Indiana at Florida State, Game 1, Super Regionals

Bottom 9th: Florida State made it extremely interesting in the ninth, scoring a run on an RBI single by left fielder D.J. Stewart, but a flyout by Marcus Davis ended the game with the winning run on second. IU wins 10-9 and is one win from Omaha.

Top 9th: Michael Basil flew a one-out double to right, but IU didn’t get another baserunner in the ninth. The Hoosiers lead 10-8 going into the bottom of the ninth.


Bottom 8th: Florida state cut the deficit in half thanks in part to a defensive mistake by arguably IU’s best defensive player. Iu center fielder Justin Cureton got under an easy pop-up by FSU catcher Stephen McGee and dropped it. Two batter later, FSU first baseman John Nogowski crushed a 2-2 fastball from Ryan Halstead over the left field wall for a two-run homer. It’s still 10-8 Indiana, however.


Top 8th: Indiana tacked on an insurance run in the eighth thanks to a defensive miscue by Florida State. With two outs, Iu right fielder Chris Sujka hit a chopper to Florida State third baseman Jose Brizuela that was fielded cleanly. Brizuela rushed the throw and skipped it, however, and pinch runner Tim O’Conner scored from third to give IU a 10-6 lead.


Bottom 7th: John Sansone and right fielder Jameis Winston drew two-out walks from IU reliever Luke Harrison, but closer Ryan Halstead stepped in and got left fielder D.J. Stewart to ground to first to end the inning. Indiana maintains a 9-6 lead.


Top 7th: Indiana took control in the seventh again. Second baseman Chad Clark led off with a single, center fielder laid down a bunt and reached on a throwing error and Chris Sujka walked. Catcher Kyle Schwarber then chopped a single to left past FSu thirs baseman Jose Brizuela to bring in two runs. First baseman Sam Travis followed by grounding a single to right. Schwarber later scored on a throwing error by FSU catcher Stephen McGee and IU leads 9-6.


Bottom 6th: FSU in the lead again. Right fielder Josh Delpth led off with a single and eventually went to third on a double play ball. Brian Korte came on for Scott Effross to get the last out for Indiana, but he instead gave up an RBI single to Marcus Davis to give Florida State a 6-5 lead.


Top 6th: Indiana tied the game back up in the sixth. Designated hitter Scott Donley lined a single up the middle then scored when third baseman Dustin DeMuth hit a two-out double to center off the glove of Brett Knief. Game tied 5-5.


Bottom 5th: John Nogowski singled, moved to second on a bunt by Brett Knief and scored on a single by Giovanny Alfonzo, giving Florida State a 5-4 lead.


Top 5th: Luke Weaver found a groove again in the fifth. He walked Will Nolden but Nolden was caught stealing, then got Kyle Schwarber looking with a nasty breaking ball. Game tied at 4.


Bottom 4th: Florida State got all of its runs back in the fourth. After Joey DeNato walked the firt two batters he faced and issued two balls to the third, Tracy Smith put in Scott Effross midcount. As much as DeNato was struggling to find the plate, FSU only had one hit off him to that point. FSU seemed relieved to not have to deal with a crafty left-hander anymore and jumped on the strikes Effross was throwing. Center fielder Brett Knief and shortstop Giovanny Alfonzo both drove in runs with singles up the middle. Florida State would load the bases when Josh Delph was hit by a pitch and score when FSU left fielder D.J. Stewart grounded into what should have been a 6-4-3 double play but Chad Clark bobbed the exchange. FSU catcher Stephen McGee then lined a single that Michael Basil couldn’t quite backhand to tie the game 4-4.


Top 4th: After looking mostly baffled by Luke Weaver the first time through the order, Indiana jumped on the right-hander the second time. Will Nolden Stared it with a single to center field and catcher Kyle Schwarber followed with a two-run bomb over the right field wall. Designated hitter Scott Donley singled to left, stole second and scored on an RBI single by shortstop Michael Basil. Two batters later, Basil scored when Casey Smith flied a double off the right field wall. IU leads 4-0.


Bottom 3rd: FSU catcher Stephen McGee reached with two outs when he it an infield single off the foot of Joey DeNato and he took second when IU shortstop Michael Basil tried to glove it and threw wide of the bag, but DeNato got Marcus Davis to fly out to end the inning.Scoreless after 3.


Top 3rd: Luke Weaver is throwing smoke at this point. He struck out a pair of Hoosiers in a 1-2-3 third and has four so far in the game. Hasn’t given up a hit and has faced the minimum.


Bottom 2nd: Joey DeNato issued a pair of walks and hit a batter to load the bases, but got FSU second baseman John Sansone to fly out to left to end the inning. Scoreless after 2.


Top 2nd: Florida State got a bit of a break in the second. Scott Donley appeared to have hit a ball off his foot into fair territory, but it was called fair and Donley was out. Luke Weaver struck out Michael Basil and got Dustin DeMuth to ground to first to end the inning. Scoreless.


Bottom 1st: Joey DeNato walked the second batter he faced in D.J. Stewart but picked him off at first and faced the minimum Scoreless through 1.


Top 1st: Will Nolden drew a walk from Luke Weaver to lead off Indiana’s first ever Super Regional game, but Kyle Schwarber grounded into a 3-6-3 double play. Sam Travis struck out to end the inning. Scoreless after a half.


First pitch of the best-of-three Super Regionals is at noon. Lineups follow.

INDIANA (46-14)

  1. Will Nolden, rf (.298, 27 runs, 11 RBI)
  2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.372, 17 HR, 50 RBI)
  3. Sam Travis 1b (.317, 9 HR, 51 RBI)
  4. Scott Donley, dh (.357, 4 HR, 56 RBI)
  5. Michael Basil, ss (.310, 3 HR, 46 RBI)
  6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.396, 5 HR, 40 RBI)
  7. Casey Smith, lf (.308, 5 HR, 31 RBI)
  8. Chad Clark, 2b (.243, 1 HR, 32 RBI)
  9. Justin Cureton, cf (.222, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 56 runs)

P – Joey DeNato, LHP (9-2, 2.65 ERA, 78 K’s in 91.2 IP)




  1. Josh Delph, rf (.265, 1 HR, 20 RBI)
  2. D.J. Stewart, lf (.363, 5 HR, 56 RBI)
  3. Stephen McGee, c (.292, 9 HR, 51 RBI)
  4. Marcus Davis, dh (.300, 9 HR, 61 RBI)
  5. John Nagowski, 1b (.276, 1 HR, 31 RBI)
  6. Jose Brizuela, 3b (.325, 4 HR, 43 RBI)
  7. Brett Knief, cf (.325, 1 HR, 12 RBI)
  8. Giovanny Alfonzo, ss (.247, 24 RBI)
  9. John Sansone, 2b (.238, 2 HR, 32 RBI)

P – Luke Weaver, RHP (7-2, 1.95 ERA, 114 K’s in 92 1/3 IP)


  1. Hoosiers drawing first blood! Home Run, Small Ball and a few deep shots. They look to be locked in on Weaver which is a thing in itself according to the broadcasters.


  2. The rumor is that Glass promised Chrome and Crimson batting helmets for the team if they make the CWS.

  3. Good game. Great inning. First baseball game I’ve watched since 1994. TV baseball has no Dick Vitale yelling, that is another plus.

  4. Aruss…re your #8 in this thread, allow me to refer you back to your own #2. No one else has to say anything…

  5. Will they get to be the “home team” tomorrow and get last ups? How is it determined in this series?

  6. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe the teams split the first two games, and if necessary the higher seed gets the nod for “home team” in game 3. Hoosiers should be batting last today.

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