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Neither Zach nor I are in Omaha, but we're going to be talking about the game live from Yogi's Grill and Bar tonight. Either join us there or here and talk some IU baseball tonight as the Hoosiers play in their first College World Series game!
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Lineups, courtesy of IU media on Twitter:
RF Will Nolden
C Kyle Schwarber
1B Sam Travis
DH Scott Donley
SS Michael Basil
3B Dustin DeMuth
LF Casey Smith
2B Chad Clark
CF Justin Cureton
SP Joey DeNato
CF Adam Engel
RF Cole Sturgeon
3B Ty Young
LF Coco Johnson
DH Jeff Gardner
2B Zach Lucas
1B Zak Wasserman
C Shane Crain
SS Sutton Whiting
SP Chad Green
We're less than an hour away from the first pitch, so stay here and on Twitter for updates throughout the game.
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
I am arrived. This thing is going to get going in about 10 minutes.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
And yes, taking this in from Yogi's. Thought Alex and I would venture out and see how the fanbase is treating this evening. Moderate crowd here so far.
Still, more than a few folks here clearly out to watch the game. Also believe Kevin Wilson has it on for his team on the big screen at Memorial Stadium. Hoosiers are hosting a cookout tonight for recruits.
Indiana will bat first, play the role of the visitor tonight in Omaha.
Didn't realize first pitch had been pushed back. Probably coming in about five minutes.
The Hawks should have played yesterday. Finding a bar in the city with that game not on is very difficult.
Ha! Just head to Joe's or Kirkwood.
Will Nolden headed to the plate. Definite buzz in Yogi's now. Indiana's first College World Series game is underway.
Nolden taking early, getting a lot of straight stuff from Louisville starter Chad Green ...
Draws a six-pitch walk to start the game.
Green is trying to work inside against IU's lefties early, but he's missing the plate by a nub.
Schwarber takes a 2-2 pitch up the middle for a base hit. IU has runners at first and second with none out in the top of the first.
Overall, Green has been excellent (as shown in his 10-3 record, 2.29 ERA), but ESPN just showed that his ERA is over 6 in his three most recent starts. As Zach alluded to earlier, Green's having trouble finding the plate, and though he averages more than three strikeouts per walk, he walked Nolden and then had to battle quite a bit with Schwarber.
Travis comes up showing bunt and takes two balls.
Will Nolden thrown out as he's caught straying off second. Schwarber moves up to second. IU can't cost itself base runners like that.
Donley singles on the first pitch to center, scores Schwarber. 1-0 Indiana.
In a matter of just a couple pitches, IU goes from threatening a big inning to just one on with two outs (which causes our first obscenity of the night at the bar in Yogi's). But Scott Donley drives a pitch up the middle to score Schwarber. 1-0 IU.
Basil checks his swing but the home plate umpire says he went around for strike three to end the inning. Not sure who got the better of that one. Indiana made Chad Green throw a ton of pitches (27 I believe) and got a run across. Also wasted one more, and Green will probably feel like he managed the damage very well.
1-0 Indiana after half an inning.
Basil can't hold up on a Green pitch and goes down on strikes to end the inning, and what looked like a big inning five minutes ago (two on, nobody out, 3-0 count on Sam Travis) yields just one run. Still, it's the 29th time in 63 games that IU has scored in the first inning, if I remember correctly. ESPN flashed a stat that IU is 26-2 in games when it scores in the opening frame.
Joey DeNato walks the leadoff hitter, Adam Engel, who has 41 stolen bases this season.
DeNato throws over five times, then Sturgeon just lays down a bunt. Engel to second with one out.
Indiana had Engel in a rundown but hit him on the throw to Michael Basil as he returned to second. He's safe, but batter flies out to center. Two down.
Coco Johnson flies out to Cureton and the inning ends. Long inning, but not as many pitches as Green. Saw there though what Louisville's speed game does to teams.
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