The Big Ten Tournament didn’t go as planned last week for IU baseball.
Now the regular season league champion Hoosiers will get another shot at the postseason, and to advance they will likely have to go through a familiar foe.
The NCAA announced the field for the 2019 baseball tournament on Monday afternoon on ESPNU.
As was widely expected, Indiana (36-21) will play close to home at the Louisville regional. The Hoosiers will be the No. 2 seed in the four team double-elimination regional. Joining IU there will be Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, and of course Louisville.
The team shared their reaction to the announcement on Twitter.
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) May 27, 2019
Indiana will face No. 3 seed Illinois State on Friday at 2:00 p.m. eastern. The Redbirds (34-24) were the Missouri Valley Conference regular season co-champions and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
To advance out of the regional IU will likely have to go through Louisville on their home field. The Hoosiers lost to the No. 1 seed Cardinals 8-7 in 12 innings on May 14.
The selection marks the sixth time in the last seven years that the IU baseball program has reached the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers came up short last year at the Austin, Texas regional.
It is IU’s ninth trip to the event in the program’s history, which includes a 2013 trip to the College World Series in Omaha.
Joining Indiana from the Big Ten in the tournament are Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Illinois.
Hoosier fans can purchase tickets to the Louisville regional here.
The complete NCAA bracket can be found here. The Daily Hoosier will post the dynamic bracket on our baseball pull down menu so Hoosier fans can keep up with the action.
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