Bottom 9th: Indiana gave it a run in the ninth. After pinch hitter Chris Sujka singled to right to open the inning, first baseman Sam Travis crushed a one-out double off the wall in left center. Scott Donley’s RBI groundout scored Sujka and put the tying run 90 feet away. However, MSU’s Jonathan Holder stepped in and got Michael Basil to ground out to end the game. IU falls 5-4 and plays Oregon State in an elimination game.
Top 9th: Indiana gave up a pair of singles in the ninth, but MSU did no further damage. The Bulldogs lead 5-3, though, and IU is down to its final three outs.
Bottom 8th: Indiana’s comeback bid didn’t start off well. The Hoosiers went down 1-2-3 in the eighth with two more strikeouts. MSU leads 5-3.
Top 8th: All of the runners left on base are haunting Indiana now. Mississippi State scored three runs in the eighth to take a 5-3 lead. Halstead gave up an RBI single to DeMarcus Henderson and Trey Porter Drove in two runs with a single off Brian Korte to give the Bulldogs the lead.
Bottom 7th: Indiana got runners on second and third with two outs, but Dustin DeMuth struck out looking to end the inning. IU still leads 3-2.
Top 7th: Ryan Halstead stayed in for the seventh and got MSU down 1-2-3, striking out Hunter Renfroe with a fastball to end the inning. IU still leads 3-2.
Bottom 6th: Chad Girodo set Indiana down 1-2-3 in the sixth, striking out Will Nolden to end it. IU still up 3-2.
Top 6th: Mississippi State cut into Indiana’s lead in the sixth, but Ryan Halstead stepped in to make sure the Bulldogs didn’t cut further. Of course, he only made that happen by a few feet. Will Coursen-Carr gave up a single to MSU’s Brett Pirtle and then allowed Pirtle to go to second on a wild pitch. Pirtle then scored on an RBI single by MSU first baseman Wes Rea to make it 3-2. Coursen-Carr then hit C.T. Bradford and was pulled from the game. Halstead stepped in and allowed a single to DeMarcus Henderson, but Rea held at third instead of testing Will Noldens’ arm. Halstead got Nick Ammirati to pop up to short, then pinch hitter Trey Porter hit one to the wall, but Nolden hauled it in to end the inning. IU still leads 3-2.
Bottom 5th: Sam Travis was hit by a pitch to start the fifth and Scott Donley singled to start the inning. Shortstop Michael Basil bunted to move them over. However, Dustin DeMuth grounded to third and Travis was cut down trying to come home. Casey Smith then struck out to end the inning.
Top 5th: Mississippi State’s Nick Ammirati led off the fifth with MSU’s first hit since the first and a fielding error by IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth put runners on first and second. However, MSU third baseman Alex Detz lined out to the pitcher for a double play to end the inning. IU leads 3-1.
Bottom 4th: IU second baseman Chad Clark singled to start the fourth, but the next three hitters struck out to end the inning. IU leads 3-1.
Top 4th: Will Coursen-Carr struck out a pair of batters in the fourth and notched a 1-2-3 inning. He’s found a groove since the first and hasn’t allowed a hit since the first batter. IU leads 3-1.
Bottom 3rd: Indiana took the lead for the first time in the third. With one out, Right fielder Will Nolden singled, then went to third on a single by Kyle Schwarber. IU first baseman Sam Travis then grounded past the second baseman and into the right field gap for a double to score Nolden. Designated hitter Scott Donley grounded to second to bring in a run. Left fielder Casey Smith later struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning. Iu still leads 3-1.
Top 3rd: Will Coursen-Carr walked MSU’s Adam Frazier and intentionally walked right fielder Hunter Renfroe, but got MSU second baseman Brett Pirtle to fly out to center field to end the inning. Game tied 1-1.
Bottom 2nd: IU shortstop Michael Basil drew a one-out walk and left fielder Casey Smith followed with an RBI single to tie the game 1-1.
Top 2nd: Will Coursen-Carr settled his nerves a bit in the second with an 8-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. MSU still leads 1-0.
Bottom 1st: Trevor Fitts struck out Will Nolden and Kyle Schwarber to start the first then got Sam Travis to fly out to center. 1-2-3 inning and MSU leads 1-0.
Top 1st: Will Coursen-Carr had a rough first inning, but got out of it without too much lasting damage. He gave up a single to Adam Frazier on the first pitch he threw and then hit third baseman Alex Detz with his second. He threw a wild pitch on his third to put runners on first and third. IU shortstop Michael Basil helped bail Coursen-Carr out, however. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe grounded to short, but Basil got Detz in a rundown for going to third. Frazier scored, and Renfroe went to second. MSU second baseman Brett Pirtle then grounded to short, and Basil got Renfroe at third. MSU first baseman Wes Rea struck out on a check swing to end the inning. MSU leads 1-0.
MISSISSIPPI STATE (49-18)
1. Adam Frazier, ss (.361, 60 runs, 38 RBI)
2. Alex Detz, 3b (.323, 1 HR, 31 RBI)
3. Hunter Renfroe, rf (.358, 15 HR, 61 RBI, .637 SLG)
4. Brett Pirtle, 2b (.302, 2 HR, 33 RBI)
5. Wes Rea 1b (.293, 7 HR, 39 RBI)
6. C.T. Bradford, cf (.283, 1 HR, 25 RBI)
7. Demarcus Henderson, lf (.276, 22 RBI)
8. Nick Ammirati, c (.252, 1 HR, 23 RBI)
9. Derrick Armstrong, dh (.279, 8 RBI)
P– Trevor Fitts (0-0, 2.42 ERA, 19 k’s in 26 IP)
1. Will Nolden, rf (.304, 30 runs, 12 RBI, .407 OBP)
2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.376, 18 HR, 54 RBI, 64 runs, .668 SLG, .467 OBP)
3. Sam Travis, 1b (.314, 10 HR, 56 RBI, .542 SLG)
4. Scott Donley, dh (.361, 5 HR, 59 RBI)
5. Michael Basil, ss (.315, 3 HR, 49 RBI)
6. Dustin DeMuth, 2b (.382, 5 HR, 41 RBI, 24 doubles, .555 SLG)
7. Casey Smith, lf (.310, 5 HR, 33 RBI)
8. Chad Clark 2b (.236, 1 HR, 32 RBi)
9. Justin Cureton, cf (.220, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 59 runs, 22 SBs)
P–Will Coursen-Carr (5-0, 1.80 ERA, 33 K’s in 60 IP)