Minnesota beats Iowa 9-3, earns rematch with Hawkeyes


The Terps await their NCAA tournament fate today.

For Iowa, the title is its first in baseball since the Hawks won the Big Ten regular-season championship in 1990. All are expecting to hear their names when the field is announced Monday at noon. Here, though, he was nails and quickly retired the Gophers, working around a Pettersen single, to nail down the 7-5 Iowa win. Whelan was named was voted as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player - the first Hawkeye to receive the honor. With no room for error over the next four games, we should be in for a fun weekend of baseball to close out the 2017 Big Ten season.

Maryland led early, scoring two runs in the second inning against Stroh - the lefty went 5 1/3, allowing two runs with five strikeouts - but Purdue tied the game in the fifth. Angelo Altavilla responded with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first, his first home run of the season.

Shortstop Mason McCoy went 3-for-5 for the Hawks, who pounded out 14 hits overall. Then, in the fourth, catcher Justin Morris hit a game-tying two-run home run.

"This group, they never quit, they never died, they kept on battling and that gave us a chance, " Heller said. At the very least, Coach Wasikowski made Purdue baseball an terrible lot of fun to watch this year. Jake Schleppenbach homered to right field to cut the lead to 7-2, but Maryland got out of the inning without any other baserunners. With the bases loaded, Gannon committed a balk forcing in the first run. Then, Hayden Grant followed with a sacrifice fly. If they can continue to push runs across and get just enough from all-staff pitching efforts in the next few games, they could be the unlikely team to raise the trophy come Sunday. Howard entered in relief in the fifth inning, giving up just one hit and striking out four to get the win.

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Now, Iowa finds themselves one win away from getting into a regional for the second time in three years after getting in as an at-large team back in 2015.

Iowa will begin NCAA Tournament play at an undetermined location from Friday through Sunday of this week.

Nebraska and IN were sent packing after elimination losses Friday, with IN collapsing against Minnesota and Nebraska failing to complete a comeback against Maryland. The Gophers had forced the showdown by pounding 16 hits in a 9-3 victory over the Hawkeyes earlier in the day.

Because that game ran so long, the deciding game between Maryland and Northwestern was pushed to Sunday morning. The Wildcats were 22-13 over their last 35 games after a 5-17 start.