Illinois earned a trip to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, while Michigan State and Minnesota will play in tomorrow's semifinal for the right to face the Illini. All tournament games are broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
#5 MINNESOTA def. #4 OHIO STATE, 9-4
A six-run sixth inning, fueled by two home runs and a triple, propelled Minnesota to a 9-4 win over Ohio State in Game 6 of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, eliminating the Buckeyes from tournament play. Matt Puhl led the Gophers, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, hitting his second home run of the season.
Game 6 Box Score
#5 MINNESOTA def. #3 PURDUE, 1-0
Minnesota came out on top of a classic pitchers' duel, edging Purdue, 1-0, in Game 7 of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Freshman Tom Windle tossed five shutout innings in the start after throwing three relief innings the previous game, and AJ Pettersen drove in the game's only run with a single in the seventh. With the win, Minnesota advances to tomorrow's semifinals, while Purdue is eliminated. The game marked the first 1-0 Big Ten Tournament game since 1983 and just the second in the event's history.
Game 7 Box Score
#1 ILLINOIS def. #2 MICHIGAN STATE, 4-1
Illinois punched its ticket to the championship game of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament with a 4-1 win over Michigan State on Friday night. Adam Davis led the Illini, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, while John Anderson earned the win, allowing one run on six hits and four walks, and Chris Pack picked up the save with 1.2 scoreless frames. The Spartans will now face Minnesota for a trip to championship game.
Game 8 Box Score - Postgame Quotes