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Indiana's Kyle Schwarber Looks to Shine on Opening Day at the CWS

Jun 9, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers catcher Kyle Schwarber (10) during the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the Tallahassee super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Dick Howser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
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J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2016

The Indiana Hoosiers had a storybook year on their way to Omaha and the College World Series. The Hoosiers recorded two wins in three games against Louisville along the way and look to continue their success in Game 2 of the College World Series against the Cardinals.

One of the catalysts for Indiana's success in 2013 has been catcher Kyle Schwarber. In addition to being the leader in the field, he's gotten it done all season in the batter's box. He brings a .376 batting average along with 18 home runs and 54 RBI to Omaha.

Schwarber has not, however, had the same success against Louisville that he did against the rest of Indiana's schedule. In Indiana's three previous contests against the Cardinals, Schwarber is a mere 3-for-12 at the plate (.250) with no RBI.

In order for the Hoosiers to avoid the a trip to the loser's bracket after opening day in Omaha, Schwarber is going to need to find a way to manufacture runs. Schwarber is Indiana's top run producer and in a stadum where runs are at a premium, he'll need to be on his game.

Fortunately for Schwarber and the Hoosiers, the Indiana catcher had his best game against Louisville when Chad Green started for the Cardinals. Green will have the ball again tonight, hoping to improve on his own previous performance against the Hoosiers.

With the wind blowing in this evening and Schwarber's strength being the long-ball, it looks as if the early advantage belongs to Green and the Cardinals in a ballpark that hasn't seen many round-trippers since it opened three years ago.

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