After Scott Effross surrendered a run in the bottom of the 8th to make it a 3-2 game, the Hoosiers took their last cuts in the top of the 9th, managing to scratch in a run on an RBI groundout to make it 4-2. Kyle Schwarber stepped up to the plate with two outs and two men on, with most hoping he could deliver a hit to add an insurance run.
BOY DID HE EVER.
The Hoosiers' best offensive threat reminded everyone in attendance why he carries that accolade and propelled a baseball so far and so high that it CLEARED THE BATTER'S EYE, PEOPLE. The batter's eye, for those who do not know, is a big dark wall in straightaway center field to give the batter a large, dark backdrop to aid in seeing the pitch as it is delivered. This backdrop is typically 30 feet high and I can't say it has never happened, but I certainly don't remember a batter, at any level, clearing this structure.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>See that black wall in CF? Schwarber hit it OVER that wall. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23iubase&src=hash">#iubase</a> <a href="http://t.co/whmGRZqa2U">pic.twitter.com/whmGRZqa2U</a></p>— Evan Hoopfer (@EvanHoopfer) <a href="https://twitter.com/EvanHoopfer/statuses/466375391842938881">May 14, 2014</a></blockquote>
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This win also means that the Hoosiers have swept the season series against the Cardinals, and that's particularly impressive since two of the three games were played in Louisville. Indiana didn't necessarily need this win to get a national seed, but, in my opinion, it would now be a massive upset for the committee to not reward them with one of the eight seeds. Trying to set my bias aside, they've earned it by virtue of seeking out tough competition out of conference (and hanging with them) and while their conference isn't even close to the toughest around, they have crushed it all year: winning every single series and sweeping all but two of them while outscoring their conference competition by about a billion.
Furthermore, they swept a likely regional host in Louisville, outscoring them 22-7. They've earned their national seed and will hopefully continue to take care of business throughout the end of the regular season and into the conference tournament. Get excited, people. We've got a legitimate shot at a national title on our hands.
The Hoosiers wrap up the regular season this weekend, with a three game set against Minnesota at the Bart.