Iowa shuts out top-seeded Nebraska 2-0 at Big Ten tourney

Adams was 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIS, and three runs, while McCoy was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. In Mark Wasikowski's first season at Purdue, the Boilermakers finished 29-27, 19 victories better than past year.

"That's the way we're built, " Heller said. But we set our standards high. "But we didn't get the big hit". Now, they feel a brighter future is ahead.

Shortstop Mason McCoy went 3-for-5 for the Hawks, who pounded out 14 hits overall.

Maryland's Marty Costes then tied it on a homer, but the Terrapins (34-20) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.

Also, in Louisville, Kentucky, Drew Mendoza followed Cal Raleigh's go-ahead RBI hit with his second homer of the game during a five-run eighth inning that rallied Florida State past North Carolina 7-3 and clinched its second Atlantic Coast Conference championship in three years. Erickson left with two men on and no outs, and after Iowa reliever Zach Daniels walked Jake Schleppenbach to load the bases, Mojo Hagge couldn't come through with two outs, flying out to left to end the inning.

"I did not think it was fair", Cropley said. "He hit it, stuff happens".

"That's baseball", knowledgable experts and fans of the sport will tell you.

Maryland and Northwestern will play their second semifinal in the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday because the event's predetermined 10 p.m. EDT curfew prevented them from playing Saturday. Then, the Boilermakers got their first two runners on, scoring the first, after three Terrapin errors. Ben Dickey hit a sacrifice fly to plate Jack Claeys before Nick Paciorek hit an RBI double to plate Grant Peikert, giving the bench good reason to erupt as they took a 7-6 advantage. Nebraska had a baserunner on in every inning, but never was able to push across a run. At the very least, Coach Wasikowski made Purdue baseball an bad lot of fun to watch this year. "We just had to keep the bats going".

Now, Purdue moves to its offseason, feeling like it has had plenty of positives in Year 1 of the Wasikowski Era. "You do that, you've got a chance to get to Omaha".

By comparison to the tight games Iowa played earlier in the tournament, Sunday's championship game took on a different tone. We're not close yet with those of those things.

Notes: Murphy (1-0) picked up the victory, working three innings of scoreless relief while striking out six.

"Lucky enough", he said, "Jake hit his stride in these last couple games".

  • Salvatore Jensen