Indiana beats Florida State for Hoosiers' first NCAA super regional victory
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Kyle Schwarber had a go-ahead two-run single in a four-run seventh inning as Indiana went on to beat Florida State 10-9 on Saturday in the first game of the Tallahassee Super Regional.
Schwarber, who also had a two-run homer in the fourth, put Indiana up 7-6 with his hit in the seventh.
''When you see a hitter like this, we're kind of used to it,'' Indiana coach Tracy Smith said. ''He has a very, very advanced approach. That's what I think makes him such a special hitter. It certainly helped him [on Saturday].''
Indiana (47-14) needed every run to survive a late Florida State rally in a 4-hour, 16-minute game that was far from a thing of beauty. Each team committed three errors and a combined 11 pitchers were used.
The Hoosiers provided plenty of pop with 11 hits. Scott Donley went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Michael Basil went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, double and a run scored.
Indiana, playing in the Super Regionals for the first time, can advance to its first College World Series with a win on Sunday. If the Seminoles (47-16) win, a deciding game will be played Monday.
''I don't think it was a particularly well-played game,'' Smith said, ''but I do think it's important in a Super Regional format to get off to a good start with a win in Game 1 no matter how it happens.''
Florida State led 6-5 going into the sixth, but Indiana scored four runs against Gage Smith (4-2) and Billy Strode. They gave up three hits in the inning, but the Seminoles' defense didn't help in committing two throwing errors.
''It's always frustrating when you make errors and give up runs,'' said Florida State first baseman John Nogowski, who made one of the errors. ''They seemed like every chance they had, a guy in scoring position, they got him in.''
Nogowski went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the eighth that trimmed Indiana's lead to 10-8. He also scored three runs and Giovanny Alfonzo went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs.
DJ Stewart added an RBI single in the ninth, and Florida State also had runners at second and third with just one out after Indiana's Will Coursen-Carr tossed a wild pitch.
However, Coursen-Carr settled in and induced a pair of flyouts from Stephen McGee and Marcus Davis, Florida State's No. 3 and 4 hitters, to end the game.
Brian Korte (1-0) pitched .1 innings for the win.
Neither starter factored significantly in the game. Indiana's Joey DeNato gave up four walks, hit two batters and allowed two earned runs in three innings. Florida State's Luke Weaver gave up five earned runs on seven hits in five innings.
Florida State stranded 13 runners on base.
The Seminoles, in the Super Regionals for a sixth consecutive season, lost an opener before, falling to Wichita State in 2008 in Tallahassee, before rallying to win the next two games.
''It ain't over,'' Florida State coach Mike Martin said. ''We are going to play our butts off [on Sunday].''