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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 26, 2017 10:50 pm

Hoosiers eliminated from Big Ten tourney


BLOOMINGTON — Pinch-hitter Eduardo Estrada's three-run homer gave Minnesota the lead in the eighth inning, and the third-seeded Gophers overcame a six-run deficit to beat Indiana 9-8 in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game Friday night.

After Ben Mezzenga's two-run double pulled the Gophers within 8-6, Estrada drilled a 2-1 pitch from Kade Kryzsko (1-1) over the right-field fence for his second homer of the season.

The sixth-seeded Hoosiers (33-22-1) had gone up 6-0 in the sixth on Jeremy Houston's solo homer.

The Gophers (35-20) had two runners on with no outs in the ninth, but Luke Miller was tagged out in a rundown between first and second after Craig Dedelow flied out, and Fred Manke struck out Logan Sowers for his second save. Tim Shannon (3-0) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win.

Minnesota advanced to play Iowa on Saturday.

IOWA 2, NEBRASKA 0: Ryan Erickson pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Iowa beat the top-seed in the quarterfinals.

Erickson (3-3) struck out six in holding back the top-seeded Cornhuskers (35-19-1), who had scored 36 runs in their previous two games. Nebraska loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth and ninth innings but instead got shut out for just the second time this season.

Chris Whelan hit a solo homer and Jake Adams had an RBI single, providing Iowa (36-19) with all the offense it would need.

Nebraska finished with 12 hits — but just one came with a runner in scoring position.

NORTHWESTERN 11, MINNESOTA 7: Connor Lind drove in four runs as Northwestern won two Big Ten tournament games for the first time in 15 years.

The seventh-seeded Wildcats pounded out 11 hits and scored in all but two innings to advance to Saturday's semifinals. They're now just one win away from the title game — a year after setting the school record for losses.

Northwestern scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh after Minnesota had pulled even at 7-all, and three relievers combined to shut out the Gophers in the final two innings.

Micah Coffey had three hits, including a home run, for Minnesota.