No. 2 Indiana outlasted No. 5 Michigan State, 4-3, in 11 innings Saturday afternoon to advance to the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship at Huntington Park. The Hoosiers eventually lost to heated rival and No. 1 Purdue, 6-5, in the title game. Michael Basil provided the game-winning RBI to lift Indiana past Michigan State in the 11th and Ryan Halstead retired the Spartans in order to pick up the win.
Football season can’t come soon enough. To help get everyone ready for the 2012 season, I’m taking a very early look at each week’s slate of games. I’ve already done the first five weeks – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5 – and now it’s time to consider Week 6. Find it in this post.
Indiana’s Micah Johnson knows how to flash the leather. The second baseman can get creative with the glove, too, evidenced by his highlight-reel play Saturday against Michigan State. On a soft grounder by Anthony Cheky, Johnson charged the ball, fielded it, and with his momentum taking him toward home plate, decided to flip the ball out his glove to first base. It’s never easy directing the ball out of the glove, but Johnson got it done. Watch the play now.
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.