Indiana closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule Tuesday afternoon in Muncie and did so in convincing fashion.
The Hoosiers defeated Ball State 9-5 to pick up their sixth win in the last seven games.
Indiana is now 29-20 overall and 9-10 in Big Ten play heading into this weekend’s Big Ten regular season final series against Ohio State at Bart Kaufman Field.
The Hoosiers should be in good shape now to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament as one of the top eight teams overall in Big Ten play. IU currently sits in seventh at 9-10 in conference. Nebraska is in eighth at 9-12 and Minnesota in ninth at 7-14.
The only way IU wouldn’t qualify for the Big Ten Tournament would be if Minnesota were able to sweep Illinois this weekend and IU would get swept by Ohio State. And Illinois is in first place in conference with a 19-1 Big Ten record.
But IU’s weekend series has a lot more on the line than just qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers are still in a fight to get an NCAA at-large bid and a couple of wins against a good Ohio State team could be real important come postseason play.
IU used seven pitchers against the Cardinals with Christian Morris being credited with the win.
The three-game series with Ohio State begins with a Thursday night 8 p.m. game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The final two games of the series are Friday and Saturday.