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Dustin DeMuth's team-leading batting average has fallen more than 10 points in the postseason. Just thought I'd throw that out there, as he strikes out swinging to end the top half of the fifth.
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Denato would be out of this game by now if they were playing FSU. Thankfully, Louisville swings.
That's why I thought FSU was an unusually tough match-up for IU's pitchers. That lineup just doesn't let pitchers dance around at all.
DeNato gets strike three looking. Indiana up 2-0 through five.
Get the feeling Louisville is letting Ege go until Indiana figures him out. Hasn't happened so far. Casey Smith grounds weakly to third on the first pitch of the inning.
Clark goes down swinging. Ege has struck out five batters in 3 2/3 innings. Huge relief for Louisville's bullpen, even if the Cards have to sack Ege's arm for a second game.
Then he strikes out Clark and gets Cureton to fist one back to him. We're through 5 1/2. Indiana leaning hard on Joey DeNato tonight.
It seemed like the bottom of IU's order did everything it could against Ege that inning, but still just couldn't touch him. The dude is rolling. Still, IU leads 2-0 in the middle of the sixth.
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Cody Ege threw 44 pitches in that three-inning out vs. Indiana earlier this season. He's close to that number tonight. But it's Omaha.
Quick math says Cody Ege has spread 13 Ks over eight innings in four appearances vs. Indiana, inc. tonight.
DeNato gets the first two in the sixth before Sturgeon just chops one right back up the middle. A reminder here, with Ty Young up, that Indiana's lead is precarious.
Liner to Chad Clark ends the inning. Wouldn't be surprised if that's DeNato's last. If it is, great start for him.
Indiana has them at first and second with one out after Sam Travis' swinging bunt single. Donley up, Ege still in the game. IU lefties have done nothing all night with Ege.
Ege almost gets to 70 (seventy!) pitches, and Dace Kime relieves him. For how long he was on the mound, Ege threw incredibly well. He struck out six batters during 4 1/3 innings while allowing just three hits and two walks. IU fans (and players, I imagine) will be happy to see him go.
Louisville third baseman Ty Young, who made an error earlier, makes a very nice stop and play to turn a 5-3 double play to end IU's threat. Still, IU leads 2-0 at the stretch.
Just a thought: For a losing team, Louisville has gotten a lot of winning moments/performances thus far tonight. Just a thought.
It sounds like there are a lot of IU fans at the game.
Joey DeNato just gutted that last inning. He's not great against a lineup like FSU, but against a more free-swinging outfit like Louisville, he's very tough, because there's no one pitch to key on.
2-0 Indiana after seven.
We're actually watching from Yogi's, so we can't hear much of the broadcast, but it wouldn't surprise me. Indiana alumni tend to travel well.
Chad Clark reaches second with Adam Engel gets fooled by and drops a fly ball to center, but Justin Cureton grounds to third. If Indiana loses this game, it's going to lament the the nine runners it has left on base so far.
Can't believe DeNato is back out on the mound for the eighth, but he gets the first out on just two pitches and then starts the No. 9 batter 0-2.
Joey DeNato threw two more innings than I thought he had tonight, to be perfectly honest, but he's given Indiana eight shutout frames, and Louisville is down to three outs, presumably against Ryan Halstead. Indiana will bat the top of the order in the bottom of the eighth. Still 2-0 Hoosiers.
Nolden leads off with a double after Engel dives for and can't reach a sinking liner. Schwarber strikes out. Then a passed ball moves Nolden to third. Travis up.
Then Travis takes one in the shoulder. First and third, one out for Michael Basil.
Louisville brings its third reliever into the game, and it's rightfielder Cole Sturgeon. He has 15 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings with a 2.13 ERA and will face Chris Sujka with runners on the corners and one out.
Thats brutal to get an out there
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