Michigan State vs. Indiana

Bottom of the ninth: Jake Kelzer gave up a one-out single, but then got Ryan Richardson to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end it. Indiana wins 7-4 and advances to play Nebraska in Sunday’s 2 p.m. final.

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Top 9th: Indiana loaded the bases when Tim O’Conner and Casey Rodrigue were hit by pitches and Kyle Schwarber singled. Sam Travis grounded to short with the bases loaded and O’Conner was retired at home, but Scott Donley ripped a two-run double over the right fielder’s head. The Hoosiers later added a run when Michigan State’s Chase Rihtarchik threw a wild pitch while intentionally walking Dustin DeMuth. Indiana leads 7-4 going to the bottom of the ninth.

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Bottom 8th: Scott Effross came on for Luke Harrison in the eighth. He got a flyout to start it, but Cam Gibson singled off him and then stole second base. With the count 0-2 to center fielder Anthony Cheky, Tracy Smith went to the bullpen for Jake Kelzer, who struck out Cheky with a curveball on the next pitch. However, Kelzer threw a wild pitch, Salter hit a grounder off the glove of Dustin DeMuth and Gibson scored to tie the game 4-4. Salter took second on a wild pitch, but Kelzer struck out Jimmy Pickens to end the inning.

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Top 8th: Brad Hartong reached on a one-out single, but Will Nolden and Nick Ramos both grounded to short to end the inning. IU leads 4-3.

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Bottom 7th: Luke Harrison retired Michigan State 1-2-3 in the seventh. Indiana leads 4-3.

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Top 7th: Will Nolden drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Ramos that put the No. 9 hole hitter Tim O’Conner up with one out. O’Conner, who didn’t have an extra-base hit until this tournament, doubled down the right field line to score Nolden to give Indiana a 4-3 lead. The Hoosiers loaded the bases when Kyle Schwarber reached on an error by Johnny Nate and first baseman Sam Travis drew a walk, but Scott Donley grounded back to the pitcher to end it. IU leads 4-3.

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Bottom 6th: Michigan State tied the game up in the sixth. Left fielder Cam Gibson opened the inning with a single to left and was bunted over by center fielder Anthony Cheky. Blaise Salter grounded out to third, but right fielder Jimmy Pickens came through with a two-out single to bring Gibson home. Will Nolden’s throw was wide of the bag. Pickens stole second base, but Joel Fisher flied to center to end it. Game tied 3-3.

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Top 6th: Sam Travis was just barely contained by TD Amertrade Park again, but he still helped Indiana get a run in the sixth. After Kyle Schwarber lined a single to right to start the inning, Sam Travis crushed a first pitch fastball from Anthony Misiewicz off the left field wall, about a foot short of clearing it. That second Schwarber to third and gave Travis a double. That was the end of the day for Misiewicz, who was relieved by Joe Mockbee. Designated hitter Scott Donley followed with a ground ball to second that brought Schwarber home and sent Travis to third. Mockbee struck out Dustin DeMuth, however, and Brad Hartong hit a soft liner to second base that Johnny Nate made a nice play on to get out of the inning. IU leads 3-2.

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Bottom 5th: Evan Bell got an out in the fifth, but then walked a batter and came out after 4 1/3 despite throwing just 62 pitches and 43 of them for strikes. Luke Harrison stepped in and got Justin Hovis to pop up to right field. Kyle Schwarber threw Johnny Nate out at second to end the inning. Game still tied 2-2.

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Top 5th: Anthony Misiewicz picked up strikeouts no. 7 and no. 8 in the fifth. He’s retired eight straight. Game still tied 2-2.

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Bottom 4th: Michigan State’s Joel Fisher reached with a one out single, but was doubled off when Brad Hartong made an outstanding over-the-shoulder basket catch in left field and Fisher went all the way past second presuming the ball would drop. Bell faced the minimum and the game is still tied 2-2.

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Top 4th: Anthony Misiewicz got three flyouts to get out of the fourth quickly. Game still tied 2-2.

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Bottom 3rd: Bell has found a groove since a rocky first inning. retiring seven straight.Game still tied 2-2.

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Top 3rd: Kyle Schwarber drew a one-out walk, but he was the only base runner in the third. Game still tied 2-2.

