Hoosiers go for series win vs. Michigan #iubase

FINAL: MICHIGAN 4, INDIANA 3. The Hoosiers drop their first regular season series in the two-and-a-half-year history of Bart Kaufman Field. IU is now 2-6 in the Big Ten.

NINTH INNING: Luke Harrison struck out the side in the top half and Isaiah Pasteur hit a one-out solo homer in the bottom half, but it wasn’t enough. MICHIGAN 4, INDIANA 3.

EIGHTH INNING: IU coach Chris Lemonis yanked Belcher with no outs and runners on the corners. Luke Harrison came in and got the first out after Cody Bruder laid down a sacrifice bunt fielded by Harrison. Scott Donley made a mental error moments later when he fielded a chopper off the bag at first, looked Travis Maezes back to the bag at third, but forgot to throw to Harrison, who was covering first. The mistake loaded the bases and Michigan scored another run on a groundout moments later. Harrison earned a strikeout to get out of the inning. Indiana sent the heart of its order to the plate in the bottom half — Sowers, Rodrigue and Cangelosi — but Bryan Pall retired the side in order. Hoosiers on the verge of losing their first regular season series in the two-and-a-half year history of Bart Kaufman Field. MICHIGAN 4, INDIANA 2.

SEVENTH INNING: IU got a run back in the bottom half, when Craig Dedelow scored on a two-out fielding error at second base. To start the inning, Thomas Belcher replaced Scott Effross, who heads to the dugout with a quality start in tow. Effross allowed three runs over six innings, scattering seven hits, walking one and striking out two. He threw 92 pitches, 61 for strikes. Belcher issued a two-out walk, but was fine otherwise. MICHIGAN 3, INDIANA 2.

SXITH INNING: Effross retired the side in order for the first time today, throwing 12 pitches, 6 for strikes. He’s up to 92 on the day. Indiana stranded Casey Rodrigue on second base after a ground rule double. Austin Cangelosi and Will Nolden struck out back-to-back to end the inning. MICHIGAN 3, INDIANA 1.

FIFTH INNING: Craig Dedelow put the Hoosiers on the board with a solo homer, his third of the season, to right field. In the top half, Effross allowed a leadoff single, but nothing else. The right-hander threw 10 pitches, 9 for strikes, and is now up to 80 for the game. Thomas Belcher was warming in the IU bullpen during the inning, so he could be done. MICHIGAN 3, INDIANA 1.

FOURTH INNING: Scott Effross has yet to retire the side in order, nearly doing so this inning before a close 2-2 fastball was called a ball and the right-hander went on to issue a two-out walk to catcher Drew Lugbauer. Effross closed the inning without further damage, getting No. 9 hitter Eric Jacobson to ground out to Isaiah Pasteur at third base. Effross is up to 70 pitches, 46 strikes. A baserunning blunder ended the bottom half of the inning for the Hoosiers. Casey Rodrigue led off with a single through the middle, stood on second with two outs and tried scoring from there on a two-out grounder to the right side. It was a slow roller to a tough angle to the second baseman’s left, allowing Isaiah Pasteur to beat the throw to first. But Rodrigue took off for home and was little more than halfway to the plate when the throw arrived, beating him easily to keep IU off the board. MICHIGAN 3, INDIANA 0.

THIRD INNING: Michigan cleanup hitter Carmen Benedetti homered for the second consecutive game, sending a two-run shot over the centerfield wall with two outs in the inning. Effross up to 48 pitches (36 strikes). Meanwhile, Scott Donley — playing his third consecutive game at first base — made a nice play going to his left for the second out of the inning. Donley said yesterday that he put in extra work on Wednesday and Thursday taking groundballs at first. In the bottom half of the inning, Logan Sowers came to the plate representing the tying run with two outs and Brad Hartong on second and Scott Donley on first. But the freshman watched strike three cross the plate to end the inning. MICHIGAN 3, INDIANA 0.

SECOND INNING: Michigan gets on the board first with an RBI sacrifice fly by Drew Lugbauer. Effross is up to 30 pitches, 22 of which have gone for strikes. MICHIGAN 1, INDIANA 0.

FIRST INNING: Scott Effross gave up a leadoff single, but Brad Hartong threw out Jacob Cronenworth moments later on a steal attempt at second base. Effross went on to allow back-to-back two-out singles, but got out of the inning without further trouble. The right-hander threw 18 pitches, 13 strikes. In the bottom half, Brad Hartong lined a one-out double into the right field corner but a fly out and a groundout ended the inning with him stranded on second. MICHIGAN 0, INDIANA 0.

PREGAME: Back at Bart Kaufman Field for Indiana’s series finale against Michigan. Scott Effross is back on the mound after getting some work out of the bullpen in Tuesday’s game at Kentucky. Effross was roughed up in his last start, giving up six runs and failing to make it out of the first inning of last Sunday’s 10-6 loss at Iowa. Austin Cangelosi is also back in the lineup this afternoon after he sprained his ankle against the Wildcats. Coach Chris Lemonis thought he’d be ready to go by today and Cangelosi will take over designated hitter duties.

Inning-by-inning updates to come.

Michigan | Indiana
Cronenworth 1b | Dedelow cf
Glines cf | Hartong c
Maezes 3b | Donley 1b
Benedetti rf | Sowers lf
Bruder lf | Rodrigue 2b
Bivens ss | Cangelosi dh
Jusick dh | Nolden rf
Lugbauer c | Pasteur 3b
Jacobson 2b | Wilhite ss
Adcock LHP | Effross RHP