IU claims first Big Ten title since 1932

The dog pile that ensued after Sam Travis caught Nick Ramos’ throw for the final out of Indiana’s 8-1 win over Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, apparently didn’t lead to a madhouse locker room afterward.

According to Indiana coach Tracy Smith, that was one of the most impressive things about what was one of the most meaningful victories in IU history.

The 17th-ranked Hoosiers took Indiana’s first outright Big Ten championship since 1932 mostly in stride, recognizing that there is still so much left for them to achieve. Next week, they get a shot at the Big Ten Tournament title and, regardless of what happens in that event, the Hoosiers will get a bid in the NCAA Tournament. Saturday’s win also makes it even more likely they will host one of the 16 regionals.

“I think it speaks a lot to their mind set,” IU coach Tracy Smith said. “We’re not satisfied. We knew we could do it. We’re glad it’s out of the way, but we’re not going absolutely crazy. … Guys are like ‘OK, check. We got that one.’ It’s cool. I’m very, very impressed. They honestly feel like they have a lot left to accomplish.”

Still, this, for them, is big. On the list of 10 goals the Hoosiers compiled at the beginning of the season, winning a Big Ten title was No. 1. And whether it led to a wild celebration or not, Smith is thrilled that whatever the Hoosiers accomplish or don’t accomplish in the postseason, they will be able to call themselves Big Ten champions.

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  • Higgi #1

    Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:14 PM EST

    IU Soccer, IU Basketball, IU Baseball…IU Football?

  • Ej27 #2

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 2:00 AM EST

    Which do you think?

  • Punjab #3

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 2:43 AM EST

    I like your optimism, Higgi. Exciting times. Go Big Red!

  • Keith #4

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 9:26 AM EST

    Congrats to Coach Smith and his Baseball Hoosiers! What an accomplishment. 1st outright title since the Great Depression…that just blows me away. You guys have done a great job, stay focused and push it to the limit.
    I’d also like to congratulate AD glass for what he’s accomplishing with all the athletics programs. IU has a beautiful campus, top notch academics and an awesome atmosphere for students; what student-athlete wouldn’t want to experience these things…I’m looking at you Theo Pinson, but we’ll talk again on Wednesday at about 12:30.

  • WaltD #5

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 12:12 PM EST

    Congrats to Coach Smith and the players for their outstanding achievement of winning the Big Ten championship! Well done! And my best wishes to you in winning the NCAA Tournament too.

  • Millport #6

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 12:14 PM EST

    This is great for IU. Appears that IU has a great coach and he is recruiting good baseball players. We’re a long way from Sembower Field and Ernie Andres, the new stadium can’t be hurting.

  • Podunker #7

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 6:38 PM EST

    Another indication the Glass has IU athletics pointed in the right direction. This is a great accomplishment for a team that is just getting used to it new stadium. Congrats to Coach Smith and his fine athletes.

  • Ben #8

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 10:57 PM EST

    Good job Hoosiers!

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