It's over. Whether too soon or too late we can debate another time. But it's over.
Indiana's kryptonite, their own bats, did them in for the final time this season in Omaha on Friday night as they struggled against quality Maryland pitching for the second time in three days and dropped the elimination game 3-0. A fitting end to a disappointing season.
Starter Evan Bell struggled mightily in the early going, allowing three straight hits to begin the game, including a 2-run homer to Marty Costes, who killed the Hoosiers on Wednesday as well. Bell struggled through the 2nd and 3rd as well, although he was able to keep Maryland off the board in those innings, but those 1st inning runs would be far too much for Indiana to overcome.
Maryland's starter Brian Shaffer wasn't as dominant as Mike Shawaryn when it came to mowing down Hoosier hitters, striking out eight compared to Shawaryn's 16. But he was much more efficient, allowing only two hits and facing just 29 batters, two more than minimum, in a complete game shutout.
Indiana tried to get offense going in the Bottom of the 2nd, when Luke Miller singled through the left side of the infield with one out. But when the next hitter, Scotty Bradley flew out to left, Miller was caught more than 90-feet off of first base and was promptly doubled up to kill any rally that might have been building.
That would be the closest thing to a threat of the night for Indiana, who finish at 32-24 and will officially be left out of the NCAA regionals in the coming days, the club's worst season since 2012. The Hoosiers got one more runner on base against Shaffer when Ryan Fineman was hit by a 1-2 pitch while leading off in the 5th, but Shaffer quickly retired the next three hitters. Logan Sowers singled in the 7th, but again nothing was doing for the Hoosiers.
Maryland added another run in the top half of that 7th and made it 3-0 when Brian Wilhite, who had a rough evening in the field and was bailed out by Austin Cangelosi a few times, booted a ground ball with runners on the corners and two outs.
Indiana would get nothing else in the 8th or 9th.