IU hosts Ohio State in season-ending doubleheader

FINAL: Indiana 6, Ohio State 4. Hoosiers sweep Ohio State to bolster their NCAA Tournament hopes heading into next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Logan Sowers belted a grand slam and Scott Donley drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth for Indiana, which has now won nine of its last 10 games.

EIGHTH INNING: Halstead fell into more trouble after a one-out double by Ronnie Dawson put two runners in scoring position. But the IU closer came back with a three-pitch strikeout of Nick Sergakis for the second out, and a five-pitch strikeout of Aaron Gretz to escape the inning. In the bottom half, Scott Donley delivered the go-ahead run on a single through the middle that drove in Nick Ramos from second base. Donley was headed to second on the throw and ended up on third after the ball scooted away from Gretz at the plate. IU added insurance when Will Nolden drove a single through the middle to score Donley and put the Hoosiers ahead 6-4. INDIANA 6, OHIO STATE 4.

SEVENTH INNING: Ohio State loaded the bases with no outs, cashing in and tying the game on on an RBI single, a sac fly to right-centerfield and a bunt single that Ryan Halstead couldn’t turn into an out near the plate. Halstead replaced Baragar after the latter loaded the bases with no outs. OHIO STATE 4, INDIANA 4.

FIFTH INNING: Morris lasts 4 2/3 innings, leaving the game with the bases loaded after IU coach Chris Lemonis called Caleb Baragar out of the pen. Morris paced the dugout and drank from a paper cup while Baragar worked on Buckeyes pinch hitter Zach Ratcliff. Baragar finally induced a grounder to short to end the inning, and Morris sprinted out of the dugout to greet him in foul territory. INDIANA 4, OHIO STATE 1.

FOURTH INNING: Ohio State leadoff man Troy Montgomery gave a two-out pitch a ride to left field, but Will Nolden caught it on the warning track to get out of the inning. Morris is now through four innings after barely escaping the second. INDIANA 4, OHIO STATE 1.

THIRD INNING: Logan Sowers puts Indiana ahead 4-1 on a grand slam to left field. It’s been kind of a boom-or-bust series for Sowers, who has six RBIs and four strikeouts so far this weekend. Morris retires side in order in the third. INDIANA 4, OHIO STATE 1.

SECOND INNING: Morris walked two more this inning, the second of which forced in a run after the IU right-hander loaded the bases. Caleb Baragar was getting loose in the Indiana bullpen before Morris escaped the one-out, bases-loaded jam on a 5-3 double play started by Brian Wilhite. Craig Dedelow reached on a one-out error, but the bottom of Indiana’s order couldn’t get him into scoring position. OHIO STATE 1, INDIANA 0.

FIRST INNING: Christian Morris retired the first two batters rather quickly before issuing back-to-back walks. It all turned into a 21-pitch inning for the right-hander, who threw only nine strikes. While much of the season has been a struggle for the former First Team All-Big Ten selection, the month of May has been kind to Morris. Through 6 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, Morris has scattered five hits and only one earned run. OHIO STATE 0, INDIANA 0.

GAME 2 PREGAME: Indiana can go for the sweep in the nightcap of today’s doubleheader. IU is throwing Christian Morris, who’ll be making his first start since April 28. Only significant changes from the first game are Scott Donley and Chris Sujka. Donley will start over Cangelosi at first base and Sujka will be the designated hitter.

GAME 2 LINEUPS
Ohio State | Indiana

Montgomery cf | Rodrigue 2b
Kuhn 1b | Ramos ss
Porter rf | Hartong c
Dawson lf | Donley 1b
Sergakis 3b | Sowers lf
Gretz c | Dedelow cf
Gantt dh | Nolden rf
Nennig ss | Sujka dh
Davis 2b | Wilhite 3b

FINAL: INDIANA 9, OHIO STATE 1. Another big win for Indiana to add to the postseason resume, with a chance for the sweep later this evening. Brian Wilhite finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Craig Dedelow drove in two runs and scored three more. Dedelow now has 11 RBIs over his last six games.

Ohio State has stranded 16 runners through the first two games of the series, while Kyle Hart authored the longest outing by an IU starter since April 26. Hart struck out five, scattered six hits and allowed only one unearned run, while throwing 85 pitches. Jake Kelzer tossed three scoreless innings to close the game and pick up his first save of the season. The Bloomington South product yielded one hit and struck out seven.

Game 2 of the doubleheader will begin at 6:10 p.m.

EIGHTH INNING: Kelzer struck out the first two batters of the inning before allowing a two-out double down the right field line to Troy Montgomery. A groundout by Connor Sabanosh ended the inning. IU went down in order in the bottom half. INDIANA 9, Ohio State 1.

SEVENTH INNING: Hoosiers piling on with a two-run homer by Craig Dedelow, his third blast since last Saturday. Dedelow now has 11 RBIs over his last six contests. Jake Kelzer entered for his second straight relief appearance in the top half and tossed a perfect inning. INDIANA 9, Ohio State 1.

