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Casey Smith strikes out swinging. After a long first, Indiana's second sees two outs in five pitches.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Then Chad Clark draws a two-out walk, so Indiana will cycle the lineup in two innings, one way or another.
Cureton works a long at-bat but strikes out to end the second, leaving Clark at first. Still 1-0 Indiana.
These gaps at TD Ameritrade are deep. Usually Cureton makes getting under flyballs look easy, but man, it seems like he has run a long way for a couple of these flies.
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Easy 1-2-3 inning for DeNato in the second. Indiana up 1-0 after two, top of the order coming up. DeNato throwing more strikes, but it also helps that he's not facing a lineup as patient and made for contact as Florida State.
Will Nolden was the unsung MVP of Indiana's super regional. He's doing the same tonight. Second walk in as many ABs.
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In five half-innings, there have been three leadoff walks. Neither of the first two came around to score. We'll see if Nolden has better luck (and baserunning prowess) this time.
A trip to the mound from the catcher and two pickoffs stall a little bit to prepare Louisville to go to the bullpen here in the third. Green lasts just 2+ and is responsible for all three runners on base.
Chad Green throws 59 pitches, walks four batters in one start for the first time all season and exits the game without recording an out in the third. Cody Ege into the fray to go lefty-lefty against Scott Donley, who is hitting just below .500 on the season with runners in scoring position and is 7-for-14 with the bases loaded.
DeMuth chops a weak one to Ege, and the inning is over. Again, 50/50 on who got the better of that one, as Indiana strands two. 2-0 IU. Hoosiers had the bases loaded and got just one run home, but they also ran Louisville's starter from the game. Ege is a tough customer though. Runs might be at a premium for awhile.
The first and third were pretty similar for IU...get the first two runners on with nobody out, have an out on the basepaths and end the inning with just one run. Still, the Hoosiers lead 2-0 and perhaps more importantly, they're into the Louisville bullpen in the third inning.
Joey DeNato gets the tough end of two tight pitches and walks No. 9 hitter Sutton Whiting with one out in the third. Second Louisville baserunner today.
DeNato in a battle with Adam Engel. Whiting moved up to second on a wild pitch, but DeNato has a 2-2 count on Engel, who's fouled a couple of pitches off.
Whiting thrown out at home on a strike from Will Nolden after a single to right. He's got an arm, but his handling of the whole process, from the run up to the fielding to the throw, was perfect. Inning over, Indiana up 2-0 after three.
Both teams have tested a corner outfielder's arm and both have paid for it with an out at the plate.
Indiana has now stranded five runners through three innings. To be fair, the strike zone in the top of the fourth was questionable. Schwarber and Nolden both Ked with runners at first and second. Not like Indiana to not take advantage of those situations this year.
I'm not one to argue balls and strikes, but some of the pitches were suspect and the umpire wanted off the field as quickly as possible. Coincidence?
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So ... brand new strike zone to start the bottom of the fourth then. This will be interesting. Home plate ump leaves sick, conspiracy theories abound.
Officially a 10-minute delay.
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DeNato goes 1-2-3 in a delayed fourth, striking out batters two and three.
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Two strikeouts now for Sam Travis, who hasn't been at his postseason best thus far tonight. One away in the top of the fifth.
It should be said, strike zone or no, that Cody Ege has been very good for Louisville in long relief tonight. Just induced a weak chopper to himself from Donley. Two away.
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