Michigan vs. Indiana, Big Ten Tournament

Bottom 9th: Jake Kelzer pitched a scoreless ninth and Indiana wins 5-0. The Hoosiers advance to Saturday where they will meet the winner of Friday’s elimination game between Illinois and Michigan State.

Bottom 8th: Sam Travis committed his first error of the season on a ground ball off the bat of Michigan’s Jackson Lamb, but Scott Effross struck out a pair of hitters and got a third to ground to short. IU leads 5-0 heading to the ninth.

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Top 8th: Michigan reliever Jake Balicki turned in a 1-2-3 inning after Indiana’s seventh inning offensive explosion. IU still leads 5-0.

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Bottom 7th: After a long layoff, Christian Morris pitched a 1-2-3 seventh on nine pitches. He’s thrown 90 and given up one hit. IU leads 5-0.

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Top 7th: Indiana jumped all over Michigan in the seventh. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth led off with a hustle double that fell in between the left fielder and center fielder. He went to third on a fly ball by Brad Hartong then scored on a grounder off Adcock’s ankle. After an infield single by Nick Ramos and a strikeout by Tim O’Conner, Casey Rodrigue hit a triple to the right center field gap and then Kyle Schwarber hit a two run home run to right field. Indiana leads 5-0.

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Bottom 6th: Jacob Cronenworth broke up Christian Morris’s no-hitter in the sixth, but his shutout also continues. Jackson Glines hit a deep fly ball to right field, but Will Nolden caught it to end the inning. Game still scoreless.

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Top 6th: Tim O’Conner got the game’s first hit and Casey Rodrigue drew a four-pitch walk, but Brett Adcock got Kyle Schwarber to line out to center, Sam Travis to strike out looking and Scott Donley to go down swinging to end the inning. Game still scoreless.

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Bottom 5th: Christian Morris got three groundouts in a 1-2-3 fifth. He’s retired seven straight. Game still scoreless.

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Top 5th: Brett Adcock and Christian Morris keep matching zeroes. Adcock got through a 1-2-3 fifth on six pitches. He’s retired 13 straight Indiana hitters.

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Bottom 4th: Christian Morris retired the Michigan side in order again in the fourth. Game still scoreless and hitless.

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Top 4th: Brett Adcock has now retired 10 straight Indiana hitters. He struck out Sam Travis looking at a fastball to start the inning, got Scott Donley to ground out and Dustin DeMuth to fly to left. Scoreless still.

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Bottom 3rd: Christian Morris walked Jackson Lamb and Travis Maezes in the third, but got Jacob Cronenworth to ground out to end the inning. Still scoreless.

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Top 3rd: Brett Adcock has retired seven straight batters since issuing a pair of first inning walks. He struck out Casey Rodrigue and Kyle Schwarber in a 1-2-3 third. Still scoreless.

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Bottom 2nd: Christian Morris needed just seven pitches to cruise through the second. He’s spotless so far with a pair of strikeouts. Scoreless through 2.

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Top 2nd: Brad Hartong grounded to third, Will Nolden and Nick Ramos flied out and Brett Adcock cruised through the second on 33 pitches. Scoreless after 1 1/2.

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Bottom 1st: Christian Morris struck out Travis Maezes and retired the Michigan side in order on 14 pitches in the first. Scoreless after 1.

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Top 1st: Indiana would’ve been up 2-0 in just about every ballpark in the Big Ten after the first, but not in TD Ameritrade Park. Sam Travis unloaded on a 1-2 pitch from Michigan’s Brett Adcock and hit it to the wall in center field where no ball has ever left the yard, but Jackson Glines caught it. Kyle Schwarber and Scott Donley drew walks, but were stranded when Dustin DeMuth struck out to end the inning. Scoreless after a half.

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Indiana’s game against Michigan has an approximate first pitch time of 9:57 local, 10:57 ET. Updates on here might be a little more sporadic because I’m trying to file a game story shortly after the game ends, even though it’s highly unlikely that we’ll get it in the paper and almost certain it won’t. For those of you so inclined, follow me on Twitter at @DustinDopirak and I’ll have live updates on that account as always.

Anyway, lineups follow.

