Minnesota at Indiana, Game 2

Top 9th: Minnesota added a run on an RBI groundout by Dan Olinger with the bases loaded, but Thomas Belcher got one more groundout to end it and Indiana wins 7-3. The Hoosiers improve to 37-13 overall, 20-3 in the Big Ten. They have clinched the conference title, going into the final day of the season with a three-game conference lead.

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Bottom 8th: Will Nolden walked and Nick Ramos doubled to the right center field gap to start the eighth. Nolden scored on a passed ball and Ricky Alfonso’s pop up fell in for a single that scored Ramos. Indiana takes a 7-2 lead into the ninth.

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Top 8th: Sullivan Stadler walked Matt Fiedler and came out of the game. Thomas Belcher got the next hitter to line into a double play, then struck out Austin Athmann to end the inning. IU still leads 5-2.

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Bottom 7th: Dustin DeMuth reached on an error, but Indiana otherwise went down in order in the seventh. IU still leads 5-2.

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Top 7th: Minnesota cut the deficit to 5-2 when center fielder Dan Motl singled, stole second, stole third and then scored on a wild throw by catcher Brad Hartong. Luke Harrison came out during the inning for left-hander Sullivan Stadler. The Hoosiers still lead 5-2.

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Bottom 6th: The most important development of the bottom of the sixth inning happened in Lincoln, Neb. Illinois finished off a 5-1 win over Nebraska, giving the Hoosiers a 2 1/2 game lead over both the Fighting Illini and the Cornhuskers and therefore giving the Hoosiers the outright regular season Big Ten title for the second consecutive year. While that was happening, the Hoosiers got runners on second and third with no one out thanks to a walk and a two-base error, but stranded those runners with two strikeouts and a fly out by Kyle Schwarber. IU leads 5-1.

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Top 6th: Christian Morris struck out a batter in the sixth but came out after then surrendering two singles. Luke Harrison came on in relief and struck out both batters he faced to get out of the inning. IU leads 5-1.

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Bottom 5th: Scott Donley reached on a deep fly to left that was dropped by Minnesota’s Jordan Smith for what was ruled a two-base error. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth followed with a single to right to score him. Indiana leads 5-1.

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Top 5th: Christian Morris had an easy inning for the first time in a while, striking out a batter and retiring Minnesota in order. IU leads 4-1.

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Bottom 4th: Indiana managed three runs after recording two outs in the fourth. Scott Donley had an extra base hit robbed by Minnesota left fielder Jordan Smith and Dustin DeMuth popped up to left. However Brad Hartong doubled into the right center field gap, Will Nolden drew a walk, and Nick Ramos lined a single to center to score Hartong. Nolden went to third on the play and Ramos went to second on the throw ┬áto try to get Nolden. Tim O’Conner grounded to shortstop and that should have ended the inning, but Minnesota shortstop Connor Schaefbauer’s throw skipped past first base and allowed both Ramos and Nolden to score to make it 4-1.

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Top 4th: Minnesota’s Mark Tatera reached on a dropped pop up to shallow center, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by Minnesota catcher Austin Athmann, but Christian Morris struck out Jordan Smith and got Dan Motl to fly to left to end the inning. game still tied 1-1.

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Bottom 3rd: Tim O’Conner drew a leadoff walk, but Casey Rodrigue and Kyle Schwarber popped up and Sam Travis grounded to short to end the inning. Game tied 1-1 after three.

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Top 3rd: Minnesota tied the game in the third, but left the bases loaded. Catcher Austin Athmann grounded to third to start the inning, but IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth struggled to get the ball out of his glove, then overthrew the bag allowing Athmann to go to third. Minnesota left fielder Jordan Smith then crushed a double to the right center field gap to score Athmann. Morris got two outs, then hit a batter and walked another to load the bases. Bobby Juan hit a deep drive to center, but Tim O’Conner got under it to end the inning. Score tied 1-1.

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Bottom 2nd: Indiana manufactured a run in the second. Scott Donley drew a walk, and Dustin DeMuth singled past the shortstop into left to start the inning. Brad Hartong followed with a bunt that moved Donley to third, but Minnesota pitcher Ben Meyer turned and threw DeMuth out at second. Will Nolden then grounded to third and Minnesota attempted to turn a double play, but Nolden beat the relay throw and Donley scored to give Indiana a 1-0 lead.

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Top 2nd: Christian Morris issued a two-out walk to Mark Tatera but then got Jake Bergren looking at a curveball to end the second. Game still scoreless.

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Bottom 1st: Casey Rodrigue, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis were all retired on groundouts in the first. Scoreless after 1.

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Top 1st: Christian Morris got three groundouts to get through a 1-2-3 first. Scoreless after a half.

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Indiana and Minnesota going at it for game 2 of the series at 8 p.m. Lineups follow.

Minnesota (27-20, 13-9)

1. Dan Motl, cf (.303, 13 runs, 8 RBI)

2. Connor Schaefbauer, ss (.296, 30 runs, 19 RBI)

3. Tony Skjefte, 2b (.273, 20 runs, 2 HR, 30 RBI)

4. Dan Olinger, 1b (.259, 20 RBI)

5. Bobby Juan rf (.223, 4 HR, 19 RBI)

6. Mark Tatera, 3b (.253, 2 HR, 25 RBI)

7. Jake Bergren, dh (.311, 2 RBI)

8. Austin Athmann, c (.276, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

9. Jordan Smith lf (.240, 11 RBI)

P-Ben Meyer (4-3, 2.43 ERA, 59 K’s in 85 1/3 IP)

Indiana (36-13, 19-3)

1. Casey Rodrigue 2b (.282, 40 runs, 17 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber lf (.344, 54 runs, 10 HR, 35 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.361, 47 runs, 10 HR, 52 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh, (.317, 5 HR, 41 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.380, 34 runs, 5 HR, 31 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong, c (.338, 3 HR, 33 RBI)

7. Will Nolden rf (.314, 25 runs, 18 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.228, 2 HR, 18 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner, cf (.178, 14 RBI)

P-Christian Morris, rhp (4-3, 2.15 ERA, 36 K’s in 67 IP)