May 26, 2013
Big Ten Title Boxscore
Indiana won the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament title game in walk-off fashion, 4-3, over Nebraska, May 26, at Target Field. The Hoosiers, ranked 11th in the nation, will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, set to be announced May 27.
Indiana's Will Coursen-Carr pitched a complete-game when he threw 127 pitches, allowed three earned runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out three. The tournament's most outstanding player, Sam Travis, went 2-4 with a RBI, a walk and a run scored. Casey Smith was also 2-3 in the tournament championship game. Also making the all-tournament team from Indiana was pitcher Aaron Slegers, catcher Kyle Schwarber, third-baseman Dustin DeMuth, Smith and Travis. The Hoosiers will enter the tournament with a 43-14 overall record. Nebraska sits at 29-30 this season.
Indiana got on the board in the bottom of the third when Sam Travis doubled to right and plated Justin Cureton, who led off the inning with a single. Nebraska responded when it tied the game when Pat Kelly delivered a RBI single and scored Bryan Peters, who reached base with a standup triple.
The Hoosiers took a two-run lead when Travis doubled and eventually came home a RBI error play by Nebraska's Kelly, while Ricky Alfonso provided a RBI sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.
Nebraska, however, tied the game with runs in the seventh and eighth, putting the game at 3-3. Kelly then hit a RBI blooper just out of the reach of Indiana's Michael Basil's over the shoulder attempt to score Austin Darby in the seventh. Kash Kalkowski
led off the eighth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a single to Blake Headley
. Tanner Lubach
provided a sacrifice fly to score Kalkowski
from third and tie the game.
Will Nolden led of the bottom of the ninth with a double to right center while Nebraska intentionally walked Kyle Schwarber as well as walking Sam Travis to load the bases with no outs. Indiana's Scott Donley provided a single to left center to score the walk-off, game-winning hit.
2013 BIG TEN ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
P: Will Coursen-Carr, Indiana
P: Aaron Slegers, Indiana
P: Christian DeLeon, Nebraska
P: Kyle Kubat, Nebraska
C: Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
1B: Sam Travis, Indiana
2B: Pat Kelly, Nebraska
3B: Dustin DeMuth, Indiana
SS: Thomas Lindauer, Illinois
SS: Bryan Peters, Nebraska
OF: Casey Smith, Indiana
OF: Troy Larson, Minnesota
OF: Chad Christensen, Nebraska
DH: Kash Kalkowski, Nebraska
Additional honorees due to ties.
Most Outstanding Player:
Sam Travis, Indiana
Indiana Head Coach Tracy Smith
On the tournament…
“If you’re a baseball fan, from a tournament perspective overall, you probably couldn’t have asked for a better tournament. There were some quality games in there, particularly the last two days. With either one of those games, you’re playing for a championship and it could go either way. I’m just happy to be a part of it, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say congratulations to Nebraska to a really fine season, a great run. It was fun to be a part of it.”
On winning the title…
“We’re proud of the effort of our guys. I thought that was the key. We felt really, really confident with Will (Coursen-Carr). He’d been a mid-week guy for us, but he’s a quality pitcher and I think we got to see that today. I think had only thrown a third of an inning in Big Ten play coming in. I’m happy for the guys, happy for the team and happy for Indiana University.”
Pitcher Will Coursen-Carr
On if he felt surprised to be left in for the complete game…
“No. I knew there was nobody warming up or anything. I was excited to get that chance to finish the game.”
On getting a second wind….
“I knew once I got past the sixth inning, I would have some trouble, I was going to get tired. But after the sixth inning, I was like alright, ‘Three more innings left.’”
First baseman and tournament MOP Sam Travis
On answering a walk-off with a walk-off….
“It was definitely great to win a championship. It’s good to respond the way we did from yesterday. We knew we had to just shake it off and come back the next day. That’s the good thing about baseball. We ended up fortunate enough today to win the championship.”
On his hot hitting during the tournament….
“I just wanted to do whatever I can to help the team win a championship. It’s been a goal since the beginning of the year. I knew I had to be locked in, swing at good pitches and do whatever I can to help the team win.”
On the emotion after the final run scored…
“It was awesome. As soon as (Scott) Donley hit the ball, I knew right away that we won the game. Not a better feeling than that, winning a championship.”
Shortstop Michael Basil
On winning the Big Ten Tournament as a senior…
“It just puts more legitimacy to what we’ve done all season. It’s another thing that we wanted to accomplish. As a senior, it means everything. This is my last go-round at it. It’s the best season that we’ve had as a team so far, so it means a lot to me that when I’m done here, I’ll know that my senior season was a championship season. ….We’re excited to go play in the NCAA postseason now and get after that.”
On the difficulty of the tournament….
“It was definitely two very tough games at the end of it. They brought (Kyle) Kubat back today, and he was the one that beat us earlier in the season. He threw great at the beginning of the game. It was a hard-fought game. It was pretty tough. But it is more fun when it’s difficult. If you blow them out 10 to nothing, it’s awesome that you did that. But I’d rather win on a walk-off because it’s more exciting.”
Nebraska Head Coach Darin Erstad
On the seniors…
“I appreciate them buying into what we’re trying to do. It’s not easy when there is a coaching change and you are with a coaching staff that didn’t recruit you. And buying into what we were doing, you can’t instill your culture without them buying in. And they did, we asked them to empty the tank for us and they did.”
On grinding it out the last couple days…
“I think our guys understand that how talented you are or who you are playing, when you go out and play like that, it puts you in a position to win.”
On understanding what needed to be done…
“We made the first Ohio State game a must win. We came to them with a new plan and gave them a blue print on how we were going to get this done. We put it into steps and they would repeat those steps. It was kind of like a checklist for them while they went through it. I think when they got closer, they started to smell it and saw that it was working.”
Shortstop Bryan Peters
On his emotions after the loss…
“It’s definitely tough, but it’s good we went down fighting. It sucks that we ended up short, but give Indiana all the credit, they’re a great team.”
Pitcher Kyle Kubat
On his start…
“I established the fastball in, I missed my spot on a pitch to Travis when he hit the double off the wall. I thought Chad had a read on it, but it just kept carrying. Just mixing speeds in and out, just trying to get ahead.”
First basemen Kash Kalkowski
On mood of dugout when being down…
“The mood is the same. We just compete and keep grinding, just take at-bats, take pitches, don’t leave people on base: move them over. We did battle.”