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Indeed, I am at Kaufman Field for No. 10 Louisville vs. No. 19 Indiana in a match-up of two potential regional host hopefuls in Bloomington. First first about 10 minutes off. Lineups:
CF Justin Cureton
C Kyle Schwarber
1B Sam Travis
DH Scott Donley
SS Michael Basil
3B Dustin DeMuth
RF Casey Smith
LF Will Nolden
2B Chad Clark
SP -- LHP Will Coursen-Carr
CF Adam Engel
2B Nick Ratajczak
3B Ty Young
1B Danny Rosenbaum
RF Cole Sturgeon
C Kyle Gibson
LF Matt Helms
DH Alex Chittenden
SS Sutton Whiting
SP -- RHP Kyle Funkhouser
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
I'll be alternating between the game and writing pre-Sweet Sixteen stuff, so updates will be a little bit at random, but I'll keep you posted on all the important stuff.
4:04 p.m. first pitch.
Bad look here. Ty Young hits a two-out triple, and Casey Smith slammed hard into the wall trying to catch it on the dive. He's down on his stomach and in some pain, by the look of it.
He's on his feet and running around, looks like he'll stay in. Scary moment, certainly.
4-3 putout strands the runner. Inning over.
Schwarber walked in the second, and before Funkhouser throws another pitch, he's picked off.
Travis grounds out to second and Indiana goes quietly in the first. 0-0 after one.
Casey Smith is now out of the game. Nolden moves to right, Sojka comes in to play left. Coursen-Carr hits the first batter he sees, Cole Sturgeon.
Sturgeon moves up to second on a balk, which Tracy Smith argues. Coursen-Carr gets the second out off a short fly to left. Breaking ball/off-speed are working for him.
Coursen-Carr walks Chittenden on four pitches (not sure he didn't do it intentionally) and then strikes out Sutton Whiting. Inning over, two runners stranded.
Funkhouser's dealing, strikes out Basil. Dustin DeMuth posts the Hoosiers' first hit, a loper down the third-base line, but he's thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
Adam Engel leads off with a single, then steals second, narrowly.
Looked like a bang bang play.
Engel moves to third on a groundout. Runner on third, one out, Tracy Smith to the mound.
Young turns on another pitch but Nolden will reach it in right. Engel scores from third with some small ball, 1-0 Louisville.
Sojka surprises Louisville with a bunt in his first at-bat. Throw is off line and he's safe. Officially scored a bunt single. Then Nolden tries to bunt the first pitch and it rolls foul.
Sojka was running 3-2 with no outs. Might have been out if the pitch was high, which it very much was. Clark up with runners on first and second.
Clark has tried to bunt twice. It hasn't gone well either time. Now 0-2.
Clark never gave up on the bunt, but the first one he made good contact with went foul. That sequence could have gone better for the Hoosiers.
Then Funkhouser balks. Both runners move up.
Cureton chops hard to Rosenbaum at first. He's out, but Sojka will score. Schwarber up with Nolden on third.
1-1 in the bottom of the third.
He fouls out to third. Inning over, score tied at one apiece.
Cole Sturgeon hit by another Will Coursen-Carr pitch. Tracy Smith and Kyle Schwarber protest that he leaned in to get hit. Looked like it. Not sure that was the right call, giving him the base.
Love some college baseball. Hopefully the Hoosiers can pull this one out. [baseball]
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
Bunt moves him up to second with one out.
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