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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Hoosiers a newcomer to College World Series

  • (Part 3 of an 8-part College World Series preview)
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  • There's a stranger among the eight-team field at Omaha.
    Indiana (48-18) makes its first appearance in the College World Series on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Louisville.
    Qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for only the third time in school history, the Hoosiers knocked off CWS regular Florida State 10-9 and 11-6 in the Tallahassee Super Regional.
    Combined with a 3-0 mark in the Bloomington Regional, the Hoosiers are 5-0 in NCAA Tournament play.
    Freshman lefthander Will Courson-Carr and sophomore first baseman have spearheaded the Hoosiers' magical run.
    Courson-Carr (5-0, 1.80) was the winning pitcher in all three postseason championship games, starting with the Big Ten Tournament. He has appeared in 16 games, with 10 starts.
    Offensively, Travis has accounted for four home runs and 16 RBI in nine postseason contests. For the season, he is batting .313 with 10 home runs and 56 ribbies.
    Sophomore catcher Kyle Schwarber (.376-18-54) leads the team in home runs, slugging (.674) on base percentage (.476) and runs scored (63). Selective at the plate, Schwarber has coaxed 42 walks while striking out only 30 times.
    Junior third baseman Scott Donley (.361, 5-58) joins Travis and Schwarber in the Hoosiers' 50 RBI club.
    Indiana carries a .305 team batting average into the CWS, with seven starters hitting above .300.
    Junior righthander Aaron Slegers (9-1, 2.13) and sophomore lefty Kyle Hart (8-2, 2.01) have been reliable starters, while junior righthander Ryan Halstead (4-4, 2.40, 11 saves) anchors the bullpen.
    Slegers, DeMuth and Halstead were all drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fifth, eighth and 26th rounds, respectively.
    Indiana opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Louisville in the Big Ten-Big East challenge.

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