FINAL: NORTHWESTERN 12, INDIANA 1. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 1:05 for IU’s Senior Day game. NU’s Brandon Magallones with a route-going two-hitter and Jack Havey with a career-high six RBI. Kyle Schwarber homered for IU’s run.
END EIGHTH: Northwestern 12, Indiana 1. Three straight walks and a wild pitch restored Northwestern’s 10-run margin, then another run came home on a ground out. NU still batting.
END SEVENTH: Northwestern 10, Indiana 1. Kyle Schwarber blasted a no-doubter home run to right center that gets Indiana on the board. His 13th of the season.
END SIXTH: Northwestern 10, Indiana. NU senior Jack Havey now has a career-high six RBI after a 2-RBI ground single to center. Both men who scored reached base via walks. Hoosier pitchers have largely dug their own graves today.
END FIFTH: Northwestern 8, Indiana 0. The nominal good news for Indiana fans is that the Hoosiers finally got a hit, a little grounder into center by Dustin DeMuth. But given how things have gone today, he was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second.
END FOURTH: Northwestern 8, Indiana 0. Scott Heelan drove a 2-run homer well over the left field wall in the fourth. IU’s biggest baseball deficit this season, if you were curious, was a 10-run hole in a loss to Georgia Southern. IU has yet to get a hit today.
END THIRD: Northwestern 6, Indiana 0. Will Nolden threw a strike from right field to cut down Nick Linne at the plate to end the Northwestern 3rd. Perfect throw, with Kyle Schwarber doing a good job of blocking the plate and handling the collision at home. Wildcat starter Brandon Magallone, high school teammate at Providence Catholic and buddy of IU’s Sam Travis, retired the first eight Hoosiers he faced before hitting Justin Cureton with a pitch. But he promptly induced a fielder’s choice from Will Nolden to end the inning.
END SECOND: Northwestern 6, Indiana 0. IU’s Kyle Hart starts the Northwestern second with eight straight balls and gets pulled by Tracy Smith. Christian Morris on in relief. Zach Morris advanced the runner with a sac bunt. And Jack Havey then drilled a 2-RBI double to the right field corner.
END FIRST: Northwestern 4, Indiana 0. Northwestern immediately showed it meant business, with Trevor Stevens ripping the game’s second pitch down the left field line for a double. Three straight infield singles ensued, one pretty much a swinging bunt and another Jack Havey’s grounder in the shortstop hole with the bases loaded off a diving Michael Basil’s glove for two RBI. Then, with the runners moving, IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth chose to throw to second too late on a subsequent grounder, loading the bases for Scott Heelan, who promptly doubled to the fence in center for two more runs. IU starter Kyle Hart, pitching in tough luck, then buckled down with men on second and third and fanned two straight hitters and ended the inning with a pop-up to first. But the Wildcats had batted around by that time. And then the Hoosiers went out 1-2-3.
The No. 14 Hoosiers are looking to continue rolling in Big Ten play with Northwestern in town for a crucial series, IU’s final league home stand. We’ll have updates here and via Twitter at htograham.
Evan Gordon was in Bloomington Friday night. The reason was to watch younger brother Eron play for the older brother’s namesake team — the Eric Gordon All-Stars — in the May Classic.
But conveniently enough, the middle Gordon is also a college basketball free agent, one who is pursuing the Hoosiers, and vice versa. Evan Gordon announced earlier this week that he would transfer from Arizona State with one season of eligibility remaining. Because Gordon graduated from ASU, he only has to enter a graduate program at IU, or any other school, in order to be eligible immediately.
“I’ve been in contact with the (IU) coaches recently,” Gordon said, “and been in contact with a couple other programs, but I know Indiana does offer a couple programs that Arizona State doesn’t.”
And since he’s already in town, Gordon plans to the most of the opportunity.
“Tomorrow I plan on meeting with Coach (Tom) Crean and Coach (Tim) Buckley and the present staff,” he said.
Gordon makes a lot of sense for Indiana, which has seen guards Remy Abell and Maurice Creek transfer since season’s end, and Victor Oladipo enter the NBA Draft.
“Yeah, they’ve lost some players,” Gordon said of the Hoosiers. “I think I would be able to come in and help out anywhere I play, but Indiana is definitely a good option for me.”
But the Hoosiers aren’t the only option for Gordon, who heard from Butler on Friday and is planning a visit there, just two minutes from his house, on Tuesday. He’s also been in touch with Purdue and heard from other programs as well, as you might expect for a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 10.1 points and started 25 games in the Pac-12 this past season.
Gordon wasn’t tipping his hand when he assessed the possibility of playing for the Bulldogs.
“I haven’t really done my research (on their roster),but I’ve seen them play this year, and I think Butler is also another good place to play,” Gordon said with a non-commital chuckle.
No matter where Gordon winds up playing, it’s a decision that should come sooner rather than later.
“Next week, or at the latest, the week after that,” he said.
Top 9th: Northwestern third baseman Nick Linne reached on an error to start the inning, but closer Ryan Halstead retired the next three batters to give the Hoosiers a 3-1 win. They improve to 37-10 overall, 14-5 in the Big Ten.
Bottom 8th: Michael Basil drew a walk and third baseman Dustin DeMuth singled with one out, but right fielder Tim O’Conner struck out and Chad Clark flied to center to end the inning. IU still leads 3-1 heading to the ninth.
Top 8th: Brian Korte came in for Luke Harrison after Harrison gave up a one-out single and retired both batters he faced. IU still leads 3-1.
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Indiana All-Americans Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were both on the list of players invited to next week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
The event runs May 15-19 and will be televised on May 16 and 17 on this schedule.
We’ll be here.
Just found out about this about an hour and a half ago while I was coming up I-65, so I don’t have all of the insights about what was and what wasn’t reported here, but Evan Gordon, former North Central star and younger brother of Eric Gordon, has been granted his release from Arizona State. He has one year of eligibility and he has graduated, so he’s can play without penalty. Kyle Neddenriep of the Indy Star spoke to his father Eric Gordon Sr. this evening.
Bottom 9th: Louisville right fielder Cole Sturgeon led off the 9th by tagging a double to the right center field gap. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Rosenbaum to end the game, giving Louisville a 4-3 win.
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