NCAA Regional Notebook: Day 3

There are tickets available for Monday's championship game and ticket info is included here. In addition, Wayne Taylor talks about his pinch-hit home run for the Cardinal.

Indiana and Stanford will meet for the third time this series Monday at 5:35 p.m. at Bart Kaufman Field in one amounts to a one-game season.

Indiana beat the Cardinal 4-2 on Saturday night, and Stanford returned the favor with a 10-7 win on Sunday.

Tickets for the championship game will go on sale Monday at 8 a.m. at Assembly Hall and at 3 p.m. at Bart Kaufman Field.

Stanford will be the home team in the third meeting between the two teams. The visiting team has won each of the first two meetings.


Wayne Taylor was the man of the hour for Stanford Sunday night. His pinch-hit three-run homer off Jake Kelzer gave Stanford its first lead of the game at 7-6 in the top of the eighth inning.

IU catcher Kyle Schwarber said he thought that Taylor had actually hit a pretty good pitch. Taylor agreed.

"Yeah, I thought that was a pretty good pitch,'' Taylor said. "That's a good pitcher for them. He throws pretty hard, keeps the ball down really well. And then the slider he throws a lot, it's a pretty sharp pitch. You know, I thought that was a pretty good pitch. I ended up getting the barrel on it and driving it pretty well. But he's a great pitcher. I thought he did a very good job.''

Kelzer only threw two pitches to Taylor. Taylor said both were sliders.

"I think the pitch was a slider,'' Taylor said. "I saw a slider on the pitch before and he threw it again and I hit it. You know, I think it was a turning point for us.''

As big as his hit was, Taylor said the fact Stanford was able to then come out and get three more runs in the top of the ninth was huge.

"I tell you what, the most clutch part of the game I thought was scoring three more in the ninth there,'' Taylor said. "It was huge for Tommy Edman with the lead off double, and then Danny Diekroeger bunting him over. Blandino had a huge two strike hit to drive in Tommy. And then of course, Slater came through with the big double to score Blandino and Hoffpauir with a triple to score Slater. That I thought that was the biggest part of the game. Especially having to face their one, two, three hitters coming up in the bottom of the ninth, that was huge.''

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