SIXTH INNING: Kyle Hart delivered the longest outing for an IU pitcher since April 26 after going six innings on 85 pitches. Hart scattered six hits, allowed only the unearned run in the third inning, struck out five and walked none. As postseason play looms, Indiana may have found its No. 1 pitcher. The bats added two runs in the bottom half on a pinch-hit RBI single by Isaiah Pasteur, who later scored on Casey Rodrigue’s triple to the right field gap. INDIANA 7, OHIO STATE 1.

FIFTH INNING: Kyle Hart is basically the only reliable starting pitcher Indiana has at the moment. The left-hander is delivering once again for the Hoosiers. Hart is on the way to a quality start — and to becoming the first IU starter to pitch more than five innings since April 26. He gave up a one-out double to Ohio State’s Craig Nennig, who was quickly nabbed trying to steal third. Hart is up to 69 pitches, 50 strikes. INDIANA 5, OHIO STATE 1.

FOURTH INNING: Hoosiers extend their lead on a two-run homer to left field by Brian Wilhite. It was a deep, well-hit ball that looked like it was headed foul before it curved fair just in time. The blast gives Wilhite three RBIs on the day after his second-inning single gave Indiana a two-run lead. Kyle Hart, meanwhile, worked through a three-up, three-down inning in the top half. The left-hander is up to 57 pitches, 42 strikes. INDIANA 5, OHIO STATE 1.

THIRD INNING: A throwing error by IU catcher Brad Hartong helped Ohio State get on the board. Troy Montgomery is credited with the steal of third, then came home on the gaffe by Hartong, who airmailed his throw deep into left field. Hartong helped get the run back in the bottom half when he slapped his second double of the game and scored on Logan Sowers’ single into centerfield. INDIANA 3, OHIO STATE 1.

SECOND INNING: Hours after Ohio State stranded 11 runners in Friday’s game, the Buckeyes still can’t seem to manufacture runs with two outs or otherwise. Ohio State’s Ronnie Dawson reached third with one out, but Kyle Hart recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning. In the bottom half, IU struck first. The Hoosiers loaded the bases on an error, a walk and a single by Will Nolden. Austin Cangelosi picked up the first RBI on a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Logan Sowers before Brian Wilhite followed with an run-scoring single to left field. INDIANA 2, OHIO STATE 0.

FIRST INNING: Brad Hartong supplied Indiana’s first hit on a standup double into the right field corner, but Scott Donley grounded to first base to end the inning. Kyle Hart yielded a pair of singles in the top half, but didn’t allow any further damage while throwing 14 of his 19 pitches for strikes. OHIO SATE 0, INDIANA 0.

PREGAME: So, this weekend’s baseball schedule? Throw it away. Rather than risk playing Saturday with the threat of storms, Indiana and Ohio State are playing a doubleheader Friday to wrap up the regular season. Kyle Hart will get the start in Game 1, followed by a yet-to-be-announced starter in the nightcap.

GAME 1 LINEUP
Ohio State | Indiana

Montgomery cf | Rodrigue 2b
Sabanosh c | Ramos ss
Porter rf | Hartong c
Kuhn 1b | Donley dh
Dawson lf | Sowers lf
Sergakis 3b | Dedelow cf
Gantt dh | Nolden rf
Nennig ss | Cangelosi 1b
Washington 2b | Wilhite 3b
Lakins RHP | Hart LHP

18 comments

  1. What a joke the BTN is showing a replay of last nights game instead of this huge game! The BTN is such a massive failure. The SEC network and pac 12 are insanely better at showing live events why is that?

  2. Rob, I agree. The Big Ten Network is the worst of all the major conference networks. It might have to do with the fact that it is independent versus the Pac 12 and SEC being backed by Fox Sports and ESPN respectively. I think the SEC was contracted to show something like 75 baseball games this year.

    Baseball has been getting better in the Big Ten in the last decade and BTN just doesn’t seem to care about it. In my subjective opinion sitting firmly in Pac-12 territory, overall, the BTN is falling behind in production quality and in programming.

  3. So disagree…those other conf are trying to be the B1G network….not even close, we are spoiled!

  4. I can’t speak to scheduling as I don’t watch it enough to make a comparison but as far as production goes the B1G Network is light years ahead of its rivals.

  5. I’m guessing you guys are trolling or flat stupid? Having 3 hours of live coverage and 21 hours of reruns, while there are ncaa baseball bubble games is sad. When I turn into the sec network or pac 12 its full of live events that people are actually attending. I guess you wanna see the 1990s Nebraska football team show for the thousandth time but not me.

  6. Cheat what was the point of that link? So instead of espn they are a fox sports subsidiary big deal. I just wanna see meaningful live games, not a replay of the same game 10 times. The big ten is having its best baseball year ever and its barely on the network.

