No. 6 Ohio State plated nine runs in the final two innings to defeat No. 3 Penn State, 12-5, on the opening day of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday at Huntington Park. The Buckeyes, who move to 32-25 on the season, take on top-seeded and 18th-ranked Purdue at 7:05 p.m. ET Thursday. David Corna and Patrick Porter both drove in four runs, while Corna and Brad Holberg each had three hits. Brett McKinney threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory. Read more at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and follow @OhioState_BASE on Twitter.
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.
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The Big Ten announced on Saturday the bracket for the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, held Wednesday-Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Purdue won its first Big Ten title since 1909 and is the No. 1 seed for the first time in the event’s history. The tourney gets underway at 12:05 p.m. ET Wednesday, and you can catch every game live on BTN/BTN2Go.
It was a memorable Senior Day for the Michigan State baseball team on Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Spartans capped off the regular season with a 9-2 victory over Penn State, giving the class of 2012 its 128th win over the past four years, tying for the most in school history along with the class of 1989 and 1990. Read full recap at MSUSpartans.com and get our Saturday Big Ten baseball roundup in this post.
The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday the sites for its 2013 and 2014 baseball tournaments. The 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis, the home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, marking the first time that the event will be held at a Major League Baseball facility. The 2014 tournament will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., the site of the NCAA Division I Men’s College World Series.
BTN will televise four conference baseball matchups over the next three days, with each game playing a large role in determining postseason seeding. Following the Ohio State at Indiana game on Saturday, Mike Hall, Cal Eldred and Tammy Williams will have highlights and analysis of the day’s baseball games, and break down the NCAA Softball Tournament on B1G Diamond Report. And the baseball blog at BigTen.org has game-by-game previews, too.