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Indiana hosts Michigan. Both sides are 8-4 in the Big Ten, and with a trip to Nebraska on next weekend's schedule, the Hoosiers very much need to make their own momentum in the next three days.
We'll have lineups in a minute, but we're closing in on first pitch. Stay with us on here all night long.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
CF Justin Cureton
DH Kyle Schwarber
1B Sam Travis
LF Scott Donley
SS Michael Basil
3B Dustin DeMuth
RF Casey Smith
C Chad Clark
2B Nick Ramos
Starter: LHP Joey DeNato (5-1, 2.77 ERA)
CF Patrick Biondi
SS Travis Maezes
RF Michael O'Neill
3B Jacob Cronenworth
LF Zach Zott
1B Jack Sexton
C Cole Martin
DH Kyle Jusick
2B Eric Jacobson
Starter: LHP Trent Szkutnik (3-5, 3.62)
Looking forward to keeping up with the game tonight. Thanks for doing this.
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
DeNato strikes out the first two batters he sees before he allows a lined single over Ramos' head. Two out, runner on first.
I gotchu Oaken.
Gets Cronenworth to swing at strike three in the dirt. Clark has trouble finding the ball, but recovers in time to get him at first. DeNato retires the side on strikes in the top of the first.
Indiana cooking quickly in the first. Cureton slaps a two-out single, and Schwarber follows with a grounder through the hole into right on a 3-1 count. Cureton was running, and thus the hit-and-run works to perfection. Michigan coach already paying the mound a visit with runners on the corners, none out and Travis stepping in.
Travis goes oppo field on the first pitch, narrowly misses a homer and settles for a ground-rule double. Cureton scores. 1-0 Indiana.
Scott Donley goes oppo the other way, hits the wall in left with a two-run double.
Basil strikes out looking before DeMuth walks. Runners at first and second, one out for the switch-hitting Casey Smith.
Smith pulls a home run into the Indiana bullpen. Enough of the opposite-field stuff. Indiana up 6-0 with just one out recorded so far for the Wolverines tonight.
Szkutnik then walks Chad Clark, he of the lowest batting average in the starting lineup.
Ramos bunts him to second. Two out for Cureton, and Indiana has officially batted around. Chad Jasman now loosening in the Michigan bullpen.
Wow. Offenses clicking early.... first inning dominance continues
Cureton brings Clark home with a double to left field. Indiana MASHING right now.
Kyle Schwarber walks. He got ahold of a 2-0 and SKIED IT foul. I mean he probably hit it 450 feet, just well foul.
Szkutnik's day is done. Jasman into the fray with two outs in the first, IU up 7-0.
Tough break for Michigan. Cronenworth stabs a hard-hit grounder to third off the bat of Travis, but he throws wide to second, and Schwarber is safe. Bases loaded with two outs for Donley.
Donley lines into a fielder's choice to short. Still hit it square. Anyway, three runners stranded, seven runs scored on six hits in the inning.
Headed to the second, IU up 7-0.
Great first inning. Obvious post
DeNato an easy second inning. Hits a fourth K and retires all three batters.
Basil put a charge in one going oppo field, but it was caught at the track. Then DeMuth popped out to left, before Casey Smith flew out to right. Indiana goes quietly in the second. Still 7-0 Hoosiers.
Five-pitch third for Joey DeNato, who is decidedly in the zone, so much so that he wants you to know NOT NOW CHIEF.
7-0 IU after 2 1/2.
Indiana goes quietly for the second successive inning, but hey Scott Rolen's here. He was rather generous with his money during the building of the stadium. Also he's from Jasper, lives in Bloomington and is good friends with Tracy Smith.
DeNato in trouble for the first time tonight. Single backed up by a walk, and Michigan's got them on first and second with one out.
But them Cronenworth strayed way too far off the bag on a strike, and Clark guns to first to catch him in a 2-3 rundown. Two outs, runner on second. Zott lines a single just past Michael Basil, 7-1 Indiana now.
Donley lines a single to right, Indiana's first hit since that seven-run first inning.
Basil walks. Two on for Dustin DeMuth.
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