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IU Baseball Faces Elimination Game Against Oregon State

The Hoosiers must beat the Beavers if they want to stay in the College World Series.

Kyle Schwarber

Photo: Courtesy of IU Athletics

IU sophomore Kyle Schwarber hits during a game at the team's new stadium.

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The Hoosiers ended their College World Series run Wednesday with a loss to Oregon State.

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The Indiana University baseball team heads into an elimination game against #3 Oregon State Wednesday in the College World Series.

IU Head Coach Tracy Smith says knowing that a loss will send the team home provides the Hoosiers extra incentive to stay focused.

“You just have to play good baseball the rest of the way and really our season comes down to each game now,” he says. “I like how our team plays with their backs against the wall and that’s how it should be”.

In their first loss of the College World Series, IU fell to Mississippi State 5-4 on Monday after the Bulldogs rallied late in the game. Smith says his team needs to move passed the loss and not dwell on what “should have happened.”

But the loss makes the road to the championship much more difficult for the Hoosiers.

If they beat the Oregon State Beavers Wednesday, they will play a rematch against Mississippi State. IU would have to beat the Bulldogs twice in a row to make it to the championship series

Oregon State’s record is 51-12 on the year, and IU has not faced Oregon State this season. The game begins at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

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