IU Baseball hosts Rutgers for three games

Indiana baseball hosts Rutgers in an important three-game series this weekend as the Hoosiers hope to bounce back from a slow 2-6 conference start.

Indiana baseball is hoping to break out of a midseason slump this weekend when it plays host to Rutgers for a three-game series beginning tonight at Bart Kaufman Field.

The Hoosiers were off to a strong start at 16-5 and had just beaten No. 7 Louisville 3-0 back on March 24.

Since then, Indiana has lost six of the last eight games including three to Iowa and two to Michigan. The Hoosiers are coming off a rare mid week non-conference loss to Cincinnati 5-4 on Wednesday.

Making matters worse for Indiana this weekend is that the Hoosiers will still be without the services of starting shortstop Nick Ramos. Ramos continues to nurse a hand injury and could return next week.

This is an important three game set for an Indiana that needs to get back into the Big Ten race. IU is 18-11 overall and 2-6 in Big Ten play. Rutgers is 11-20 overall and 5-4 in conference. The Scarlet Knights have taken two out of three Big Ten series’ having beaten both Purue and Minnesota in two out of three games.

Indiana will start lefthander Caleb Baragar (0-2) tonight at 6:05 p.m. ET at Bart Kaufman field against Rutgers righty Mark McCoy (1-5).

Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and then Sunday contest is set for 1:05 p.m.

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