A steal of home is always exciting. It’s even better when the baserunner makes a ridiculous slide to avoid the tag. We saw that happen in the nightcap of the Big Ten tourney Friday night, when Iowa’s Jake Yacinich was the lead runner on a double steal attempt. Michigan, on what looked like a designed play, threw down to second and had the shortstop cut it off and toss home. The Wolverines had Yacinich dead to rights. That’s when he decided to leave his feet and dive around the tag.
We’ve gone from eight to four teams in the Big Ten tourney. Friday’s results: No. 6 Michigan State ousted No. 3 Illinois, 11-2, and No. 5 Michigan eliminated No. 8 Iowa, 7-1.
Last year began amid much hope for Northwestern, which opened 4-0 with No. 4 Ohio State coming to Evanston for a prime-time national TV. Alas, Northwestern lost, 40-30, and never recovered.
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The Indiana baseball team has made a habit of standing behind Tracy Smith during each and every one of his recent BTN in-game interviews. The videobombing has been silly and serious, you name it. Well, for Thursday night’s scheduled fifth-inning interview vs. Michigan, Smith decided to take a page out of Blake Griffin’s book.
Day 2 of the Big Ten baseball tourney is in the books, and it was another day full of close games. The results: No. 3 Illinois nipped No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa dropped No. 4 Minnesota, No. 2 Nebraska edged No. 6 Michigan State and No. 1 Indiana took down No. 5 Michigan.
For the second straight day, the single-day attendance record at the Big Ten tournament was set, with 11,756 fans coming through gates at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday.