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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.