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Indeed, we are back at Kaufman Field for game three between Indiana and Illinois, as the Hoosiers seek a sweep.
Bad news for Indiana is Kyle Schwarber is out with a sprained knee, according to Dustin Dopirak of the Herald-Times. IU is hopeful he will return next weekend at Michigan State.
LF Jordan Parr
DH Michael Hurwitz
CF Justin Parr
1B David Kerian
SS Thomas Lindauer
3B Brandon Hohl
2B Reid Roper
C Jason Goldstein
LF Davis Hendrickson
SP Ryan Castellanos (0-0, 2.38 ERA)
CF Justin Cureton
LF Will Nolden
1B Sam Travis
DH Scott Donley
SS Michael Basil
3B Dustin DeMuth
RF Casey Smith
C Chad Clark
2B Nick Ramos
SP Aaron Slegers (5-0, 1.08 ERA)
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Lengthy conversation between coaches and umpires at home plate during the lineup exchange. Not sure what that was all about. Anyway, anthem is out of the way, and first pitch from Slegers imminent.
Slegers needs five pitches to record two outs, a fly to left and a grounder to short. Basil's throw was wide, but Travis made a nice reach.
Then Justin Parr records an infield hit. Bang bang play, tie goes to the runner.
Parr steals second. He was tipping that badly, but Clark couldn't handle Slegers' pitch to crack off a throw to second.
Kerian grounds a 3-2, 2-out pitch to short, inning over. One hit, no runs, no errors, one left. No score at KF.
First two go down quickly for Indiana, as Cureton flies out on the first pitch he sees, to center, and Nolden strikes out looking.
Then Travis check-swings a looper to first on the first pitch he sees for the third out.
Headed to the second.
Beautiful day for a baseball game. Hopefully Indiana can pull off the sweep
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Slegers with an easy second inning. 1-2-3 without much to report: F9, 5-3, 4-3. Simples.
And indeed, there are a bunch of scouts here. Slegers getting a lot of attention.
Donley strikes out looking from the so far-excellent Ryan Castellanos, but then Basil gets hit by a sweeping curveball.
DeMuth singles to right, but Hendrickson guns (and I mean GUNS) Basil down trying to get to third. Consolation for Indiana is DeMuth advanced to second on the throw.
Then Casey Smith slaps one down the line, handled well by Kerian, with the 3 unassisted to end the inning. Big, big throw from Hendrickson there.
Illinois has sandwiched two singles of different kinds (one quite blooped, one nicely struck) around a flyout to center. Runners on 1st and 2nd with one out for Michael Hurwitz in the third.
Hurwitz lines to Basil, who then catches Jordan Parr straying too far off first. 6-3 double play, inning over. Defense such a big part of this team's improvement.
Two hits, no runs, no errors, one stranded in that half inning. Zeroes on the board through 2 1/2 frames.
Chad Clark puts a charge into one, but it dies at the warning track, in Jordan Parr's squeezed glove. One away in the home half of the third.
Ramos lines a shot to second that handcuffs Reid Roper, and he'll reach first. Scored a hit.
Cureton lays down a decent bunt that takes a weird hop as Castellanos tries to field it. His throw hits Cureton then flies behind the bag, so Ramos moves to third, and Cureton is at first.
Runners at the corners with one out for Nolden.
Nolden lofts a 2-2 pitch to left field, not shallow but not that deep. Ramos tries to tag, and Jordan Parr guns him down by 2-3 steps. Inning over. Not sure on the decision to send Ramos there, but Illinois getting some from its defense as well. One hit, no runs, one error, one left, after three innings we are still sans score.
Can't send the runner with Travis on deck. Dont like that call.
And now we have a run. Illinois' Justin Parr hits one out to the deep part of the park in center. Solo shot to lead off the fourth. 1-0 Illini.
Then Kerian singles to center. Slegers has now given up five hits in three-plus.
Kerian is now at third. He tried to steal second, and Clark's throw sails wide, deflects off Ramos' glove and into center field.
Slegers Ks Lindauer one pitch later for the first out of the inning.
Kerian scores on a liner out to center. Good movement from Cureton to get the ball in the air for the second out. That looked destined for the gap.
2-0 Illinois, and I believe this is the largest deficit Indiana has faced in its short stay at Kaufman Field.
Roper follows Hohl's line out with a weak pop to first. Inning over. Two runs on two hits, one error, none left. 3 1/2 innings gone, UI up 2-0.
Heart of the order up for IU in the fourth, and Travis leads off with a single to left.
Donley fights off a few good pitches to get good contact on a 1-2 pitch, but lines it right at CF Jordan Parr.
Then Basil chops to third. Travis looks like he bet the throw to second, but he's ruled out. Tracy Smith argues to no avail. Two down, runner on first.
Then Basil is thrown out stealing second. Jason Goldstein one-hopped his throw to second off a curve and still got him. Indiana wastes a good chance to do some damage in the fourth. One hit, no runs, no errors, none left, Illinois up 2-0 after four.
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