Indiana sweeps Maryland in three-game series

The Hoosiers took out the broom and swept Maryland over the weekend in a key Big Ten Conference baseball series. IU should now enter its final conference series in two weeks with Ohio State in control of its destiny in terms of qualifying as one of the top eight teams to make the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers are currently seventh.

A three-game road series at Maryland proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the Indiana University baseball team.

Indiana picked up the sweep on Sunday as four IU pitchers led by junior Caleb Barager scattered five hits and the Hoosiers went on to beat No. 20 Maryland 6-2.

Indiana (26-19, 9-10 Big Ten) won on Friday 6-5 and Saturday 13-2 before claiming the decisive third game on Sunday.

Indiana went into the series on a four-game losing streak including midweek losses to both Evansville and Indiana State.

But that wasn’t the team that played over the weekend in College Park, Md. IU was opportunistic and rode solid pitching to the victory.

Sunday, Indiana only had six hits but Maryland walked 11 batters and hit three others. The Hoosiers broke it open early with five runs in the top of the third including a pair of bases loaded walks. Austin Cangelosi also had a two-RBI double at the end of the inning.

On the mound, Barager went the first five innings, followed by Scott Effross for two, Evan Bell for one and Ryan Halstead came on to get all three outs in the ninth.

Indiana entered Sunday’s game seventh in the Big Ten standings and will remain in that position. The Hoosiers are off next week from Big Ten play (they face Long Beach State in a three-game set at home) before closing out the conference season with a three-game series with Ohio State May 14-16.

If the Hoosiers can finish in the top eight in the conference standings, they will have a chance to defend their back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles in the conference tournament in Minneapolis. That begins on May 20. Top Stories