Illinois tops Nebraska in Big Ten tournament; sets conference record
MINNEAPOLIS -- Pat McInerney broke a tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning and top-seeded Illinois beat Nebraska 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten tournament.
The Fighting Illini win sets a Big Ten Conference record for consecutive wins (27).
Ryan Nagle singled up the middle to put the go-ahead run on base for Illinois (45-6-1). After a walk, Nagle reached third on Jason Goldstein's sacrifice and scored on McInerney's single.
Tyler Jay retired three consecutive Nebraska hitters in the top of the ninth for the save.
Scott Schreiber and Luis Alvarado struck first for eighth-seeded Nebraska (34-21) with RBI hits in the top of the sixth inning for a 2-0 lead. Illinois' Reid Roper countered with an RBI single and Goldstein tied it with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.