For the second straight year, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are going home from the Big Ten Baseball Tournament early. Nebraska allowed four unaswered Indiana runs to break a 2-2 tie going into the seventh inning to end the regular season.
Nebraska struck first thanks to a Luis Alvarado double in the third inning. Alvarado hit a liner over the head of left fielder Alex Krupa for a double, advanced to third on a Jake Schleppenbach groundout and scored on a Ryan Boldt base hit.
Indiana came back in the fourth inning, plating two runs on three hits, an error, and a walk. Nebraska had a chance to get out of the inning but Jake Placzek misjudged a groundball that allowed the tying run to score. A single drove in the goahead run for the Hoosiers.
Nebraska came back to tie the game in the sixth inning when Boldt was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Placzek and scored on a Jesse Wilkening base hit. With the momentum leaning the Huskers way, Nebraska turned to Jeff Chesnut out of the pen for a shutdown inning.
Chesnut allowed the first batter to single, but recorded the next two outs. On the second out, Chesnut fielded a swinging bunt and had the runner dead to rights at third, but took the easy out at first base. Three straight two out singles chased Chesnut and moved the Hoosier lead 4-2.
After Thomas Belcher set down the Huskers in order in the seventh, Indiana added a two run shot off the bat of defensive replacement Laren Eustace. Nebraska could not add another base hit as the Huskers went quietly in the eighth and ninth.