Indiana vs. Florida State, NCAA Super Regionals, Game 2

Top 9th: Florida State sored a run in the ninth, but D.J. Stewart flied out to left fielder Tim O’Conner with the bases loaded to end the game and Indiana wins 11-6 to go to Omaha. More, so much more, later.

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Bottom 8th: Indiana heads into the ninth with a six-run lead. Center fielder Justin Cureton drove in two runs with a triple down the first base line and center fielder Will Nolden drove in another one with a shot off the right center field fence for an RBI double. IU leads 11-5.

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Top 8th: Will Coursen-Carr gave up another walk but retired the other three batters he faced. IU leads 8-5 and FSU is down to three outs

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Bottom 7th: Indiana put another run on the board with a tinge of controversy. With Justin Cureton on third, IU first baseman Sam Travis it a chopper to third. FSU’s Jose Brizuela fielded it and went home, but Cureton was ruled safe at the plate on a close call. IU now leads 8-5 with six outs separating it from Omaha.

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Top 7th: Giovanny Alfonzo managed a two-out single for Florida State, but Will Coursen-Carr retired the other three batters he faced. IU still leads 7-5.

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Bottom 6th: Florida State reliever Jameis Winston, who was also the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country, has three strikeouts already after facing hitters. IU went down 1-2-3 in the sixth, but still leads 7-5.

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Top 6th: Will Coursen-Carr issued a walk in the sixth, but got FSU catcher Stephen McGee waving at a breaking ball and then got third baseman Jose Brizuela to fly out to deep center. IU still leads 7-5.

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Bottom 5th: Right after Florida State tied it, Indiana took the lead back on a two-run home run by first baseman Sam Travis. That was the end of Scott Sitz’s day, and Indiana leads 7-5.

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Top 5th: Control problems for two Indiana pitcher helped Florida State tie the game in the fifth. FSU left fielder D.J. Stewart and designated hitter Marcus Davis led off with back-to-back singles and catcher Stephen McGee moved Stewart to third with a fly to deep center. A double off the right centerfield wall by Jose Brizuela brought a run home and put runners on second and third. First baseman John Nogowski drew a walk and that ended Aaron Slegers’ day. Will Coursen-Carr  gave up a sacrifice fly to Brett Knief to make it 5-4. He then hit the next two batters to allow a run to come home to make it 5-5.

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Bottom 4th: Scott Sitz is also finding a groove. He recorded a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fourth.

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Top 4th: Aaron Slegers is finding a groove now. He gave up a single in the fourth, but that was all , and he recorded his first strikeout of the game. IU leads 5-2.

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Bottom 3rd: IU designated hitter Scott Donley single-handedly got the Hoosiers a run back, crushing a fist-pitch fastball from Sitz over the right field wall for a solo home run. Indiana leads 5-2.

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Top 3rd: Aaron Slegers gave up a single to Jose Brizuela, but then got John Nogowski to ground to a 4-3 double play turned by Chad Clark and faced the minimum. IU leads 4-2.

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Bottom 2nd: Scott Sitz’s second inning was much better than his first. He retired all three batters he faced. IU still leads 4-2.

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Top 2nd: Aaron Slegers is struggling with control and Florida State took advantage with two runs in the second. They took advantage of a Chad Clark error and both were unearned. Right fielder Josh Delph drove in one run on a suicide squeeze bunt (with two outs, so that may change the wording, but still) and D.J. Stewart drove in another with a choopper to short that Clark couldn’t handle to score another run. IU still leads 4-2.

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Bottom 1st: Indiana jumped all over Florida State starter Scott Sitz in the first. Will Nolden walked and was running when Kyle Schwarber singled to right, so he went to third. IU first baaseman Sam Travis followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score him and send Schwarber to second. Scott Donley groudned a double just inside the first base line to score Schwarber. Shortstop Michael Basil then doubled to deep left to make it 3-0. He went to third on a passed ball and then scored on a single to center by left fielder Casey Smith. IU leads 4-0.

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Top 1st: Aaron Slegers gave up singles to Josh Delph and Marcus Davis and put runners on second and third, but got a pair of flyouts that weren’t deep enough to score a run to end the inning. Scoreless after 1.

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Game 2 of the Tallahassee Super Regional begins at 1 p.m. Indian needs one more win to get to Omaha. Lineups follow.

