Day 3 Big Ten tourney recap: Minnesota claims crown in extras
They didn’t play in the regular season, but Michigan and Minnesota were the Big Ten’s two top teams.
Saturday night, in the Big Ten tourney final, it was No. 2 seed Minnesota topping No. 1 seed Michigan, 4-3, in a 10-inning marathon.
The tournament crown marks Minnesota second in the last three seasons and third overall, with each of them coming against Michigan.
The Wolverines, the Big Ten regular season champ, were looking to make it consecutive seasons of sweeping the Big Ten regular season and postseason championships.
Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten tourney action below.
BIG TEN FINAL: MINNESOTA 4, MICHIGAN 3 (10)
Sara Groenewegen went the distance, tossing 10 innings to pick up the victory and send the Golden Gophers to their second Big Ten tourney title in the last two seasons.
SEMIFINAL NO. 1: MINNESOTA 8, NORTHWESTERN 4
It took three hours and 53 minutes, but the No. 23/19 Minnesota battled to an 8-4 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon. The Gophers will play the Michigan-Penn State winner in the tourney final Saturday night. Read full GopherSports.com recap.
SEMIFINAL NO. 2: MICHIGAN 6, PENN STATE 1
Reliever Sara Driesenga threw 5 1/3 scoreless frames and Tera Blanco roped a two-run home run to help lead No. 1 seed Michigan to a 6-1 victory over host Penn State in the Big Ten tourney semifinals Saturday.