April 19, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - An RBI single by Casey Rodrigue in the bottom of the 12th inning gave 18th-ranked Indiana a 2-1 walk-off win over Michigan State on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. MSU is now 20-16 overall and 5-6 in the Big Ten. Indiana is 24-11 overall and leads the Big Ten at 10-1.
A leadoff walk to Will Nolden and then sacrifice bunt by Craig Dedelow gave Indiana a runner at second base with one out in the 12th. A base hit by Chad Clark moved Nolden over to third and Rodrigue followed with the winning RBI - a single to center field.
Prior to the 12th, the Spartans were able to put a pair of runners on base in both the 10th and 11th innings, but couldn't come up with the timely hit.
Michigan State starting pitcher Justin Alleman held Indiana's offense in check most of the afternoon, allowing just four hits in eight innings of work, while striking out eight batters and walking three. He yielded only two hits until the fourth inning when a one-out triple by Sam Travis led to the first run of the game. Scott Donley followed by driving in Travis with a single down the left field line for a 1-0 IU lead.
Alleman continued his control of the Hoosier lineup, not getting into trouble again until the eighth when an error between a groundout and a strikeout gave the Hoosiers their first base runner since a walk in the fifth inning. Alleman intentionally walked Kyle Schwarber with two down in the eighth and then got Travis to fly out, stranding two Hoosiers on base.
Consecutive one-out singles put the pressure right back on the Spartans in the ninth. Reliever Anthony Misiewicz, who took over for Alleman to start the inning, then walked Will Nolden to create a force out and any base. Mieiewicz responded to the challenge, striking out consecutive pinch hitters - Ricky Alfonso and Austin Cangelosi - to end the inning and extend the game.
Misiewicz retired six of the seven batters he faced in the 10th and 11th innings. Jeff Kinley replaced Misiewicz after the sacrifice bunt in the 12th.
IU starting pitcher Christian Morris lasted just 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run off four hits. Closer Scott Effross pitched four innings in relief, starting in the eighth, while Luke Harrison got the win after facing the minimum in the 12th.
Salter (2-for-4) and Cheky (2-for-6) led MSU at the plate, each picking up two hits.
The two teams will complete the series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.