IU hosts Cincinnati in midweek baseball #iubase

FINAL: CINCINNATI 5, INDIANA 4. The Hoosiers drop their sixth game in their last eight tries. Indiana’s starter-by-committee approach of Kyle Hart, Thomas Belcher, Evan Bell, Austin Foote and Ryan Halstead yielded a total of 12 hits. Halstead stuck out seven in three innings of work, while Foote suffered the loss. Logan Sowers supplied a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to give IU a one-run lead before Foote was charged for two runs in the following inning. IU hosts Rutgers for a three-game series this weekend.

SEVENTH INNING: The Bearcats added two more to retake the lead — both runs charged to reliever Austin Foote. Cincinnati leadoff man R.J. Thompson doubled to right centerfield to drive in Treg Haberkorn and chase Foote from the game. Ryan Halstead entered and hit the first batter he faced to load the bases with no outs. Halstead followed by striking out Ian Happ on five pitches before Jarod Yoakam lined a 3-2 pitch into left field to drive in Manny Rodriguez. CINCINNATI 5, INDIANA 4, .

SIXTH INNING: A two-run single through the middle by Logan Sowers drove in Scott Donley and Brad Hartong and gave the Hoosiers a one-run lead. INDIANA 4, CINCINNATI 3.

FOURTH INNING: An error by IU shortstop Brian Wilhite allowed Kyle Mottice to score the go-ahead run for Cincinnati. Meanwhile, reliever Thomas Belcher finished his second and final inning of work, yielding three runs (two earned), striking out two and walking none. CINCINNATI 3, INDIANA 2.

THIRD INNING: OK, so I lied about inning-by-inning updates for the time being. Troy Williams’ return to IU basketball momentarily took priority. My apologies. Anyway, we have a 2-2 tie after three full innings. IU starter Kyle Hart lasted two innings, striking out five, walking none and scattering three hits on 43 pitches, 27 of which landed for strikes.

IU centerfielder Craig Dedelow scored the game’s first run when he came home on a double play groundout off the bat of Scott Donley in the bottom of the first. Bearcats first baseman Ryan Noda put the visitors on top in the top of the third thanks to a two-run double before the Hoosiers tied it in the bottom half on a solo home run by Isaiah Pasteur. CINCINNATI 2, INDIANA 2.

PREGAME: So this was originally scheduled to start at 6:05, it was moved up to 5 p.m. to avoid a storm cell passing over Bloomington and, well, it hit that storm cell anyway.

But we’re here, we’re ready and there will be baseball.

Former IU assistant Ty Neal brings his Cincinnati Bearcats to town for a midweek game against the Hoosiers, who have lost five of their last seven games. Kyle Hart is the scheduled starter for IU, which is expected to use a starter-by-committee approach this afternoon. Inning-by-inning updates to follow.

LINEUPS
Cincinnati | Indiana

Thompson lf | Dedelow cf
Noda 1b | Hartong c
Happ rf | Donley dh
Yoakam dh | Sowers lf
Wenzel 3b | Rodrigue 2b
Mottice 2b | Cangelosi 1b
Wallace c | Nolden rf
Haberkorn cf | Pasteur 3b
Rodriguez ss | Wilhite ss
Schimmoeller RHP | Hart LHP

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