Maryland baseball has officially been eliminated from the Big Ten tournament on the last day of the regular season after Michigan State won two of three against Ohio State and the Terps lost the first two games of their series at Indiana.
Coming into this week, Maryland was in a tie for eighth place in the conference and jumped into the Big Ten tournament conversation after sweeping Rutgers at home. Michigan State helped out, losing two of three at Minnesota. Despite having identical 9-11 records before their last conference series of the season, the Terps held the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Spartans, having won two of three against them earlier in the season.
All Maryland had to do against Indiana was match whatever Michigan State did in its series against Ohio State. It looked good for Maryland in Game 1 on Thursday, as the Terps held a 5-2 lead going into the eighth inning. However, the Maryland bullpen collapsed, giving up four runs in the inning, including a go-ahead three-run home run that sealed the 6-5 victory for Indiana. Luckily for the Terps, Michigan State also lost its series opener against Ohio State.
On Friday, the Terps couldn’t get their bats working behind the last start of Taylor Bloom’s Maryland career, losing 5-1. Unfortunately for Maryland, the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes 6-2, giving them a one-game lead for eighth place with one game to go. All they needed was a win to secure the spot and win they did, topping the Buckeyes, 8-3, on Saturday.
Maryland controlled its own destiny and failed to keep hold of it, ending its 2018 campaign just short of the postseason.
This is the first time that Maryland has missed the Big Ten tournament since joining the conference four years ago, and the first time since 2013, when the Terps were still in the ACC, that they missed their conference tournament.