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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Jordan Parr belted two home runs and Kevin Duchene set an Illinois school record in No. 3 Illinois’ 6-4 win over No. 2 Georgia Tech in the first round of the Nashville Regional. Duchene (9-1) struck out five and allowed three runs over seven quality innings to earn his ninth victory, marking the most wins ever by an Illini freshman.
Illinois and Indiana were selected to the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The Hoosiers earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid after winning the conference tournament and are a No. 1 seed, hosting Regional play in Bloomington, Ind. Illinois earned an at-large selection and are the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional, marking the second straight season that two Big Ten teams have been selected to the field. Check out the full interactive bracket at NCAA.com.