Indiana is 48-14 and headed to its first College World Series. Along the way, the Hoosiers have won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships and swept its way to the Bloomington Regional and Tallahassee Super Regional crowns. Few have enjoyed a better seat for the historic season than Jeremy Gray, the voice of Indiana baseball and the school’s assistant athletic director for broadcast services. Gray joined the Indiana program in 2005 and started calling games in 2008. Read our Q&A with him in this post. [ RELATED: Twitter: IU tweets from Omaha | Super Regional gallery | NCAA.com bracket ]
Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion Indiana opens its first College World Series at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN. The Hoosiers, the Big Ten’s first CWS team since 1984 (Michigan), take on streaking Louisville in the event’s second game. Mississippi State and No. 3 seed Oregon State join Indiana and Louisville on one side of the bracket, while No. 1 North Carolina, North Carolina State, No. 4 LSU and UCLA land on the other. If the Hoosiers beat the Cardinals, they will play the Mississippi State-Oregon State winner at 8 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN2. Lose, and they’ll take
For the first time since 1984, the Big Ten is sending a baseball team to the College World Series. And for the first time in school history, it’s Indiana, the 2013 Big Ten regular-season and tourney champion. The Hoosiers swept its best-of-3 series with Florida State on Sunday to advance to Omaha, Neb. View a photo gallery, courtesy USA TODAY Sports, in this post. [ RELATED: McRobbie, others congratulate Indiana | NCAA.com bracket | IUHoosiers.com recap ]
The College World Series is a pretty big deal. So, it comes as no surprise that Indiana received its share of love Sunday after sealing up the program’s first CWS berth, and the Big Ten’s first since 1984 (Michigan). Indiana beat Florida State, 11-6, to sweep the best-of-3 Tallahassee Super Regional. [ RELATED: Indiana advances to first CWS | Gallery from Sunday | IUHoosiers.com recap ] Indiana President Michael A. McRobbie chimed in with an official statement, which can be read below. “I join the entire university community in congratulating the IU baseball team for continuing its historic season with
Indiana is making its first trip to the College World Series. And the Hoosiers have broken a long CWS drought for the Big Ten along the way. Sam Travis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a tie game as Indiana defeated Florida State 11-6 on Sunday in the Tallahassee Super Regional. [ RELATED: Twitter: Reaction to Indiana win | Gallery from Sunday | IUHoosiers.com recap ] Indiana (48-14) is in the NCAA postseason for just the third time and was playing in its first Super Regional. But the Hoosiers played with plenty
Sam Travis, much like the rest of the Indiana baseball team, is tearing it up. Name it, the first baseman has done it. In seven postseason games, Travis owns a .538 average (14-for-26), three home runs, 10 runs and 11 RBI on his way to claiming most outstanding player of the Big Ten tournament and the Bloomington Regional. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] Travis’ heroics have helped guide the Hoosiers, also the Big Ten regular-season champs, to their first Super Regionals. Travis and Indiana open a best-of-3 series vs. Florida State at noon ET Saturday in Tallahassee.
Indiana outfielder Justin Cureton is no stranger to making highlight-reel catches. Time it right as a photographer, and his plays make for some pretty cool photos, as evidenced by the shot above from Indiana Athletics’ Mike Dickbernd. Nice catch, right? Well, it wasn’t his best of the day. That came in the second inning, when Cureton raced to left-center field and reached over the fence to rob Austin Peay of a would-be, three-run homer. Watch Cureton’s home run-robbing catch below: As the score indicates – not to mention this radio call – the catch, plus the ensuing out at first base,
Catcher Kyle Schwarber homered, Justin Cureton made a critical leaping catch and Indiana earned its first regional title by beating Austin Peay for the second consecutive night, winning 6-1 in the championship of the Bloomington Regional on Sunday. The Hoosiers (46-14) will play Florida State in next week’s Super Regional in Tallahassee. “With every step we take, it seems like we’re making history with Indiana baseball,” Hoosiers coach Tracy Smith said. “It’s fun. That was certainly a memorable evening for us.” [ RELATED: BOX | Read more at IUHoosiers.com ] Indiana got three runs in the first inning on Schwarber’s
Sam Travis homered to help power Indiana past Austin Peay 15-6 on Saturday night and into the regional title game. Scott Donley and Michael Basil each drove in four runs for the Hoosiers (45-14), who will play the winner of Sunday afternoon’s elimination game between Valparaiso and Austin Peay. The loss ended a 16-game winning streak, longest in the country, for Austin Peay (46-14). Indiana trailed 3-0 after Reed Harper’s three-run homer in the bottom of the first. But the Hoosiers didn’t wait long to respond. They scored five times in the top of the second, getting a two-run single
Chad Clark hit a two-run walk-off home run (watch it!) to cap a four-run ninth inning and lead Indiana to a thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over Valparaiso on Friday night at Bart Kaufman Field. The top-seeded Hoosiers (44-14) take on No. 2 seed Austin Peay (46-13) at 6:05 pm ET Saturday in the Bloomington Regional. The Governors enter the contest with the nation’s longest winning streak (16). [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] Clark’s walk-off shot was extra sweet, because the second baseman committed an error that led to two runs in the top of the ninth inning.