  7. The SEC Network looks like an old Raycom or Jefferson Pilot production that was done with 2 cameras and the local weather guy doing the commentary. I’ll take your word for it about the overall content, I don’t watch southern college baseball, but the production quality of the football and basketball is terrible. Of course, I don’t know of any way you could dress up SEC basketball into a decent product.

  8. rob,
    I believe they sold the rights for a specific number of games to Fox Sports as opposed to being a subsidiary.

  9. I’ll concede the btn has better production, but who cares when they only have one live event in an entire day . I mean they could of showed live baseball all day yesterday. I guess if i had alzheimer’s the network would work for me. Nebraska wasn’t even in the big ten in 1994, but its jammed down our throats every week.

  10. I can’t watch the Big 10 Network…The anchors and commentators are soooooooo blasé bad….If they wouldn’t have played hardball with the cable companies(Bright House Networks in my area)to secure big contracts(much of that leverage due to the main power-players in basketball and football…e.g. IU and OSU that draw the majority of viewership) they would have gone under long ago. I sure as hell hope IU is grabbing some big paychecks because what the Big 10 Network puts out is a very inferior product(the set designs around the anchor desks are comical and the graphics/effects are rookie league and barely a level of something broadcast journalism college students are putting together in clubs for their own school sports shows. I would just assume not even have the Big 10 Network…It was just another form of leverage to warrant more packages and more hiking of prices on a cable bill.. IU should own the rights to their own game and stream them..Maybe involve the Herald Times somehow…I would rather listen to Mike Miller and Jeremy Price do play-by-play and color. They would bring far more knowledge to the table and their infectious personalities would shine through just like they do on ScoopTalk.

  11. Hahaha…Harv, indeed. I am drinking my second cup of joe and catching up on the Scoop before heading out for the afternoon.

    Get out of my head!

  12. Just got done cleaning the spare bedroom for the King’s arrival(the father-in-law is coming to town). In five days, upon his departure, the sheets will be bleached and laundered at scolding hot temperature levels..I will then vacuum dandruff flakes for a week, attempt to engage every exposed surface of night tables and headboard with Clorox wipes, and fumigate the room with multiple Lysol products. The mattress will curse from its inner coils and never forgive me for such degradation to its inner foams once so fresh and new. And to think the guest room mattress was once my haven when the wife could not tolerate me(which is almost always). Now she strikes her vengeance upon me and allows the cynical and oily extracts her domineering father not of biological origins her DNA to ruin my Simmons Beautyrest.. Tonight we will take him to Red Lobster and the shrimp will not agree with his touchy lower bowel…..The bathroom will be the second disaster of the week….and guess who will get the mop-up duties? Pray for my survival instincts for the look in his eyes and silent abuse his thoughts are nearly reflective of what he’ll pour out his bowel after two chocolate shakes following Shrimpfest.

  13. I think it is fair to say that with all the college networks, you’re getting the 5th iteration of the dubbed tape, especially in terms of talent and personalities. If you want to throw things at your TV, listen to Dave Weinstadt on the Pac-12 network for longer than 8 seconds.

    I’m not entirely sure I understand the selection process for talent, but I have a guess to why it is generally so bad. There are great commentators (as Harv pointed out with MM and JP….and don’t forget our old pal Dustin) that are serving niche, but passionate markets. But they are print journalists first. Most of the national broadcasts have very few commentators that are even competent, let alone good.

    I think it has to do with the same reasons why this generation of teachers aren’t as good as in the past. You now go to school and major in education. Instead of majoring in chemistry, or math, you major in teaching. Same with sports communications. They major in the medium and not the subject matter. ESPN is just full of nerds who never amounted to anything in sports growing up, but got an Ivy League degree in talking pretty. They all watched Oberman, Kilborn and Patrick growing up and do their version of the smarmy thing with the authenticity of a presidential candidate eating with the locals in a diner on the stump. The stereotypes they play to with black folks and women are pretty cynical, as well.

    I’m not very old. A spry 38. So I’m not just a curmudgeon screaming at the kids to get off my concrete (I live in the city). But who is going to replace Vin Scully, John Miller, Don Fischer and Marv Albert’s rug when they’re gone?

    I’m being overly simplistic. Some up and comers are pretty darn good, but overall broadcast journalism in sports is a mess. I don’t think it is much of a meritocracy. So, when we get down the food chain to the BTN, Pac12, SEC channels and it feels like cable access TV.

  14. I think this kind of ‘journalism’ hit the skids with the popularity of the Enberg (an IU grad), Packer, and McGuire Show. Enberg is a pro but Al and Billy were a Vaudeville routine. The fans ate it up, though, and they produced much bigger numbers than the previous somnambulants that the networks carted out. Once Al quit the gig Packer became intolerable (My favorite line from them. McGuire, “Billy was an All American at Wake Forest but there weren’t many Americans then.”) Al was entertaining but always woefully unprepared, often knowing less about the teams than the fans watching the game. Packer added nothing. He just set up Al.

    Bill Raftery is just rehashing old McGuire/Packer routines.

    They became the model, though. The Dog and Pony Show.

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