TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana State University baseball team is heading to Fort Worth, Texas for the next round of the NCAA baseball postseason.
WTWO was there as the community gathered at the Terre Haute Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon to wish the team well as they boarded an airplane bound for Texas.
The Sycamores will play against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Super Regional level of postseason play consists of a best of three series of games against TCU. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Both Friday and Saturday’s games will be broadcast on ESPNU as well as on radio with Voice of the Sycamores John Sherman on 105.5 The Legend. Should a third game be required, it would be played Sunday with a time to be determined.
Also in attendance at the send-off was the Terre Haute Rex. Owner Bruce Rosselli said the team came to show support for the community and for future Rex players.
“Well we got the Rex staff as well as the players here, because we’re gonna have some of these ISU players playing for us this year, at least eight of them,” Roselli said. “So we’re here to support Indiana State Baseball and our future players coming here in the next week or so when they are done winning the title.”
Assistant coach for the Rex and ISU graduate Jacob Harden said he was happy to see the community embrace the team.
“This is so awesome, to see Terre Haute wrap around and support these guys because they deserve it. Not only when the times are great, but they deserve it all the time,” he said.
For Harden, who spent time around the team, he said this is a dream come true for those involved.
“As a player, that’s what you dream of right there. As a coach, that’s what you dream of right there. To see that, I can only imagine how our boys in blue, the Sycamores, how the coaches felt and I know they have a lot of gratitude to the Terre Haute community,” he said.
Larry Jerrell, who has lived in Terre Haute for over 60 years, and said this was as excited as he remembers seeing the community.
“It’s been super exciting. It kind of reminds me of the Larry Bird days when people got all excited,” he said. “It feels like Terre Haute has been put back on the map because of the success of ISU’s baseball team.”
Those wishing to get the communal cheering experience while watching from Indiana can attend the ISU Alumni Association and Sycamore Athletics official watch party at Rick’s Garage at Idle Creek Golf Course.
There will be a watch party for each game of the Super Regionals and attendees can purchase food and drinks from Rick’s Garage while watching. There will also be a $10 buffet option that includes a non-alcoholic beverage during each game. Rick’s Garage is located at 5353 Ryanne Marie Lane in Terre Haute.
Jerrell believes the past few weeks will be something fans both young and old remember.
“This is just a super special time,” he said. “People are making lifetime memories from this so it’s awesome.”