Ohio State Defeats Minnesota to Win 2005 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament Title
May 29, 2005
After giving up a two-out, two-strike, two-run walk-off homer to the Gophers in the first championship game of the double-elimination tournament to fall 4-3, the Buckeyes posted a 14-6 defeat of Minnesota to claim the tournament crown and the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The win was OSU's second over UM in the double-elimination tournament.
The tournament title is the Buckeyes seventh overall and first since they won back-to-back conference summits in 2002 and 2003, while the win improves their record to 39-18 on the year. The Scarlet and Grey will also be making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2003 when they were eliminated by
The bottom of the second would see the Bucks crack the game open. After an Angle triple scored Jedidiah Stephen from second, DeVries plunked Rabin to put two runners on with the hot-hitting Steve Caravati stepping to the plate. The senior belted a three-run shot over the left-center field fence for his fifth round-tripper of the season to make it a 6-0 game after two innings.
The reason Sunday's game was necessary was because of Joe Maceij's game-winner on Saturday. The freshman was also responsible for Minnesota's first run of the game with a solo-shot off the top of the fence in right field for his third homer of the season and second in his last two at bats, making it a 6-1 game.
The Bucks would score again in the bottom of the third when Wes Schirtzinger came in all the way from first on a Stephen double into the right field corner to make it a 7-1 game.
Singles by Matt Fornasiere and Jake Elder plated two runs for
In the bottom of the fifth, a Caravati drive to deep right field bounced off the top of the wall and back into play. Rabin came all the way around from first to score on the near homer by Caravati, who wound up with a triple.
Ohio State would add two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, while Minnesota would tack on one in the eighth and one in the ninth to make the final score 14-6.
At the conclusion of the tournament the following individuals were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team as voted on by members of the media in attendance: Jim Brauer, Pitcher, Michigan; Dan DeLucia, Pitcher, Ohio State; Matt Loberg, Pitcher, Minnesota; Jake Elder, Catcher, Minnesota; Eric Wolfe, First Base, Purdue; Andy Hunter, First Base, Minnesota; Chris Getz, Second Base, Michigan; Joe Maciej, Second Base, Minnesota; Shawn Roof, Third Base, Illinois; Mitch Hilligoss, Shortstop, Purdue; Steve Caravati, Outfield, Ohio State; Matt Angle, Outfield, Ohio State; Mike Mee, Outfield, Minnesota; Wes Schirtzinger, Designated Hitter, Ohio State. Caravati was also honored as the Player of the Tournament, also selected by the media.