The Indiana baseball team will have to wait at least one more game to clinch the outright Big Ten championship.
Minnesota took Game 1 of the three-game series Thursday night at Bart Kaufman Field, scoring a run in the top of the 10th to come away with a 2-1 victory. The win by the Gophers snapped a nine-game IU winning streak.
Indiana (36-13, 19-3 Big Ten), which clinched a share of the Big Ten title last Sunday with three games to play, now has a two-game lead over Nebraska with two games to play. Any Indiana win or Nebraska loss to Illinois in the final two games will give the Hoosiers the outright Big Ten title.
IU ace Joey DeNato pitched nine innings of five-hit ball with seven strikeouts. He allowed one earned run but finished with a no decision. DeNato is 11-1 with a 1.83 ERA this season.
The No. 8 Hoosiers had chances in both the ninth and the 10th innings but couldn't push across a run. Brad Hartong had a leadoff double down the right field line to open the bottom of the 10th but Minnesota reliever retired the final three IU players in order to save the game for the Gophers.
Connor Schaefbauer's double in the top of the 10th inning scored Dan Motl for what would be the game winning run for the Golden Gophers (27-20, 13-9).
Despite the loss, IU has won 24 of its last 27 games and is 16-3 at home at Bart Kaufman Field this season.
The two teams are back in action Friday night at 8:05 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised by the Big Ten Network. Christian Morris will be on the mound for the Hoosiers.