Live Game Thread: Indiana vs. Rutgers | Game 2 |

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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. C Collin Hopkins
7. 1B Kip Fougerousse
8. DH Bobby Whalen
9. SS James "Tank" Espalin

SP: RHP McCade Brown

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1. 1B Mike Nyisztor
2. RF Richie Schiekofer
3. CF Ryan Lasko
4. LF Evan Sleight
5. 3B Chris Brito
6. SS Danny DiGeorgio
7. 2B Kevin Welsh
8. DH Josh Rodriguez
9. C Andy Axelson

SP: LHP Ben Wereski
 

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T1:

Ashley struck out swinging and Toetz walked. Richardson then hit a ground ball to second and Toetz was thrown out at second base. However, RU SS DiGeorgio dropped the ball on the transfer and Richardson safely reached on the fielder's choice. Barr flied out to deep left-center for the third and final out.
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Heading into B1 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

1. Nyisztor
2. Schiekofer
3. Lasko
 

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B1:

Rutgers goes down in order.

Nyisztor grounded out to shortstop, Schiekofer struck out swinging and Lasko struck out swinging.
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Heading into T2 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

5. Colopy
6. Hopkins
7. Fougerousse
 

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T2:

Indiana is retired in order.

Colopy fouled out to first base, Hopkins popped out to second base and Fougerousse struck out swinging.
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Heading into B2 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

4. Sleight
5. Brito
6. DiGeorgio
 

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B2:

Six up, six down for Rutgers.

Sleight grounded out to first base unassisted, Brito fouled out to first base and DiGeorgio flied out to center field.
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Heading into T3 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

8. Whalen
9. Espalin
1. Ashley
 

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T3:

IU goes down in order.

Whalen flied out to left field, Espalin struck out looking and Ashley grounded out to third.
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Heading into B3 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

7. Welsh
8. Rodriguez
9. Axelson
 

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B3:

Rutgers goes down 1-2-3 for the third time consecutively.

Welsh struck out swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging and Axelson flied out to left field.
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Heading into T4 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

2. Toetz
3. Richardson
4. Barr
 

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T4:

Indiana goes down in order for the third time in a row. Wereski has now retired the past 10 hitters in a row. It looks like we have a pitcher's duel in New Jersey!

Toetz fouled out to first base, Richardson flied out to left field and Barr struck out looking for the final out of the frame.
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Heading into B4 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

1. Nyisztor
2. Schiekofer
3. Lasko
 
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B4:

Rutgers goes 1-2-3 for the fourth time in a row. 12 up, 12 down for Brown.

Nyisztor hit a slow chopper up the middle and Espalin barehanded it before firing to first for the out. Great play by Espalin. Schiekofer then grounded out to the pitcher and Lasko struck out looking for the final out of the inning.
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Heading into T5 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

5. Colopy
6. Hopkins
7. Fougerousse
 

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T5:

IU is retired in order again as Wereski has retired 13 in a row.

Colopy struck out swinging, Hopkins flied out to right and Fougerousse flied out to center.
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Heading into B5 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:


4. Sleight
5. Brito
6. DiGeorgio
 

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B5:

Brown strikes out the side.

Sleight, Brito and DiGeorgio all struck out looking in that order.
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Heading into T6 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

8. Whalen
9. Espalin
1. Ashley
 
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T6:

IU goes down 1-2-3 as it's now 16 in a row for Wereski.

Whalen hit a ground ball to shortstop and although the throw was high, Nyisztor applied the tag for the first out. Espalin then grounded out to first unassisted and Ashley fouled out to first base to end the frame.
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Heading into B6 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

7. Welsh
8. Rodriguez
9. Axelson
 

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B6:

McCade Brown struck out the side looking and now he just struck out the side swinging. That's his 7th strikeout in a row.

Welsh, Rodriguez and Axelson all struck out swinging and in that order.
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Heading into T7 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:

2. Toetz
3. Richardson
4. Barr
 

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T7:

Indiana had bases loaded with no outs but stranded all three runners on base.

Toetz singled to center field and moved to third after Richardson singled to right field. Richardson advanced to second on a wild pitch and Barr walked to load up the bases.

Colopy then flied out to shallow left-center and Toetz stayed at third. Next up to bat, Hopkins, hit an infield fly to shortstop for the second out. Fougerousse struck out swinging to end the threat.
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Heading into B7 --> The game is tied 0-0.

Due Up:


1. Nyisztor
2. Schiekofer
3. Lasko
 

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I can't believe that we failed to score at least one run in the 7th, and then Rutgers homers in their first at-bat in the bottom of the inning.
 

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B7:

Rutgers scores and breaks up the perfect game.

Nyisztor led off and hit a solo home run to left field to give Rutgers a 1-0 lead.

Schiekofer and Lasko walked and moved to second and third, respectively, after Sleight hit a sac fly to deep left. Brito was intentionally walked to keep the double play intact and next up to bat, DiGeorgio grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
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Heading into T8 --> Rutgers leads 1-0.

Due Up:

8. Whalen
9. Espalin
1. Ashley
 

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T8:

RHP Nate McLain (1.86 ERA) replaces LHP Ben Wereski


Indiana is retired in order.

Pinch hitter Vercrumba grounded out to second, Espalin flied out to center field and Ashley struck out swinging.
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Heading into B8 --> Rutgers leads 1-0.

