Top 9th: One Eastern Kentucky player reached on an error, but otherwise, Ryan Halstead cruised through the ninth. Indiana won 5-2 and improves to 30-8.
Bottom 8th: Indiana goes down 1-2-3 in the eighth. IU leads 5-2 going into EKU’s last at-bats.
Top 8th: Luke Harrison finally gave up a hit after retiring 12 straight, but EKU left fielder Kyle Nowlin grounded to third after right fielder Shaun Ball’s single IU leads 5-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Bottom 7th: IU’s seventh inning showed that Kyle Schwarber can run on his sprained knee, just not particularly fast. Schwarber laced a one-out double down the third base line then scored on an RBI double by first baseman Sam Travis into the right center field gap. Luckily for him, he didn’t have to move fast, but clearly seemed hampered on the second leg of both of those moves.IU leads 5-2.
Top 7th: Luke harrison has now retired 10 straight. Eastern Kentucky hit three straight grounders to shortstop Michael Basil. IU still leads 4-2.
Bottom 6th: Matt Lynch induced three fly outs and Indiana went down 1-2-3 in the sixth. IU still leads 4-2.
Top 6th: Luke Harrison has retired seven straight hitters and posted his second straight 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. IU still leads 4-2.
Bottom 5th: Indiana shortstop Michael Basil doubled to left with two outs then scored when third baseman Dustin DeMuth doubled to right. DeMuth committed to trying for third, then stopped and got caught in a rundown, but IU takes a 4-2 lead.
Top 5th: Luke Harrison cruised through a 1-2-3 5th. IU still leads 3-2.
Bottom 4th: IU center fielder Justin Cureton made up for being picked off in the second with an RBI single in the fourth. IU leads 3-2.
Top 4th: Luke Harrison gave up a pair of two-out singles, but EKU’s Austin Grisham flied out to left to end the inning. Game still tied 2-2.
Bottom 3rd: IU left fielder Scott Donley had a two-out single and went to second on a wild pitch, but he was the only IU player to reach in the third. Game still tied 2-2.
Top 3rd: Christian Morris didn’t survive the third and Eastern Kentucky scored two runs to tie it. Catcher John Wilson and center fielder Austin Grisham led off the inning with singles. Designated hitter Sean Hagen drew a walk to load the bases. Right fielder Shaun Bell grounded to first and IU first baseman Sam Travis tried to turn a double play, but Bell beat the relay throw and Wilson scored. After Luke Harrison came on in relief of Morris, Grisham scored on a double steal. Game tied 2-2.
Bottom 2nd: Indiana center fielder Justin Cureton beat out a grounder to third for an RBI single to give IU a 2-0 lead,, but then was picked off at first with a runner also on third and IU catcher Kyle Schwarber up to end the inning, costing the Hoosiers a scoring opportunity. IU leads 2-0.
Top 2nd: EKU first baseman Alex Hughes hit a one-out double over the head of IU center fielder Justin Cureton, but IU’s Christian Morris retired the other three batters he faced. IU still leads 1-0.
Bottom 1st: Kyle Schwarber is back. Very much so. The Indiana sophomore isn’t catching yet, and won’t until at least the weekend, but he’s very much hitting. Playing as a designated hitter, Schwarber hit the first pitch he saw in the first over the wall in left center field to give IU a 1-0 lead.
Top 1st: Indiana right-hander Christian Morris gave up a leadoff double to Eastern Kentucky center fielder Austin Grisham and then walked third baseman Doug Teegarden, but then picked off Grisham at second and retired the next two batters to escape the first unscathed. Scoreless through a half.
First pitch got moved up to 5 p.m. for this one. Lineups follow.
EASTERN KENTUCKY (14-23)
1. Austin Graham, cf (.270, 1 HR, 17 RBI)
2. Doug Teegarden, 3b (.308, 1 HR, 23 RBI)
3. Sean Hagen, dh (.361, 3 HR, 27 RBI)
4. Shaun Ball, rf (.300, 8 HR, 32 RBI)
5. Kyle Nowlin, lf (.333, 3 HR, 14 RBI)
6. Alex Hughes, 1b (.299, 2 HR, 17 RBI)
7. Kenny Hostrander, 2b (.270, 1 HR, 17 RBI)
8. Luke Wurzelbacher, ss (.289, 4 HR, 14 RBI0
9. Steve Ferraro, c (.278, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
P — Matt Lynch (0-3, 8.25 ERA, 13 K’s in 24.0 IP)
1. Justin Cureton, cf (.236, 45 runs, 9 RBI)
2. Kyle Schwarber, dh (.408, 7 HR, 35 RBI)
3. Sam Travis, 1b (.305, 6 HR, 32 RBI)
4. Scott Donley, lf (.383, 3 HR, 43 RBI)
5. Michael Basil, ss (.336, 3 HR, 28 RBI)
6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.372, 2 HR, 26 RBI)
7. Casey Smith, rf (.315, 4 HR, 21 RBI)
8. Nick Ramos, 2b (.277, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
9. Chad Clark, c (.236, 19 RBI)
P — Christian Morris, rhp (1-1, 3.63 ERA, 6 k’s in 17.1 IP)