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IU goes for series win against Long Beach State #iubase

FINAL: Indiana 8, Long Beach State 5. Hoosiers come from behind to clinch the series win. IU is at Ball State on Tuesday. Casey Rodrigue finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Brad Hartong collected two hits and drove in two runs.

EIGHTH INNING: Ryan Halstead came on to likely work the final two innings of the day, giving up a single and striking out two in the eighth. INDIANA 8, LONG BEACH STATE 5.

SEVENTH INNING: On Friday, IU coach Chris Lemonis lamented over Indiana’s inability to get out Long Beach State No. 9 hitter Eric Hutting. The Dirtbags catcher has been a similar nuisance this afternoon. Hutting — a .188 hitter who had only one home run coming into the series — led off the seventh with a solo home run, his second of the day and third of the series, into the Indiana bullpen. But the Hoosiers answered in a major way, scoring four runs in the bottom half. An RBI double by Casey Rodrigue, followed by run-scoring singles from Brad Hartong and Logan Sowers started the scoring flurry before Scott Donley capped it when he came home on a wild pitch. INDIANA 8, LONG BEACH STATE 5.

SIXTH INNING: Thomas Belcher authored a quick and clean top half before the Hoosiers tried to rally in the next half inning. Logan Sowers doubled to left with one out and moved to third on a grounder by Craig Dedelow, but Will Nolden grounded out to second to end the inning. LONG BEACH STATE 4, INDIANA 4.

FIFTH INNING: Long Beach State No. 9 hitter Eric Hutting led off the inning with his second homer of the weekend — this one a solo shot into the Indiana bullpen. Hutting blew Friday’s game wide open with his fourth-inning grand slam and came into today batting only .188. Caleb Baragar was pulled after getting the first out of the inning, giving way to Austin Foote, who gave up a double to Tristan Mercadel and got the second out of the inning before IU coach Chris Lemonis called Thomas Belcher out of the bullpen. Belcher came on and induced Luke Rasmussen into an inning-ending groundout.

IU answered in the bottom half with a pair of runs. Casey Rodrigue drove in Austin Cangelosi on an RBI triple to the centerfield wall before scoring moments later on Nick Ramos’ sacrifice fly to left field. LONG BEACH STATE 4, INDIANA 4. (more…)

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Indiana hosts Long Beach State for Game 2 of series #iubase

FINAL: INDIANA 7, LONG BEACH STATE 2. Scott Effross pitched a clean ninth inning to snap IU’s four-game home losing streak and set up a big rubber game on Sunday afternoon. Craig Dedelow finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs and now has five hits and six runs driven in this weekend. Scott Donley also added two hits for IU. Kyle Hart earned his third win of the season and second in as many outings.

EIGHTH INNING: Benches cleared at the end of the top of the inning after Long Beach State’s Zack Rivera apparently took exception with a tag by Scott Effross, as the IU pitcher raced to first base to meet Rivera for the final out. After Effross made the tag, he and Rivera appeared to jaw at each other. Effross gave him a stare as he ran toward the IU dugout, then Rivera and first baseman Austin Cangelosi traded shoves. That led to both dugouts emptying. Will Nolden got some words in after he ran from right field and the first base umpire walked over and motioned for him to leave. It doesn’t look like anyone was ejected and no punches were thrown. In the bottom half, IU picked up four runs for insurance. Craig Dedelow now has four RBIs tonight and six for the series after his two-run double to left-centerfield. Scott Donley and Will Nolden each added RBI singles. INDIANA 4, LONG BEACH STATE 2.

SEVENTH INNING: Quick inning on both sides. Effross, who hit 95 miles per hour on the stadium gun during the seventh inning, has been perfect through his first two innings with two strikeouts. INDIANA 3, LONG BEACH STATE 2.

