IU goes for series win against Long Beach State #iubase

FINAL: Indiana 8, Long Beach State 5. Hoosiers come from behind to clinch the series win. IU is at Ball State on Tuesday. Casey Rodrigue finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Brad Hartong collected two hits and drove in two runs.

EIGHTH INNING: Ryan Halstead came on to likely work the final two innings of the day, giving up a single and striking out two in the eighth. INDIANA 8, LONG BEACH STATE 5.

SEVENTH INNING: On Friday, IU coach Chris Lemonis lamented over Indiana’s inability to get out Long Beach State No. 9 hitter Eric Hutting. The Dirtbags catcher has been a similar nuisance this afternoon. Hutting — a .188 hitter who had only one home run coming into the series — led off the seventh with a solo home run, his second of the day and third of the series, into the Indiana bullpen. But the Hoosiers answered in a major way, scoring four runs in the bottom half. An RBI double by Casey Rodrigue, followed by run-scoring singles from Brad Hartong and Logan Sowers started the scoring flurry before Scott Donley capped it when he came home on a wild pitch. INDIANA 8, LONG BEACH STATE 5.

SIXTH INNING: Thomas Belcher authored a quick and clean top half before the Hoosiers tried to rally in the next half inning. Logan Sowers doubled to left with one out and moved to third on a grounder by Craig Dedelow, but Will Nolden grounded out to second to end the inning. LONG BEACH STATE 4, INDIANA 4.

FIFTH INNING: Long Beach State No. 9 hitter Eric Hutting led off the inning with his second homer of the weekend — this one a solo shot into the Indiana bullpen. Hutting blew Friday’s game wide open with his fourth-inning grand slam and came into today batting only .188. Caleb Baragar was pulled after getting the first out of the inning, giving way to Austin Foote, who gave up a double to Tristan Mercadel and got the second out of the inning before IU coach Chris Lemonis called Thomas Belcher out of the bullpen. Belcher came on and induced Luke Rasmussen into an inning-ending groundout.

IU answered in the bottom half with a pair of runs. Casey Rodrigue drove in Austin Cangelosi on an RBI triple to the centerfield wall before scoring moments later on Nick Ramos’ sacrifice fly to left field. LONG BEACH STATE 4, INDIANA 4.

FOURTH INNING: Baragar issued only a two-out walk before getting out of the inning on a fly out by Zack Domingues. IU went down in order. LONG BEACH STATE 3, INDIANA 2.

THIRD INNING: Long Beach leadoff man Garrett Hampson legged out a double and came around to score moments later when the next batter, Tristan Meracdel, singled through the middle to put the Dirtbags on top 3-0. But IU answered in the bottom half when Nick Ramos lined a double down the right field line to drive in Casey Rodrigue from second base. Ramos came around to score when Brad Hartong reached for an off-speed pitch on the outer half and flicked it into right field for an RBI single. LONG BEACH STATE 3, INDIANA 2.

SECOND INNING: Caleb Baragar went through Long Beach State’s lineup with ease, sitting down the side in order. Dirtbags right-hander Tanner Brown, who’s sporting an impressive mullet, has retired six in a row after Rodrigue’s leadoff double. LONG BEACH STATE 2, INDIANA 0.

FIRST INNING: It was almost a carbon-copy start to Saturday night, with Long Beach State’s Brock Lundquist putting the Dirtbags up early on a two-run homer off Caleb Baragar. Casey Rodrigue began the bottom half with a double down the right field line. The IU second baseman, who now has a double in four of the last five games, moved to third on a groundout by Brad Hartong but was stranded there after Scott Donley’s inning-ending grounder to second. LONG BEACH STATE 2, INDIANA 0.

PREGAME: Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms. Indiana is paying tribute by wearing pink shirts and white caps. More importantly, this rubber game is a chance for IU to wrap up a key series win ahead of next weekend’s mega series against Ohio State. Caleb Baragar, who pitched very well in the clinching game of last weekend’s sweep at then-No. 20 Maryland, is on the hill for the Hoosiers. Isaiah Pasteur, who received a night off on Saturday, is back in the lineup at third base.

LINEUPS
LONG BEACH STATE | INDIANA

Hampson ss | Rodrigue 2b
Mercadel cf | Ramos ss
Lundquist dh | Hartong c
Rasmussen 1b | Donley dh
Meadows lf | Sowers lf
Sanchez rf | Dedelow cf
DeGoti 3b | Nolden rf
Domingues 2b | Cangelosi 1b
Hutting c | Pasteur 3b
Brown RHP | Baragar LHP