"We're happy to be back in the Big Ten Tournament, but there is still a lot of baseball to be played before that," Dahm said. "It was one of our goals at the beginning of the year, so it is nice to be able to check that off the list, but there is still plenty more goals to accomplish."
Clinching a spot was anything but easy Sunday. Things looked good for Iowa as they took a 10-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Purdue wasn't about to go quietly. A pair of singles, a sacrifice bunt and a walk loaded the bases with one out. The Boilermakers then got an RBI base on balls and a run-scoring single to chase reliever George Rasiarmos from the game. Hawkeye closer Mike Schurz came in with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single, got a strikeout, then allowed a two-run double to cut the Hawkeye lead to 10-9. Another walk loaded the bases before Schurz ended the game with a strikeout.
The game started out great for Iowa, as they posted three runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Caleb Curry and a two-run double from T.J. Cataldo. The hit parade continued in the second, with Iowa posting six runs on five hits. Travis Sweet, Dusty Napoleon, Kevin Hoef and Ben Geelan all drove in runs during the inning.
Brock Alberts threw an excellent game for Iowa, allowing just one run off four hits in six innings of work. He is now 2-0. Schurz earned his ninth save.
Iowa returns to action Tuesday against Northern Iowa at the fourth annual Corridor Classic presented by Cedar Rapids Toyota-Scion. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
NOTE: The Big Ten baseball tournament includes just six of the leagues 11 teams.