After falling in seven of their last nine games, Ohio State entered the Big Ten Tournament on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. A 1-2 showing in the six-team tournament, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was not enough to take the Buckeyes off the bubble and into the NCAA Tournament, Saturday's 5-0 loss to Nebraska ending their season at 35-23.
In his third season, Greg Beals put the Buckeyes through a challenging schedule. A scheduled 56-game slate that included non-conference dates against tournament participants Connecticut, Louisville, Mercer, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Tech and South Dakota State and three-game weekend series against Bryant and Oregon. With Big Ten peers Illinois and Indiana selected to participate in the tournament, Ohio State played 22 games against teams in the field of 64, going 9-13.
The tough schedule, which featured 30 games against RPI top-100 clubs, propelled the Buckeyes to an RPI of 63 when the dust settled on conference tournaments according to Boyd's World, a strength of schedule of 77 according to Warren Nolan. The grueling slate and a second-place finish in the Big Ten, the RPI's No. 6 rated conference, put the Buckeyes on the bubble, but it wasn't enough to overcome a pedestrian win-loss record a 16-11 run at home, which included a 2-7 ending as the Buckeyes hosted the Cardinals, Ducks, Hoosiers and Yellow Jackets, undid the Buckeyes.
The 2013 NCAA Baseball Championships are the fourth consecutive Ohio State will not participate in. The four-year absence is the longest for Ohio State since 1982-91.
As Ohio State's season has concluded, so too have the careers of nine Buckeyes. Joe Ciamacco, Ryan Cypret, David Fathalikhani, Brad Goldberg, Brad Hallberg, Brian King, Kirby Pellant, Brett McKinney and Greg Solomon have played their final games in the Scarlet and Gray.
With Bloomington Regional host and No. 1 Indiana and No. 3 seed Illinois in the Nashville Regional, the Big Ten has two teams in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, the first time the Big Ten has accomplished that feat since 1999-2000.
Here's the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament field in its entirety:
Top overall seeds
#1. North Carolina (#1 overall)
#3. Oregon State
#5. Cal State Fullerton
#7. Florida State