DESTINATION OMAHA: Hoosiers Advance to College World Series
June 9, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Baseball (48-14) is headed to the College World Series after completing a Super Regionals sweep over #7-seed Florida State (47-17). The Hoosiers topped FSU , 11-6, to become the first Big Ten school advancing to Omaha since 1984 (Michigan).
Freshman Will Coursen-Carr (5-0) earned the win on the mound, just as he did in the clinching victories of the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Regional in his last two starts. To close out the Supers, Coursen-Carr delivered 4.0 stellar innings out of the bullpen giving up just one earned run.
Indiana sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning, banging out four runs on four hits to jump on top early. Will Nolden drew an 8-pitch walk to jolt the big inning. He scooted over to third via Kyle Schwarber's single through the right side. Both tagged on the very next pitch, a sacrifice fly from Sam Travis to deep center field. The hits kept coming as Scott Donley and Michael Basil each followed by stroking RBI-doubles. With two outs on the board Casey Smith stretched the IU lead out further to 4-0, driving in Basil on a line drive into shallow center field.
The #HotStartHoosiers have now scored in the first inning in 28 of 62 games, owning a 59-24 run margin in the opening frame.
Much like multiple occasions game one, the Seminoles had an immediate response to a big inning from Indiana. Florida State took advantage of three wild pitches and a defensive error to tally a pair of unearned runs and slice the deficit in half.
Donley added a run in fifth, lifting a towering homerun over the 30-foot-tall wall in right field at Dick Howser Stadium. The solo shot was Donley's fifth long-ball on the year and Big Ten-best 58th RBI.
The 5-2 Hoosier edge was short-lived once again as Florida State continued to counter. Back-to-back singles were backed up by a double off the wall to begin the top of the fifth frame. A sacrifice fly and bases-loaded bean ball notched two for FSU to even it back up at five runs apiece. Coursen-Carr caught Josh Delph looking at strike three on a nasty breaking pitch to snuff out the inning.
Indiana's reaction was swift, a two-run explosion off the bat of Sam Travis in the home half of the fifth. Schwarber was walked and fellow sophomore bash brother Travis sent a missile ricocheting off the scoreboard in left center field.
Travis wasn't done though, bringing home another run in the seventh. Justin Cureton ventured into scoring position with a single and his 22nd stolen base of the season. An elongated at-bat from Nolden ensued, ultimately resulting in a ball to the right side and Cureton moved over to third. `JC' sprinted in the final 90 feet, sliding under the tag, on a high chopper from Travis.
In nine 2013 postseason games, Travis has clobbered four homeruns and driven in 16 runs. His superhuman performance has earned him Most Outstanding Player at both the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Regional.
The Hoosier offense then delivered the knock out punch in the bottom of the eighth. Basil got things started with a lead-off single up the middle. Dustin DeMuth followed by going the opposite way with a line drive that touched the chalk down the left field line for a double that moved Basil to third base with no one out. Florida State brought its infield in as pinch-hitter Ricky Alfonso grounded out to the second baseman and both runners had to hold. Chad Clark then hit a slow grounder to the left side and FSU's third baseman threw a strike home to gun out Basil's attempt to score.
Cureton came to the plate with a runner on first and second with two outs. He went with an outside pitch and hit it hard just inside the first base bag. The ball rolled all the way to the right field wall. Clark and DeMuth came around to score as Cureton went into third standing with a triple. Nolden then hit the ball on the screws for a double off of the right field fence to plate Cureton and give IU an 11-5 lead heading into the ninth.
Florida State made things interesting in the top of ninth as Coursen-Carr walked the leadoff batter then recorded an out before giving up a single. Indiana's all-time saves leader Ryan Halstead was then brought in to close out the biggest game in program history. Halstead walked the first batter he faced then hit the next batter to plate a run to make it 11-6. He then hunkered down and struck out FSU's Delph for the second out. The next batter for the Seminoles was DJ Stewart whoHalstead induced into a line out to left field for the final out to punch IU's ticket to Omaha.
Head Coach Tracy Smith
Sam Travis 1B
Casey Smith LF
Will Coursen- Carr Pitcher
Check back soon