Indiana Wins Big Ten Baseball Tournament
By The Associated Press
Top-seeded Indiana defeated the No. 2-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers 8-4 Sunday in the championship game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, earning the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
The crowd of 19,965 at the Big Ten tournament final at Omaha sent an NCAA record for attendance at a conference baseball tournament game.
The tournament was played at TD Ameritrade Park, the home of the College World Series. Nebraska was the host, and its appearance in the championship game Sunday accounted for the big crowd.
The Big Ten tournament's five-day attendance was a conference-record 62,020 _ 10 times the total for the 2013 event held at Target Field in Minneapolis. The previous NCAA record for single-game attendance at a conference tournament was 17,860 for an Atlantic Coast Conference game between Florida State and North Carolina in 2005.
Illinois was eliminated from the tournament on Friday, with a loss to Michigan State. Michigan State subsequently lost to Indiana during Saturday’s semifinals.