BLOOMINGTON – Stanford found a dramatic way to survive and advance late Monday night in the NCAA Bloomington Regional baseball tournament.
The No. 3-seeded Cardinal defeated nationally fourth-seeded Indiana 5-4 when lead-off hitter Tommy Edman crushed a two-run, one-out homer over the right field fence in the bottom of the ninth against IU reliever Scott Efross.
Wayne Taylor, whose three-run, eighth-inning homer helped the Cardinal force a Monday night game with a 10-7 victory, began the bottom of the ninth with a single to center. Brett Michael Doran bunted the tying run into scoring position, and then the left-handed hitting Edman stunned a Bart Kaufman Field crowd with only his third home run of the season.
The Hoosiers used No. 8 hitter Nick Ramos’ two-out, run-scoring single in top of the eighth to snap a 3-all tie against Pac-12 power Stanford and take a 4-3 lead.
But the Big Ten champions (44-15) could not hold on in a game that was delayed 2 hours and 51 minutes after the top of the third when Indiana had taken a 3-0 on Kyle Schwarber’s two run homer.
Stanford (34-24) now will travel to Vanderbilt for a best-of-three NCAA super regional that will begin Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee. Stanford scored six times in the final two innings Sunday night and then broke the IU hearts on Monday night with Edman’s swing.
On Monday, Indiana took a 1-0 second-inning lead on a pair of walks and left fielder Craig Dedelow’s RBI single. Dedelow, who was playing because of an injury to starter Brad Hartong, had three hits for the Hoosiers.
A walk to No. 9 hitter Tim O’Conner and Schwarber’s long homer to right staked starting pitcher Brian Korte and Indiana to a 3-0 lead.
But after the almost three-hour delay, Stanford outscored Indiana, 5-1 to spoil the season for IU, which appeared to be headed to the super regional after a 4-2 victory against the Cardinal on Saturday night.
The Indiana bullpen could not hold a 6-4, eighth-inning lead on Sunday and could not protect a 4-3, ninth-inning lead Monday night with its 2014 season on the line.
Stanford tied this one at 3 in the bottom of the sixth on a Dominic Jose homer over the right field fence after pulling to within 3-2 in the bottom of the third in the first at-bats after the rain delay.
Cal Quantril, the son of former Major League pitcher Paul Quantril, was the winning pitcher in relief. He also earned the victory Friday in a first-round triumph against Indiana State.