Indiana Claims 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Championship
In front of the largest single-game conference tournament crowd in NCAA history, Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kyle Schwarber hit his second home run of the tournament to pace Indiana in its 8-4 victory over No. 2 Nebraska in the championship game on Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park. It marks the fourth tournament title for the top-seeded Hoosiers and second straight, becoming the first conference team to win back-to-back tournaments since Ohio State in 2002 and 2003.
Sunday’s attendance of 19,965 ranks as the largest single-game conference tournament attendance in NCAA history, and brings the five-day total to a Big Ten Tournament record 62,020. Four days of the tournament featured attendance of more than 10,000, including Wednesday (10,400) Thursday (11,756) and Saturday (12,319). The previous NCAA record for conference tournament attendance was established by Florida State and North Carolina in 2005 with a crowd of 17,860.
Indiana scored twice in the first and once in the second to take a 3-0 advantage. Nebraska responded with three runs to even in the score in the top of the fifth, but Schwarber hit his second home run of the tournament to give the Hoosiers a 4-3 lead, which it would not relinquish. Schwarber and Dustin DeMuth each had two RBI in the game, while Will Nolden scored three times for the Hoosier offense. Jake Kelzer earned his second save of the season, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to clinch the title.
The conference also announced its All-Tournament team following the conclusion of the championship game, which can be found below.
2014 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
P - Christian Morris, Indiana
P -Aaron Bummer, Nebraska
P - Kyle Kubat, Nebraska
C - Joel Fisher, Michigan State
1B - Dan Olinger, Minnesota
2B -Casey Rodrigue, Indiana
2B - Pat Kelly, Nebraska
SS - Travis Maezes, Michigan
3B - Dustin DeMuth, Indiana
DH -Scott Donley, Indiana
OF - Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
OF - Cam Gibson, Michigan State
OF - Ryan Boldt, Nebraska
Most Outstanding Player: Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
Wrapping Up Day 4 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament
In front of Saturday’s attendance of 12,319, the most of any day during the Big Ten Tournament, No. 1 Indiana and No. 2 Nebraska each punched their tickets to the tournament’s championship game on Sunday. It will be a rematch of last year’s tournament title game, when the Hoosiers knocked off the Huskers.
In Saturday’s first semifinal, Nebraska used a five-run sixth inning to distance itself from Michigan, 6-1, before a three-run ninth inning was the difference in Indiana’s 7-4 victory over Michigan State. It will be the third straight Big Ten Tournament final for the Hoosiers, the first team to advance to three consecutive since Minnesota in 2005, 2006 and 2007, which was part of a seven-year streak for the Gophers.
The four-day total attendance for the Big Ten Tournament is 42,055, increasing the tournament’s already established total attendance record. Complete results from today’s games and all tournament contests can be found below.
Hoosiers Score Three in Final At Bats to Beat Michigan State, 7-4
With the scored tied 4-4 in the top of the ninth, Indiana’s Scott Donley doubled to right field to score two runs before Sam Travis scored on a wild pitch to send the top-seeded Hoosiers to the Big Ten Tournament championship game with a 7-4 win over No. 6 Michigan State. Indiana will face second-seeded Nebraska at 1 p.m. CT for the Big Ten Tournament title. Donley finished the day with three RBI, while Brad Hartong, Will Nolden and Tim O’Conner each drove in a run.
Huskers Use Five-Run Sixth Inning to Pull Away from Michigan, 6-1
No. 2 seed Nebraska used a five-run sixth inning to distance and ultimately secure a 6-1 victory over No. 5 Michigan on Saturday morning. Start Kyle Kubat went 8.2 innings, allowing just one run on three hits, while striking out six to earn his fifth victory of the season and send the Huskers into Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament title game. Pat Kelly scored twice for the Huskers, who posted their first run in the fourth inning before posting five in the sixth. Nebraska will take on the winner of Saturday’s Michigan State-Indiana semifinal
Underway on Day 4 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament
Four teams remain in the hunt for the Big Ten Tournament championship, and as many as four games will be contested on Saturday. No. 5 Michigan takes on No. 2 Nebraska at 9 a.m. CT and No. 6 Michigan State faces No. 1 Indiana at 1 p.m. Nebraska and Indiana need just one win to secure spot’s in Sunday’s championship game. A Michigan victory over the Huskers would force an ‘if necessary’ game at 5 p.m., and a Michigan State win over the Hoosiers would send the teams into a second matchup of the day at 9 p.m. If only one ‘if necessary’ game is needed on Saturday, that contest would be played at 5 p.m.
