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Indiana baseball firmly in NCAA Tournament field entering final regular season series



The Indiana baseball program is firmly in the NCAA Tournament field as the final regular season series approaches. (Photo credit: IU Athletics)

The final week of the regular season has arrived and the last series begins on Thursday for the Indiana baseball program.

The Hoosiers travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in the regular season series finale, Thursday to Sunday.

Indiana baseball (39-14; 15-6) sits tied for the top spot in the Big Ten after winning eight straight games over the last two weeks. Maryland is tied at the moment atop the conference.

With just three more games before postseason play begins, the Hoosiers are firmly in the NCAA Tournament field.

According to D1Baseball’s Field of 64 projections, Indiana is a two seed in the tournament field. Currently, Indiana is in the Nashville Regional with No. 1 seed Vanderbilt. The matchups would be Vanderbilt against Kent State and Indiana against Arizona State. The Sun Devils are 29-21 on the season and fifth in the Pac-12 with a 14-12 record.

Indiana currently has a top-30 RPI heading into the final series, which still keeps them alive to host a regional.

“We were relentless. You want to play your best in the last couple of weekends, play the best you can going into postseason play. We did that. We were excellent in all phases,” IU head coach Jeff Mercer said after last weekend’s series. “The challenge is, can we duplicate that?”

The Indiana baseball program has won six of seven Big Ten series this year.

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Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.