NCAA Tournament live blog: IU vs. Radford #iubase

FINAL: Radford 5, Indiana 3. The Hoosiers’ season ends in Nashville with a 35-24 record.

EIGHTH INNING: Thomas Belcher hit Brad Keen with one out and committed a throwing error to put two on with one out. It happened after Belcher fielded a bunt and made a high, errant throw to first base. The toss pulled Austin Cangelosi off the bag, allowing Trevor Ross to reach safely. IU coach Chris Lemonis called for Ryan Halstead, and the IU closer walked No. 9 hitter Chris Coia to load the bases before giving up an RBI single to right field to Shane Johnsonbaugh. Josh Reavis followed with a sacrifice fly, allowing Riggs to tag and score to put Radford ahead by two. The Hoosiers went down in order in the bottom half. RADFORD 5, INDIANA 3.

SEVENTH INNING: Thomas Belcher replaced Jake Kelzer and picked up the final out of the sixth inning. He started the seventh by plunking Josh Reavis, but retired the next three batters to escape unharmed. IU threatened in the bottom half after Brian Wilhite and Casey Rodrigue reached base with one out. Nick Ramos flied out to right field, allowing Wilhite to tag and run to third before Brad Hartong flied to right-centerfield to end the inning. RADFORD 3, INDIANA 3.

FIFTH INNING: Indiana got on the board in the fifth inning, but not before giving up another run to Radford. The Highlanders posted back-to-back singles against Kelzer to start the inning before Chris Coia scored on a one-out fielder’s choice off the bat of Patrick Marshall. Casey Rodrigue supplied the Hoosiers’ first runs on a two-run single through the right side. Indiana tied it after reliever Kyle Palmer replaced starter Dylan Nelson. Palmer tried to check on Rodrigue at first base, but threw the ball away, allowing Brian Wilhite to slide home safely. RADFORD 3, INDIANA 3.

FOURTH INNING: Jake Kelzer replaced Baragar to start the inning and retired side in order. The bottom half of the inning ended on a double play off the bat of Logan Sowers. The IU freshman lined to shortstop, where Radford’s Chris Coia quickly doubled Nick Ramos off of second base to escape a two-on jam. RADFORD 2, INDIANA 0.

THIRD INNING: Baragar has allowed the leadoff man to reach in all three innings, but it hasn’t hurt him over the last two. After a leadoff walk to start the third inning, Baragar escaped the inning on a fly out and a pair of strikeouts. Brian Wilhite reached base on a one-out single, but he was caught stealing at second base to end the inning. Wilhite now has a hit in nine of his last 11 games. RADFORD 2, INDIANA 0.

SECOND INNING: Rain has arrived at Hawkins Field, but it’s not coming down hard enough to delay things just yet. Caleb Baragar issued a leadoff walk to begin the inning, but bounced back with a strikeout and a pair of fly outs. The Hoosiers went down in order in the bottom half. RADFORD 2, INDIANA 0.

FIRST INNING: A poor start to the inning forced Indiana to get its bullpen into gear. Caleb Baragar allowed two early runs after giving up back-to-back doubles and an RBI single, sending Jake Kelzer to begin working in the pen. Baragar settled in after a lengthy mound visit from pitching coach Kyle Bunn, retiring the next three batters he faced. Nick Ramos supplied IU’s first hit of the day in the bottom half and reached second base on a fielder’s choice, but was stranded at second base. RADFORD 2, INDIANA 0.

PREGAME: Indiana will be facing elimination today for the first time this weekend. Last night’s (this morning’s) 6-4 loss to Vanderbilt means the Hoosiers will have to play Radford and, if they win, they’ll get the Commodores in a rematch later Sunday evening. Should IU win both games, it would play Vanderbilt again on Monday evening for the regional championship.

Caleb Baragar will get the start against the Highlanders and IU will be the home team for the second consecutive game. Baragar has at least four strikeouts on seven occasions, including three of his last four outings. This will be his first NCAA Tournament appearance.