June 8, 2013
Hoosiers Hold On
By D.C. Reeves
Warchant.com Managing Editor
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
Florida State battled back from a four-run deficit once on
But once wasn't enough.
After waving goodbye to an early 4-0 lead in its
first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance, Indiana plated four
in the seventh on the way to a 10-9 win in Game 1 of the NCAA
Super Regional at Dick Howser Stadium.
Fitting for a roller-coaster affair that saw
offense - 19 runs and 23 hits - and plenty of miscues with six
combined errors, the win wouldn't come easy. Indiana, the Big 10
champions, saw its early lead dissipate in the fourth inning.
But it fought back to nab a 9-6 edge in the seventh, then added
another in the eighth before withstanding a late FSU rally to
"At the end of this, either one of us was
probably going to be happy with the win but probably not happy
with particularly the way we played," Indiana coach Tracy Smith
said. "So I would sum it up that way - I don't think it was a
particularly well-played game, but I do think it's important,
specifically in the Super Regional format to get off to a good
start with a win in Game 1, no matter how it happens."
Now within a game of its first-ever College World
Series, Indiana will trot out Aaron Slegers (9-1, 1.94 ERA) to
face off against FSU's Scott Sitz (10-1, 1.59 ERA) in Game 2
Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
"[Indiana] got the job done," said FSU coach Mike
Martin, whose team left 13 runners on base. "It's one of those
situations I guess when you look at the opportunity that we had,
but they got it done."
Trailing 10-6 with the crowd out of the game
after seven innings, the Seminoles, making their sixth straight
Super Regional appearance, found life behind John Nogowski's
two-run homer in the eighth.
Then came the nail-biting ninth.
Down 10-8, the first two Florida State batters
reached base, and after a Jameis Winston pop-up, DJ Stewart
laced an RBI single to center to plate Gio Alfonzo and cut it to
a one-run game. Then a wild pitch careened off catcher Kyle
Schwarber and into the Hoosiers’ dugout, moving the tying run to
third and the winning run to second. But the heart of FSU's
order couldn't close the deal - catcher Stephen McGee's flyout
to right wasn't deep enough for the tying run to tag up, then
Marcus Davis flew out to right to end it.
"No doubt in my mind we were going to tie it and
there was a good feeling that we were going to win it," Martin
The other dugout shared the sentiment.
"I was thinking they had a chance to tie it or
win it," Smith said. "We were hoping, honestly, to get out of
there with a tie at the end of nine and go to extras, but that's
how this game is."
After an 0-for-8 start, Indiana (47-14) was able
to get to FSU ace Luke Weaver the second time through the
lineup, touching him up for four runs on five hits in the
Weaver, who dominated with eight shutout innings
and 14 strikeouts in the NCAA Regional, allowed five earned runs
over six innings, the most runs he's given up since he gave up
seven at Virginia on April 20.
The outburst was led by Schwarber, who blasted a
home run to right to give Indiana a 2-0 lead. RBI hits from
Scott Donley and Casey Smith made it 4-0.
"He kind of beat us with his velocity the first
time [through the lineup] and I haven't seen that [speed] in a
while," Indiana shortstop Michael Basil said. "But the second
time we were ready for it, and we were ready for anything that
he threw at us there."
The lead wouldn't last long. FSU responded with
four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning while
chasing Indiana starter Joey DeNato. DeNato struggled with his
control, walking four FSU batters and hitting two more. FSU was
able to take the lead at 5-4 in the fifth and 6-5 in the sixth.
But back came Indiana with the crucial four-run
seventh led by a two-run single from Schwarber. An error and a
Sam Travis single gave the Hoosiers the lead for good at 9-6.
Indiana pushed it to 10-6 on another on a
throwing error during a routine grounder from FSU third baseman
Jose Brizuela - his 22nd error of the year.
"It's always frustrating when you make errors and
give up runs," Nogowski said. "But you have to give credit to
Indiana, they swung the bats great. They seemed like every
chance they had a guy in scoring position they got him in."
Schwarber paced the Hoosiers, finishing 2 for 4
with the home run and four RBI.
And as the series rolls on, the order gets tall
for the nationally-seeded Seminoles. It is 1-7 in Super Regional
series after losing the first game.
"It ain't over," Martin said. "We are going to
play our butts off [Sunday]. I really love this team."