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.
Before Friday’s baseball game between Illinois and Minnesota on BTN/BTN2Go, Illinois players Anthony Milazzo and Bryan Roberts introduced their team’s starting line-up in a most amusing way. It’s only the latest in what we hope is a never-ending series of great Big Ten baseball game lineup introductions — and we’ve posted them all here.
Most every key component from last year’s team that went 10-3 and won the school’s first bowl since the Stone Age — OK, the 1948 season — is back. Good, because this schedule is a doozy. In fact, starting 2-0 won’t be a given, with a trip to Cal and visit from Syracuse, which lost a crazy 42-41 game at home to the Wildcats last season, on tap to open the season. Big Ten schools switched cross-division foes this season, and no school had a less advantageous swap then NU.
It’s a slow, steady process, but the Minnesota offense is coming on as Jerry Kill continues to put his mark on the program entering his third year in the Twin Cities. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover’s attack ranked 10th in the Big Ten in 2012 (321.4 ypg). And the offense was ninth in scoring (22.1 ppg).