Monday, the Buckeyes found out their tough finish was too much to overcome.
Losing eight of their last nine Big Ten games and going two-and-done at the Big Ten tournament -- with all of those games coming against NCAA tournament teams -- doomed the Buckeyes to miss the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season. The Buckeyes' season ends at 35-20.
The Buckeyes were 31-10 and held the No. 11 RPI in the nation going into a huge series in early May vs. national seed Illinois but were swept, then lost two of three at home to Maryland and were swept by Indiana at the end of the regular season. The Buckeyes then gave up a walkoff homer to Iowa in the opening game of the Big Ten tourney and then lost an elimination game to Indiana to see their RPI drop to 40th in the nation.
The Big Ten received a record five bids into the NCAA tournament, with Illinois earning the No. 6 overall national seed. Michigan won the Big Ten tournament to earn the automatic bid, while the Hoosiers, Terrapins and Hawkeyes all earned at-large bids.
Greg Beals' fifth Buckeye team will lose a decorated senior class that includes school all-time saves leader Trace Dempsey, first-team All-Big Ten outfielder Pat Porter, senior captains Aaron Gretz and Connor Sabanosh, and starting pitcher Ryan Riga.