Live Game Thread: Indiana vs. Iowa

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Starting Lineups:

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1. LF Drew Ashley
2. 2B Paul Toetz
3. CF Grant Richardson
4. 3B Cole Barr
5. RF Morgan Colopy
6. DH Tyler Van Pelt
7. 1B Kip Fougerousse
8. C Collin Hopkins
9. SS James "Tank" Espalin

SP: Gabe Bierman - RHP

U Of I:

1. CF Ben Norman
2. 1B Izaya Fullard
3. RF Zeb Adreon
4. C Austin Martin
5. 2B Dylan Nedved
6. 3B Matthew Sosa
7. LF Trenton Wallace
8. DH Brett McCleary
9. SS Brendan Sher

SP: Cam Baumann - RHP
 

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T1:

Iowa takes an early 1-0 lead but strands a runner in scoring position.

Norman drew a leadoff walk and moved to second after Fullard singled to center field. Adreon then hit a ground ball to first base and Fougerousse flipped to Bierman for the out. Norman and Fullard both advanced one base to put runners on second and third. Martin grounded out to IU 2B Toetz on a ground ball up the middle and Norman scored to give Iowa a 1-0 lead. Fullard moved to third, but Nedved struck out looking to end the inning.
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Heading into B1 --> Iowa leads 1-0.

Due Up:

1. Ashley
2. Toetz
3. Richardson
 

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B1:

Indiana ties the game 1-1 but strands a runner in scoring position.

Ashley popped out to shortstop to start off the bottom of the first. Next up to bat, Toetz doubled to center field and scored on an error by Iowa pitcher Baumann to tie the game 1-1. Richardson hit a slow ground ball to Baumann, who committed a throwing error to first base and the ball went into the outfield. Richardson went to second on the error. Barr then flied out to center field and Richardson tagged up, moving to third. Colopy lined out to first base to end the inning.
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Heading into T2 --> The game is tied 1-1.

Due Up:

6. Sosa
7. Wallace
8. McCleary
 

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T2:

Iowa is retired in order.

Soso flied out to Richardson in right-center, Wallace lined out to third base and McCleary struck out looking.
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Heading into B2 --> The game is tied 1-1.

Due Up:

6. Van Pelt
7. Fougerousse
8. Hopkins
 

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B2:

Indiana strands one runner on base.

Van Pelt struck out looking and Fougerousse grounded out to third base for the first two outs. Hopkins then singled through the left side, but Espalin grounded out to Iowa SS Sher up the middle.
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Heading into T3 --> The game is tied 1-1.

Due Up:

9. Sher
1. Norman
2. Fullard
 

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T3:

Iowa is retired in order.

Sher struck out looking, Norman struck out swinging and Fullard grounded out to shortstop.
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Heading into B3 --> The game is tied 1-1.

Due Up:

1. Ashley
2. Toetz
3. Richardson
 

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B3:

Indiana takes a 2-1 lead.

Ashley grounded out to shortstop and then Toetz doubled down the right-field line. Next up to bat, Richardson had an excellent bunt down the first baseline and reached first safely. Toetz advanced to third on the bunt to put runners on the corners with one out. Barr then singled to left field and Toetz scored to give Indiana a 2-1 lead. Richardson went to second base on the single. Next up to bat, Colopy struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Van Pelt grounded out to first base unassisted to end the inning.
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Heading into T4 --> Indiana leads 2-1.

Due Up:

3. Adreon
4. Martin
5. Nedved
 

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T4:

Iowa scores and ties the game 2-2.

Adreon and Martin both struck out swinging for the first two outs. Nedved then reached on a fielding error by IU SS Espalin. Espalin could not field the ball cleanly and Nedved beat the throw at first base. Nedved then stole second and Sosa walked to put runners on first and second with two outs. Wallace then singled through the left side and Nedved scored to tie the game 2-2. Next up to bat, McCleary struck out looking to end the frame.
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Heading into B4 --> The game is tied 2-2.

Due Up:

7. Fougerousse
8. Hopkins
9. Espalin
 

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B4: Mid-Inning Update

Indiana takes a 7-2 lead.

Fougerousse struck out swinging and then Hopkins hit a one-out double to right-center. Espalin struck out swinging for the second out and Ashley singled to right field to put runners on the corners with two outs. Ashley later moved to second on a passed ball, which put two runners in scoring position. Toetz then singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw coming in from the outfield. Hopkins and Ashley scored and Indiana regained a 4-2 lead. Next up to bat, Richardson tripled to the right-center gap and Toetz scored to extend the lead to 5-2.

