This game was all Indiana from the very beginning. It was a pretty even matchup on the mound, Louisville’s Chad Green (10-3, 2.79ERA) versus Indiana’s Joey DeNato(9-2, 2.76ERA). The Hoosiers were able to jump on Chad Green early and got on the board in the top of the first. With Schwarber on second, Donley singled to center bringing Schwarber home. Hoosiers end the inning with a 1-0 lead.
Indiana had another opportunity to put a few more runs on the board in the top of third. Green was replaced on the mound by Cody Ege with no outs, runners on second and third. The bases are soon loaded but can only manage to get one run across, thanks to a line drive to left by Basil. It would have been two runs, but Schwarber was thrown out at the plate.
The score stayed that way for a while, but Indiana maintains their dominance keeping the Cardinals from scoring. And there were scoring opportunities available for both teams, that neither could capitalize on.
At the bottom of the fourth there was a slight game delay, when the home plate umpire left the game due to sickness. The umpires quickly changed and did a switch around in the field, and the game resumed before players got too cold.
Ege is replaced by Dace Kime in the top of the seventh, after Ege went 4.1 innings, allowed three hits, no runs, two walks and six strike outs. And then a surprising move came in the top of the ninth by the Cards, Cole Sturgeon was pulled from right field to pitch. He got out of the inning thanks to a pickoff at third and a strikeout.
DeNato’s start was exactly what Indiana needed. He pitched a complete game shutout, allowed four hits, no runs, three walks, and eight strikeouts to get the win.