Hoosiers rally to beat Michigan State in first game in Big Ten Tournament


From an H-T report

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michael Basil’s two-run double with two outs in the eighth propelled Indiana past Michigan State, 6-4, at the Big Ten Baseball Tournament Friday.

Basil’s drive into deep right-center field was part of a four-run inning for the second-seeded Hoosiers, who advance to Friday night’s game against the winner of the matchup between No. 1 seed Purdue and sixth-seeded Ohio State.

Justin Cureton led off the eighth with a double off Michigan State starter Andrew Waszak. Cureton took third on Kyle Schwarber’s deep fly out, then scored when Big Ten Freshman of the Year Sam Travis ripped a single in the hole between third and short to make it 4-3 and chase Waszak.

Micah Johnson greeted Spartan reliever Jeff Kinley with a single and, after Dillon Dooney struck out, Basil delivered the big hit. Basil made it 6-4 when he scored on Dustin DeMuth’s single off the glove of shortstop Justin Scanlon, who was screened by Basil on the play.

The Hoosiers (31-27) had to sweat out a shaky top of the ninth by first team All-Big Ten reliever Jonny Hofffman. The Spartans (36-20) used a walk and two singles to load the bases with none out. But Hoffman (8-1) induced a fly out to center too shallow to tag up on by Scanlon, struck out Jordan Keur and got Torsten Boss to ground weakly back to him for the final out.

Indiana’s late heroics saved starter Joey DeNato from his third loss in his past four outings.

DeNato ran into trouble in the second. After a pair of fly outs, DeNato walked Ryan Krill, then gave up back-to-back homers by Blaise Salter and Joel Fisher to give Michigan State a 3-0 lead.

The Hoosiers got two back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Johnson and a sacrifice fly by Basil.

But Michigan State answered in the top of the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Keur to make it 4-2.

DeNato allowed four runs on six hits, walked five and struck out four in 7 innings for the no decsion.

Johnson finished 3-for-4, while Cureton, Travis and DeMuth each had a pair of hits.

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