Iowa baseball swept by Maryland

The Hawkeyes' NCAA Tournament hopes got even more blurry after a tough weekend in College Park.

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Iowa baseball swept by Maryland

Iowa infielder Tanner Wetrich watches the ball when up at bat during the game against Michigan State at the Duane Banks Baseball Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans 7-5.

Iowa infielder Tanner Wetrich watches the ball when up at bat during the game against Michigan State at the Duane Banks Baseball Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans 7-5.

Hannah Kinson for The Daily Iowan

Iowa infielder Tanner Wetrich watches the ball when up at bat during the game against Michigan State at the Duane Banks Baseball Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans 7-5.

Hannah Kinson for The Daily Iowan

Hannah Kinson for The Daily Iowan

Iowa infielder Tanner Wetrich watches the ball when up at bat during the game against Michigan State at the Duane Banks Baseball Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans 7-5.

Pete Ruden, Sports Editor

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Just two weeks ago, Iowa baseball found itself with a No. 24 ranking, looking at a No. 3 seed in an NCAA Regional. But after dropping five of their last six, including a 10-8 loss to Maryland on Saturday to complete a Terrapin sweep, the Hawkeyes aren’t sure of their NCAA postseason plans.

Battling for the Big Ten Tournament’s final spots are Iowa, Maryland, Ohio State, and Northwestern. But because of the Hawkeyes RPI, they will secure a spot in the conference tournament.

Iowa’s five-game losing streak is its longest of the season, and Saturday marked the first time the Hawkeyes have been swept since March 24 against Indiana.

Iowa’s NCAA Regional position is more unclear, however, and the confusion could have been avoided if it didn’t get swept in College Park.

And to make the loss even more painful for the Hawkeyes, a win was entirely possible. Iowa got out to a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning off a Tanner Padgett home run, but the Terrapins scored 2 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Maryland looked to be pulling away in the third after going up 4-1, but unfortunately for the Terrapins, Tanner Wetrich played.

Wetrich hit a 3-run shot in the fourth to tie the game at 4, and then when Maryland took an 8-4 lead, he hit a grand slam to tie the game once again in the eighth.

Wetrich finished the game 2-for-4 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI.

But the Terrapins battled back with a 2-RBI double from Chris Alleyne to take the game and complete the sweep.

Iowa’s next chance to avenge its late-season skid will be in the Big Ten Tournament, which begins May 22.