College World Series Indiana University Preview

2013-06-12T20:00:00Z 2013-06-12T20:22:12Z College World Series Indiana University PreviewERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer nwitimes.com
June 12, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

OMAHA, Neb. | A capsule look at Indiana University, competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.

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INDIANA (48-14)

Coach: Tracy Smith (242-220, 8 years at Indiana; 559-440-1, 17 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Bloomington Regional: beat Valparaiso 5-4, beat Austin Peay 15-6, beat Austin Peay 6-1. Won Tallahassee Super Regional: beat Florida State 10-9, beat Florida State 11-6.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: None.

All-time record in CWS: 0-0.

Meet the Hoosiers: C Kyle Schwarber (.376, 18, 54), 1B Sam Travis (.313, 10, 56), 2B Chad Clark (.238, 1, 32), SS Michael Basil (.315, 3, 48), 3B Dustin DeMuth (.389, 5, 41), LF Casey Smith (.309, 5, 33), CF Justin Cureton (.224, 1, 17), RF Will Nolden (.301, 0, 12), DH Scott Donley (.361, 5, 58). Starting pitchers: LHP Joey DeNato (9-2, 2.76), RHP Aaron Slegers (9-1, 2.13), LHP Kyle Hart (8-2, 3.01), LHP Will Coursen-Carr (5-0, 1.80). Relievers: RHP Scott Effross (6-1, 2.47), RHP Luke Harrison (4-2, 2.82), RHP Ryan Halstead (4-4, 2.40, 11 saves).

All-Star Alumni: Ted Kluszewski, Kevin Orie, Doug DeVore, Barry Jones, John Wehner.

Short Hops: Indiana is in the CWS for the first time and in the NCAA tournament for the third. Other NCAA appearances were in 1996 and 2009. Hoosiers are first Big Ten team to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. ... Hoosiers beat Louisville, their opening CWS opponent, 2-0 in the season opener in Dunedin, Fla. ... Freshman Will Coursen-Carr earned clinching victories in Big Ten tournament, NCAA regional and super regional. ... Indiana has scored in the first inning in 28 of 62 games and hold a 59-24 advantage in first-inning runs. ... Sam Travis has four homers and 16 RBIs in nine postseason games.

Quotable: "This is what you dream about as a little kid. You watch the College World Series on the TV, and you just dream of it and now it just feels like you are living in the dream." - Travis.

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