One day after winning the school’s first Big Ten tournament title and, in the process, earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Purdue was selected as one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts, it was announced Sunday. The Boilermakers (44-12), who also won the Big Ten regular-season crown, will host the four-team regional Friday-Sunday at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. Lambert Field, Purdue’s home, and Loeb Stadium in Lafayette, Ind., did not meet NCAA requirements, so the regional moves to Gary.
Following the completion of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Saturday night, the Big Ten office released the all-tournament team. Purdue won the school’s first Big Ten tourney, thanks to an exciting 6-5 victory over heated rival Indiana, and it had five players earn honors, headlined by Most Outstanding Player Kevin Plawecki. Watch one of Plawecki’s two home runs from the tournament now and see the entire team in this post.
Andrew Dixon scored the tie-breaking run on a wild play in the ninth inning and Nick Wittgren closed the game out with a 1-2-3 bottom of the frame, as No. 15 Purdue baseball won its first Big Ten Tournament title with a 6-5 win against Indiana on Saturday evening at Huntington Park. With the win, the Boilermakers earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Purdue, which also won the Big Ten regular-season title, went 3-0 en route to claiming the tournament crown. Two of the wins came against Indiana, which it beat 3-0 on Friday night.
On a wild play in the top of the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game, Purdue took the lead and tempers flared at the conclusion of the play. Both benches cleared and the teams had to be separated. Watch the crazy play that saw the eventual game-winning run score and led to the scuffle now. With the 6-5 win (recap), Purdue claimed its first Big Ten tourney title and earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
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.
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.