Indiana Advances in Elimination Game of Big Ten Tournament in Dramatic Fashion

It looked like IU was going to be headed back to Bloomington after only 2 games in the double elimination Big Ten baseball tournament.  Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the 9th against Michigan State, the Hoosier bats finally woke up.

Scotty Bradley singled and Jeremy Houston was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the 9th.  Michigan State got two outs against the next two batters and appeared to be on their way to the next round.  That’s when Matt Gorski hit a two-out 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to force the game into extra innings.

After Matt Lloyd pitched a scoreless top half of the 10th, Wyatt Cross drove in Cole Barr with a bloop single to left field to win it in the bottom half of the inning.

The recurring theme in both games was the Hoosiers’ struggles at the plate.  At least until the ninth inning against the Spartans.

Indiana only had 6 hits through the first 17 innings of the tournament but compiled 4 hits and 4 runs in the last two innings to pull out the 6-5 win.

Indiana improved to 38-16 on the season.  The Hoosiers will play Friday night at 8:30 EST / 7:30 CT.

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