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    Big Ten Tournament Title Goes to Indiana

    Go Hoosiers! 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions
    Go Hoosiers!
    2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 26, 2013

    Final Stats

    MINNEAPOLIS - Indiana Baseball (43-14) won the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship, topping Nebraska 4-3 in walk-off fashion. The 11th-ranked Hoosiers notched a conference clean sweep, also capturing the Big Ten's regular season title.

    Big Ten Title Game Highlights

    Scott Donley's championship-clinching base knock plated Will Nolden to give IU a bottom-of-the-ninth victory.

    Justin Cureton added to his conference-best runs scored season total in the third frame. He led off with a single into left and scooted up to second base via a Chris Sujka sacfrice bunt. The tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Sam Travis, followed with an opposite field blast off the wall in right, pushing across Cureton for his 54th run of 2013.

    Nebraska reset the table in the fifth, notching a run of their own and tying the score back up at one run apiece. Bryan Peters' triple was shadowed by a single from Pat Kelly.

    As IU starting pitcher Will Coursen-Carr settled in for the remainder of the game, the Hoosier lineup came alive again in the sixth. Travis opened by rocking the base of the wall in center field for a lead-off double. A bean-ball sandwiched by groundballs came next, giving way to Travis plating the go-ahead tally. Pinch-hitting extraordinaire Ricky Alfonso later delivered a sac fly to left, pushing the Hoosier edge to 3-1.

     

     

    Alfonso is now 7-for-20 (.350) with seven RBI as a pinch hitter this season.

    The Huskers counterpunched in the seventh, turning a pair of hits into their second run. Nebraska further heightened the drama by filling up the bases and placing the go-ahead run in scoring position with the 3-hole hitter coming to the plate. He lined out to short though, eliminating the threat and preserving the IU advantage heading to the seventh inning stretch.

    Drama continued to thicken in next inning as the Huskers plated another run to even things up at 3-3. Tanner Lubach, Saturday's walk-off homerun hero, cranked a sac fly to make it all-square.

    Coursen-Carr gutted out a complete game 127-pitch effort, retiring the Huskers in order in the top of the ninth to set up the Donley walk-off hit in the bottom half. `Big Game' Bill Nolden ignited the winner by doubling to start the Hoosiers' final at-bat. A pair of walks, one intentional and one unintentional, came next to load the bases for Donley. The Crown Point, Ind., native crushed the game-winning hit into the left center power alley, giving way to a dog pile celebration near second base.

    The NCAA Selection Show starts at noon ET on Monday (May 27), aired on ESPNU. The 16 Regional host sites will be released at approximately 9 pm ET Sunday evening.

    2013 BIG TEN ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
    P: Will Coursen-Carr, Indiana

    P: Aaron Slegers, Indiana

    P: Christian DeLeon, Nebraska
    P: Kyle Kubat, Nebraska
    C: Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
    1B: Sam Travis, Indiana
    2B: Pat Kelly, Nebraska
    3B: Dustin DeMuth, Indiana
    SS: Thomas Lindauer, Illinois
    SS: Bryan Peters, Nebraska
    OF: Casey Smith, Indiana
    OF: Troy Larson, Minnesota
    OF: Chad Christensen, Nebraska
    DH: Kash Kalkowski, Nebraska

    Additional honorees due to ties.

    Most Outstanding Player:
    Sam Travis, Indiana

    Post-game Quotes

    Indiana Head Coach Tracy Smith
    On the tournament... "If you're a baseball fan, from a tournament perspective overall, you probably couldn't have asked for a better tournament. There were some quality games in there, particularly the last two days. With either one of those games, you're playing for a championship and it could go either way. I'm just happy to be a part of it, but I would be remiss if I didn't say congratulations to Nebraska to a really fine season, a great run. It was fun to be a part of it."

    On winning the title... "We're proud of the effort of our guys. I thought that was the key. We felt really, really confident with Will (Coursen-Carr). He'd been a mid-week guy for us, but he's a quality pitcher and I think we got to see that today. I think had only thrown a third of an inning in Big Ten play coming in. I'm happy for the guys, happy for the team and happy for Indiana University."

    Pitcher Will Coursen-Carr
    On if he felt surprised to be left in for the complete game... "No. I knew there was nobody warming up or anything. I was excited to get that chance to finish the game."

    On getting a second wind.... "I knew once I got past the sixth inning, I would have some trouble, I was going to get tired. But after the sixth inning, I was like alright, `Three more innings left.'"

    First baseman and tournament MOP Sam Travis
    On answering a walk-off with a walk-off.... "It was definitely great to win a championship. It's good to respond the way we did from yesterday. We knew we had to just shake it off and come back the next day. That's the good thing about baseball. We ended up fortunate enough today to win the championship."

    On his hot hitting during the tournament.... "I just wanted to do whatever I can to help the team win a championship. It's been a goal since the beginning of the year. I knew I had to be locked in, swing at good pitches and do whatever I can to help the team win."

    On the emotion after the final run scored... "It was awesome. As soon as (Scott) Donley hit the ball, I knew right away that we won the game. Not a better feeling than that, winning a championship."

    Shortstop Michael Basil
    On winning the Big Ten Tournament as a senior... "It just puts more legitimacy to what we've done all season. It's another thing that we wanted to accomplish. As a senior, it means everything. This is my last go-round at it. It's the best season that we've had as a team so far, so it means a lot to me that when I'm done here, I'll know that my senior season was a championship season. ....We're excited to go play in the NCAA postseason now and get after that."

    On the difficulty of the tournament.... "It was definitely two very tough games at the end of it. They brought (Kyle) Kubat back today, and he was the one that beat us earlier in the season. He threw great at the beginning of the game. It was a hard-fought game. It was pretty tough. But it is more fun when it's difficult. If you blow them out 10 to nothing, it's awesome that you did that. But I'd rather win on a walk-off because it's more exciting."

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