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Seven years ago: IU baseball clinches a trip to the College World Series

Seven years ago today the Indiana baseball team defeated Florida State 11-6 in an NCAA Super Regional at Tallahassee to advance to its first ever College World Series. IU was the first Big Ten team to advance to the World Series since Michigan in 1984.

Sam Travis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a tie

Will Coursen-Carr pitched four innings of relief for Indiana, allowing just an earned run in the ninth inning.

Indiana scored four runs in the first inning.  Travis had a sacrifice fly, Scott Donley had an RBI double, Michael Basil had an RBI double and Casey Smith had an RBI single.

The Hoosiers won the super regional over FSU and their tough home crowd.

“I don’t think there’s a better preparation for our team going forward,” head coach Tracy Smith said at the time. “That was a tremendous atmosphere. I think it makes the statement that it’s not a fluke. People don’t understand what Northern schools have to go through to get to this point.”

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie issued the following statement congratulating the Hoosiers for their College World Series berth:

“I join the entire university community in congratulating the IU baseball team for continuing its historic season with its first-ever trip to the College World Series.”

IU was the regular season champions of the Big Ten and won the post-season tournament as well.

You can watch the exciting finish below.