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Hoosiers hang tough, beat Wolverines 5-4

Indiana and Michigan set the record for the longest game in the history of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament in a 13 inning thriller

The Indiana Baseball team mobs Alex Krupa after his walk off hit.
Auston Matricardi

What. A. Game.

That will probably be the best game we see at BKF this week. Two very good teams just went at it for 13 innings, with momentum swinging both ways, before Indiana finally defeated Michigan 5-4.

The game started off as a pitcher’s duel. Pauly Milto got the start for Indiana and Oliver Jaskie took the mound for the Wolverines. Milto pitched 5 innings, giving up 2 runs in the top of the 2nd. He also gave up 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 batters.

Jaskie had a gem of a game for Michigan. He dominated the Hoosier offense for much of the game, until Craig Dedelow hit a clutch home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the game. Jaskie wound up allowing 2 runs on 4 hits over 7 innings. He walked a single batter and struck out 9.

Michigan struck back a half inning later, retaking the lead 3-2 on a single to left field.

In the bottom of the 8th, Indiana put on a small ball clinic. Jeremy Houston doubled to lead off the inning, Tony Butler moved him over with a sac bunt, and then Matt Lloyd brought him in on a grounder to short.

Three straight singles from Luke Miller, Craig Dedelow, and Logan Sowers brought another run in for the Hoosiers give them their first lead of the game.

Matt Lloyd attempted to close out the game, but allowed the Wolverines to tie up the game on a two out single to left field.

The two teams went scoreless for a few innings despite multiple chances for both teams to score. In the bottom of the 13th, Luke Miller led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Craig Dedelow followed that up by drawing a walk. With two runners on and nobody out, it looked like the Hoosiers were on their way to a win. Then Logan Sowers and Matt Gorski struck out. With two on and two out, Alex Krupa stepped up to the plate. He lined one down the left field line, then all hell broke loose on the field.

This was a huge win for the Hoosiers, but it may hurt their chances in the tournament moving forward. They had to go deep into their bullpen, using B.J. Sabol, Cam Beauchamp, Matt Lloyd, and even Cal Krueger, who was expected to start tomorrow’s game if they were to win today.

With Krueger most likely sidelined for tomorrow’s game, Brian Hobbie should be in line for the start when Indiana takes on the loser of tonight’s game between Northwestern and Minnesota tomorrow at 1:30p.m.