Since Indiana did not win the conference tournament, the Hoosiers were chosen to be one of the remaining at-large bids for the post-season tournament.
The Hoosiers found out yesterday that they would not be one of the sixteen host sites selected. The Louisville regional is paired up with the Greenville regional, meaning that the winners of each regional will play against each other in a Super Regional match.
First year head coach and Big Ten coach of the year Jeff Mercer is seeking better luck for the Hoosiers this year compared to just one year ago.
Of course, Jeff Mercer was with Wright State last year. The fourth-seeded Raiders won the Horizon League conference tournament to get an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, but they had to fly cross country to play in their assigned Stanford regional.
With the travel and time-adjustment working them, the Raiders were quickly eliminated from the regional with an record.
Can Jeff Mercer recalibrate the home-run hitting Hoosiers and find the magic that led them to a Big Ten regular season championship? Perhaps, this was all part of the plan to get Indiana baseball some much needed rest, as many RPI predictors believed that the Hoosiers were solidly in the NCAA tournament as a two-seed irrespective of what happened in Omaha.
Regardless, the Hoosiers begin play this Friday, May 31st. The Hoosiers have only made the College World Series once in the history of their program, which was in led by Kyle Schwarber.
Kyle Schwarber in his Hoosier basketball warm-ups. Photo credit to the Indiana Baseball instagram page.
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