IU wins Big Ten title outright

Indiana officially clinched the outright Big Ten title Friday night when Nebraska lost to Illinois. But the Hoosiers took care of their own business with a 7-3 victory over Minnesota at Bart Kaufman Field. The No. 8 Hoosiers are now 20-3 in Big Ten play.

The Indiana University baseball team clinched the outright Big Ten title Friday evening shortly after Kyle Schwarber flied out to center field to end the sixth inning.

That's because a few seconds earlier Illinois had put the finishing touches on a 5-1 victory over Nebraska. Any combination of an IU victory or Nebraska loss was what the Hoosiers needed to win the title outright.

It marks the second year in a row that the Hoosiers have captured the Big Ten outright championship.

Just for good measure, the No. 8 Hoosiers took care of business themselves, knocking off Minnesota 7-3 at Bart Kaufman Field.

Indiana (37-13, 20-3 Big Ten) bounced back from Thursday night's 2-1 loss to the Golden Gophers with the victory.

Christian Morris pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and unearned run to get the victory. He is now 5-3 on the season.

Four IU pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.

Rainy and wet conditions may have had something to do with it but it was a sloppily played game. The two teams combined for seven errors, four for Minnesota and three for IU.

The Hoosiers scored first in the bottom of the second. Will Nolden had an RBI groundout with two outs that scored Scott Donley.

After the Gophers (27-21, 13-10) tied the game in the top of the third, the Hoosiers put together a big inning in the bottom of the fourth.

Again, it all got started with two outs. Brad Hartong hit a two out double and Nolden walked. Nick Ramos then hit an RBI single up the middle to make it 2-1. Tim O'Conner then hit a grounder to short but Minnesota shortstop Connor Schaefbauer threw it wildly to first allowing both runners to score.

IU led 4-1 after four. DeMuth hit an RBI single in the fifth to make it 5-1.

Indiana broke it open in the bottom of the eighth. Nolden had a leadoff walk and went to third on a double by Ramos. Nolden then scored on a passed ball to make it 6-2. Pinch hitter Ricky Alfonso then blooped a single to right to score Ramos to make it 7-2.

IU and Minnesota will meet Saturday at 3:05 p.m. in the regular season finale for both teams. Brian Korte will be on the mound for the Hoosiers.

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