College baseball: Indiana wins first NCAA regional title
By Andy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent June 2, 2013 9:46PM
Updated: July 4, 2013 6:54AM
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana’s second game of the weekend against Austin Peay wasn’t quite the offensive showcase of the first one.
But the Hoosiers still cruised to a victory, earning the program’s first regional title and a trip to Tallahassee next weekend for the NCAA super regional against Florida State.
Indiana (46-14) jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 6-1 win over the Governors Sunday night.
A day after clobbering the Governors 15-6 in a game in which the Hoosiers spotted Austin Peay a 3-0 lead, IU built their own 3-0 lead and cruised.
Kyle Schwarber, Indiana’s second batter, hit his 17th home run in the bottom of the first. Michael Basil later singled to drive in Sam Travis, then scored himself on a Casey Smith single to right center.
That put IU ahead 3-0, but it looked like Austin Peay (47-15) might answer in the top of the second. Will Coursen-Carr walked Reed Harper and gave up a single to Cody Hudson. Coursen-Carr struck out Michael Davis, then was bailed out by a stellar defensive play from Justin Cureton.
Indiana’s center fielder stole what would have been a game-tying home run by P.J. Torres, scaling the fence to snag the ball. Cureton then fired to second base to double off Hudson and get the Hoosiers out of the inning.
After that, Coursen-Carr settled in before his walk of Hudson loaded the bases for Davis. Luke Harrison came on in relief and walked Davis to score Jordan Hankins but struck out Torres before giving way to Ryan Halstead.
Halstead, IU’s career saves leader, then struck out pinch hitter Matt Wollenzin to end the threat. Halstead earned his 11th save of the season and 22nd of his career by pitching the final 3 1-3 innings.
Coursen-Carr (4-0) allowed five hits over 51/3 innings to earn the victory. Starter Kevin Corey (2-2) took the loss, lasting just one inning and allowing three runs on four hits.
LaPorte High grad Dustin DeMuth hit his 22nd double of the season in the fifth inning to score Basil, tying Mickey Morandini for the second-most doubles in a season for the Hoosiers.
Of the six games at the Bloomington Regional, only two weren’t decided by one run — both of the IU-Austin Peay matchups.
Valparaiso pitcher Cole Webb and shortstop Spencer Mahoney were named to the all-tournament team, along with IU catcher Kyle Schwarber, first baseman Sam Travis, second baseman Chad Clark, outfielders Justin Cureton and Casey Smith and DH Scott Donley. Travis was named the tournament most outstanding player.