Chad Clark hit a two-run walk-off home run (watch it!) to cap a four-run ninth inning and lead Indiana to a thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over Valparaiso on Friday night at Bart Kaufman Field. The top-seeded Hoosiers (44-14) take on No. 2 seed Austin Peay (46-13) at 6:05 pm ET Saturday in the Bloomington Regional. The Governors enter the contest with the nation’s longest winning streak (16).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.