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Goldstein then fists a ball into right field to lead off the next inning. Illinois' gotten some cheapies today off Slegers.
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Slegers then walks Hendrickson, and Will Coursen-Carr is headed to the bullpen. Slegers just hasn't been able to keep the bases clear today.
Jordan Parr strikes out swinging. Runners still at first and second. Double play on with one out in the fifth and Justin Parr waiting in the on-deck circle.
And a 4-6-3 double play it is. Inning over. One hit, no runs, no errors, one left. 2-0 Illinois after 4 1/2.
After DeMuth and Smith ground out to second, Chad Clark singles to left, and then Nick Ramos hits his first career home run, a yank job high into right field and over the wall. Not even a lot of wind to push that one out today. Game tied at 2 apiece.
Cureton grounds out to short, but Indiana's tied it at 2-2 after five.
Slegers can't find the strike zone in the first at-bat of the sixth, so Smith goes to Coursen-Carr, the freshman lefty.
IU pulled Slegers for Coursen-Carr, but then the home plate umpire made Slegers come back onto the mound. This is highly irregular.
Slegers gives up a leadoff single.
Chopper to Travis, who overthrows second into left field. E3, and Illinois has them at 1st and 2nd with no one out. Lindauer up.
Christian Morris in from the bullpen. Let's see if the umpire lets him stay.
Defense has been rough today.
Do we have another sellout?
Official explanation is supposedly that you can't change pitcher mid-at-bat against the leadoff hitter. I'm calling shenanigans.
It's been up and down. And if it's not a sellout, it's close.
He stays, lures a chopper to third, but DeMuth's only play is to first. Runners on second and third with one out in the sixth.
Hohl flies out to center. Justin Parr scores. 3-2 Indiana, and Smith is headed back to the mound. Now I think we will see Coursen-Carr. Yes we will.
Rule 9-4f of the NCAA rules states: "When the game pitcher crosses the foul like on the way to the mound to start an inning, he shall pitch to the first batter until such batter is put out or reaches base, unless a pinch hitter is substituted or the batter or the pitcher sustains an injury or illness, which incapacitates him from continuing."
I have found the dumbest baseball rule ever.
Anyway, Coursen-Carr lets one get away from him, runner to third, but then Reid Roper, I kid you not, bunts a pop up to the outfield turf for out No. 3. That inning existed in a strange vortex of the confusing and bizarre, but it ends with Illinois up 3-2.
Nolden grounds out, Travis HBP, Donley grounds out. Travis on second with two outs, Basil steps in. Illinois has Tyler Jay up in the pen.
Basil makes nice contact, but Hendrickson tracks it down for out No. 3. Three more innings to go, Illinois up 3-2.
Final line for Slegers: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Scott Effross in for the Hoosiers now.
1-2-3 inning for Effross. Easy stuff from the rookie reliever there.
New pitcher for Illinois is Tyler Jay (1-3, 3.55 ERA).
Two pitches two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Then Clark pushes Jordan Parr to the warning track again. Three up, three down. Aggression not paying off for the Hoosiers today.
3-2 Illinois after seven.
Well here's an interesting one: Justin Parr bunts with Hurwitz on first and no one out. DeMuth bare-hands it, just misses getting Parr at first, but as Hurwitz tries to take third, Basil hustles to cover and Travis throws him out. Just a 5-3-6 putout on an infield single.
Grounder to DeMuth ends the inning. Hoosiers have Ramos and then the top of the order, in need of runs with six outs left.
Check that, because Sujka's pinch hitting.
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