Live Game Thread: Indiana vs. Michigan | Game 1 |

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Starting Lineups:

IU:

1. LF Drew Ashley
2. 2B Paul Toetz
3. CF Grant Richardson
4. 3B Cole Barr
5. RF Morgan Colopy
6. C Collin Hopkins
7. DH Ethan Vercrumba
8. 1B Kip Fougerousse
9. SS Jeremy Houston

SP: LHP Tommy Sommer

MICH:

1. 3B Christian Molfetta
2. RF Clark Elliott
3. DH Jimmy Obertop
4. C Griffin Mazur
5. SS Benjamin Sems
6. 1B Ted Burton
7. LF Tito Flores
8. 2B Riley Bertram
9. CF Christian Bullock

SP: LHP Steve Hajjar
 

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T1:

Indiana strands two runners on base and one in scoring position.

Ashley had a good at-bat and drew a leadoff walk. Toetz then fouled out to right field, but Richardson singled up the middle and Ashley advanced to third. Barr then grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
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Heading into B1 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

1. Molfetta
2. Elliott
3.
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B1:

Michigan strands one runner in scoring position.

Molfetta struck out swinging and Elliott flied out to left-center for the first two outs. Obertop then doubled to left, but Mazur grounded out to short to end the inning.
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Heading into T2 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

5. Colopy
6. Hopkins
7. Vercrumba
 

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T2:

Colopy and Hopkins struck out swinging for the first two outs. Vercrumba then singled to shortstop but was caught stealing and thrown out at second base.
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Heading into B2 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

5. Sems
6. Burton
7. Flores
 

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B2:

Michigan takes a 1-0 lead.

Sems grounded out to second base and then Burton hit a solo home run to left field to give U-M a 1-0 lead. Flores flied out to right-center and Bertram singled to second base, although it easily could have been ruled an error on Toetz. However, Bertram overslid the bag at second base, attempting to steal and was tagged out for the final out.
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Heading into T3 --> Michigan leads 1-0.

Due Up:

8. Fougerousse
9. Houston
1. Ashley
 

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T3:

Indiana takes a 2-1 lead.

Fougerousse and Houston hit back-to-back to singles to center field. Ashley then struck out swinging and Toetz struck out looking for the first two outs. Richardson walked to load up the bases and then Barr singled to left-center field, scoring Fougerousse and Houston to give IU a 2-1 lead. Richardson moved to third on the play. Colopy then struck out looking to end the frame.
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Heading into B3 --> Indiana leads 2-1.

Due Up:

9. Bullock
1. Molfetta
2. Elliott
 
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After failing to get a clutch hit in the 1st with two on and no outs, we came through in the 3rd. Good job, Hoosiers.
 

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Having to go to the bullpen so early in the game is not a good thing. However, it's obvious that Sommer is not having a good outing.
 

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B3:

Bullock struck out swinging and then Molfetta singled to center field. Elliott walked to put runners on first and second. Both runners then advanced to second and third respectively on a double steal. Obertop walked to load up the bases and Mazur then singled to left and Molfetta scored to tie the game 2-2. Elliott moved to third and Obertop advanced to second.

LHP Braden Scott replaced LHP Tommy Sommer

Sems singled to left-center and Elliott scored to give Michigan a 3-2 lead. Mazur moved to second and Obertop went to third. Next up to bat, Burton singled through the right side and Obertop scored to extend the lead to 4-2. Sems went to second and Mazur went to third. Flores then singled to left-center and was out trying to stretch it into a double, but Sems and Mazur scored to extend the lead to 6-2. Burton went to third, but Bertram bunted and popped out to Scott to end the inning.
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Heading into T4 --> Michigan leads 6-2.

Due Up:

6. Hopkins
7. Vercrumba
8. Fougerousse
 

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T4:

Indiana goes down 1-2-3.

Hopkins struck out swinging, Vercrumba grounded out to second and Fougerousse struck out swinging.
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Heading into B4 --> Michigan leads 6-2.

Due Up:

9. Bullock
1. Molfetta
2. Elliott
 

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Hmm, I don't believe we have a mercy rule in college baseball, do we?
 

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Is our pitching dependable? It's hard to tell because of all the errors we make.

It seems like we walk a lot of guys?
 

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B4:

Michigan takes a 9-2 lead.

Bullock drew a leadoff walk and was safe at second after Molfetta hit a ground ball to Toetz, who committed a throwing error trying to get the out at second base. Arguably, Houston could have made the catch but ended up not hanging on. Elliott and Obertop both struck out swinging for the first two outs; however, Mazur hit a three-run home run to left to extend the lead to 9-2. Sems then grounded out to third to end the inning.
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Heading into T5 --> Michigan leads 9-2.

