Live from Omaha: CWS Game 2
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B9: We most likely have our performance of the CWS already as Joey DeNato goes the distance in a 2-0 complete-game shutout. DeNato goes to 10-2 while Chad Green of Louisville falls to 10-4. We'll have a full-game wrap up in a bit ... Indiana wins 2-0.
B9: Joey DeNato is coming back out for the ninth inning protecting a 2-0 Indiana lead, only four pitches away from tying his career-high of 134.
T9: And Indiana can't cash in. More over-aggressive baserunning as Will Nolden strays too far from third, and is picked off by catcher Shane Crain.
T9: Louisville's Adam Engel plays the shallowest CF I've seen in quite a while and it burns him for the second inning in a row. Will Nolden starts the ninth with a ball into the gap for a double. Can Indiana tack on? Haven't been able to all night.
B8: DeNato gets the first two outs of the eighth before Adam Engel delivers the first extra base hit of the night for Louisville -- a two out double on his 129th pitch of the night. And on his 130th, he got Cole Sturgeon to ground out weekly to second base. Awesome performance by DeNato. Have to think that's it for him. On to the ninth we go.
B8: Announced attendance is 27,122 for session 2 -- the most in the three-history of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. That's two sellouts today. Don't quite get how this afternoon was a sell out at 24k but it was.
B8: Nothing doing for Indiana in the top of the eighth -- besides a dropped fly ball by Louisville's Adam Engel. DeNato trots back out there for the eighth inning.
B7: Joey DeNato is through seven innings after striking out pinch hitter Danny Rosenbaum to end the inning. DeNato has seven strikeouts and is at 114 pitches. Going to the eighth inning, it's still 2-0 Indiana. Sidenote: the crowd has thinned considerably. A surprise for a Saturday night.
B7: Finally some action in the Indiana bullpen. But it's very light stretching. DeNato isn't going anywhere despite being at 105 pitches with one out in the seventh.
T7: Kime gets exactly what Louisville needed -- an inning-ending 5-5-3 double play grounder from Michael Basil. Cody Ege should get some nice praise from his teammates after coming out of the Louisville bullpen and tossing a career-high 4.1 innings to keep the Cards in the game.
T7: Cody Ege is out after Indiana loads the bases with one out. In comes Dace Kime (6-1, 3.07). Goes without saying that he needs to shut the door here. Michael Basil and Dustin DeMuth due up for Indiana.
T7: Indiana is in full 'tack on some runs' mode leading 2-0 already. At least they should be. Will Nolden led off with a walk -- his third in four trips to the plate -- and now it's into the heart of the Hoosiers lineup for Louisville pitcher Cody Ege. IU is used to doing that in its six postseason games. During that stretch they have outscored their opponents 51-29.
B6: DeNato is through six innings with a 2-0 lead. He's thrown 98 pitches. No one up in the Indiana bullpen so head coach Tracy Smith is gonna ride him into the seventh it seems.
B6: Cole Sturgeon seems to be the only guy who can figure out Joey DeNato. The Louisville RF has two of the Cards' three hits as he bounced one up the middle, but there are two outs. Sturgeon is 2-for-2 while the rest of UofL is 1-for-15 against the lefthander. Ouch.
B5: Louisville goes from a runner on first with nobody out to two outs and nobody on on one pitch. Strike 'em out, throw 'em out as Indiana gets Zach Lucas trying to steal as Zak Wasserman strikes out swinging. Attack of the Za(ch)ks! Still 2-0 Indiana. Joey DeNato is in control -- only two Louisville hits.
B4: Interesting defensive alignment against Louisville's Coco Johnson. Three infielders are on the leftside of the infield, so 2B Chad Clark is playing on the other side of the bag than normal. Usually don't see that in college. Definitely not as much as the major leagues, only because the data just isn't there as far as spray charts and such. In the end, Johnson strikes out looking.
B4: And that's exactly what happened. Manders is out, Coskey is now our home plate umpire and Gregory Street -- the 2B umpire from Game 1 -- is back out there at 2B. Should be back under way here in a minute. This game was moving too quickly ... Officially a 10 minute delay. Joey DeNato back at it for Indiana here in the fourth.
