It wasn't supposed to happen this way. It wasn't supposed to end this early.
Indiana's remarkable regular season earned it the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, just a year after the Hoosiers advanced all the way to the College World Series in Omaha. Many IU fans penciled IU in for another trip to the CWS.
But it's not that easy. Sports can be incredibly cruel and unfair sometimes.
It was that way on Monday night, when Stanford's Tommy Edman hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of ninth inning to stun Indiana, 5-4, and end the Hoosiers' season in the regional at Bart Kaufman Field. Had the Hoosiers won, they would have hosted a Super Regional next weekend.
"That at-bat, I was just trying to get on base to be honest," Edman said afterward. "Home run was the last thing I expected."
IU entered the bottom of the ninth with a 4-3 lead, but Stanford's Wayne Taylor led off the inning with a single to centerfield. After Brett Michael Doran sacrificed the runner to second, Edman ripped the first pitch he saw from Scott Effross over the wall in right field.
It was only Edman's third home run of the season.
Indiana hadn't lost consecutive games since March, but the Hoosiers dropped back-to-back games to Stanford in the past two nights. Monday's game was delayed for nearly three hours in the third inning due to rain.
Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs for the Hoosiers. He was 10-for-17 at the plate in the regional.
Nick Ramos added a late RBI hit for the Hoosiers which gave them a 4-3 lead before Edman's home run in the ninth.
Starting pitcher Brian Korte did not return to the game after the rain delay, so redshirt freshman Thomas Belcher replaced him. Belcher was solid, giving up only one run over 4 2/3 innings, but Effross failed to close out the game.
We will have plenty more coverage from Bart Kaufman Field later tonight.