Joe Haase pitched eight innings of three-run ball and Kevin Plawecki hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning, as the Big Ten Pitcher and Player of the Year led No. 15 Purdue baseball to a 5-4 victory against Ohio State Thursday evening on day two of the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue advances to play instate rival and No. 2 seed Indiana at 7:05 p.m. ET Friday live on BTN/BTN2Go. The winner of Friday night’s game advances to the tourney title game.
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.
Penn State dropped its second game of the Big Ten Tournament to the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 12-3 on Thursday afternoon. With the loss, the Nittany Lions are eliminated from the tournament. Penn State finishes the season 29-27 overall, the program’s second-straight winning season. Senior Sean Deegan led the game off with a home run, his Big Ten leading 12th of the season. After that, it was all Cornhuskers, collecting 18 hits in the victory.
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.
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.
Senior co-captain Tony Bucciferro allowed just two runs and struck out five in eight innings to lead the Michigan State baseball team past Nebraska, 10-9, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Huntington Park. Michigan State (36-19) collected 17 hits and appeared to have the game in hand with a 10-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Nebraska (34-22) rallied for seven runs in its final at-bat. Read more at MSUSpartans.com and follow @statebaseball on Twitter.
Michigan State had already allowed seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the opening game of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, and with the tying run on third base, second basemen Ryan Jones bailed out the Spartans. On what looked like the game-tying hit, Jones climbed the ladder and robbed his counterpart, Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly, of an RBI hit. The terrific catch sealed Michigan State’s 10-9 victory and put it into the winner’s bracket. The Spartans entered the inning leading 10-2. Watch the play now.