Youngstown State vs. Indiana, NCAA Tournament

Top 9th: Will Coursen-Carr got three outs to get Indiana the win. The Hoosiers win 10-2 and play Stanford at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Bottom 8th: Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the eighth and leads 10-2 going into the ninth.

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Top 8th: Evan Bell gave up a single in the eighth and came out after recording his fourth strikeout. Will Coursen Carr came in to the game and recorded an out for the first time since April 30. Indiana leads 10-2.

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Bottom 7th: Kyle Schwarber needed a double for the cycle, but didn’t quite get it, singling up the middle to start the inning. He is 4-for-5 now with three runs scored and three RBI. Indiana leads 10-2.

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Top 7th: Evan Bell walked one batter, hit another and allowed a single, but got YSU designated hitter David Saluga to fly out to end the inning. IU leads 10-2.

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Bottom 6th: Indiana’s Scott Donley led off the sixth with a triple, then scored on an RBI groundout by third baseman Dustin DeMuth. The Hoosiers loaded the bases on a single by Brad Hartong, a hit-by-pitch by Will Nolden and a walk to Nick Ramos, but Tim O’Conner struck out and Chad Clark flew to left to end the inning.

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Top 6th: Evan Bell gave up a walk and two hits in the sixth and Youngstown State center fielder Kevin Hix lined a single to left to bring home a run. Youngstown State leads 9-2.

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Bottom 5th: Youngstown State almost got out of the inning twice without facing Kyle Schwarber. However, Youngstown State shortstop Shane Willoughby misplayed a double play ball hit by Tim O’Conner and IU second baseman Casey Rodrigue beat out the relay throw after grounding into a force at second base. Schwarber took advantage, pounding a 1-1 pitch over the right center field wall for a three-run home run. Indiana leads 9-1.

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Top 5th: Evan Bell stepped in for Scott Effross in the fifth and gave up a one out double but got the next two batters out, striking out Alex Larivee to end the inning. IU leads 6-1.

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Bottom 4th: Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth had two out singles in the fourth but were stranded when Brad Hartong struck out. IU leads 6-1.

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Top 4th: Scott Effross gave up a two-out single in the fourth but otherwise cruised. He’s thrown 58 pitches through four and scattered three hits.

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Bottom 3rd: Kyle Schwarber led off the third with a triple to the right center field gap, then scored when Sam Travis crushed the first pitch he saw over the left center field wall. Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth followed with singles, and Donley eventually scored when center fielder Tim O’Conner drew a bases-loaded walk on eight pitches. IU leads 6-1.

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Top 3rd: Scott Effross picked up his fourth strikeout in the third. He gave up a single, but then got Alex Larivee to ground into a force play and Brent Gillespie to ground to first to end the inning. IU leads 3-1.

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Bottom 2nd: IU center fielder Tim O’Conner reached on a perfect push bunt for a one-out single, but was picked off by YSU left hander Jared Wight, who retired the other two hitters he faced in the second.

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Top 2nd: After Scott Effross gave YSU designated hitter David Saluga a one-out walk, Youngstown State catcher Josh White hit a deep fly ball over the head of IU center fielder Tim O’Conner for an RBI triple. Effross struck out YSU center fielder Kevin Hix and got shortstop Shane Willoughby to pop up to third to limit the damage. IU leads 3-1.

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Bottom 1st: Kyle Schwarber singled, Sam Travis walked, and with two outs in the inning, Dustin DeMuth hit a high fly fall that came down in between YSU’s right fielder, center fielder and second baseman for a two-out two-run double. Left fielder Brad Hartong followed by hitting a double off the glove of YSU third baseman Matt Sullivan. Indiana takes a 3-0 lead after one.

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Top 1st: Scott Effross retired the Youngstown State side on 12 pitches, striking out the last batter he faced. Scoreless through a half.

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Regional matchup starts at 7 p.m. Lineups follow. Big news is Scott Effross is getting his first collegiate career start.

