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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.
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.
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.
The 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft has come to a close. Catch up on all the picks right here. Minnesota left-hander Tom Windle was taken in the second round (No. 56) by the Los Angeles Dodgers to pace all Big Ten eligible players. Watch our feature on Windle and view the Big Ten’s drafted players in this post.
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.