Big Ten Baseball Tournament Championship on the Line Saturday
May 27, 2010
Iowa came back from a seven-run deficit to beat Michigan, 11-8, earning the right to advance to the championship game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Iowa’s rally began in the sixth with a four-run frame that included a two-run double by Ryan Durant. A four-run eighth capped the comeback, led by a two-run double by Kurt Lee. The Hawkeyes advance to the championship game for the second time in program history and first since 1983. Iowa plays Minnesota at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Minnesota clinched a spot in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game for the second consecutive and ninth time in the last 10 years with a 4-3, 11-inning win over Michigan on Friday night. The Golden Gophers fell into a 3-0 hole in Game 8 of the tournament, but battled back with one run in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie the contest through regulation. Minnesota catcher Kyle Knudson came through with two on in the 11th, hitting a walk-off RBI single to clinch the win. Minnesota will play Michigan or Iowa for the tournament title.
In Game 7 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, Iowa jumped out with seven runs in the first inning, and outfielder Kurtis Muller tied two tournament records as Iowa defeated Purdue, 8-3. Muller stole three bases in the game, increasing his tournament total to five. Both marks tie tournament records.
Purdue advanced to Game 7 with a 15-5 win over Indiana in Game 6 of the tournament. The Boilermakers were led by Kevin Plawecki, who had three RBI, and Drew Madia, who hit his ninth homer of the season.
No. 2 Michigan, No. 1 Minnesota and No. 5 Purdue all posted wins on Day 2 of the tournament on Thursday.
The Boilermakers got a strong pitching performance from Matt Bischoff to open the day’s games with an 11-1 victory over Northwestern, eliminating the Wildcats from tournament play.
In Game 2, Michigan scored 18 runs on a season-high 21 hits in an 18-4 win over Iowa. The Wolverines’ 18 runs marked the highest total scored by a team in the Big Ten Tournament since 1995, and it stands as the second-highest total in tournament history.
In the day’s finale, Minnesota jumped out to an eight-run lead, but Indiana stormed back to make it a two-run game. In the end, the Golden Gophers came out on top with the 10-8 advantage.
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