Big Ten Baseball Tournament - Game 10 Live Blog
May 23, 2009
10:28: Final lines for the game are 2 runs, 6 hits, 4 errors for Minnesota and 13 runs, 18 hits, no errors for the Hoosiers. The winning pitcher was Matt Igel who worked five strong innngs, giving up four hits and two earned runs. The loser is Austin Lubinsky, going three innings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs. Thanks so much for following along tonight and all the Big Ten action all week here in Columbus. The Indiana Hoosiers are the 2009 Big Ten Tournament Champions!
10:24: The game ends after Squires retires the side. The Indiana Hoosiers' dugout rushes out on the field and tackles Squires who ends up somewhere on the bottom of the Indiana pile. He looks to be alright as the team begins to shake hands with the Gophers. The game ends in a time of 3 hours and 2 minutes with the final score, Indiana 13, Minnesota, 2.
10:18: Minnesota relief pitcher Tim Ryan gets the Gophers through the ninth inning, giving up no runs. The score remains 13-2, in favor of Indiana. Stay tune as we wrap things up from Columbus!
10:12: Minnesota has some new faces in the field as Gophers Trip Schultz and Brooks Albrecht enter the game. Schultz is seen at first base, while Albrecht takes over in center field for Minnesota in the top of the ninth inning.
10:09: Right fielder Kvasnicka hits a shot down the right field line with two outs against Squires. The Gopher baserunner decides to try to stretch his extra base into a triple, but is thrown out by the cut-off, Hoosier second baseman Tyler Rogers, to end the inning.
10:08: Squires gives up a hit against Gopher shortsop Pettersen, but gets second baseman McCallum to ground out into a 3-6-1 double play. Minnesota is now down to its last four outs of the game.
10:03: Indiana reliever Squires, who is currently pitching for the Hoosiers, is seen in the bullpen throwing to stay loose. The side is finally retired and we head into the bottom of the eighth with Minnesota coming up to bat down 11 against Indiana.
9:56: Indiana adds two more to the score to make it 13-2. After Phegley and Dickerson both recorded singles, Indiana left fielder Kipp Schutz zoned in on a fastball by Sexton and drove it to the left center outfield gap. The Hoosiers have now recorded 17 hits in the game as Sexton leaves for a Minnesota pitching change. Gopher relief pitcher Tim Ryan, a native of Eagan, Minn., is now on the mound with nobody out in the inning and a runner on second base.
9:49: Hoosier catcher Josh Phegley singles to start the top of the eighth inning. Phegley's hit is the 15th for Indiana in this game, while the Gophers have recorded four hits today.
9:45: Indiana heads up to bat now in the top of the eighth with the score, 11-2, in favor of the visiting team.
9:40: A wierd event occured after recording the first out of the bottom of the seventh inning. Minnesota center fielder Eric Decker grounded out and split the top part of his bat in the process of it! You don't see that everyday in college baseball.
9:27: The Hoosiers added another run after Rogers was hit by the pitch by Sexton. The score is now 8-2 in favor of Indiana in the top of the seventh. Minnesota records the second out of the inning after a wild pitch by Sexton and catcher Knudson dives at home for the tag out on Gonzalez from third base. What a great play by the Minnesota catcher. Sexton walks Dunning at the bottom of the batting order to load the bases again for the Hoosiers. Indiana right fielder Chris Hervey heads to the plate looking to put the game out of reach.
9:23: After Hoosier runners end up on first and second. Minnesota reliever Allen Bechstein is taken out of the game and Gopher reliever Cullen Sexton gets his name called. Indiana third baseman Vince Gonzalez puts down a bunt down the third baseline and the throw is off-target, making it the fourth Minnesota error of the game. Lambert grounds to third baseman Geason who gets the force out at home to keep the score, 7-2, in favor of the Hoosiers. Indiana now has bases loaded still with one out and Tyler Rogers up to bat for the fourth time today.
9:18: The total attendance for the tournament was announced between innings. The total, 12,219, is the largest attendance in over a decade for the Big Ten Tournament. Thanks to everyone who came out to support their Big Ten teams!
9:16: Squires goes right through the middle of the Gopher order with ease and the side is retired. The game now goes into the seventh with Hoosiers still leading, 7-2.
9:13: Indiana starting pitcher Matt Igel is done for the day after going five complete innings. Igel finishes the game giving up four hits on two earned runs. Indiana relief pitcher Chris Squires comes into the game for the Hoosiers.
