Live Blog as Hoosiers try to force a rubber-match against the Longhorns
By Carl James @jovian34 February 25th, 2023
Top 9th: Indiana 2, Texas 5 (FINAL)
Tibbitts strikes out. Jorge DeGoti makes his first plate appearance and gets the Hoosiers first hit to the outfield in the whole game bringing up Devin Taylor who keeps fouling off pitches to stay alive but goes down on strikes. Cerny grounds out to third and Texas clinches the series.
Bottom 8th: Indiana 2, Texas 5
Evan Whiteaker is the new Hoosier pitcher. Dustin Glant getting lots of arms some action on the big stage while down the Hoosier bats unable to get anything going. Whiteaker sets down the Longhorns 1-2-3.
Top 8th: Indiana 2, Texas 5
Pyne about the only Hoosier hitting the ball hard, with his second loud out of the day. Mathison pops up and Whalen grounds out. 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 7th: Indiana 2, Texas 5
Luke Hayden is the new Indiana pitcher. First two outs come on shallow fly balls. A fly to center ends the 1-2-3 inning.
Top 7th: Indiana 2, Texas 5
Devin Taylor grounds out to start the Inning. Cerny gets a plate appearance and gets walked prompting yet another Texas pitching change. The Hoosiers have to find a way to capitalize with a big inning on all of these free bases. A fielders choice off Glasser’s bat is the second out. Jessee strikes out to end the inning with no runs.
Bottom 6th: Indiana 2, Texas 5
Craig Yoho is the new Hoosier pitcher. Tyler Cerny replaces Goforth at second. Yoho walks the lead off batter and plunks the next guy in the helmet. He gets a strikeout. Cerny and Mathison collide in shallow right, but Cerny makes the out. A pop-out to Glasser ends the inning.
Top 6th: Indiana 2, Texas 5
Jayden Duplantier is the new Texas pitcher. Jessee walks and Texas continues to demonstrate the level of defense play that Indiana (with exceptions) has not been able to. Brown robs Pyne of extra bases at the wall. Mathison walks getting Jessee into scoring position prompting a Texas mound visit. Bobby Whalen draws a walk to load the bases with one out and Texas will make another pitching change. David Shaw is the new Longhorn pitcher. Tibbitts barely avoids a double play on the RBI ground out to third. Colopy pinch hits for Serruto and flies out to end the Hoosier threat.
Bottom 5th: Indiana 1, Texas 5
Ryan Kraft is the new pitcher and gets into an immediate jam. A walk and a hesitation on playing a bunt puts two runners on with no outs. Another walk loads them up prompting a mound visit from pitching coach Dustin Glant. Then the wheels come off of the infield defense and the Hoosiers are in a three-run hole. An error by Evan Goforth scores another Longhorn. A ground out finally ends a disaster of an inning when Texas scores four without hitting ball out of the infield. Defense is the entire difference in this game so far. Very hard game for the Hoosiers to swallow at this point.
Top 5th: Indiana 1, Texas 1
Bobby Whalen gets plunked to reach base. Tibbitts reaches base on an infield single. Morehouse throws it over first base to get the runners to second and third with no outs. Matthew Ellis gets plunked as well to load the bases. Ethan Vecrumba pinch runs of Ellis. Devin Taylor gets to a 3-0 count and walks in the tying run on a 3-1 pitch scoring Whalen. Goforth pops up for out number one. Glasser grounds into a painful inning ending double play.
Bottom 4th: Indiana 0, Texas 1
Garret Guillemette gets the first hit of the game for either team with a lead-off . Jack O’Dowd flies out to shallow centerfield. Jared Thomas flies out and Guillemette tags and barely gets in safely to third. Goforth reels in apop to end the inning with no damage.
Top 4th: Indiana 0, Texas 1
It is another pitches duel so far. Indiana has no answer for Zane Morehouse. Another 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 3rd: Indiana 0, Texas 1
Manase strikes out Kennedy on three pitches to start the inning. Put a ⭐on that one! Josh Pyne catches a ball falling into the stands for the second out. A ground out makes in a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Top 3rd: Indiana 0, Texas 1
Devin Taylor gets his first action of the day, striking out on three pitches. Zane Morehouse has struck four of the last five. Evan Goforth just misses an infield single thanks to some great infield defense by Texas. Another ground out retires Glasser.
Bottom 2nd: Indiana 0, Texas 1
Tibbitts fields a ground ball himself for the first out. Mitchell Daly walks, and Matthew Ellis records an out with a great catch in foul territory. Ellis continues to show improved defense behind the dish. Jessee records the third out by catching a fly ball.
Top 2nd: Indiana 0, Texas 1
Three strikeouts and a hit batsmen mean nothing doing for the Hoosiers in the second.
Bottom 1st: Indiana 0, Texas 1
Carter Mathison drops a routine fly ball off the bat of Eric Kennedy in right field to spot the Longhorns a no out runner on third. Manase (likely pitching for a strikeout instead of contact) walks Dylan Campbell on a full count. Porter Brown hits a sacrifice fly to score Kennedy (unearned), but Jessee doubles up Campbell who tried to take second likely thinking the Hoosiers would try to stop the run. With no runners and two outs, Manase walks Garret Guillemette. A ground out ends the inning.
Top 1st: Indiana 0, Texas 0
Phillip Glasser works a full count lead-off walk to start the game. Hunter Jessee grounds a 3-1 pitch to short for a double play. That’s the third double play the Hoosiers have hit into in the series. Josh Pyne grounds out as well.
With the power bats in a bit of a slump, Freshman Devin Taylor gets the start. Ellis is catching again today. His receiving, framing, and throwing are all much improved over his performance behind the plate in 2022. Seti Manase will start on the mound after two 1-2-3 innings last week on Sunday and Tuesday.
DT gets first start at The Disch 🍽️ pic.twitter.com/5xLpz9S7lF— Indiana Baseball (@IndianaBase) February 25, 2023