Indiana seems to have gotten its groove back at the perfect time. After a dismal slump in which they lost 9 of 11, the Hoosiers have won six in a row to close out the regular season. IU finished the regular season at 37-15.
This is exactly who this Indiana baseball team can be. With strong pitching, big output at the plate and improved fielding — the Hoosiers can be dangerous. While they’ve lacked the consistency to make bold postseason predictions about this squad, one thing seems clear — IU is going to be a tough out.
With a strong run in the Big Ten Tournament this week Indiana likely still has an outside shot at playing their way back into a No. 1 seed and hosting the NCAA Tournament Regionals. That won’t be easy, but it is a pleasant surprise considering where things stood just 10 days ago.
NATIONAL RANKINGS UPDATE
Updates in bold. Will be updated throughout the day on Monday.
- RPI: 23rd (updated through 5/20 games; previous 27th). This week’s first opponent, Illinois, is ranked 50th.
- USA Today Coaches Poll: Unranked (updated 5/21; previous Unranked)
- Baseball America: Unranked (updated 5/21; previous Unranked)
- D1Baseball: Unranked (updated 5/21; previous Unranked)
- NCBWA: 28th (5/21, previous Unranked)
- College Baseball Central: 18th (updated 5/21; previous 19th)
BIG TEN STANDINGS
The Hoosiers finished conference play at 14-9, which was good for 5th place. You can see the complete Big Ten standings here.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Indiana took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th only to give it away and be forced into extra innings. The 10th was all IU, as the Hoosiers hung 6 runs on Louisville in the top half of the inning to pull out a big win on the road over a quality opponent.
Cole Barr drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. Two more runs scored on an error, and then Matt Lloyd erased all doubt with a 3-run blast to right field. Lloyd had 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Logan Kaletha and Ryan Fineman had two hits each.
Cam Beauchamp got the start and was solid. He went 5 and 2/3, giving up just 3 hits and an earned run while striking out 5. B.J. Sabol struggled but managed to get through a scoreless inning. Andrew Saalfrank gave up a 2 run homer in the 9th to allow Louisville to tie it. Tommy Sommer finished off the ninth. He pitched the 10th and was credited with the win.
For the second game in a row the Hoosiers showed resiliency. Down 5-2 in the 8th, IU scored 4 in the bottom half of the inning to pull out a dramatic come from behind win.
It was the Luke Miller show, as the slugger hit 2 homers including a 3-run shot in the bottom of the 8th to give IU the win. Overall, Miller was 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and a walk. Logan Kaletha added 2 hits and Logan Sowers drove in a run.
Jonathan Stiever started and went 6 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 7. Tommy Sommer and Kade Kryzsko each gave up a run in relief. Matt Lloyd pitched a scoreless 9th and picked up the save.
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Thanks to another dominant start from Pauly Milto, this game had less drama than the two preceding games. Milto went 6 innings, giving up just 1 earned run on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out 4. The right-hander earned his 7th win on the season.
Matt Gorski and Luke Miller both homered on the day. Logan Kaletha had a hit and 2 walks which led to 2 runs scored. Logan Sowers added a two-run single.
Andrew Saalfrank struck out 5 in 2 innings of scoreless relief. B.J. Sabol closed things out with a scoreless 9th.
You can read our recap of this Senior Night game here.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
It was a tough call between Miller and last week’s winner Logan Sowers, but we just keep going back to that 3-run homer on Thursday night. That was a big moment for IU, and a great piece of hitting by Miller, driving the ball to the opposite field. Miller has been on fire lately. For the week he was 8 for 15 from the plate with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs. Over the last 6 games Miller is 11 for 24 with 4 home runs and 9 RBIs. Those 6 games coincide with IU’s 6 game winning streak.
Again a tough call between Beauchamp and last week’s winner Pauly Milto, but we gave it to Cam because he had a great outing on the road against a very tough opponent. It would be easy to lose sight of his start because of all of the late game fireworks against Louisville, but Beauchamp was sharp and played a key role in helping Indiana to get a big road win.
END OF REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
The Hoosiers enter the Big Ten Tournament as the 5th seed. They will face 4th seeded Illinois on Wednesday night at 10:00 PM Eastern Time. The tournament is an eight team double elimination format. All games are being played at T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Indiana took 2 of 3 games from Illinois in late April in Bloomington.
All of the tournament games will be televised on BTN.
You can find the bracket and more information on the Big Ten Tournament here.
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