IU Outlasts Florida State in Super Regional Seesaw
June 8, 2013
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).
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
On allowing FSU to tie the game after taking a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning:
SS Michael Basil
C Kyle Schwarber
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