Purdue beats Illinois 11-5, earns shot at Big 10 title
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Nick Dalesandro had a pair of hits and scored three runs, and Purdue rallied from three runs down to roll past Illinois 11-5 and advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
Harry Shipley also had two hits and three runs for the second-seeded Boilermakers (37-18), who will face top-seeded Minnesota on Sunday in Omaha.
Purdue spotted Illinois (33-20) a 4-1 lead. But the Boilermakers scored four times in the fifth inning, thanks largely to a pair of Illini errors, and tacked on four more in the seventh for a 9-5 lead.
Bo Hofstra (5-3) got the win for the Boilermakers, while Ryan Schmitt (2-3) took the loss for Illinois.
Minnesota and Purdue met in mid-April, with the Gophers putting up a staggering 40 runs in a two-game sweep.