Wrapping Up Day 3 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament
Friday saw the Big Ten Baseball Tournament field cut to four teams, setting up Saturday’s semifinals. No. 6 Michigan State defeated No. 3 Illinois, 11-2, and advanced to face top-seeded Indiana at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. In addition, No. 5 Michigan knocked off No. 8 Iowa, 7-1, leading the Wolverines into Saturday morning’s tilt against No. 2 Nebraska at 9 a.m.
Indiana and Nebraska are both one win away from reaching Sunday’s final, while Michigan and Michigan State each need two wins over their respective opponents to reach the championship game. If Michigan were to knock off Nebraska, the two teams would meet again at 5 p.m. CT, while a Michigan State win would also send the Spartans and Hoosiers into a second game on Friday that would begin at 9 p.m. If only one ‘if necessary’ game is needed on Saturday afternoon, that contest would be played at 5 p.m.
Friday’s attendance of 7,580 brought the three-day total attendance to 29,739, increasing the tournament’s already established total attendance record. Complete results from today’s games and all tournament contests can be found below.
Michigan Defeats Iowa, 7-1, to Advance to Saturday’s semifinals
Evan Hill pitched 7.2 innings of five-hit ball, allowing just one run with eight strikeouts to earn the victory in fifth-seeded Michigan’s 7-1 win over No. 8 Iowa on Friday night. The Wolverines advance to face No. 2 Nebraska at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday. Travis Maezes finished the day with two RBI and two triples, while Carmen Benedetti hit a two-run home run to lead the Michigan offense. After Iowa scored first in the top of the fourth, Michigan countered with three in the bottom half, two in the fifth and two in the sixth to complete the scoring.
Michigan State Explodes for 11 Runs in Win Over Illinois
With the scored knotted 2-2 entering the eighth inning, No. 6 Michigan State scored five times in the eighth and four times in the ninth inning to earn a 11-2 win over No. 3 Illinois on Friday. It was the Spartans second win over the Illini in the tournament, and will now face top-seeded Indiana at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. Joel Fisher drove in four runs, while Ryan Richardson and Johnny Nate each had a pair of RBI in the win. Jeff Kinley came on in relief, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings while scattering just two hits to earn the win.
Underway in Day 3 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament
Day 3 of the Big Ten Tournament is now underway as two games highlight Friday's slate. At 3:30 p.m. CT, third-seeded Illinois and No. 6 Michigan meet again in a rematch of the first game of the Big Ten Tournament, with a spot in the tournament's semifinals against No. 1 Indiana at stake. At 7:30 p.m., No. 5 Michigan takes on No. 8 Iowa, with the winner earning a matchup against No. 2 Nebraska on Saturday. Both of Friday's contest will be televised live by BTN.
Recapping Day 2 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament
The Big Ten Baseball Tournament set a new total attendance record following a second day of record-setting crowds. The two-day total of 22,156 establishes a new conference record for a single tournament, while Thursday's attendance of 11,756 established a single-day tournament attendance record, surpassing the 10,400 who attended Wednesday's opening games. In addition, three more games were decided by one run, making six of the eight tournament contests decided by a single run. Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana were all winners on Thursday, as the Huskers and Hoosiers each advanced to Saturday's semifinals. Complete tournament scores and recaps from Day 2 and the entire Big Ten Baseball Tournament can be found below.
Morris, Five-Run Seventh Sparks Indiana to 5-0 Win Over Michigan
Sophomore Christian Morris carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowed just one hit in seven innings and watched as a five-run seventh lifted top-seeded Indiana to a 5-0 victory over fifth-seeded Michigan. Casey Rodrigue and Kyle Schwarber each had a pair of RBI in the seventh, with Schwarber's coming on a two-run home run to right field that capped the scoring. The top-seeded Hoosiers will next play on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT against the winner of tomorrow's Michigan State-Illinois game.