Youngstown State (16-36)

1. Phil Lipari, 2b (.322, 36 runs, 5 HR, 26 RBI)

2. Alex Larivee, lf (.283, 20 runs, 17 RBI)

3. Brent Gillespie, 1b (.269, 2 HR, 19 RBI)

4. Matt Sullivan 3b (.234, 4 HR, 33 RBI)

5. David Saluga dh (.281, 1 HR, 6 RBI)

6. Josh White c (.305, 1 HR, 18 RBI)

7. Kevin Hix cf (.233, 1 HR, 18 RBI)

8. Shane Willoughby, ss (.200, 10 RBI)

9. Lorenzo Arcuri, rf (.200, 4 RBI)

P-Jared Wight, lhp (1-3, 6.97 ERA, 21 K’s in 40 IP)

Indiana (42-13)

1. Casey Rodrigue 2b (.277, 44 runs, 22 RBI)

2. Kyle Schwarber c (.340, 61 runs, 12 HR, 41 RBI)

3. Sam Travis 1b (.342, 50 runs, 10 HR, 53 RBI)

4. Scott Donley dh (.312, 5 HR, 45 RBI)

5. Dustin DeMuth 3b (.381, 38 runs, 5 HR, 36 RBI)

6. Brad Hartong lf (.314, 27 runs, 3 HR, 35 RBI)

7. Will Nolden rf (.311, 32 runs, 22 RBI)

8. Nick Ramos ss (.260, 20 runs, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

9. Tim O’Conner cf (.183, 18 RBI)

P-Scott Effross rhp (4-2, 1.65 ERA, 34 K’s in 49 IP)

4 comments

  1. My plan was to try and watch this on the interwebs and the Pacers on TV. Didn’t get to do either. At least this one would’ve been fun to watch.

    Stanford scares me. Today’s game was similar to a #1 seed trouncing an auto-qualifying 16-seed in March, with a dangerous #8 seed looming. An upset like this happens almost every year. (Just ask Duke circa 2002.). Fortunately, in baseball you have to lose twice, so a single bad game doesn’t bury you.

    Tough to read too much into this game, other than Schwarber continues to be a beast, and Travis seems to have broken out of his mini-funk. Pitching rotation is out of whack with Effross and Bell throwing for nearly 8 today– so I guess Kelzer is our closer now (Imagine if we still had Halstead!)– but at least they were an efficient 8. And we still have a fresh DeNato and Co in the stable.

    It’ll be interesting to see what Smith has in store for the rest of the weekend. Go Hoosiers.

  2. Got an honest old fogey question here at the risk of dating myself… You know, since I’ve been out of the scene for a while now: are the local restaurants and bars showing these games live? Is there any place in Bloomington even remotely close to creating an atmosphere for these games that rivals, say, an IU-Nichols St basketball game in November? I know they’re on ESPN3, we don’t communicate by typewriters and mules anymore, and you can stream this stuff into any large screen, But I have to assume there’s some sort of package set up where if you’re not at the stadium, you can still congregate and cheer without having to stare at a tiny screen. Please tell me the games are sold out and my people can still support our team en masse at the local establishments…

  3. Punjab,
    Effross should be available for Sunday’s game. So tomorrow with DeNato starting and Harrison and Kelzer both available, having enough arms shouldn’t be much of an issue. This really was their best case scenario.

  4. Yeah, Dustin, I don’t disagree with the move. Coach Smith had a plan and it seemed to have worked out to perfection thus far. You have to assume with Effross cruising (and IU up 6-1) that Smith pulled him for future use. 58 pitches is right on the border, though, of needing more than a day’s rest. Hopefully he won’t be needed. My guess is that Coach was willing to ride him longer today but thankfully didn’t have to. Just a gut call on my part, but I’m sure you have more insight.

    Any idea how many pitches Bell threw? He only gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings, but seemed to be pitching out of jams most of the night. Probably won’t be available unless we need an emergency appearance Sunday/Monday, right?

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