The last time the Indiana baseball team won the outright Big Ten title, Babe Ruth was calling his shot. Eighty-one years later, the Hoosiers are back on top of the Big Ten baseball world. Indiana, which clinched a share of its first title since 1949 on Friday, made it an outright crown in Saturday’s 8-1 victory at Ohio State.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good Harry Caray impersonation? There’s no shortage of examples, from Will Ferrell to Ryan Dempster, but we’re going to go ahead and put Michigan pitcher Kyle Clark’s rendition near the top of the list. Clark showed off his best Caray impersonation while introducing the Michigan lineup prior to Saturday’s game at Nebraska. Watch the entertaining intro here.
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The 2013 Big Ten baseball regular season came to a close Saturday, and Indiana, one night after wrapping up at least a share of the crown, wrapped up its first outright Big Ten title since 1932. It came in a commanding 8-1 victory at Ohio State. Get all of Saturday’s Big Ten scores, stats and video highlights in this post.
Indiana clinched at least a share of its first Big Ten baseball title since 1949 with a 7-2 victory in 11 innings against Ohio State on Friday night. The Hoosiers move to 16-7 in Big Ten play with the win over the Buckeyes and hold a 39-13 overall record. The Hoosiers can clinch the championship outright, and the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, with a win Saturday.
Michael Basil is Indiana’s senior shortstop, which means he’s been around long enough to know any ball he can reach he can probably catch. He proved that Friday night against Ohio State. With the Hoosiers down 2-0 in the seventh inning, Basil made a leaping catch to close out the inning. Watch the play here.
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Some think Ohio State is the best team not just in the Big Ten but perhaps the best team in the nation as it comes off a 12-0 debut under Urban Meyer. A wealth of talent is one reason for optimism, as the Buckeyes are NCAA probation-free and eligible to win the Big Ten and BCS crowns. A favorable schedule is another reason for optimism. Ohio State should be favored in every game but one in 2013: the season finale at Michigan on Nov. 30.
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