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Indiana rolls, Illinois falls in regional action

Sam Travis homered to help power Indiana past Austin Peay 15-6 on Saturday night and into the regional title game. Scott Donley and Michael Basil each drove in four runs for the Hoosiers (45-14), who will play the winner of Sunday afternoon’s elimination game between Valparaiso and Austin Peay.

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Parr smacks two homers, leads Illinois past Ga. Tech

Jordan Parr belted two home runs and Kevin Duchene set an Illinois school record in No. 3 Illinois’ 6-4 win over No. 2 Georgia Tech in the first round of the Nashville Regional. Duchene (9-1) struck out five and allowed three runs over seven quality innings to earn his ninth victory, marking the most wins ever by an Illini freshman.

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Hoosiers, Illini make NCAA tourney

Illinois and Indiana were selected to the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The Hoosiers earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid after winning the conference tournament and are a No. 1 seed, hosting Regional play in Bloomington, Ind. Illinois earned an at-large selection and are the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional, marking the second straight season that two Big Ten teams have been selected to the field. Check out the full interactive bracket at NCAA.com.

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Video: Illini, Gophers bring the dugout antics

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Illinois Keeping Loose at B1G Tournament

During Friday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament elimination game between Illinois and Minnesota, players from both teams looked like they were rather loose. During the game, Minnesota’s players had some fun behind the back of Minnesota coach John Anderson. For Illinois, several players acted out a little pantomime before the game, with one player playing the role of a dog. Just watch the videos in this post to see what we’re talking about.

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Video: Player A robs Player B, Player B returns favor

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Thomas Lindauer Sliding Catch

Baseball players don’t forget when an opponent robs them of a potential base hit. And nothing makes them happier than returning the favor. The opportunity doesn’t always present itself, but it did in the first game of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday. Three innings after Illinois’ Thomas Lindauer made a diving grab to retire Minnesota’s Connor Schaefbauer (video above), the latter got revenge in the eighth inning. Both catches were nice, but which was better?

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