Big Ten Baseball Tournament 2012: Michigan State Eliminated By Indiana

Michigan State was eliminated from the Big Ten tournament on Saturday with a loss to Indiana.

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Big Ten Baseball Tournament 2012: Indiana Eliminates Michigan State With 4-3 Win

Michigan State's NCAA tournament fate is now in the hands of the selection committee. The Spartans were hoping to win the Big Ten tournament and secure an automatic bid, but they were eliminated from the tourney on Saturday by Indiana in a 4-3 defeat.

There wasn't much separation between Michigan State and Indiana in Saturday's game. The Hoosiers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but MSU responded with two runs to tie things up in the bottom of the inning. Neither team was able to score until the ninth inning, when Indiana put up a run in the top of the inning. Michigan State rallied to tie the game again and nearly won on a walk-off hit. A diving catch by an Indiana outfielder kept the game going, and the Hoosiers eventually won with a run in the 11th.

Michigan State will find out if it is going to the NCAA tournament when the field of teams is announced on Monday. Indiana, meanwhile, is set to take on Purdue for the Big Ten tournament title.


Big Ten Baseball Tournament 2012: Michigan State Eliminates Ohio State With 6-2 Win

One day after being edged 6-4 by the No. 2 seeded Indiana Hoosiers, the Michigan State Spartans responded with an 11-hit, six-run performance in Friday's must-win game with Ohio State to keep their postseason alive.

The Spartans, who effectively ended the Buckeyes' season with the victory, actually trailed 2-0 after the top half of the fifth inning, but swiftly added a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Michigan State starter David Garner earned the victory with another impressive performance behind 6.1 innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts. Even as the Spartans' No. 3 starter, Garner has been outstanding lately and legitimately saved the day with his strong showing from the mound.

Michigan State will now wait until Saturday at 3:30 pm ET to play the loser of the Indiana vs. Purdue game scheduled for Friday evening. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network and can be watched online via the BTN2Go application.


Big Ten Baseball Tournament 2012: Michigan State Holds Off Nebraska For 10-9 Victory

The 2012 Big Ten baseball tournament got off to quite the start on Wednesday afternoon in Columbus. In the first game of the tournament, Michigan State took on Nebraska and was in complete control going into the ninth inning. The Spartans led 10-2 and seemed to be well on their way to an easy victory. Nebraska wasn't having it, though.

The Cornhuskers put together a big rally in the ninth to make things extremely interesting. Nebraska scored seven runs to make it a 10-9 game. The Cornhuskers had the tying run on third base with two outs, which is when Michigan State's Ryan Jones made a leaping catch to record the third out, stop the rally and clinch the 10-9 victory for the Spartans. You can check out the play below.

Michigan State now advances to the winner's bracket, where it will face either Purdue or Indiana on Thursday. Michigan State's next opponent depends what happens between Penn State and Ohio State on Wednesday. If Penn State wins, Michigan State will take on No. 1 Purdue. If OSU wins, then the Spartans will face No. 2 Indiana.

You can check out the full Big Ten baseball tournament bracket here.

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