseman Dustin DeMuth led off the second with singles to right field, designated hitter Brad Hartong moved them over with a bunt down the first base line, and right fielder Will Nolden drove them both in by lining a single to right. IU takes a 2-0 lead after its half of the second.

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Bottom 1st: Sullivan Stadler issued a walk in the first but otherwise got through unscathed with three groundouts. Sam Travis made a diving play on a chopper down the line to rob Louisville’s Cole Sturgeon of a hit. Scoreless after 1.

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Top 1st: Drew Harrington got through the first inning on seven pitches, inducing groundouts from Casey Rodrigue, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis. Scoreless after a half.

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IU and Louisville prepare for their final regular season game this year at 6 p.m. Lineups follow.

Indiana (35-12)

1. Casey Rodrigue, 2b (.286, 39 runs, 17 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber c (.351, 53 runs, 9 HR, 31 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.371, 47 runs, 10 HR, 52 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.310, 5 HR, 41 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.393, 5 HR, 31 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong lf (.339, 3 HR, 32 RBI)

7. Will Nolden rf (.303, 23 runs, 16 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.225, 2 HR, 18 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.186, 13 RBI)

P-Sullivan Stadler, lhp (2-1, 3.37 ERA, 16 K’s in 21 1/3 IP)

Louisville (40-12)

1. Cole Sturgeon cf (.313, 46 runs, 2 HR, 26 RBI)

2. Collin Lyman, rf (.268, 21 runs, 16 RBI)

3. Grant Kay 1b (.291, 5 HR, 35 RBI)

4. Jeff Gardner, lf (.340, 7 HR, 58 RBI)

5. Alex Chittenden, 3b (.312, 1 HR, 22 RBI)

6. Danny Rosenbaum, dh (.311, 2 HR, 22 RBI0

7. Will Smith c (.233, 12 RBI)

8. Sutton Whiting, ss (.215, 40 runs, 30 SB, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

9. Zach Lucas, 2b (.255, 4 HR, 37 RBI)

P-Drew Harrington, lhp (3-0, 4.66 ERA, 27 K’s in 29 IP

6 comments

  1. Did you forget to post the bottom of the ninth or is it different rules south of the Ohio? Or different rules for sports coverage. The game that never ends…we play ’till the home team catches up. Add another W to the journalist four Ws Dustin….Wind it up, final score!!….What happened? Not a bad idea to tell the reader the outcome, especially when you were using descriptive words like ‘desperately’ (needed more runs). Did Louisville score six and you got depressed? Can’t hold my breath any longer!!!

  2. If Dustin’s favorite critic had a towel sucking addiction, could he tell Jerryatric Tsaokanion where to stuff it?

  3. Cute…but it was a fair complaint…you can’t leave it at top of the ninth and there I’m waiting to find out how we’ve done in a critical game. DD handled it well (and he’d agree with me), he simply completed the inning so his readers could have the outcome. No drama here.

  4. I’m just glad Dustin hadn’t choked on a hot dog while dodging a wicked foul ball…You obviously didn’t cover all the bases, Tsao.

    Death by ‘Ball Park’ at ball park. He was a frank and honest man…Rarely the hot dog type….He lived life as if the first inning was the bottom of the ninth…Ironic that it all had to end in the top half…He relished each and every day until a final deadline only the extra innings of eternity and a lodged piece of processed meat couldn’t ketchup. A Hoosier on the beat who just wanted to eat…until the very last bite.

  5. correction:

    ….until the very last bite, his joy, to bid Tsao a “goodnight.” Let’s play two!!

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