Sine we’ve began covering the Penn State baseball team after a hot 13-3 start on the season, the Nittany Lions have gone just 2-6 on the season and are 0-5 in conference play. So yeah, we may or may not have cursed Penn State baseball.
Since our last installment, Penn State has gone 1-3 as they dropped both their last games last weekend against Purdue before picking up a win over Bucknell on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they were blown out by St. Bonaventure 18-6.
For the Nittany Lions, the problem in their losses this season usually hasn’t been pitching, but they’re overall lack of hitting and inability to drive in runs. Wednesday night’s blowout loss was an exception and an uncharacteristically sloppy game out of Penn State.
That being said, they’ll attempt to break said curse this weekend as the Indiana Hoosiers come to State College for a three-game series. The Hoosiers enter this weekend with a 17-11 and a 5-1 conference record. The Hoosiers, unlike the Nittany Lions, are coming in hot over with a 7-3 record in its last 10 games.
According to the RPI, Indiana is a top-40 team in the country coming in at No. 34. The Nittany Lions in are a a lowly No. 145 after being in the top-50 just a few weeks ago.
On paper, the Nittany Lions chances don’t look great against Indiana this week, especially seeing the Hoosiers are one of the top teams in the Big Ten on annual basis. The last time the Nittany Lions took on the Hoosiers was in 2017 when they dropped two of three in Bloomington.
Another series loss this weekend would all but end the Nittany Lions season in reality. It would drop them to 1-7 or 0-8 in conference play, putting them in an hole they’ll never be able to climb out of.
Either way, the Nittany Lions are in a must-win situation here on out for the rest of the season. The goal anymore shouldn’t be to worry about postseason aspirations but instead, staying above .500.