Indiana won the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship Sunday afternoon thanks to a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over Nebraska, which had won three consecutive elimination games. The crown marks the third for the Hoosiers, and the first since 2009. With the triumph, Indiana earns the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney.
Entering his 11th-inning at-bat late Saturday night, Tanner Lubach hadn’t gone deep since Nebraska’s season opener Feb. 15. The sophomore catcher put an end to his personal 46-game homer-less drought with a dramatic walk-off bomb that lifted the Huskers to the Big Ten tourney title game Sunday afternoon.
And we’ll have more baseball Sunday afternoon. Facing elimination for the third straight game, Nebraska outlasted Indiana, 7-6, thanks to Tanner Lubach’s walk-off homer in the 11th inning. That means the Hoosiers and Huskers will meet again at 1:05 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go in a winner-take-all game at Target Field. The victor earns the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney. Read Huskers.com recap.
Nebraska shut out Ohio State, 5-0, to advance to the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game vs. Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1-seed Indiana (8:05 p.m. ET tonight). The Huskers must win two straight over the Hoosiers, who haven’t lost in the tournament, to claim the title and the Big Ten’s automatic NCAA berth. Read full Huskers.com recap and catch up on all the tourney action in this post.
Minnesota lost to Nebraska 7-4 on Friday in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, ending its run there. But during the game, the Gophers had some more fun after doing the same earlier in the day. Watch closely in the video in this post. One of the Gopher players gets a shave while Minnesota coach John Anderson talks to our BTN announcers. Can’t beat fun at the old ballpark.
During Friday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament elimination game between Illinois and Minnesota, players from both teams looked like they were rather loose. During the game, Minnesota’s players had some fun behind the back of Minnesota coach John Anderson. For Illinois, several players acted out a little pantomime before the game, with one player playing the role of a dog. Just watch the videos in this post to see what we’re talking about.
There’s a reason people think baseball players are superstitious and quirky. Guys like Nebraska pitcher Kyle Kubat perpetuate that notion. The Nebraska southpaw put on a show, both inside and outside the lines, in the Huskers’ opening game of the Big Ten tourney Wednesday.
Baseball players don’t forget when an opponent robs them of a potential base hit. And nothing makes them happier than returning the favor. The opportunity doesn’t always present itself, but it did in the first game of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday. Three innings after Illinois’ Thomas Lindauer made a diving grab to retire Minnesota’s Connor Schaefbauer (video above), the latter got revenge in the eighth inning. Both catches were nice, but which was better?
Nebraska product and longtime Minnesota baseball assistant Todd Oakes was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia nearly a year ago. But that won’t keep him from doing what he loves most: coaching baseball. Oakes, in his 15th season with the Gophers, continues to serve as Minnesota’s pitching coach. The uninformed fan wouldn’t even know about Oakes’ illness – if it weren’t for the surgical mask around his face.
Nebraska is on pace to never miss the Big Ten baseball tournament. OK, to be fair, it’s a modest 2-for-2 when it comes to making the conference’s annual six-team, double elimination tourney. Nonetheless, it’s an impressive feat, especially when one considers all the factors a team faces when it changes conferences. All-Big Ten honoree Michael Pritchard is a big reason for Nebraska’s early Big Ten success, and we featured him in this video.