T4: Two huge strikeouts for Cody Ege to end an Indiana threat and keep it a 2-0 game. We also have a strange delay -- it looks like home plate umpire Steve Manders is out of the game. Second base umpire Chris Coskey went back as well. You'd think Coskey will put on the equipment and behind the plate while an alternate will take over at second ...
B3: We have our second runner gunned down at home plate in this game as Will Nolden threw an absolute bullet to get Sutton Whiting to end the third inning and keep the Cards off the board. The good news for Louisville? Cole Sturgeon delivered the first hit of the game. Moving right along to the fourth, IU leads it 2-0.
B3: The first wave of the College World Series is taking place. From fast to slow to super fast to super slow, it's made its way around TD Ameritrade Park Omaha a few times. Meanwhile, Louisville has a runner on second after a walk and a wild pitch. The Cards still don't have a hit.
T3: Scott Donley popped out but Michael Basil singled to LF to make it 2-0. Coco Johnson gunned out Kyle Schwarber at home on a REALLY close play for out number two. The replay shows Schwarber's foot bounce before home plate and miss the plate before the tag was applied by Shane Crain. Dustin DeMuth tapped out weakly to the pitcher to end the threat. Overall if you're a Louisville fan, you have to be happy allowing just one run after the bases were loaded with nobody out ... 2-0 Indiana.
T3: A walk to Sam Travis had the bases loaded. And LOUD chants of "Let's go Hoosiers" began from the stands. It sounds like the Verizon Center in D.C. during the Sweet 16 against Syracuse when I was up there. I'm sure some of them have to be the same, right? I digress ... We have a pitching change as Dan McDonnell doesn't want Green to face IU's biggest run-producer Scott Donley. In comes lefty Cody Ege (4-1, 1.19 ERA). Tough spot for Ege.
T3: Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber (6-foot, 235) and Mississippi State first baseman Wes Rea should have some sort of big man competition. Oh yeah, they can both hit. Schwarber just lined his second single of the night to get two runners on with nobody out against Chad Green.
B2: Both pitchers get through easy second innings. Pitch counts: UofL's Green 42, IU's DeNato 28. Off to the third with the Hoosiers still up by one.
B1: Joey DeNato works around a lead-off walk to get out of the first inning. In case you didn't know, these two teams met three times during the regular season and IU won two of them. On to the second ...
T1: An RBI single by Scott Donley gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead. For Donley, it's his team-leading 59th RBI of the season. Green ends the inning by striking out Michael Basil ... 1-0 Indiana.
T1: A huge inning may have just been ruined for Indiana. After a walk and a single to lead things off, Will Nolden was picked off trying to take third a little early. Chad Green stepped off and calmly threw to third and was tagged out for the first out of the inning. Sam Travis then struck out leaving Kyle Schwarber at second. Let's see if Green can get completely out of this jam.
Pregame: If you haven't seen this stat, it's pretty mind-blowing. Louisville is the first university ever to win a BCS Bowl game, have teams in the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four and reach the College World Series in the same academic year.
Pregame: After a bite to eat -- BBQ brisket sandwich with coleslaw -- we are ready for Game 2 at the College World Series. For Indiana, lefty Joey DeNato takes the mound (9-2, 2.76) while righty Chad Green (10-3, 2.29) takes the ball for Louisville. The weather as we get set for first pitch -- 82 degrees, with a southwest wind blowing out to LF at 7 mph. Only a 20 percent chance of rain tonight, definitely good news.
Hoosiers are 40-4 when scoring first and 26-2 when scoring in first inning. ... Indiana’s 48 wins are the most against Division I opponents in school history (previous record was 33). ... IU has doubled up the opposition through 62 games, outscoring the competition 428-214 (+3.5/game). ... Ricky Alfonso leads the team with seven pinch-hit base knocks; 7-for-21 (.333) with 7 RBI as a pinch hitter. ... The Hoosiers are the first Big Ten team to play in the College World Series since Michigan did in 1984.
Louisville hasn't been shutout since opening day on Feb. 15 when the Cardinals lost to of all teams -- Indiana. ... Ranking among the nation’s best pitching staffs entering the CWS, Louisville is fifth in the NCAA in ERA at 2.50 and first in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.5. ... The Cardinals are second in the nation in stolen bases with 150, just three shy of matching the school record of 153 set during the 2007 CWS season. ... In five NCAA tournament games, 16 of the Cardinals’ 31 RBI have come with two outs.