Nebraska Earns 3-2 Triumph Over Michigan State
No. 2 Nebraska posted its second-straight one-run victory after earning a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Michigan State on Thursday night in the seventh game of the Big Ten Tournament. It also marked the tournament's sixth game that was decided by one run. The Huskers posted runs in the third and fourth innings, while the Spartans countered with two runs of their own in the fifth inning. Nebraska's Jake Placzek would ultimately score the winning run in the seventh, coming around to score on Michael Pritchard's double. Nebraska will next play at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday against an opponent to be determined.
Iowa Secures 2-1 Victory over Minnesota
An eighth-inning sacrifice fly by Dan Potempa scored Jake Manger, giving Iowa the game-winning run in its 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Thursday afternoon. The eighth-seeded Hawkeyes advances to face the loser of the Indiana-Michigan game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Both Iowa and Minnesota scored once in the fourth inning, but pitching dominated as the teams combined for just eight hits on the day. Jared Mandel pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win, while Minnesota's Ben Meyer went the distance, striking out six against just one walk.
Illinois Advances Past Ohio State, 6-5
No. 3 Illinois scored two runs in the first, fifth and seventh innings, totaling 15 hits on the afternoon to earn the victory over seventh-seeded Ohio State 6-5 on Thursday. Six players finished with two hits, while Will Krug and Adam Walton each scored twice in the win. Tyler Jay came on to pitch 2.1 innings of perfect relief to earn the save. The Illini move on to face the loser of the Nebraska-Michigan State contest at 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday in an elimination game.
Day 2 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament is Underway
After a 90-minute rain delay, Game 5 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament is underway. Two elimination games will make up the first half of Thursday's slate, with No. 3 Illinois taking on No. 7 Ohio State before No. 4 Minnesota faces No. 8 Iowa. Tonight's contests feature No. 6 Michigan State against No. 2 Nebraska and No. 1 Indiana facing No. 5 Michigan. Game times for Games 6, 7 and 8 will be one hour following the completion of the previous game.
Recapping Day 1 of the 2014 Big Ten Tournament
The opening day of the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament set a single-day tournament attendance record as 10,424 fans took in the first four games of the conference event. Three games were decided by one run, one of which was decided in walk-off fashion. Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska each won by the slimmest of margins on Wednesday, including the Huskers' four-run ninth inning that allowed them to advance in the winner's bracket. Full Day 1 recaps and box scores can be found below.
Maezes Three-Run Homer Leads Wolverines Past Gophers
Travis Maezes hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, providing all the offense fifth-seeded Michigan needed in its 3-2 victory over fourth-seeded Minnesota in the final game of Wednesday's opening day at the Big Ten Tournament. Trailing 2-0, Maezes gave the Wolverines the game-winning runs and sending them into a Thursday matchup against No. 1 Indiana at 9 p.m. CT. Minnesota will take on No. 8 Iowa at 1 p.m.
Hoosiers Knock Off Iowa, 5-2
Top-seeded Indiana got eight strong innings from Joey DeNato, striking out nine batters as the Hoosiers went on to knock off No. 8 Iowa, 5-2, on Wednesday. Casey Rodrigue finished with two RBI and a run scored, helping Indiana to two runs in the second and fourth innings and another in the fifth. Iowa's Eric Toole, Tyler Peyton and Dan Potempa each had two hits for the Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers will face the winner of the Minnesota-Michigan game at 9 p.m. CT on Thursday, while Iowa will take on the game's loser at 1 p.m.
Nebraska Rallies for 7-6 Victory Over Ohio State
Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth, No. 2 seed Nebraska posted four runs to take a dramatic 7-6 victory over No. 7 Ohio State in the second game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Wednesday. A bases loaded walk scored Quinn McGill to make the score 6-4, then Pat Kelly singled home two runs to tie the game. Tanner Lubach's sacrifice fly scored Michael Pritchard from third to get the win. The Huskers will take on Michigan State at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, while Ohio State will face Illinois at 9 a.m.
Michigan State Prevails in the Big Ten Tournament Opener
Sixth-seeded Michigan State scored runs in the first and fifth innings, providing all the offense the Spartans needed in a 2-1 victory over third-seeded Illinois in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament. MSU's Cam Gibson led off the game with a home run to right, while starter Mick VanVossen earned the win. The Spartans will square off with the Nebraska-Ohio State winner at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday
Illinois-Michigan State Underway
No. 3 Illinois and No. 6 Michigan State square off in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament at 9 a.m. CT. The winner will advance in the winner's bracket of the field and next play at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday. The loser will return to the diamond at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning >