The Gophers baseball team won two of three baseball games over last-place Penn State last weekend on the road, but the one loss -- 4-3 in10 innings on Sunday -- tightened up the Big Ten race.
Minnesota, 28-15, 11-4 in the conference, now has a one-game lead, which will shrink to one-half game after Indiana plays at Nebraska on Monday afternoon. Both those teams are 12-5, tied for second.
The Gophers have only six games left in conference play -- all at home. They play Nebraska next weekend, then finish with Illinois, 9-9 in conference play.
Then the U of M hosts the Big Ten tournament at Target Field May 22-25.
TICKETS FOR TOURNAMENT
All-tournament passes and group tickets to the Big Ten tournament are on sale now.
All-tournament passes are $30 each, while group tickets (minimum 20) are available for $7 per ticket by calling the Target Field Box Office at (612) 338-9467 or (800) 338-9467.
Single-game tickets will be available day-of-game only at the Target Field Box Office and are $10 each for adults and $7 each for youth, senior citizens and students.
The tournament bracket will be announced on the evening of Saturday, May 18, which is the final scheduled day of regular-season competition.
The Big Ten tournament is a double-elimination event that awards byes to the top two teams. The Big Ten champion is the team or teams that finish atop the regular-season standings, while the Big Ten tournament champion receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.