IU Insider Blog: This one will leave a mark

Indiana fans left Bart Kaufman Field in stunned silence Monday night after Stanford rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4 on a two-run, one-out, walk off home run. Everything the Hoosiers had worked for disappeared with a single swing. Bottom line: This one is going to leave a mark.

That one is going to leave a mark.

Indiana baseball and its passionate fan base went from euphoria in the bottom of the ninth to stunned silence as Stanford leadoff hitter Tommy Edman launched a one-out, walk-off, two-run homer over the right field fence to win the NCAA's Bloomington Regional Monday night.

And with one swing of the bat everything that Indiana had worked so hard for this season disappeared.

The No. 4 national seed became a quick memory.

The opportunity to host a Super Regional beginning Friday against Vanderbilt vanished in the cool Bloomington night.

A team with so much promise that looked poised to return to the College World Series for a second year in a row simply came up short against a red hot Stanford baseball team.

Give the Cardinal credit. They made the plays when they needed to. They rallied from a 6-4 deficit in the eighth inning Sunday night to force Monday's game. And then they rallied from a 4-3 hole with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score a stunning 5-4 win over the top-seeded Hoosiers.

But still, this one left you with a tough feeling in the pit of your stomach. It was as if IU was punched in the gut as you watched the ball sail over the right field fence and Will Nolden make a desperation attempt to catch it at the fence.

This one is going to leave a mark.

Indiana basketball fans will remember how they felt after Syracuse beat Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen two years ago in Washington D.C. IU was a No. 1 seed and everyone expected them to advance past the Sweet Sixteen.

The same analogy is true here. IU was the No. 4 national seed and everyone expected the Hoosiers to win the Regional and advance to the Super Regional.

Wins over Youngstown State and Stanford the first two nights had put IU in the perfect position to accomplish the feat.

And then came the two losses when the Hoosiers had leads in the eighth inning and beyond.

Tracy Smith said the most difficult thing for him as he watched the ball sail over the fence was knowing that he wasn't going to have the privilege of coaching this group of Indiana players again.

I get that. Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Dustin DeMuth talked about how disappointing it was moving forward not to have a chance to play with this group of players again. I get that, too.

This one hurts. This is a team that you really would like to see continue to play because you thought they really had a shot at doing some damage in Omaha later this month.

Instead, IU will watch the College World Series on TV like everyone else. I'm sure it will be difficult for a lot of players to do so, especially if Stanford gets past Vanderbilt and wins the Super Regional. It will be painful because the wound here will still be open.

The reality is that this one is going to leave a mark. There's no way around that.

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