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And then to third on a chopper back to Coursen-Carr. Nice play from the rookie southpaw to get up for that as it bounces high over his head. Two outs, runner on third.
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And then Chittenden hits it hard to second, but Clark handles it out. Three down, runner left on third.
1-1 after 3 1/2 at BKF.
Some solid two-out hitting from Indiana, with a DeMuth triple following a Basil double to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead. Sojka goes down to an 0-2 count immediately though.
Then he got a 1-2 breaking ball, sat on it and lined it to center. 3-1 Hoosiers.
And Sujka (whose name I am only now spelling correctly) steals second.
And then Will Nolden doubles to center, error moves him to third and Sujka scores early. IU up 4-1, all of this with two outs.
Funkhouser drops a really pretty off-speed pitch in for strike three on Clark, but four consecutive two-out hits give Indiana a 4-1 lead. Great inning for the Hoosiers, who started figuring out Funkhouser's breaking stuff.
Coursen-Carr walks the second batter he faces, then moves him up with a pitch in the dirt, and his day is done. Scott Effross will check in. Has more IP than any other reliever on staff.
Effross balks. That was probably the right call. Engel had him distracted from second. Second balk call on IU, third on the day.
Then Ratajczak chops to third, DeMuth coolly goes home and Engel is out.
Effross strikes out Ty Young with some excellent breaking stuff, and Indiana gets away from the fifth without damage done.
Final line for Coursen-Carr: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Funkhousers puts the first two down in the fifth, and then he walks the next two. Activity in the Louisville bullpen, Cody Ege up, but no change. Then Funkhouser his Basil. Bases loaded with two outs for DeMuth.
And now Louisville coach Dan McDonnell is making the call to Ege, a lefty, to face DeMuth, also a lefty.
DeMuth hits it hard to first, where Rosenbaum bobbles it. E3, run scores, 5-1 Indiana.
Sujka goes down swinging on a 2-2 breaking ball, Indiana misses a chance to blow the doors off this game. But the Hoosiers do move to a 5-1 lead after five. Effross back out on the mound.
Pretty backhand from Chad Clark on a hard-hit ball to second with two outs ends the Louisville half of the sixth. That was a bit of beauty on the baseball diamond.
Jared Ruxer on the mound now. Chad Clark blooped a single into left and then was thrown out trying to steal second. Two outs, 1-1 count to Cureton.
Cureton strikes out. Headed to the seventh with Indiana up 5-1.
Louisville puts Helms, its leadoff hitter in the seventh, on with a swinging third strike passed ball. He looked out to me, but I am in the minority there in this instance.
Helms steals second after a pair of outs. Runner on second with two down for Adam Engel, who's working a 2-0 count. Clark stabs a hard-hit ball to second, game over, seventh-inning stretch.
Rough moment for Kyle Schwarber, who might have missed a sign. After walking and moving to second on a wild pitch, he takes off for third just as Sam Travis nails a hot shot straight to the third-base bag. Tracy Smith had some words for his sophomore catcher. Might have missed a sign, as I said. Travis reaches on what's been scored as a fielder's choice.
Basil swings and misses at a third strike in the dirt, inning over. Indiana still up 5-1 heading into the top of the eighth.
Evan Bell limbering up quickly in the Indiana bullpen, as Louisville backs up one single with another to put runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the eighth.
And then Effross draws a slow roller back from Rosenbaum, but he never gets his glove down far enough, E1.
Fair to say he was already thinking too far ahead to where that ball was going. Bases loaded, no one out. Tracy Smith to the mound.
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