SIXTH INNING: Scott Effross came on to relieve Kyle Hart, who allowed two runs on four hits over his five innings of work. Effross breezed through a perfect sixth on 11 pitches. With two outs in the bottom half, Craig Dedelow put a good swing on a ball that feel just a couple feet short of going over the right field fence. INDIANA 3, LONG BEACH STATE 2.

FIFTH INNING: Kyle Hart retires the side in order on 16 pitches and he’s now up to a season-high 93 on the night. That will probably do it for the left-hander. In the bottom half, Casey Rodrigue put the Hoosiers ahead on an RBI single to right field that scored Austin Cangelosi from second base. First lead this weekend for IU. INDIANA 3, LONG BEACH STATE 2. (more…)

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Indiana hosts Long Beach State in weekend series #iubase

FINAL: Long Beach State 12, Indiana 5. The Hoosiers have now lost four straight games at home. Long Beach State’s Luke Rasmussen added his second home run — and the Dirtbags’ third of the game — in the top half of the inning. Nick Ramos had an RBI single in the bottom half.

EIGHTH INNING: Garrett Hampson added an RBI double against Morris to give Long Beach State a seven-run lead. IU, meanwhile, hasn’t gotten a runner past first base since its two-run fifth inning. LONG BEACH STATE 11, INDIANA 4.

SEVENTH INNING: After a perfect seventh inning, Morris has retired seven in a row. But the Hoosiers still have a lot of ground to make up in a short span of time. Logan Sowers mustered only a two-out single for IU in the bottom half of the inning. LONG BEACH STATE 10, INDIANA 4.

SIXTH INNING: Morris retired the side in order and pinch hitter Christopher Lowe picked up a one-out single in the bottom half. LONG BEACH STATE 10, INDIANA 4.

FIFTH INNING: Christian Morris came on to start the inning and gave up a one-out RBI single to Alex DeGoti. The Hoosiers got out of the inning thanks to right fielder Will Nolden, who snagged a fly ball and quickly fired home to nab Joey Sanchez at the plate. IU got two runs back in the bottom half on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Scott Donley and a sacrifice fly by Logan Sowers. LONG BEACH STATE 10, INDIANA 4.

FOURTH INNING: It all got away from Jake Kelzer and, by extension, the Hoosiers. The Dirtbags hung eight runs on the board in the top of the fourth, including a grand slam by Long Beach No. 9 hitter Eric Hutting. Kelzer was responsible for seven of the eight runs, leaving with one out after his command of the zone eluded him. The inning started with back-to-back doubles by Zack Rivera and Brock Lundquist — the latter driving in Rivera for the Dirtbags’ second run of the night. Kelzer loaded the bases on a walk and hit batsmen before giving up an RBI single to Joey Sanchez and walking Alex DeGoti on five pitches to force in Long Beach’s fourth run of the game.

Enter reliever Even Bell, who fell into a 3-1 count against Hutting before the Dirtbags’ catcher belted a fastball over the Indiana bullpen in left field. Rivera added the final run of the inning on a double to centerfield.

Craig Dedelow delivered a two-run double in the bottom half of the frame to get Indiana on the board. LONG BEACH STATE 9, INDIANA 2.

THIRD INNING: Back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning got Jake Kelzer all pumped up. Kelzer struck out Dirtbags leadoff man Garrett Hampson to finish the top of the third and pumped his fist as he walked off the mound. Aside from the second-inning homer, Kelzer has settled in with four strikeouts and 44 pitches, including 29 for strikes. Casey Rodrigue hustled into second on a two-out double in the bottom half after lining a ball to left field. It was an aggressive play from the IU second baseman, who forced his way into scoring position for Nick Ramos. Ramos struck out looking at a 2-2 fastball on the outside corner to end the inning. LONG BEACH STATE 1, INDIANA 0. (more…)

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Tommy Thompson named to U20 World Cup roster

Former Indiana University men’s soccer player Tommy Thompson was among 20 players named to the United States Under-20 Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming U-20 World Cup.