Due Up:

9. Houston
1. Ashley
2. Toetz
 

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Is our pitching dependable? It's hard to tell because of all the errors we make.

It seems like we walk a lot of guys?
Our pitching is not fooling anyone so far, and we do have one fielding error by Toetz so far. It's UM's bats that are doing most of the damage.
 

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T5:

Houston grounded out to short and Ashley lined out to center for the first two outs. Toetz walked, but Richardson hit a ground ball to Michigan's shortstop, who stepped on second to end the frame.
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Heading into B5 --> Michigan leads 9-2.

Due Up:


6. Burton
7. Flores
8. Bertram
 

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B5:

RHP Reese Sharp replaced LHP Braden Scott

Michigan strands one runner in scoring position.

Burton hit a ground ball to third and Barr made a great backhand play before firing to first for the out. Flores then doubled to left field and moved to third after Bertram grounded out to second. Bullock then grounded out to second to end the inning.
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Heading into T6 --> Michigan leads 9-2.

Due Up:

4. Barr
5. Colopy
6. Hopkins
 

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T6:

Barr drew a leadoff walk and then Colopy struck out looking for the first out. Hopkins reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop and Barr was out at second. The ball got by the first baseman when Michigan tried to turn the double play, but Hopkins did not advance. Vercrumba then popped out to Michigan's shortstop behind second base for the final out of the frame.
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Heading into B6 --> Michigan leads 9-2.

Due Up:

1. Molfetta
2. Elliott
3. Obertop
 

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B6:

Michigan goes down 1-2-3.

Molfetta lined out to first base, Elliott flied out to left-center and Obertop and struck out looking.
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Heading into T7 --> Michigan leads 9-2.

Due Up:


8. Fougerousse
9. Houston
1. Ashley
 

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T7:

IU makes it 9-3.

Fougerousse grounded out to second base and then Houston singled to right field.

RHP Isaiah Paige replaced LHP Steve Hajjar


Ashley singled through the left side and Houston moved to second. Toetz then singled to center to load up the bases. Richardson hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Houston tagged from third to cut the deficit to 9-3. Next up to bat, Barr hit a ground ball to third but was safe at first after Michigan's first baseman was pulled off the bag due to the throw. Barr's infield single loaded up the bases. Pinch hitter Van Pelt then popped out to Michigan's shortstop in shallow left field.
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Heading into B7 --> Michigan leads 9-3.

Due Up:

4. Mazur
5. Sems
6. Burton
 

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B7:

RHP Nathan Stahl replaced RHP Reese Sharp

Michigan strands the bases loaded.

Mazur reached on a fielding error by Barr and moved to second after Sems singled through the right side. Burton struck out looking for the first out and then Flores singled to right, which loaded up the bases. Bertram flied out to right field for the second out and all runners held up. Bullock then struck out swinging for the final out.
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Heading into T8 --> Michigan leads 9-3.

Due Up:

6. Hopkins
7. Vercrumba
8. Fougerousse
 

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T8:

Indiana goes down 1-2-3.

Hopkins grounded out to third, Vercrumba struck out swinging and Fougerousse struck out swinging for the final out.
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Heading into B8 --> Michigan leads 9-3.

Due Up:

1. Molfetta
2. Elliott
3. Obertop
 

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B8:

RHP Connor Manous replaced RHP Nathan Stahl

Molfetta grounded out to second and then Elliott homered to right field to extend the lead to 10-3. Obertop then flied out to right-center and Mazur flied out to right field to end the inning.
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Heading into T9 --> Michigan leads 10-3.

Due Up:

9. Houston
1. Ashley
2. Toetz
 

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T9:

Pinch hitter Jessee singled up the middle but was then thrown out at second base after Ashley grounded into a fielder's choice. Next up to bat, Toetz struck out swinging for the second out. Richardson then struck out swinging for the final out.

Michigan takes the series opener 10-3.
 

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Bummer of a start to the series. Michigan had just three more hits than us, but three of those hits were homers as they were able to do more with their offense. Two errors in the game by us, but they weren't the deciding issue in this game as UM just plain got more at the plate than what we could muster. Hopefully, McCade Brown has a better game on the mound tomorrow. If we can take the next two games, it will be a successful weekend. Nebraska could move into 1st place if they beat NW tonight. I believe we still stay ahead of Michigan, but just narrowly by percentage points.
 
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Well, we are going to drop to 2nd place (barely over Mich) by a half game since Nebraska has an 11-0 lead on NW in the 7th at this time, and needless to say, that game is all over with the fat lady clearing her throat. Hoping for better things tomorrow.