Indiana has made it to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
After blowing a three-run lead in the top of the ninth to go down by one, in part due to an error by shortstop Tyler Cox, the Hoosiers defeated Penn State, 11-8, when Cox belted a grand slam homer with one out in the bottom of the frame.
Penn State had beaten Indiana all five times they had previously played this season.
Indiana will meet Purdue on Saturday at 3:35 p.m., airing on the Big Ten Network. If they win that one, they’ll have to play again Saturday night against Michigan. And because of the double elimination format, a Sunday game is in the works if the Hoosiers are to vie for the conference title.
IU’s ninth-inning rally came off of Nittany Lions’ closer Drew O’Neill, who was in his third inning of work. O’Neill entered the game with a 0.71 ERA and 11 saves in 25 appearances.
In Friday’s opener, Josh Phegley went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs to lead the Hoosiers to a 14-7 win over Illinois. Tyler Tufts went the distance on the mound.
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Junior leftfielder Chris Hervey went 5-for-5 at the dish on Thursday, scoring three times and driving in two, as Indiana got past Ohio State, 10-8, in 10 innings to stay alive in the Big Ten Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Hoosiers (29-29) now play at noon today against Illinois, a game to be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Andrew Means also scored three times and power hitters Josh Phegley and Jerrud Sabourin each had a pair of RBIs. But the big story was relief pitcher Matt Carr, a redshirt freshman, who entered in the third inning after a rough start by staff ace Matt Bashore and finished the game. Carr gave up two runs in 7 2/3 innings but neither was earned. He is now 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 appearances.
After tying the game in the eighth, the Buckeyes had the bases juiced in the ninth before Carr induced a CLUTCH double 4-6-3 double play that first baseman Brad Henke scooped out of the dirt. Indiana then took the lead on a Means RBI double and Hervey’s fifth hit which scored the speedy Hoosier centerfielder. Carr then got ahead of each batter with an 0-1 count in the bottom of the frame and completed the 1-2-3 inning with just six pitches.
Should they win this afternoon, the Hoosiers will play on the BTN right after against Penn State, which is 5-0 against them this season.
[May 22 UPDATE]
I originally posted this yesterday when we were all trying to figure out Indiana’s scholarship situation for the next few years.
In my introductory note, I discussed the fact that college basketball teams are often in a constant state of change.
That point was proven today. I’ve updated the chart below to reflect the dismissal of Brandon McGee.
I spoke with Brandon McGee earlier. Apparently, he was dismissed earlier today. He’s still surprised by what happened and said he needs to take some time to think about the situation.
News breaking now. More to come.
Here’s the press release from Indiana.
Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean announced today that freshman Brandon McGee (Chicago/Crane HS) has been dismissed from the program for academic and team guideline negligence.
“Our coaching and support staff tried to make this work out, but we felt that there were some basic standard operating procedures that were not being met,” said Crean. “I feel badly for his family and Coach (Anthony) Longstreet (Crane Head Coach) who were helping us to try and make this work, but in the end it just was not possible to continue in the current direction.”
He played in just 17 games and averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds.
Former Indiana basketball player William Gladness died at 34 in Fayetteville, Ark., according to a story on the Arkansas Democrat Gazette’s Web site.
The story says that Gladness, a former volunteer basketball coach, was special to many kids in Fayetteville. He died from a bacterial infection made worse because he had his spleen removed after being shot in high school.
Gladness, a 6-8 forward, came to IU as a junior college transfer from Carl Albert State College in Oklahoma. He played for the Hoosiers in 1997-98 and 1998-99. He was a starter most of the time those two years, averaging 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds.
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