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Bottom 2nd: Evan Bell looked a lot more confident in his second inning, getting three groundouts to short on five pitches. Game tied 2-2.

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Top 2nd: After falling behind 2-0, Indiana had a quick answer. Scott Donley led off the second with a double. Dustin DeMuth bounced a grounder to first base and beat Anthony Misiewicz to the bag to reach and move Donley to third. Left fielder Brad Hartong hit a slow bouncer in the infield that brought in Donley, then right fielder Will Nolden grounded a single up the middle to bring in DeMuth to tie the game 2-2.

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Bottom 1st: Evan Bell ran into trouble with two outs in the first. Michigan State designated hitter Blaise Salter doubled down the third base line. Bell then fell behind cleanup hitter Jimmy Pickens 2-0, and the Hoosiers called for an intentional walk. Catcher Joel Fisher, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI on Friday, hit a double that one-hopped the wall to bring in two runs. Michigan State leads 2-0.

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Top 1st: Anthony Misiewicz is a tough matchup for this IU team. He’s a lefty who can hit 89-91 on the gun and has really good breaking stuff. Also, he just struck out the side in the first inning. Scoreless after a half.

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Indiana and Michigan State getting ready to roll at TD Ameritrade Park. Lineups follow.

Indiana (40-13)

1. Casey Rodrigue 2b (.284, 43 runs, 21 RBI, 12 SB’s)

2. Kyle Schwarber c (.333, 57 runs, 11 HR, 39 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.350, 49 runs, 10 HR, 53 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.309, 5 HR, 42 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.382, 5 HR, 34 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong lf (.324, 3 HR, 34 RBI)

7. Will Nolden rf (.301, 28 runs, 21 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.253, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.185, 16 RBI)

P-Evan Bell, rhp (2-1, 3.29 ERA, 11 K’s in 13 2/3 IP)

Michigan State (31-25)

1. Cam Gibson lf (.312, 33 runs, 2 HR, 18 RBI)

2. Anthony Cheky, cf (.277, 38 runs, 1 HR, 14 RBI)

3. Blaise Salter dh (.318, 33 runs, 5 HR, 50 RBI)

4. Jimmy Pickens rf (.318, 5 HR, 34 RBI)

5. Joel Fischer c (.259, 5 HR, 37 RBI)

6. Ryan Krill 1b (.234, 3 HR, 15 RBI)

7. Ryan Richardson ss (.283, 26 RBI)

8. Johnny Nate 2b (.228, 14 RBI)

9. Justin Hovis 3b (.169, 9 RBI)

P-Anthony Misiewicz, lhp (3-7, 3.39 ERA, 60 K’s in 61 IP)

4 comments

  1. Exciting game. Got in a little trouble with the wife in the 8th– I might have used some words after DeMurh’s error that shouldn’t have been heard by the little ears in the room. (Guess I got a little too caught up in the action.) IU came through in the 9th, though.

    Saw two things I can’t remember seeing before– pulling a pitcher on an 0-2 count, and a wild pitch that scores a run… on what was supposed to be an intentional walk. Very strange, but I’ll take it. On to championship game. Go IU.

  2. If I hadn’t talked to Smith enough times about this, the 0-2 count thing would’ve surprised me. But with a runner on second, he didn’t want a ball in play. Kelzer has a better swing-and-miss pitch, as Smith said on the BTN broadcast. Smith is more confident in Effross overall, but when he absolutely has to have a strikeout, he puts Kelzer on the mound.

  3. Yeah. The BTN reporter asked him about it after the game. It made sense when he explained it. I believe it was a leftie at the plate, no? So any contact likely moves the runner to third. Gutsy call. Just not one you see very often.

    I thought the “wild pitch” on the next batter was a 50/50 call. I know anytime a pitch hits the dirt it’s going against the pitcher, but Schwarber certainly could’ve done a better job of blocking it and keeping it in front. As it is, it squirted out just enough for a speedy, aggressive base runner to take third. All would have been moot if not for the normally sure-handed DeMuth’s error. Made for an exciting finish, though.

    Any word on who’s pitching today? Please tell me Nebraska isn’t throwing another lefty with a good curve. They always seem to give us fits.

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