Will Coursen-Carr isn’t perfect, although his pitching record is. The former South Side standout didn’t get the final two outs of Indiana’s history making baseball victory (those went to standout reliever Ryan Halstead), but don’t think he’ll lose sleep over that.
Indiana (48-14) is going where no Cream ‘n Crimson team has gone before -- the College World Series -- and Coursen-Carr, just as he was for the Big Ten tourney and the NCAA regional, was the winning pitcher.
On Sunday he got the decision in IU’s 11-6 victory over host Florida State. In 4.0 innings of relief for starter and Big Ten pitcher of the year Aaron Slegers, Coursen-Carr (5-0) gave two hits and one earned run.
Yes, he hit a couple of batters in the fifth inning which helped the Seminoles score three runs to tie the score at 5-5. But he settled down after that as Hoosier hitters took over. Coursen-Carr struck out three and walked three.
“It was awesome,” Coursen-Carr said in the post-game press conference. “When the score was 5-5, I knew that I had to finish it from there.”
Indiana opens this weekend against Louisville (51-12) in Omaha, Neb., in a best-of-three series. That winner will advance in the eight-team tourney that could take 11 days to finish.