'Super' Effort Sends Hoosiers to Tallahassee

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Justin Cureton made the play of the night with his leaping grab over the wall
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Justin Cureton made the play of the night with his leaping grab over the wall
    Go Hoosiers!

    June 3, 2013

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In front of a standing-room only record crowd of 3,214, Indiana Baseball (46-14) advanced to the first NCAA Super Regionals in school history. IU went 3-0 inside Bart Kaufman Field during the NCAA Bloomington Regional. The Hoosiers' 6-1 win over #2-seed Austin Peay (47-15) Sunday night punched Indiana's tickets to next weekend's Super Regionals in Tallahassee versus Florida State.

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    Sam Travis was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Regional, his second straight week taking that honor after also doing so at the Big Ten Tournament. In seven post-season games, Travis is 14-of-26 (.538) with three homeruns, four doubles and 11 RBI. He's slugging at a 1.038 clip and owns a .618 on-base percentage. Further more, Travis has been flawless defensively with a 1.000 fielding mark and is yet to strikeout in 26 postseason at-bats.

    In total, six Hoosiers were voted to the Regional's All-Tournament team: Travis, Kyle Schwarber, Chad Clark, Justin Cureton, Casey Smith and Scott Donley.

    Indiana becomes the first Big Ten institution to reach a Super Regional since Michigan went to Corvallis, Ore., in 2007. The Hoosiers conclude Bart Kaufman Field's inaugural season 19-3 at the new digs.

    Super Regional schedules will be released Monday (June 3) at approximately 11 pm ET. The Seminoles will host IU for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday or Saturday-Sunday-Monday series.

    Schwarber got the green light on a 3-0 count in the first inning, planting a pitch into the grass berm beyond the right field bleachers to give IU a lead for good. After Travis just missed out on back-to-back homers when his blast hooked foul, he settled for a ripped double into left center. Two batters later, Michael Basil pierced the left side of the infield to score Travis on an RBI-single. Casey Smith made it 3-0 dropping a bloop single in between three APSU players to plate Basil.

    Scwharber's dinger was his 17th of the year, tied with Josh Phegley (2009) for the seventh-most in a season ever at IU. Travis' 21st double also ascended him in the record books, earning a share of fourth-best all-time.

    The #HotStartHoosiers have now scored in the first inning 27 of 60 games, owners of a 55-24 run margin in the opening frame.

    Will Coursen-Carr only needed a two-run cushion, surrendering a lone run in 5.1 innings of work. The Fort Wayne freshman took the mound for his second straight tournament-clinching start. He owes a big part of the `W' to his center fielder Justin Cureton though. In the top of the second Coursen-Carr put two runners aboard and hung a pitch that was clobbered to deep center field. The potentially game-tying 3-run homer would have cleared the wall if not for Cureton intercepting its path by scaling the eight-foot wall and robbing the long-ball. The incredible catch sent the Hoosier faithful into a frenzy. In the post-game press conference, Austin Peay head coach Gary McClure said Cureton's robbery "ripped their hearts out."

    Dustin DeMuth bounced a double over the first base bag rolling down the line to extend the IU lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning. It marked his 22nd two-bagger of 2013, pulling even with Mickey Morandini (1986) for second place in Hoosier lore.

    Coursen-Carr received some assistance in the next half inning as well. The Governors snuck one across and loaded the bases before Luke Harrison and Ryan Halstead came out of the bullpen to strike out the next two batters and end the threat. Halstead would remain in the contest for the next three frames, picking up his 11th save this season and 22nd of his career (both all-time school records). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native allowed just one baserunner while striking out three in his 3.1-inning stint.

    Stay tuned to and www. for all the information on Indiana's upcoming Super Regionals trip.




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