Indiana baseball left out of NCAA Tournament field

Indiana was left out of NCAA baseball tournament field Sunday after dropping eight of its last 11 games to end the season. It’s the first time since 2016 that the Hoosiers have been left out of a NCAA Tournament bracket, as they earned berths in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before the baseball season was cancelled last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hoosiers entered a three-game series at Michigan May 14-16 in first place in the Big Ten with bracket projections putting them safely in the tournament as a regional No. 2 seed. However, Indiana lost two out of three games at Michigan that weekend, beginning a free fall. They lost a rescheduled game against Illinois that week, then the following weekend they lost to Nebraska twice and Ohio State once before claiming a win over the Buckeyes. This weekend they dropped both ends of a double header against Maryland on Saturday before claiming a victory against the Terps on Sunday in what became their last game of the season. They finished with a 26-18 record.

Three Big Ten teams made the tournament. Conference champion Nebraska is the No. 2 seed in the Fayetteville, Ark., Regional, with No. 1 overall seed Arkansas the top seed in that bracket.

Maryland is the No. 3 seed in the Greenville, N.C. bracket with No. 13 overall seed East Carolina at the top of that bracket. Michigan is the No. 3 seed in the South Bend., Ind., bracket with No. 10 Notre Dame the host of that bracket.