Stanford vs. Indiana, NCAA Tournament

Bottom 9th: Jake Kelzer got two groundouts before giving up a ground rule double to Stanford pinch-hitter Wayne Taylor. However, Dominic Jose grounded to first to end the game. Indiana wins 4-2 and will play at 6 p.m. Sunday with a chance to win the Bloomington Regional.


Top 9th: Casey Rodrigue drew a one-out walk, but Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis flew out to end the inning. IU leads 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth.


Bottom 8th: Joey DeNato gave up a lead-off double to Stanford’s Tommy Edman, but then struck out first baseman Danny Diekroger. He came out after that, having thrown 106 pitches on the night. Jake Kelzer struck out Alex Blandino with a slider on the outside corner, then got Austin Slater to hit a one-hopper to Casey Rodrigue. Rodrigue flipped his hips and threw to get the out, drawing an ovation from the IU crowd. IU leads 4-2.


Top 8th: Sam Travis led off the eighth with a single and third baseman Dustin DeMuth walked. With two outs and a 3-2 count, Will Nolden lined a single up the middle to score Travis, giving the Hoosiers a critical insurance run to go up 4-2.


Bottom 7th: DeNato labored but made it through a 1-2-3 seventh inning. It took him 20 pitches. He’s at 97 for the game. IU leads 3-2.


Top 7th: Hochstatter retired Indiana 1-2-3 in the seventh. Indiana still leads 3-2.


Bottom 6th: Austin Slater crushed the first pitch he saw from Joey DeNato in the sixth over the left center field wall. He has both of Stanford’s RBI today. DeNato still got through the inning on 11 pitches, but Stanford cuts Indiana’s lead to 3-2.


Top 6th: John Hochstatter retired the Indiana side in order in the sixth, putting the Hoosiers down 1-2-3. He is at 100 pitches through six.


Bottom 5th: Dustin DeMuth booted a grounder off the bat of Stanford second baseman Brett Michael Doran and nearly made a great play on a chopper by Stanford shortstop Tommy Edman but just pulled Sam Travis off first base with his throw to allow both runners to reach. However, Danny Diekroger grounded to first to end the inning. Joey DeNato is at 66 pitches through five. Indiana leads 3-1.


Top 5th: Sam Travis clocked a 2-0 fastball over the left field wall with two outs to give Indiana a 3-1 lead over Stanford.


Bottom 4th: Joey DeNato issued a leadoff walk, but retired the next three hitters to get out of the fourth. He was especially careful with the middle of the order after being burned the first time, nibbling at the corners and missing off the plate. Still, he got through it and Indiana still leads 2-1.


Top 4th: Will Nolden and Nick Ramos reached with two-out singles, but Tim O’Conner popped up to first to end the inning.


Bottom 3rd: Joey DeNato picked up his second strikeout and retired the Stanford side on eight pitches. IU leads 2-1.


Top 3rd: Nick Ramos led off the third with a double, and after two outs, catcher Kyle Schwarber drew a walk. Sam Travis fought off four 1-2 pitches for foul balls before finally lining a single to center field to score Ramos to give Indiana a 2-1 lead.


Bottom 2nd: Joey DeNato gave up a two-out single to Stanford designated hitter Dominic Jose, who inexplicably tried to stretch it into a double and ended the inning. Score tied 1-1.


Top 2nd: Dustin DeMuth led off the second with a single, but left fielder Brad Hartong followed by hitting into a 4-6-3 double play. John Hochstatter got out of the second on 7 pitches. Score tied 1-1.


Bottom 1st: Stanford struck back in the bottom of the first with two outs. Alex Blandino singled to right, then center fielder Austin Slater doubled off the left field wall to bring him home. Joey DeNato struck out Zach Hoffpauir after that to get out of the inning without any further damage. Game tied 1-1.


Top 1st: Casey Rodrigue battled to draw an eight-pitch walk to reach in the first, then scored when Kyle Schwarber doubled down the right field line into the corner. Schwarber was thrown out when he fell trying to stretch the double into a triple, and John Hochstatter retired Sam Travis and Scott Donley to get out of the inning. Still, Indiana leads 1-0.


First pitch coming at 6:05 p.m. Lineups follow.

Indiana (43-13)

1. Casey Rodrigue 2b (.272, 45 runs, 22 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber c (.350, 64 runs, 13 HR, 44 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.341, 52 runs, 11 HR, 55 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.320, 32 runs, 5 HR, 45 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.387, 39 runs, 5 HR, 39 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong lf (.316, 27 runs, 3 HR, 36 RBI)

7. Will Nolden rf (.307, 32 runs, 22 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.261, 21 runs, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.186, 19 RBI)

P-Joey DeNato lhp (12-1, 1.77 ERA, 77 K’s in 101 2/3 IP)


Stanford (31-23)

1. Tommy Edman ss (.233, 14 runs, 2 HR, 15 RBI)

2. Danny Diekroger 1b (.304, 37 runs, 1 HR, 19 RBI)

3. Alex Blandino 3b (.308, 43 runs, 11 HR, 37 RBI)

4. Austin Slater cf (.347, 34 runs, 1 HR, 36 RBI)

5. Zach Hoffpauir rf (.339, 29 runs, 6 HR, 29 RBI)

6. Brant Whiting, c (.299, 20 RBI)

7. Jack Klein, lf (.303, 12 runs, 1 HR, 6 RBI)

8. unnamed designated hitter

9. Brett Michael Doran, 2b (.240, 1 HR, 20 RBI)

P-John Hochstatter, lhp (10-1, 2.62 ERA, 34 k’s in 72 IP)



  1. Way to go Hoosiers! Gotta love our position right now. Cheering for Youngstown State. At the very least, make Stanford use their pen. Then we’ll see you all back here next week.

  2. Even though it was at Home and Stanford was the 2 Seed, beating them is a Big Deal. That school has won the NCAA/College World Series and they are no Youngstown State or Indiana State. They can win 3 games in a row but the odds of them winning “2” in a row against IU aren’t very good. A tough/good win.

  3. Just curious to know how the home team is determined in college baseball tournaments. Not by seeding as in basketball obviously and not by alphabetical order. Do they just flip a coin before each game?

  4. I’m with you, Publico. I don’t get it. I mean, I guess you could argue that in the NCAAs, hosting a (Super) Regional is enough of an advantage, so they leave “last bat” determination up to chance. That’s fine. But in Conference tourneys or the CWS, it seems to me that you earn your seeding so that on a neutral field (unless, of course, you’re playing Nebraska in Omaha…) the team who performs the best throughout the course of a season should be rewarded as the “home” team.

    Dustin, do you know how this all works, or are you going to force me to consult the Googlemachine?

  5. Congrats on a another big victory! Hope you continue to remain focused one day at a time. Go IU!!!!!

  6. Punjab,
    Sorry on the slowness. Basically, they try to make it even throughout the tournament, so whoever has been the home team the least is the home team. Higher seeds are home teams to start the series, then it kind of flips back and forth throughout. I think when it’s even, they might actually do a coin flip. It’s weird.

  7. One more bit of weirdness to add to the home team info, is that if the teams played before, they switch home and visitor from whatever they did when they previously meet regardless.

  8. Thanks, guys. I was able to find the CWS home team determination last night. It’s more convoluted than I thought. The only thing I could find specifically about the regionals is that home team is determined “by rule.” (They didn’t elaborate.) I stopped searching at that point. Going to the second page of a Google search is just too taxing…

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