Thompson was listed among five forwards on the squad announced by U.S. coach Tab Ramos on Thursday, but the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013 could see time in the midfield as well under the 4-2-2 alignment Ramos is planning to play.

“Tommy Thompson can fit into a number of different positions,” Ramos told reporters. “If you’ve seen him play in the midfield, he finds space all over the field. He can play wide on either side of a 4-4-2, and he could also play up front, either one of the forward positions, either as the more advanced or secondary forward.”

Thompson and the rest of the team will begin reporting on Monday to the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The team departs on May 16 for training in Australia before arriving in New Zealand for the World Cup.

“Absolutely honored to represent the United States in New Zealand for the 2015 U20 World Cup,” Thompson tweeted on Thursday. “Been dreaming of making this roster since the cycle started while I was at IU. It seemed so far away back then. Can’t wait to get started.”

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The Americans will open play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both in Auckland. All of the United States’ group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.

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IU will host McNeese State, Kennesaw State next season #iubb

As it continues to fill its 2015-16 non-conference home schedule, Indiana has signed contracts to host McNeese State and Kennesaw State next season, a Herald-Times open records request confirmed Thursday.

McNeese State will travel to Bloomington on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Kennesaw State will follow with a game prior to Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

These games are in addition to four other in-season events that are confirmed for the upcoming season. The Hoosiers will host Creighton on Nov. 19 in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pit Big Ten schools against those from the Big East. IU will also join Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Chaminade in the 2015 Maui Invitational field from Nov. 23-25. Indiana is expected to play on the road in this year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge and will also face Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic on Dec. 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

IU beat Kennesaw State, 90-66, on Dec. 22, 2013 in the only prior meeting between the schools. The Owls, ranked No. 343 out of 351 Division I teams, finished 10-22 last season before firing coach Jimmy Lallathin after one season. Former Boston College coach Al Skinner was hired in April. Kennesaw State was ranked No. 325 in offensive efficiency and No. 332 in defensive efficiency last season by KenPom.com.

Indiana and McNeese State have never met. The Cowboys, ranked No. 288 overall by KenPom.com, went 15-16 last season and finished in the middle of the Southland Conference standings with an 8-10 record.

Indiana also knows its conference matchups for next season, though dates and times have not been announced. IU will have home-and-home matchups with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will host home-only games against Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue, and travel for road-only matchups with Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers.

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Dooley and Rahrig will meet again … in Pittsburgh

Matt Dooley picked up his cap and gown on Tuesday, but he’ll return them before the weekend begins.

He won’t walk across the stage with his classmates and he won’t attend Indiana’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Dooley’s plans have changed.

Instead, the former IU long snapper will be at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie minicamp trying to make a good first impression and earn a more permanent spot in the NFL.

“Even though my family was planning on flying in, this takes priority,” Dooley said. “I’ll get my degree in the mail.”

Dooley wasn’t expecting to get drafted last weekend, but he was expecting to field some interest from NFL teams looking for another specialist to work out during camp season. That interest was slow to arrive.

It was a bit surprising considering that Dooley earned his place as one of the Big Ten’s top specialists over the last four years. He served as the Hoosiers’ long snapper in each of the team’s 48 games in his career and earned IU Special Teams Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2014.

“I was just hoping to get picked up in free agency afterward and I didn’t get any calls,” Dooley said. “It was a little discouraging at first, and a little confusing because I at least expected a workout or something. It was just delayed a little bit and then my agent called (Tuesday).”

So now he’s headed to Pittsburgh, but he won’t be traveling alone. Dooley will board the same flight as former Indiana center Collin Rahrig, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent on Saturday evening. In an unforeseen turn of events, Rahrig and Dooley are the second set of former IU teammates to land with the same NFL franchise after Atlanta drafted running back Tevin Coleman in the third round and signed receiver Shane Wynn shortly after the draft. Bobby Richardson, the fifth IU player to ink an NFL deal, signed with New Orleans. (more…)

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