INDIANA 2, LOUISVILLE 0

 
 
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In a game that didn't have too many scoring chances for Louisville, they perhaps squandered a chance in the fifth inning. Zach Lucas started the inning with a single, but Zak Wasserman struck out and Lucas took off for second base since the ball was in the dirt. Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber threw out Lucas easily at second. To go from one on and nobody out to nobody on and two outs was huge for Indiana starter Joey DeNato and propelled the Hoosiers in a tight, 2-0 win.

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Joey DeNato threw the game of his life in Indiana's first game at the College World Series. DeNato went the distance in a four-hit shutout and threw 136 pitches in the process -- a career-high. The San Diego native allowed just one extra-base hit -- a double in the eighth inning and got the Cardinals in order to finish the ninth inning.

Indiana only needed starter Joey DeNato in its 2-0 win against Louisville on Saturday.
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Indiana junior left-hander Joey DeNato may not be an intimidating figure on the mound like his 6-foot-10 teammate Aaron Slegers, but there’s a reason head coach Tracy Smith put him on the hill in the program’s first College World Series game against Louisville on Saturday ...

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"Clearly we couldn't put a good swing on him -- even in positive counts -- I think 3-2 is a positive count for the hitter. We were a little big, we were a little long. We got a couple ground balls and some fly balls -- he really handcuffed us. Like Cole Sturgeon said, when he had to make pitches he made pitches. Gotta tip my cap to him."
-- Louisville coach Dan McDonnell on Indiana's Joey DeNato

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Indiana won its first College World Series game on Saturday in its first appearance. Considering how teams have gone in recent years, it's impressive. Since 2000, schools making their first CWS appearance have won only three times in their first game and have a 14-26 overall record including the Hoosiers' victory. A year ago, Kent State (1-2) and Stony Brook (0-2) made their CWS debuts.

Indiana will face Mississippi State at 8 p.m. ET Monday in a winners' bracket game. It will be the first time the schools faced each other. 

Louisville will face Oregon State at 3 p.m. ET Monday in a losers' bracket game. It will be the first time the schools faced each other. The loser will be the first team eliminated from the CWS.