Illinois ousts MSU from Big Ten tournament
Minneapolis — John Kravetz threw his first career shutout and top-seeded Illinois stayed alive in the Big Ten Tournament by beating Michigan State 2-0 on Friday night.
The Illini (47-7-1) will face third-seeded Michigan (35-23) on Saturday.
Kravetz (5-0), a senior who'd never thrown a complete game, scattered six hits and struck out two without a walk.
Illinois, which had won 27 straight until losing 2-1 to Maryland on Thursday, had just four hits and left nine runners on base, but came away with the victory.
Spartans starter Anthony Misiewicz (5-4) gave up two hits and two unearned runs in 2-2/3 innings, but walked five as Michigan State (34-23) was eliminated.
With two outs in the third, Misiewicz walked two around an error by shortstop Ryan Richardson to load the bases. Jason Goldstein hit a two-run single to drive in the only runs.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
(Times listed are Eastern.)
Game 1: Michigan 4, Indiana 1
Game 2: Iowa 3, Ohio State 2
Game 3: Illinois 3, Nebraska 2
Game 4: Maryland 2, Michigan State 1
Game 5: Indiana 5, Ohio State 3
Game 6: Michigan State 9, Nebraska 7
Game 7: Michigan 8, