The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Sports Columns

June 3, 2014

Mike Lopresti: Hoosiers' high hopes end in heartbreak

BLOOMINGTON — Caring comes with a catch; how lousy it feels to lose. Indiana University was just reminded of that.

Here in this basketball town, nothing has hurt worse lately than a baseball game. They have fallen in love with the sport around here, which is why the stands were full Monday night, even after a three-hour rain delay. The masses have learned much about college baseball in the Hoosiers' rapid and extraordinary ascent to national relevance, and now they've learned something else.

The game can be as cruel as any other. Sometimes, more so.

The tutorial came on a two-run Stanford homer in the bottom of the ninth. Just like that, a 5-foot-10 freshman from San Diego named Tommy Edman turned out the lights, and the party was over.

And so, as the clock struck midnight — literally, as well as figuratively on the Hoosiers' hopes of a return to the College World Series — a throng stood outside the clubhouse, waiting to console the stricken Indiana players, as if they were survivors off a ship wreck.

Inside, the Hoosiers were just beginning the long, slow recovery, which happens when a dream goes bust.

There was the coach who has built this sudden powerhouse.

"For me, it's not going to be defined by the loss at the end of the season. I kind of refuse to go there because there were too many good things," Tracy Smith said.

There was the future high draft pick catcher, who hit .588 in the regional, and still lost.

"You're just in a state of awe about what happened and what could have happened," Kyle Schwarber said, "and what this team was and what we could have done."

There was the senior third baseman who will leave with 316 career hits, more than any active player in the nation.

Text Only
Sports Columns
AP Video
Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Notre Dame Investigating 4 Football Players Manfred Elected Next MLB Commissioner As Probe Begins, Stewart Steps Away From Track Stewart Pulls Out of Race After Fatal Crash Phelps 'Looking Forward' to U.S. Nationals Alleged Head of Sports Doping Ring Arrested NBA's Spurs Hire Becky Hammon As Asst. Coach Phelps Signs With New Suit Company Michael Phelps Faces Grueling Comeback Test NFL Hall of Fame Welcomes Class of 2014 Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should the Pacers match Portland's offer sheet to center Roy Hibbert?

Yes, Hibbert is important to the team and the community
No, four years and $58 million is too much
Not sure, I like Hibbert but think the money could be better spent elsewhere
     View Results