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    IU Outlasts Florida State in Super Regional Seesaw

    Go Hoosiers! Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 on the day with a home run and four RBI in the win over Florida State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 on the day with a home run and four RBI in the win over Florida State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    June 8, 2013

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Indiana Baseball (47-14) survives a thriller in Tallahassee and is now one win away from a trip to Omaha to compete in the College World Series. The Hoosiers captured game one of a best-of-three series at Florida State (47-16), topping the Seminoles 10-9 in front of a packed house at Dick Howser Stadium.

    After being no-hit for the first three frames, Will Nolden cracked the code in the top of the fourth. He slapped an opposite-field single into left to lead off the inning. Kyle Schwarber followed with an absolute blast over the right field wall to give IU a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Scott Donley imitated Nolden by going `oppo' with another sprayed single over the shortstop's head. He completed his trip around the bases sliding head first and under the tag at home to notch run number three. A Michael Basil RBI-single scored Donley and Basil later came around himself thanks to Casey Smith's double off the wall. In total, Indiana cranked out four runs on five hits.

    Florida State had an immediate response in the home half of the fourth, matching the Hoosiers' with a four-spot of their own. The Seminoles took advantage of three free passes issued and three singles to even the contest at 4-4. FSU then pushed across another in the subsequent inning, utilizing some `small ball' to grab the first lead of the day.

    The Hoosiers countered back in the next half inning, pulling even on Dustin DeMuth's double to straight-away center field. No dive to the dish was needed for Donley this time around, scoring easy on DeMuth's 20th two-out RBI in 2013.

    Three FSU singles in the bottom half quickly reverted the Seminoles back on top, 6-5.

    Scoreboard zeroes remained a premium in the top of the seventh as Indiana posted another crooked number, marking the fourth straight half inning with at least one run scored (and six of seven half innings). Chad Clark initiated the four-run burst by yanking a shot past the FSU third baseman for a lead-off single. Justin Cureton followed with a perfectly-laid sacrifice bunt to shove Clark up to second base. An errant throw on Cureton's bunt allowed him to reach base safely as well. Following a walk to load the bases, Schwarber one-hopped a chopper over the left side of the infield to regain the Hoosier edge for good. His third and fourth runs driven in handed the Hoosiers a 7-6 lead they would not relinquish. Fellow sophomore Sam Travis kept it hot, blistering an RBI-single through the wickets of Schwarber just a few feet off the first base bag. A failed pick-off toss from the Seminole catcher later in the frame gave way to Schwarber jogging in for run number nine.

    Indiana added an insurance run in the eighth. Smith was replaced by pinch runner Tim O'Conner after getting plunked to begin the frame. O'Conner swiped second and moved to third on groundball. He advanced the final station via Florida State's third defensive error, giving IU the 10-6 upper hand.

    A dropped fly ball opened the Seminoles next at-bat. Five-hole hitter John Nogowski made it hurt, crushing a two-run shot soaring over the left field wall to cut FSU's deficit in half, 10-8.

    Florida State would not go quietly in the bottom of the ninth as it began with a lead-off single before Will Coursen-Carr came on in relief and walked the first batter he faced to put runners on first and second. Indiana then recorded its first out of the inning with a pop out to first base. DJ Steward then lined a single to center to plate a run for the Seminoles to make it a 10-9 game to put the tying run at second base and the winning run at first.

    A wild pitch advanced the FSU base runners to put the winning run on second base with one out. Coursen-Carr then induced a shallow fly ball to center and both runners had to hold. The final out of the game was then recorded with a lazy fly ball to right fielder Chris Sujka.

    Game Two is slated for a 1:05 pm ET first pitch on Sunday, and will be aired live on ESPNU. Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Aaron Slegers (9-1, 1.94) faces off against Scott Sitz (10-1, 1.59).

    NOTES
    Kyle Schwarber hit his 18th home run of the season with a two-run shot over the right field wall in the top of the fourth. Schwarber is now tied for sixth in most home runs in a single season in IU baseball history. He sits in sixth with Alex Smith who hit 18 long balls in 1986.

    Dustin DeMuth is now in second place all alone for most doubles in a single season in school history as the junior hit an RBI two bagger in the top of the sixth for his 23rd double of the season. DeMuth moved passed Mickey Morandini's 22 doubles which he accomplished in a Hoosier uniform in 1986.

    Scott Effross came out of the bullpen to make his 27th appearance on the season. He is now tied for third all-time in a single season in school history with 27 appearances on the mound this season.

    Head Coach Tracy Smith
    Opening Statement

    "To sum it up, there was a moment in the ninth inning of that ball game when I think we had just thrown a wild pitch that ended up in my pitching coach's lap where the guys moved up to second and third, I kind of glanced over at Coach Mike Martin and we didn't make eye contact but just looking at both of us just kind of struggle through that one wasn't the most well-played game and I was just kind of sitting there and in my mind at the ending was that either one of us will be happy with the win but probably not happy with the particular way we'd played. To sum it up that way, I don't think it was a particularly well-played game but I do think it's important, specifically in the Super Regionals format to get off to a good start with a win no matter how it happens. But other than that it was a hard fought game, a lot of big hits, big pitches on both sides for both teams...wasn't the prettiest but we are going to try to refocus our group and come out here tomorrow because I said it all along `we're just here and we're just going to play.' At the end of the day if it's good enough, it's good enough. So it was sloppy but we'll take it."

    On allowing FSU to tie the game after taking a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning:
    "I was disappointed in that but I keep saying it's not lip service, we're just who we are. We are not going to change things; we are just going to keep going. I was as shocked as Joey (DeNato) that he lost his strike zone. I have never seen it out of him and it wasn't nerves or whatever we just ask a lot out of him all season and we ask our guys to give us what you have, and he gave us three solids and for whatever reason he just couldn't fine the zone. As I said in yesterday's press conference, not the only way but one of the best ways to get beat by Florida State is to give them extra base runners and so that was my decision to pull him at that point because we just needed strikes."

    SS Michael Basil
    On what Indiana learned the second time around the lineup after facing Weaver once:

    "We had kind of seen what we had had in the first time through and I think he kind of beat us with his balls a lot in the first time so the first one had got on us a little bit and I don't know if I ever saw anybody in regional throw the ball as hard as he did. He kind of beat us with his velocity the first time and I haven't seen that in a while, but the second time we were ready for it and we were ready for anything that he threw at us there."

    C Kyle Schwarber
    On how his home run ignited the team:

    "It pumps everybody up and gave us a good start and we were up 2-0 and nobody out so we started that inning off basically up two so it gave us boost to keep jumping on him."

     

     


       

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