Top-seeded Purdue scored a wild run in the top of the ninth inning and made it hold up to defeat Indiana 6-5 to win the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, and earn an automatic berth into the College World Series.
The game was marred by a bench-clearing incident in the top of the ninth inning after the Boilermakers scored the game-winning run.
The Boilers’ David Miller led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second, then moved to third on a single by Andrew Dixon. With runners on first and third, Eric Charles hit a chopper to the Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth, who tagged out Miller on a run down. When DeMuth tried to throw out Dixon, who was advancing to third, the ball got away in foul territory and Dixon scored.
On the play, Charles continued around the bases and slid awkwardly into Indiana shortstop Michael Basil, who was covering third base. The two players began a scuffle that caused both benches to empty. DeMuth, who participated in the pushing, and Charles were ejected.
It was the first Big Ten Tournament title for Purdue (43-12).