INDIANA (47-14)

  1. Will Nolden, rf (.303, 28 runs, 11 RBI)
  2. Kyle Schwarber, c (.374, 18 HR, 54 RBI)
  3. Sam Travis 1b (.314, 9 HR, 52 RBI)
  4. Scott Donley, dh (.358, 4 HR, 56 RBI)
  5. Michael Basil, ss (.312, 3 HR, 47 RBI)
  6. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.391, 5 HR, 41 RBI)
  7. Casey Smith, lf (.309, 5 HR, 32 RBI)
  8. Chad Clark, 2b (.243, 1 HR, 32 RBI)
  9. Justin Cureton, cf (.219, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 57 runs)

P – Aaron Slegers, RHP (9-1, 1.94 ERA, 53 K’s in 92.2 IP)

FLORIDA STATE (47-16)

  1. Josh Delph, rf (.267, 1 HR, 20 RBI)
  2. D.J. Stewart, lf (.364, 5 HR, 58 RBI)
  3. Marcus Davis, dh (.298, 9 HR, 62 RBI)
  4. Stephen McGee, c (.294, 9 HR, 52 RBI)
  5. John Nagowski, 1b (.284, 2 HR, 33 RBI)
  6. Jose Brizuela, 3b (.321, 4 HR, 43 RBI)
  7. Seth Miller, cf (.280, 19 RBI)
  8. Giovanny Alfonzo, ss (.257, 26 RBI)
  9. John Sansone, 2b (.234, 2 HR, 32 RBI)

P – Scott Sitz, RHP (10-1, 1.59 ERA, 75 K’s in 90 1/3 IP)

24 comments

  1. Slegers looking a little shaky, but he’s getting the job done fir the most part. Some more insurance runs here would be real nice.

  2. Heck of a good game thus far. Time to put more runs on the board and really put their foot on Florida State’s throats. A 3 run lead is good, but 4, 5, or 6 would make me a lot more comfortable!

  3. Nice day out riding. Home in timw to see the last out.

    Unbelievable.

    Cogradulations IU Baseball

  4. Unbelievable! For all the hoops fans who aren’t as familiar with college baseball, this is the equivalent of making the Final Four. To a kid like me that grew up sneaking in to Sembower and cherished IU greats like Scott Rolen coming to our high school practices, this is just awesome. Phenomenal accomplishment, but we have the look of a team that’s not done yet. So proud of our Hoosiers!

  5. The Hoosiers are hot. They certainly have the look of a championship team.

    Now, wouldn’t that just be something?

  6. IU flag flying high here in the South Florida sun! HOW ‘BOUT ‘DEM HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSIERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Aruss…and you the expert would know ‘championship caliber’ pitching because…….(like with your prediction as a ‘citizen journalist’ on Pinson, you need to build some confidence that you are not just talking out of your _?_ again.

    Plus, you miss the point (not a totally bad thing since it is a forgivable amateur mistake- but first, zip it up and get some humility). FSU went into the tournament with an outstanding ERA (I believe it was barely over 3.00) and we scored 19 runs on near three dozen hits IN TWO GAMES. The pitching does enough to keep this team competitive and can hold (as it proved) leads. The batting can be difficult for any team because our 1-9 can all hurt you (As #8 batter Justin Cureton’s last at bat showed a program that has been to the CWS more than two dozen times).

    This team leaves nothing but broken hearts and broken, self-appointed ‘expert’ reputations so you may want to reconsider your ‘journalistic’ career. Consider dentistry.

  8. Don’t shoot the messenger! I feel like Edward Snowden.

    Even Dustin would admit our pitching isn’t elite. I said we have a puncher’s chance with our lineup so your comments about what we did to F$U’s pitching is preaching to the choir.

    In regards to the Pinson story, there were forces beyond my control. Some things are about to go down with UNC athletics that can shed some light on what happened in the Pinson situation.

  9. Ok, Aruss spill the beans. You just can’t tantalize us with “things are about to go down with UNC” that will shed light on the Pinson recruitment without explaining what you mean. Out with it now.

  10. I watched the game today and I just kept saying, “Wow!” IU’s baseball team was outstanding. And I especially appreciate how they kept their focus and poise in spite of the very vocal and enthusiastic FSU home crowd.

    Today’s victory was a major achievement for the baseball team and all of IU athletics. And the way these guys hit, they can beat anyone.

  11. Speaking of UNC, I suppose everyone knows about P.J. Hairston getting busted for pot and a weapons charge (why do these morons think they need a gun to drive around a college town?).

    It’ll be interesting to see how Roy handles this one.

