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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. Indiana (43-14) gives the Big Ten a regional host for the second consecutive season, following Purdue in 2012, and will open NCAA play

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Indiana wins Big Ten tourney title on walk-off hit

One day after Nebraska used a walk-off blast to force Sunday’s winner-take-all game at the Big Ten tournament, Indiana walked-off to claim the tourney crown and earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tourney. Scott Donley provided the heroics Sunday, driving a liner to left-center with the bases loaded to clinch the 4-3 win. [ IUHoosiers.com: Big Ten Tournament championship goes to Indiana ] Indiana-Nebraska game highlight: Will Coursen-Carr postgame interview: Sam Travis postgame interview: Nebraska error gives Indiana the lead: Sam Travis smacks RBI double off wall: Catch up on the entire Big Ten baseball tourney below: Wednesday,

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Huskers top Hoosiers in extras, force game Sunday

And we’ll have more baseball Sunday afternoon. Facing elimination for the third straight game, Nebraska outlasted Indiana, 7-6, thanks to Tanner Lubach’s walk-off homer in the 11th inning. That means the Hoosiers and Huskers will meet again at 1:05 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go in a winner-take-all game at Target Field. The victor earns the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney. Read Huskers.com recap. Darin Erstad postgame interview: Indiana-Nebraska game highlight: Tanner Lubach hits walk-off home run: Ricky Alfonso ties it up in ninth inning: Kash Kalkowki gives Huskers late lead: Will Nolden leaves feet for highlight catch: Sam

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BTN/BTN2Go to air entire Big Ten baseball tourney

CHICAGO – For the fifth straight year, BTN will televise live every game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Coverage begins Wednesday and continues until Saturday, with a game on Sunday if necessary. The entire tournament will take place at Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Purdue won the tournament title last year, earning the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship. A nightly episode of the Big Ten Diamond Report will air following the last game of each day throughout the tournament. Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will host the shows, along with analyst

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Big Ten releases All-Big Ten baseball teams

The Big Ten announced Tuesday its 2013 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners. Big Ten champion Indiana was well represented, as it took home Pitcher of the Year (Aaron Slegers) and Coach of the Year (Tracy Smith). Illinois’ Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors. See the teams in this post. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament homepage ] ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM* C – KYLE SCHWARBER, IND 1B – David Kerian, ILL 2B – Pat Kelly, NEB SS – Thomas Lindauer, ILL SS – Kirby

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Indiana earns No. 1 seed in Big Ten baseball tourney

Fresh off its first outright Big Ten title since 1932, Indiana will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten baseball tournament Wednesday-Saturday (Sunday, if necessary) at Target Field. The Hoosiers, along with Ohio State, earned a first-round bye in the six-team, double-elimination tourney that opens at 1:05 p.m. ET Wednesday. All 10 games will air live on BTN/BTN2Go. Throughout the tourney, we’ll update all the action on our 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament page. You’ll find all of the stats, recaps and video highlights there. Download 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket Wednesday, May 22 Gm 1: 1:05

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Indiana wins first outright Big Ten title since 1932

The last time the Indiana baseball team won the outright Big Ten title, Babe Ruth was calling his shot. Eighty-one years later, the Hoosiers are back on top of the Big Ten baseball world. Indiana, which clinched a share of its first title since 1949 on Friday, made it an outright crown in Saturday’s 8-1 victory at Ohio State. With the win, the Hoosiers earn the No. 1 seed in next weekend’s Big Ten tournament at Target Field, home of the MLB’s Minnesota Twins. Download 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket Seeing as how it’s been so long since Indiana

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Hoosiers shortstop flashes the leather

Michael Basil is Indiana’s senior shortstop, which means he’s been around long enough to know any ball he can reach he can probably catch. He proved that Friday night against Ohio State. With the Hoosiers down 2-0 in the seventh inning, Basil made a leaping catch to close out the inning. Watch the play here. Read Basil’s bio at IUHoosiers.com.  

Zach Mezger

Video: This is a first pitch to remember

Zach Mezger is not your typical Indiana baseball fan. The Bloomington High School North student is known as the “No. 1 IU baseball fan,” is a close friend with head coach Tracy Smith’s family, and has delivered a couple postgame speeches. Sunday, he had the honor of throwing out the first pitch in the Hoosiers’ inaugural home finale at Bart Kaufman Field. And what a scene it was. Kneeling, Mezger, who has cerebral palsy, threw the pitch from about 30 feet. The toss was pretty good, too, as the southpaw sent a high heater to catcher and friend Casey Smith, the

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Who was taken in 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft?

The 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft wrapped up Wednesday, with Rounds 16-40, and a total of 30 Big Ten products were selected during the three-day event. You can relive the entire draft with MLB.com’s Draft Tracker. On Monday, Purdue catcher and Big Ten Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki was taken with the 35th pick by the New York Mets. See all the Big Ten selections in this post, along with tweets and video. Also, visit MLB.com’s Draft Central for all your draft needs. Big Ten Players Selected 35. C Kevin Plawecki, Jr., Purdue – New York Mets Plawecki is 3rd