Due Up:

7. Welsh
8. Rodriguez
9. Axelson
 

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B8:

RHP Grant Macciocchi replaced RHP McCade Brown

Welsh grounded out to first base unassisted and Rodriguez grounded out to second base for the first two outs. A pitch hit Axelson, but Nyisztor grounded out to Macciocchi for the final out to end the inning.
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Heading into T9 --> Rutgers leads 1-0.

Last chance for Indiana.

Due Up:

2. Toetz
3. Richardson
4. Barr
 

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T9: Mid-Inning Update

Toetz singled to center field and pinch-runner Houston moved to second after Richardson singled to left field.
Back-to-back base hits for IU with no outs.

LHP Dale Stanavich replaces RHP Nate McLain
 

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T9:

Barr hit a ground ball to pitcher Stanavich, who threw to third base for the force out. However, Barr reached first safely on the fielder's choice and Richardson moved to second. Colopy then struck out swinging, but Hopkins hit a single to center field and Richardson scored to tie the game 1-1. Pinch hitter Murrison hit a ground ball to RU SS DiGeorgio, who stepped on second for the force out to end the frame.
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Heading into B9 --> The game is tied 1-1.

Due Up:

2. Schiekofer
3. Lasko
4. Sleight
 
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B9:

Houston to 2B | Fucci to 1B for Murrison | LHP Braden Scott replaced RHP Grant Macciocchi |

Rutgers is retired in order.

Shiekofer struck out swinging, Lasko flied out to center field and Sleight struck out swinging as Braden Scott was fired up and yelled towards the dugout with excitement.
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Heading into T10 --> The game is tied 1-1.

Due Up:

8. Vercrumba
9. Espalin
1. Ashley
 

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T10: Mid-Inning Update

Pinch hitter Skrine walked and Jessee entered the game as a pinch-runner. Next up to bat, Espalin laid down a sacrifice bunt and Jessee moved to second. Ashley then doubled down the right-field line to put runners on second and third with one out.

RHP Parker Scott replaces LHP Dale Stanavich
 

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T10: Mid-Inning Update

Houston singled to left field and Jessee scored to give Indiana a 2-1 lead.
Ashley moved to third on the play.

LHP Eric Reardon replaces RHP Parker Scott
 
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T10:

Richardson grounded out to shortstop and Ashley scored from third base to extend the lead to 3-1.
Houston moved into scoring position on the play, but Barr grounded out to third to end the frame.
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Heading into B10 --> Indiana leads 3-1.

Due Up:

5. Brito
6. DiGeorgio
7. Welsh
 
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T10:

Richardson grounded out to shortstop and Ashley scored from third base to extend the lead to 3-1.
Houston moved into scoring position on the play, but Barr grounded out to third to end the frame.
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Heading into B10 --> Indiana leads 3-1.

Due Up:

5. Brito
6. DiGeorgio
7. Welsh
Like with a lot of people, I've been a big critic of Houston and for good reason, but he really came through for us in putting us ahead in the 10th.
 

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B10:

Brito drew a leadoff walk and DiGeorgio singled through the left side to put runners on first and second. Welsh then bunted the ball in the air towards first base and neither Scott nor Fucci could make the catch. Everyone was safe to load up the bases.

Rodriguez then struck out looking and pinch hitter Owens struck out swinging for the second out. Nyisztor singled to right-center and Brito and DiGeorgio scored to tie the game 3-3. Welsh moved to second on the single but Schiekofer flied out to center field to end the inning.
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Heading into T11 --> The game is tied 3-3.

Due Up:

5. Colopy
6. Hopkins
7. Fucci
 

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I bolded a player to look out for from each team when I released the starting lineups today. I chose Nyisztor and it seems like I chose correctly as he now has a solo home run and a 2 RBI single, totaling 3 RBI's.
 

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Okay guys, it's time to end this game now, we still have another game to play today.
 

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T11:

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Indiana takes a 5-3 lead.

Colopy hit a ground ball to shortstop and beat the throw at first base. Hopkins then bunted a ball foul with two strikes for the first out of the inning. Next up to bat, Fucci hit a two-run home run to right-center and Indiana regained a 5-3 lead.

Jessee then struck out looking and a pitch hit Espalin to put a runner on first with two outs. Ashley then hit a ground ball to shortstop and DiGeorgio flipped to second for the final out.
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Heading into B11 --> Indiana leads 5-3.

Due Up:

3. Lasko
4. Sleight
5. Brito
 

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B11:

RHP Braydon Tucker replaced LHP Braden Scott

Lasko led off with a single to left-center and advanced to second after Sleight grounded out to first base unassisted. Brito then grounded out to third base for the second out. DiGeorgio struck out swinging to end the game.

Indiana sweeps the series with a 5-3 victory.
 

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B11:

RHP Braydon Tucker replaced LHP Braden Scott

Lasko led off with a single to left-center and advanced to second after Sleight grounded out to first base unassisted. Brito then grounded out to third base for the second out. DiGeorgio struck out swinging to end the game.

Indiana sweeps the series with a 5-3 victory.
I'm glad that Brown didn't get hit with a loss since he pitched so well giving up the one hit (homer) and striking out 11 in 7 innings. Nine out of 10 times, he would win a game with his pitching performance.
 

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These two RU wins are a big deal. More important than what happens against Neb who has a well rested number 1 waiting for a ranked IU team to boost RPI. Still like to sweep NU but doubtful unless tourney was flipped. Then be saying the same about RU. Go Hoosiers!
 

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