9:08: The sun has now set here in Columbus and the field looks to be in perfect condition at Huntington Park. Indiana is retired in the top half of the sixth after Sabourin and Phegley fly out to deep left field. Minnesota will look to chip away at Indiana's five-run lead. Right fielder Mike Kvasnicka will lead things off for the Gophers in the bottom of the sixth.
9:01: Pettersen gets on first base after beating out a short toss by second baseman Tyler Rogers and the Gophers get a run back with Gominsky scoring from third base. McCallum, who homered for Minnesota last time up, lines out to Igel to end the inning. The Hoosiers lead after five in the books, 7-2.
8:59: Igel gets exactly what he was looking for as Nohelty hits a groundball right to shortstop Jake Dunning who records the unassisted double play to first baseman Sabourin. Minnesota now has two outs with AJ Pettersen up to bat.
8:56: In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Gophers are giving Indiana starting pitcher Igel his first trouble of the game with Minnesota runners on first and second and nobody out. Indiana meets at the mound for a quick talk by head coach Tracy Smith. Gopher lead-off batter Matt Nohelty heads to the batters box.
8:51: Minnesota gets out of the fifth with work to do at the plate down six runs against the Hoosiers. The bottom of the Hoosier lineup has done most of the damage in tonight's game as hitters 6-9 have combined to score five of the seven runs. Minnesota heads up to bat next.
8:50: Indiana batter Brian Lambert records a fielders choice as third baseman Kyle Geason touches third on the groundball for the force out. Two outs with Hoosier runners on first and second.
8:48: Hoosiers have something going again in the top of the fifth with runners on first and second and one out. Indiana baserunner Kip Schutz got on after a fielders choice and Vince Gonzalez singled to left.
8:44: Indiana gets out of its first jam of the game with a double play. Decker grounds to first baseman Sabourin who then throws to shortstop Dunning for the tag out. Score after four innings is all Hoosiers, 7-1.
8:40: Indiana has an infield meeting as first baseman Nick O'Shea walks with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Center fielder Eric Decker is up to bat against Igel.
8:33: The Gophers bring in reliever Allen Bechstein. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin singled, moving Hervey to third base. Indiana catcher Josh Phegley then puts a fly ball down the right field line for the sacrifice to score Hervey from third base. The Hoosiers lead 7-1 now as the side is retired in the top of the fourth.
8:30: Indiana adds another run to make it 6-1 after Chris Hervey drops a single infront of a diving Gopher left fielder Justin Gominsky. Minnesota starting pitcher Lubinsky is done for the day as the Gophers meet on the mound. Lubinksy finishes pitching 3.1 innings giving up seven earned runs on eight hits. Stay tuned for the pitching change.
8:28: Dunning lays down a bunt last second and it is placed perfect down the third base line. A off-target throw from third baseman Kyle Geason allows two runs to score to make it 5-1 in favor of Indiana.
8:25: Indiana is now putting the pressure on Minnesota with runners on first and second and one out. Hoosier batters Brian Lambert and Tyler Rogers both singled. Hoosier Jake Dunning is now up to bat.
8:21: The stadium lights here at Huntington Park are now turned on as the sun begins to set in Columbus. What a beautiful evening at this brand new ballpark!
8:20: Igel put down the first two batters of the bottom of the third inning until Minnesota second baseman Derek McCallum hit a homerun to the deepest part of the ball park in centerfield. The score going into the fourth inning is now 3-1 with Indiana still leading.
7:57: Indiana tags on another run to have an early 2-0 lead against the Gophers. Hoosier lead-off hitter Chris Hervey hits a long single in the outfield gap to score teammate Lambert from second base. Hoosier baserunner Tyler Rogers gets caught in a rundown between third and home to end in the inning.
7:51: Trouble for Minnesota in the top of the second as Lubinsky walks Hoosier third baseman Vince Gonzalez and center fielder Brian Lambert gets on after a hit-by-pitch. The bases are then loaded after an error by Gopher third baseman Kyle Geason when Hoosier second baseman Tyler Rogers hits a chopper down the line. Hoosier shortstop Jake Dunning is now up with the bases loaded.
7:40: Minnesota gets through the top half of the first inning with no problem. In the bottom half of the first inning, Indiana starting pitcher Igel walks the Gopher lead-off hitter Matt Nohelty, but gets a ground ball against second batter AJ Pettersen for the double play. Gopher shortstop Derek MCallum pops up in the infield to catcher Josh Phegley for the final out of the inning. It's 0-0 early in the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament final at Huntington Park in Columbus.
7:28: Tonight's starting pitcher for Indiana is left hander Matt Igel. Minnesota's starting pitcher is right hander Austin Lubinsky.
7:24: Here is tonight’s lineup: