Purdue heads into Saturday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship round as the undefeated top seed as the Boilermakers dropped No. 2 seed Indiana 3-0 on Friday night. Purdue will play either Indiana or Michigan State on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Either opponent would have to beat Purdue twice to win tourney. Watch more Indiana-Purdue videos in this post.
Indiana trailed Purdue 3-0 heading into the ninth on Friday night in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, which meant it was time for the Hoosiers to follow baseball tradition and don the rally caps. That usually means players on the team that trails turn their hats inside out or turn them brim up so that they resemble a shark fin. But this Hoosier took it upon himself to not only wear multiple caps but also a snappy pair of glasses. It didn’t help this time as Indiana fell 3-0 to Purdue, but the Hoosiers get another chance to play Saturday.
Indiana opened the Big Ten Tournament in thrilling fashion, plating four runs in the bottom of the eighth to turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead as the Hoosiers completed a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Michigan State. Michael Basil’s two-run double to deep right center lifted IU past the Buckeyes in the bottom of the eighth. A gutty performance from starter Joey DeNato, multiple clutch hits and a roller-coaster final frame from Jonny Hoffman combined to secure Indiana’s triumph.
Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1 seed Purdue nipped heated rival and No. 2 Indiana, 6-5, in the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Saturday night (recap). The tournament crown marks Purdue’s first in school history. With the win, the Boilers earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney. Check out the BTN TV schedule to see what’s coming up, including re-airs of the games. Online, we posted video highlights and interviews. Relive the entire tournament here.
Fresh off its first Big Ten baseball crown in more than 100 years, Purdue won three of the conference’s four individual honors and had eight players earn All-Big Ten laurels, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon. Catcher Kevin Plawecki (Player of the Year) and Joe Haase (Pitcher of the Year) highlight the Boiler honorees, while Purdue coach Doug Schreiber won Coach of the Year. See all the individual winners and the All-Big Ten teams in this post.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for May 14-19 on Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.