Indiana baseball is returning to the NCAA postseason tourney. The Hoosiers will head to Lexington, Kentucky as a No. 2 seed in the four-team regional hosted by the University of Kentucky.
IU will open on Friday with a game against No. 3 seed NC State (34-23). That is set to start at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday. Top-seeded Kentucky (39-20) will begin play against No. 4 seed Ohio (31-26) in the first game of the regional at noon ET on Friday.
The Lexington Regional winner is set to face the survivor of the Louisville Regional in the two-team Super Regional. That would be hosted by Louisville if the Cardinals win their Regional.
Indiana has played at Cliff Hagan Stadium already once this year. On May 9th the Hoosiers fell to Kentucky, 5-2. Brian Hobbie got the start and gave up four runs. Zack Thompson got the win for the Wildcats, giving up just two runs and three hits in six innings.
NC State is out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and comes in having won 14 of its final 17 games of the season.
Indiana finished with a 33-22-2 record and was bolstered by a RPI ranking of No. 27 (full RPI rankings) the highest among Big Ten teams even though the Hoosiers finished sixth in the league's regular season.
Indiana was one of only two Big Ten teams to earn a No. 2 seed.
Other Big Ten teams making the field:
Nebraska (35-20): No. 2 seed in Oregon State/Corvallis Regional
Michigan (42-15): No. 3 seed in UNC/Chapel Hill Regional
Maryland (37-21): No. 3 seed in Wake Forest/Winston-Salem Regional
Iowa (38-20): No. 4 seed in Houston Regional