New Episode of In the Dugout Now Online
May 28, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The latest edition of In The Dugout with Tracy Smith is now available online by clicking here. IUHoosiers.com's Jeremy Gray stopped by baseball practice earlier this week to talk to Coach Smith and the Hoosiers in advance of IU's first NCAA Regional appearance since 1996. Indiana takes on Louisville on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.
In addition to IU's game against Louisville, Middle Tennessee State (No. 2 seed) and Vanderbilt (No. 3 seed) will be at the Louisville Regional. The NCAA Regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament that runs from Friday to Sunday. The team to advance out of each regional moves on to the Super Regionals, a best-of-three series against one other team. The winner of the Super Regional then moves on to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Indiana earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its first Big Ten Tournament Championship since 1996. The Hoosiers won all four of their games in the tournament to claim the conference's postseason crown.
Indiana won all four of its games in decisive fashion, outscoring its opponents 47-9 during the tournament. The Hoosiers delivered at least 15 hits in every game and limited its opposition to just 26 hits throughout the tourney. Junior pitcher Matt Bashore was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after throwing a seven-inning shutout performance against Minnesota in the second round of the tourney.
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