BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Catcher Kyle Schwarber homered, Justin Cureton made a critical leaping catch and Indiana earned its first regional title by beating Austin Peay for the second consecutive night, winning 6-1 in the championship of the Bloomington Regional on Sunday.
The Hoosiers (46-14) will play Florida State in next week's Super Regional in Tallahassee.
Indiana got three runs in the first inning on Schwarber's solo shot to right field and RBI singles by Michael Basil and Casey Smith.
That run support proved to be plenty for the Indiana pitching staff, which allowed only six hits and struck out eight. The pitchers got plenty of help from their defense, especially from Cureton, who robbed P.J. Torres of a three-run homer with a difficult catch over the wall in the second.
"He saved the game for them," Austin Peay coach Gary McClure said. "It ripped our hearts out and was a huge plus for them."
The Governors (47-15) threatened briefly in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Michael Davis walked against Luke Harrison to score Austin Peay's only run and then Torres struck out.
That prompted Indiana to make an early call for closer Ryan Halstead, who struck out Matt Wollenzin to end the inning. Halstead worked the final 3 1-3 scoreless frames.
Earlier in the day, Michael Davis hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Austin Peay beat Valparaiso 5-4 to reach the regional title game.With the score tied at 4-4, Davis led off the eighth with a high fly over the wall in left field. Davis, who was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the game, also homered in the eighth inning Friday against Florida.
Valpo (33-28) put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but Andrew Bynum grounded out to end the game.
The Governors trailed 2-0 after the first inning and 4-2 after the fifth, but crawled their way back with single runs in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.