In possibly the most exciting game in Omaha to date, the Hoosiers dropped a 5-4 decision to Mississippi State on Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park. The Hoosiers must now fight their way back out of the loser's bracket, a task that is difficult, but not impossible. IU's next test comes Wednesday night against Oregon State, which defeated Louisville 11-4 on Monday afternoon.
Oregon State in 2006, along with South Carolina in 2010, were both sent to the loser's bracket only to bounce back and claim the national championship.
"We know we know that we're capable of coming back," said IU coach Tracy Smith following his teams defeat. "I think that's probably the best thing with this group right here is a loss. I would say a loss is a loss is a loss. It doesn't matter how you lose them, by 20 or by 1. It's still a loss. We're not going to focus too much on that. We're going to regroup. We've got a confident group. They've been confident all year. And our thoughts now are moving on to Oregon State."
The Hoosiers will face an Oregon State (51-12) team in an elimination game on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm.
"Right now, I want to sit back and look at it and see where we are," Smith said of the pending matchup. "Our thought is we've got to put together more consistent at bats, particularly in the middle of the game. So as far as the pitching part, we'll go back, talk about it as the staff, and evaluate what they've done up to this point and look at the matchup that gives us the best chance."
In its last 11 postseason games in 2013 (Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament), IU is 9-2 and has outscored its opponents 79-45 and prior to last night were 43-1 when leading after 7 innings.