It's crunch time for IU Baseball

Indiana baseball is in ninth place in the Big Ten heading into this weekend's three-game home series with Michigan State. The Spartans are in sixth. There are nine conference games to play for the Hoosiers and they must finish in the top eight to make the Big Ten Tournament.

Indiana baseball is coming down the stretch of the 2015 regular season.

The Hoosiers have 15 games to play, nine of which are in the Big Ten.

And there is plenty riding on those games. Indiana currently is in ninth place in the Big Ten standings and only the top eight teams qualify for the Big Ten Tournament.

If the Hoosiers hope to have a shot at defending their back-to-back Big Ten titles they will have to get on a late season run.

“Every one of these final three Big Ten series are going to be huge for our baseball team,’’ said IU baseball coach Chris Lemonis, in an interview following IU’s come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday. “We went through a little bit of a difficult stretch but I’m hoping we can get it together at the right time and finish the season strong.’’

Indiana is 22-15 overall and 5-8 in Big Ten play heading into this weekend’s three-game series at Bart Kaufman Field against Michigan State. The Spartans are 23-16 overall and 7-5 in conference. IU is in ninth place in the Big Ten and Michigan State is in sixth.

Kyle Hart is scheduled to pitch for Indiana on Friday night in the first game of the series that has a first pitch of 6:05 p.m.

The Saturday starter is Jake Kelzer for the 2:05 p.m. game and the Sunday starter is Caleb Barager. The Sunday game will begin at 1:05 p.m. Top Stories