Michigan State sweeps Hoosiers, 7-0 and 3-2

Michigan State swept Indiana in a pair of games on Sunday, 7-0 and 3-2. The Hoosiers have their work cut out for them if they hope to finish in the top eight of the Big Ten and qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. IU is currently in ninth place.

Indiana baseball let a big opportunity slip by Sunday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field.

And when the Hoosiers look back on this one, they only have their bats to blame.

Two days after picking up 15 hits on Friday in a Game 1 victory over these same Michigan State Spartans, Indiana managed six hits on Sunday.

But what makes that number even worse is that the six hits were the total for the Hoosiers in a doubleheader sweep by Michigan State.

Michigan State beat IU 7-0 in the first game of the doubleheader on a one-hit, complete game shutout by Mick VanVossen, and then came back to hang on to edge the Hoosiers 3-2 in the nightcap.

Indiana is now 6-10 in Big Ten play with six conference games to go. And those six Big Ten games are against Maryland and Ohio State, two teams in the top four of the conference standings. The Maryland series will be on the road while the Hoosiers will host the Buckeyes in the final series of the regular season.

IU (23-17) is currently in ninth place in the Big Ten standings and needs to finish in the top eight in order to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota is in eighth with a 7-11 conference mark and Nebraska is just ahead of IU with a 6-9 conference mark.

Rutgers is just behind Indiana in 10th place with a 5-10 Big Ten mark.

“We definitely have our work cut out for us,’’ said IU right fielder Will Nolden, who collected three of IU’s five hits in the second game of the doubleheader. “After how well we played on Friday it’s very disappointing to come out and play like this today.

Friday, the Hoosiers beat Michigan State 6-1. Saturday’s game was postponed because of rain and the two teams squared off for a pair on Sunday.

Indiana is back in action for a pair of midweek games this week, facing Evansville on Tuesday and Indiana State on Wednesday. The Hoosiers have already lost to both of those teams this season.

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