Barr sends a ball to deep left-center field and it's outta here! Outta here! Cole Barr breaks the game open with a two-run home run to left-center field to extend the lead to 7-2!
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RHP Duncan Davitt replaced RHP Cam Baumann
 
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B4:

Colopy drew a two-out walk and Van Pelt grounded out to third to end the inning.
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Heading into T5 --> Indiana leads 7-2.

Due Up:

9. Sher
1. Norman
2. Fullard
 

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It didn't take long to get to the Iowa bullpen today. Eleven hits through four innings.
 

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T5:

Iowa strands runners on the corners.

Sher lined out to third base and Norman grounded out to second for the first two outs. Fullard then hit a ground-rule double to right-center. Next up to bat, Adreon reached on a fielding error by IU 2B Toetz and Fullard moved to third, putting runners on the corners. However, Martin struck out swinging to end the inning.
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Heading into B5 --> Indiana leads 7-2.

Due Up:

7. Fougerousse
8. Hopkins
9. Espalin
 

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B5:

Indiana extends the lead to 8-2.

Fougerousse struck out swinging and Hopkins hit a one-out double to left-center. Espalin then grounded out to third and Hopkins advanced to third base on the play. Ashley struck out swinging but reached first base on a drop third strike. The ball got away from Iowa C Martin, who then threw the ball slightly wide of the first-base bag and Fullard could not keep his foot on the bag at first. Toetz then grounded out to first base unassisted to end the inning.
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Heading into T6 --> Indiana leads 8-2.

Due Up:

5. Nedved
6. Sosa
7. Wallace
 
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Bierman running out of gas? As I post this, he is at 100 pitches.
 

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T6:

Iowa scores two and cuts the deficit to 8-4.

Nedved led off with a single to right field. Sosa then grounded out to third base for the first out. Barr charged in and made a fantastic bare-handed grab before firing to first to get the out. Nedved moved to second base on the play. Wallace then hit a two-run home run to right field to cut the deficit to 8-4. It looked like a hanging-breaking ball that Wallace turned on and blasted over the wall that got out in a hurry. McCleary then popped out to IU 2B Toetz in shallow right field for the second out. Sher struck out swinging to end the frame.
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Heading into B6 --> Indiana leads 8-4.

Due Up:

3. Richardson
4. Barr
5. Colopy
 

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T6:

Iowa scores two and cuts the deficit to 8-4.

Nedved led off with a single to right field. Sosa then grounded out to third base for the first out. Barr charged in and made a fantastic bare-handed grab before firing to first to get the out. Nedved moved to second base on the play. Wallace then hit a two-run home run to right field to cut the deficit to 8-4. It looked like a hanging-breaking ball that Wallace turned on and blasted over the wall that got out in a hurry. McCleary then popped out to IU 2B Toetz in shallow right field for the second out. Sher struck out swinging to end the frame.
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Heading into B6 --> Indiana leads 8-4.

Due Up:

3. Richardson
4. Barr
5. Colopy
Bierman is at 110 pitches, so I assume we will go to the bullpen in the 7th.
 

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B6:

Indiana goes down in order.

Richardson grounded out to first base unassisted and Barr fouled out to Iowa 1B Fullard. Colopy then struck out swinging to end the inning.
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Heading into T7 --> Indiana leads 8-4.

Due Up:

1. Norman
2. Fullard
3. Adreon
 

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T7: Mid-Inning Update

RHP Nathan Stahl replaced RHP Gabe Bierman

Norman hit a ground ball off Stahl's foot that rolled to Toetz, who fired to first for the first out. Next up to bat, Fullard hit a solo home run to left-center to cut the deficit to 8-5. Adreon then walked and Martin singled to center field to put runners on first and second with one out.

LHP Braden Scott replaced RHP Nathan Stahl
 

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T7:

Nedved flied out to the warning track in deep right field for the second out. Sosa then hit a ground ball to shortstop and Espalin backhanded and made a long throw to get Sosa in time to end the frame. Fougerousse had a great scoop at first.

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Heading into B7 --> Indiana leads 8-5.

Due Up:

6. PH Vercrumba
7. Fougerousse
8. Hopkins
 

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A really shaky outing by Stahl. 0.1 innings and he gives up two hits and a walk. Fortunately for us, the homer came before the single and walk. Iowa is using the long ball to try and get back into this game.
 