Indiana (39-13)

1. Casey Rodrigue 2b (.283, 42 runs, 19 RBI, 12 SB)

2. Kyle Schwarber, lf (.333, 56 runs, 10 HR, 37 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.356, 49 runs, 10 HR, 53 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.314, 5 HR, 42 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth, 3B (.385, 5 HR, 34 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong c (.333, 3 HR, 34 RBI)

7. Will Nolden rf (.302, 27 runs, 20 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.247, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.183, 16 RBI)

P-Christian Morris, rhp (5-3, 1.99 ERA, 41 K’s in 72 1/3 IP)

Michigan (29-27-1)

1. Travis Maezes, ss (.297, 45 runs, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 19 SB)

2. Jacob Cronenworth, 2b (.259, 40 runs, 2 HR, 27 RBI)

3. Jackson Glines, cf (.343, 38 runs, 1 HR, 41 RBI)

4. Kyle Jusick 1b (.289, 1 HR, 24 RBI)

5. Cole Martin c (.263, 1 HR, 15 RBI)

6. Carmen Benedetti, dh (.280, 1 HR, 26 RBI)

7. Kevin White, rf (.262, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

8. Jackson Lamb, lf (.255, 2 HR, 12 RBI)

9. Eric Jacobson 2b (.255, 9 RBI)

P-Brett Adcock, lhp (7-3, 2.51 ERA, 54 K’s in 46 2/3 IP)

14 comments

  1. Dustin, I signed up for a twitter account just so I could get the Scoop app on my phone. Haven’t ever actually signed on to Twitter itself. That said, what’s going on. BTN is playing a replay of Bird vs Magic in’79. You mentioned something about not starting innings after 1am. What am I missing?

  2. Disregard. I first saw a 10pm start time, and assumed it was EST. Sorry. Game on. Go Hoosiers!

  3. Why would the Number One Seed be required to play at 10:00 Central/11:00 Eastern when the ‘Elimination’ Game Teams and Lower Seed teams (Nebraska) get to play at a normal/decent time? This is odd to me. Congratulations…You are the Top Seed. You also have to play through the time that most of your players would normally be required to be in their rooms. This makes No Sense.

  4. Morris looks strong.

    Hoosiers are hitting the ball hard, but nothing to show for it. For you basketball enthusiasts, that’s the equivalent of running great plays, getting great shots, and the ball just doesn’t go in. Looks like we have the makings of a big inning soon. Let’s just hope our shots don’t keep falling into Michigan hands.

  5. The start time doesn’t bother me, Longago. We’re talking about college kids here. It really only matters to the fans.

    What does bother me is that the higher seed doesn’t get last bat. I don’t know what the rules are, but it seems like the higher seed should always be the “home team.”

  6. Michigan pitcher has good location. Great game. We’re still hitting it better overall, but not by much. And nothing to show for it. Let’s hope a hit or two–or even a walk– gets him out of his groove and breaks it open.

  7. This is the most unbalanced park in college baseball history. Kevin Costner was right we should of saved Rosenblatt Stadium!

  8. Little ball baseball is not a great game for me. In real baseball you have a realistic chance to hit a homer.

  9. Ted, Yankee Stadium is about 95 feet to the corner, 700 to center. That place is ridiculous. But this does seem like a different place to play ball than just about anywhere else. I guess if you’re a pitcher dominated team that plays good defense and manufactures enough runs to win, this park is a dream. Looks like we solved the riddle for now.

    I will say, though, the hardest thing to do as a pitcher is to pitch with a big lead. Morris still has a shutout, but as you just saw that can evaporate quickly once that first run crosses the plate and your confidence takes a hit.

  10. Great game to watch. Indiana looked liked the better team throughout, but you began to wonder if it might be one of those games where the ball didn’t bounce our way and a single fluke play might decide it. Then we came through. Go Hoosiers.

    Did I hear that right, though? IU with tomorrow off. Play Saturday. Championship game on Sunday. So we have the possibility of going into the finals unbeaten and play a team from the losers bracket for a winner-take-all? That doesn’t seem right. Surely I misunderstood. What am I missing?

  11. Punjab,
    It’s kind of a two-bracket set-up. Sort of. If Indiana and Nebraska both win on Saturday, they play each other for a one-off title game despite having zero losses. But yes, it’s possible for Indiana to play a team with one loss for the championship and fail to get the title despite having only one loss. However, neither Indiana nor Nebraska would be all that upset if that happens. For pitching reasons with the regional upcoming, the most important thing for either of these teams is that they don’t play five games.

  12. Punjab–Point acknowledged regarding college students but usually at 11:00 pm they’re focused on pitchers at Nick’s and not pitchers in Omaha.

    That being said, it obviously didn’t bother IU’s pitcher.

  13. Ha. Well done, Longago. But in my day, if I was at the bar before midnight, it could only mean one thing: finals week.

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