May 16, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. - With Illinois' victory over Nebraska on Friday night, Indiana won the outright Big Ten Championship and clinched the top seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers, who also knocked off Minnesota on Friday, secure their sixth conference title and are the first team to win back-to-back Big Ten Championships since Michigan did so in 2007 and 2008.
The Hoosiers scored seven runs on seven hits, capitalizing on four Minnesota errors in the 7-3 victory. Indiana posted a three-run fourth inning and a two-run eighth inning to distance itself from the Gophers. Scott Donley, Will Nolden and Nick Ramos scored two runs each and Christian Morris earned the win, going 5.1 innings while striking out five.
The Hoosiers open Big Ten Tournament play on Wednesday, taking on the No. 8 seed at 6 p.m. ET on BTN. The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be held May 21-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series.
The tournament's double-elimination format will culminate with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in one bracket and the No. 2, No. 3, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds appearing in the other bracket.
The tournament begins with four contests on Wednesday and Thursday and two games slated for Friday. Saturday will feature the winners of each bracket facing the remaining one-loss team from the opposite bracket in the semifinals. As many as four games are scheduled for Saturday, with the opportunity for two if necessary games to be played to determine Sunday's championship game participants.