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A really shaky outing by Stahl. 0.1 innings and he gives up two hits and a walk. Fortunately for us, the homer came before the single and walk. Iowa is using the long ball to try and get back into this game.
The next inning is super important. Iowa has 7-8-9 coming up and it would not be the best scenario if the top of the order comes up with runners on base and few outs in the inning.

Norman, Fullard and Adreon all have averages over .310. Not to mention that Norman has power with 9 HR's on the year and Fullard recently hit the solo home run to left-center.
 

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B7:

Indiana extends the lead to 9-5.

Pinch hitter Vercrumba grounded out to short and Fougerousse struck out swinging for the first two outs. Hopkins then doubled to left-center and scored after Espalin singled to right field. Ashley lined out to third base to end the inning.
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Heading into T8 --> Indiana leads 9-5.

Due Up:

7. Wallace
8. McCleary
9. Sher
 

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T8:

RHP Matt Litwicki replaced LHP Braden Scott.

Iowa scores two and cuts the lead to 9-7.

Wallace lined out to center field for the first out. Pinch hitter Frazier then bunted towards third base and Litwicki fielded and committed a throwing error that went into the outfield. Frazier went to second on the error. Next up to bat, Sher grounded out to third base for the second out. Leadoff hitter Norman then hit a two-run home run to left-center to cut the deficit to 9-7. However, Fullard struck out swinging to end the frame.
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Heading into B8 --> Indiana leads 9-7.

Due Up:

2. Houston
3. Richardson
4. Barr
 

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Well, three of our four pitchers used today have given up the long ball now. Another shaky game with the errors, now up to three, but fortunately we have been able to score enough runs to overcome that, SO FAR.
 
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Out Of Town Score Update: 2:46 PM

Rutgers: 4 | Nebraska: 0 | Bottom 7

Illinois: 10 | Michigan: 4 | Bottom 6 --> (7 Inning Game)
 
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I like that scoreboard. Not sure we deserve a W when we have terrible base running and HS fielding, but I’ll take it if they can get 3 more outs.
 

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B8:

Indiana takes a 12-7 lead.

RHP Ben Probst replaced RHP Duncan Davitt

Houston drew a leadoff walk but was picked off at first for the first out. Richardson then hit a ground ball to Iowa 1B Fullard, who flipped to Probst for the second out. Barr then drew a two-out walk.

RHP Grant Leonard replaced RHP Ben Probst

Colopy singled through the right side to put runners on first and second with two outs.

Vercrumba sends one to deep right field and it's outta here! Outta here! Vercrumba gives IU a 12-7 lead in the bottom of the eighth!

Fougerousse flied out to right field to end the inning.
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Heading into T9 --> Indiana leads 12-7.

Due Up:

3. Adreon
4. Martin
5. Nedved
 
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Out Of Town Score Update: 2:46 PM

Rutgers: 4 | Nebraska: 0 | Bottom 7

Illinois: 10 | Michigan: 4 | Bottom 6 --> (7 Inning Game)
If Rutgers holds on for the sweep in Lincoln, then we would move into 1st place, and with Michigan losing the first game of their double-header, it won't matter if they win the second game since they would still be behind us. I'm somewhat shocked that Neb would get swept by Rutgers, especially at home.
 

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T9:

Adreon flied out to left field and Martin struck out looking. Nedved then doubled down the left-field line and scored after Sosa doubled to right-center to cut the deficit to 12-8. However, Wallace grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Indiana wins 12-8 and wins the rubber match today, taking the series.
 

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If Rutgers holds on for the sweep in Lincoln, then we would move into 1st place, and with Michigan losing the first game of their double-header, it won't matter if they win the second game since they would still be behind us. I'm somewhat shocked that Neb would get swept by Rutgers, especially at home.
Rutgers has increased their lead to 5-0 with a run in the top of the 9th, and they are still batting with two outs and have the bases loaded.
 
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Up to 110 in Live RPI.
Going into the Iowa series, we were 0-4 in Quadrant 1 wins thanks to getting swept by OSU. After the series win against Iowa, we are now 2-5 which should help the RPI out some.
 

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Hoosiers in first place as Huskers are swept at home (by Rutgers) for first time since 2009.

Despite taking the Iowa series, not clear where we stand against Quad 1 teams. Two wins, but two leading starters surrendered a lot of runs, some due to a sudden rash of errors. Hitters came through, but had to overcome three pickoffs. Happy to have the wins, but the hurdles ahead get bigger and bigger.
 
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