First they forced extras, then they made history.
The Hoosiers scored twice in the ninth inning before a five-run 10th — highlighted by a grand slam by Nick Ramos — propelled Indiana to a 7-2 victory over Ohio State.
The win clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for the Hoosiers, who can win the conference outright with a win in Saturday’s rubber match in Columbus. It’s the first Big Ten title for IU since 1949.
An RBI double from Michael Basil and a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Ramos tied it in the ninth. An inning later, Scott Donley scored the go-ahead run on a sac bunt from Basil before Ramos blasted the game open with a grand slam to right field for his fifth homer of the year.
Ryan Halstead picked up the win in relief. Starter Aaron Slegers tossed eight and one-third solid innings, allowing only a pair of RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth. He retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faces, while throwing 96 pitches, 68 for strikes
The teams meet again Saturday afternoon in Columbus at 4:05 p.m. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.