  12. A big congratulations to Coach Tracy Smith. A few seasons ago he hung with IU when he could have bailed.

  13. Chet – from what I’ve been told, the pot and gun are the least of UNC’s problems in that situation.

    Mariner Tom – I always wince at the ping of the metal bats because the balls jumps off them so fast. I’d be scared to sit down the lines at those games for fear of being skulled by a line drive foul ball.

    I’m glad everyone is finally seeing what I saw in the team in March.

  14. Aruss- I have no idea what you saw in March (and I seriously doubt anyone else does). Will tell you what anyone who follows baseball may have seen: pick your poison, 1-8 it is as balanced a set of hitters as I’ve seen for a college team around these parts. And, it does have good pitching, not shut-down pitching but effective pitching.

    The job Will Coursen-Carr did was heroic. Don Larsen or Kerry Wood he’s not, but there is an art to throwing so much junk the batter gets confused and begins to swing at anything.

    Look Aruss, Relax. Alright, don’t try to strike everybody out. Strike outs are boring, besides that, they’re facist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic. You just got lesson number one.

    And, your shower shoes have fungus on ’em. You’ll never make it to the Bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you’ll be classy. If you win 20 in the Show, you can let the fungus grow back on your shower shoes and the press will think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the Show however, it means you’re a slob.

    Relax Aruss. On to Omaha with what we got! As Crash Davis once said: Don’t think Aruss, it can only hurt the ball club.

    Go Hoosiers!!!

  15. Aruss, you realize IU’s team ERA is the 6th best in the country. I think that stat would put them up near the elite category in pitching. Coming in to the SR, FSU’s pitching staff was actually better than ours. That was their strength all season. That WAS a “championship caliber” pitching staff and look what heppened to them. Their 2 starters had given up a combined 3 HRs all season and that’s how many IU hit off of those guys in 2 games. I believe, as a staff, FSU pitchers had given up less than 20 HRs all season (in 62 games) and they gave up 4 in 2 games against IU.

  16. I think that’s kind of Aruss’s point, though, IUBaseball. Indiana won this weekend with offense, and the offense is more than anything what gives them a shot to win this whole thing, and they do have a shot to win the whole thing.
    Championship caliber is sort of a bad phrase here, because if Indiana wins the national title — and again, it very much could — then the pitching staff has to be considered championship caliber regardless of how it performs in Omaha.
    I think what Aruss is more trying to say, and what I think is true, is that Indiana’s is not one of those staffs that you’ve seen in the past in Omaha that has had multiple first-round pick arms that could go in there and shut everybody down and hold every opponent under four runs. This team went in to Tallahassee with a 2.56 ERA and that was the sixth best in the country, so it’s obviously a good staff and it’s good enough to win with this lineup, but it’s not good enough that the Hoosiers are going to win a bunch of games in Omaha 2-1. Slegers, DeNato, Hart and Coursen-Carr are all good arms and the bullpen is outstanding as well and by astounding leaps and bounds this is the best all-around pitching staff Indiana has had, but none of those guys is say, Huston Street in 2002 or Travis Bauer and Gerritt Cole in 2010. None of them have that devastating out pitch that no one in Omaha is going to be able to touch. Again, you don’t NEED someone like that to win. They can win a title with this staff and they don’t need to score 10 runs every game to do it. But they aren’t going to be able to shut teams down like they did in the Big Ten either, so if someone else shuts them down, they could have problems.
    Which is all a long way of saying that the staff is very good but nowhere approaching unhittable.

  17. As long as the bats show up in Omaha, they have a shot. The only concern is that, like Florida State and their elite starters who often decided to not pitch to Kyle Schwarber, is that Travis and Donley do not make teams pay for that approach enough to get Schwarber a shot to make a big difference. Its apparent to me that Louisville can certainly hit the ball, as they did so against Vanderbilt, who had a high draft pick or two. But Indiana should have confidence against them; after all they have played them twice, winning one. Both games were close. As for the rest of the teams in Omaha, I have no idea about them with exception that only a couple of teams are showing a ranking number. But I think that matters probably the least in baseball anyways. So, Indiana has a chance, but they need to have just enough hitters to get hot, remain hot, in order to put up the runs to advance. And certainly now is not the time to be walking batters, and begin having fielding mistakes. That will get you beat at any level of baseball, and is certainly not a formula that is likely to have success in Omaha.

  18. Indiana actuall beat Louisville 2 out of 3 this year with the loss coming in a game in the middle of the conference schedule.

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