Indiana Earns Place in 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Championship Game
May 23, 2009
Big Ten Baseball Tournament Day 3 Recap
Tournament Notes: Friday's attendance of 4,019 brings the tournament's three-day total to 9,429, which is already the highest overall tournament attendance in at least the past decade. The previous high over the last 10 years was 6,728 set in 1999.
Minnesota def. Purdue, 12-3
WP: Tom Buske (9-3)
Tom Buske went the distance for Minnesota as the Golden Gophers downed Purdue, 12-3, in an elimination game of the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Buske allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in his first complete-game effort of the year. Second baseman Derek McCallum led Minnesota at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs on a double and a homer. Center fielder Eric Decker was 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in the effort. For Purdue, Brandon Haveman had three hits, while Matt Morgan was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits and four walks.
Minnesota def. Illinois, 13-4
WP: Seth Rosin (7-1)
Minnesota earned the right to play for a chance at the Big Ten tournament title with a 13-4 win over Illinois in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament. Another solid pitching performance was the key for the Golden Gophers, as Seth Rosin went eight innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. The Minnesota offense provided more than enough cushion, led by Michael Kvasnick, who went 3-for-5 with three runs and five RBI on his ninth homer of the year. Freshman first baseman Nick O’Shea belted two homers for the Gophers, who tallied 12 hits in the game. Ben Reeser took the loss after giving up three runs, one earned, on an inning.
Indiana def. Ohio State, 13-3
Blake Monar (5-3)
Indiana advanced to the championship game of the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament with a win over Ohio State on Friday. The Hoosiers broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth and got 16 total hits off the Buckeye pitching staff, led by three each from Alex Dickerson and Tyler Rogers. Rogers had four RBI on the night, including a bases-clearing triple, while Dickerson, Kipp Schutz, Brian Lambert and Jake Dunning each drove in a pair. Freshman Blake Monar earned the win, tossing 6.2 innings, allowing just three runs, two earned, on five hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Ohio State was held to six hits on the night, and starter Dean Wolosiansky suffered just his second loss of the year.