TALLAHASSEE — Indiana is making its first trip to the College World Series. It does so after sweeping a team that has been there 21 times.
Sam Travis' two-run tiebreaking homer in the fifth lifted Indiana past Florida State 11-6 Sunday in Game 2 of the Super Region. FSU's Scott Sitz, who entered 10-1 with a 1.59 ERA, allowed four runs in the first and seven (six earned) over 4⅓.
"I missed some spots, and they really took advantage of them. That's why it's so hard right now," said Sitz, wiping his eyes. Seeing the tears, coach Mike Martin patted Sitz on the back. "Wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you, buddy," he said.
FSU (47-17) tied it at 5 in the fifth when ex-Alonso High star Casey Smit was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. But Travis' homer sailed over the 40-foot scoreboard in left-center.
A day after FSU stranded 13 runners, it left 14 on base.
"It's very frustrating to go up there working every at-bat, every pitch," said DJ Stewart, who flied out with the bases loaded to end the game. "We just couldn't come up with the key hit when we needed it."
Indiana (48-14) was in its first Super Region and in the NCAA tournament for only the third time. It is the first Big Ten team to reach the Series since Michigan in 1984. The last Big Ten team to win the Series was Ohio State in 1966.
"This is certainly uncharted territory for us," coach Tracy Smith said. "But we feel like we have a lot of work left to do."
N.C. State wins in 17: Brett Williams' double brought home the winning run in the 17th inning as host N.C. State beat Rice 5-4 to sweep the series. It was the longest Super Region game in NCAA history.
More NCAA: Jeff Thompson allowed one run and three hits over seven innings as visiting Louisville beat Vanderbilt 2-1 to sweep. … Jordan Montgomery's four-hitter lifted visiting South Carolina past North Carolina 8-0 to even the series. … Game 2 of Mississippi State at Virginia was suspended by rain with the Bulldogs, up in the series, leading 5-3 in the seventh. … Late Saturday, visiting UCLA scored three unearned runs in the first to beat Cal State Fullerton 3-0 and sweep the series.
FSU receiver arrested
Florida State senior receiver Greg Dent was arrested and charged with sexual assault on a person over the age of 12, according to the Leon County Sheriff's Office online booking detail, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He was being held in Leon County Jail. There was no physical force or violence used to cause injury to the victim, according to the booking. Dent has been expected to be a key player this season after a strong spring. He was FSU's fifth-leading receiver last season, catching 27 passes for 355 yards and two TDs.