Top 9th: Evan Bell gave up a leadoff single but then struck out the next two batters and got designated hitter Kyle Jusick to pop out to end the inning. Indiana wins 9-1 and improves to 32-8 overall, 9-4 in the Big Ten.
Bottom 8th: IU first baseman Sam Travis and left fielder Scott Donley had a pair of two-out singles, but pinch runner Will Nolden was thrown out leaning off first to end the inning. IU up 9-1 heading into the ninth.
Top 8th: Joey DeNato gave up a single to shortstop Travis Maezes and came out of the game. Evan Bell struck out the first batter he faced and then got the second to ground to a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Indiana leads 9-1.
Bottom 7th: Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth led off against reliever Alex Daar and reached on an error, but was thrown out trying to steal second with one out and second baseman Nick Ramos flied out to right with a man on to end the inning. Indiana still up 9-1.
Top 7th: Joey DeNato struck out the first two batters he faced in the seventh, gave up a single and two walks to load the bases, but then got Patrick Biondi to ground back to the mound to end the inning. Indiana still up 9-1.
Bottom 6th: Center fielder Justin Cureton hit his first home run of the season and left fielder Scott Donley hit his fourth in the sixth. The Hoosiers are up 9-1.
Top 6th: Joey DeNato gave up a bunt single to speedster Patrick Biondi and a walk to shortstop Travis Maezes, but then turned a 1-6-3 double play. After a walk, he picked off third baseman Jacob Cronenworth, and the Hoosiers stayed disciplined during the rundown to throw out Biondi trying to score. IU leads 7-1.
Bottom 5th: Michigan reliever Chad Jasman hasn’t had anywhere near the problems starter Trent Szkutnik had. Another 1-2-3 inning. IU still leads 7-1.
Top 5th: Joey DeNato hit a batter, but got second baseman Eric Jacobson to ground into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning. IU leads 7-1.
Bottom 4th: Indiana left fielder Scott Donley recorded the Hoosiers’ first hit since the first inning and shortstop Michael Basil walked, but Dustin DeMuth grounded out to end the inning. IU still leads 7-1.
Top 4th: An RBI single by left fielder Zach Zott put Michigan on the board in the fourth. Indiana still leads 7-1.
Bottom 3rd: Indiana has now gone down 1-2-3 in each of the last two innings. Hoosiers still lead 7-0.
Top 3rd: Joey DeNato needed just five pitches to get through the third. Indiana still leads 7-0.
Bottom 2nd: Indiana hit three balls hard at the second, but also right at people. The Hoosiers still lead 7-0, of course.
Top 2nd: Joey DeNato, meanwhile is cruising. He retired the side in the second, and added a fourth strikeout. IU leads 7-0.
Bottom 1st: Indiana wasted no time taking all kinds of control. In the first inning, the Hoosiers sent 13 batters to the plate and Michigan starter Trent Szkutnik only survived 11 of them, coming out for right-handed reliever Chad Jasman. First baseman Sam Travis had an RBI double followed by a two-run double by left fielder Scott Donley. Two batters later, right fielder Casey Smith hit a three-run home run deep over the left field wall. Center fielder Justin Cureton added an RBI single and IU leads 7-0 after the first.
Top 1st: Joey DeNato gave up a single to Michigan right fielder Michael O’Neill, but struck out the other three batters he faced. Scoreless through a half.
IU gets back into Big Ten play tonight. Bart Kaufman Field just had its dedication ceremony. Lineups follow.
MICHIGAN (22-17, 8-4)
1. Patrick Biondi, cf (.327, 25 runs, 9 RBI)
2. Travis Maezes (.294, 2 HR, 26 RBI)
3. Michael O’Neill (.344, 1 HR, 24 RBI)
4. Jacob Cronenworth, 3b (.324, 2 HR, 29 RBI)
5. Zach Zott, lf (.324, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
6. Jack Sexton, 1b (.230, 10 RBI)
7. Cole Martin, c (.248, 1 HR, 19 RBI)
8. Kyle Jusick, dh (.247, 9 RBI)
9. Eric Jacobsen, 2b (.167, 2 RBI)
P– Trent Szkutnik, lhp (3-5, 3.62 ERA, 45 k’s in 54 2/3 IP)
INDIANA (31-8, 8-4)
1. Justin Cureton, cf (.243, 45 runs, 11 RBI)
2. Kyle Schwarber, dh (.411, 8 HR, 36 RBI)
3. Sam Travis, 1b (.304, 6 HR, 33 RBI)
4. Scott Donley, lf (.379, 3 HR, 43 RBI)
5. Michael Basil, ss (.333, 3 HR, 28 RBI)
6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.376, 2 HR, 27 RBI)
7. Casey Smith, rf (.304, 4 HR, 21 RBI)
8. Chad Clark, c (.234, 19 RBI)
9. Nick Ramos, 2b (.260, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
P -Joey DeNato, lhp (5-1, 2.77 ERA, 48 k’s in 55 1/3 IP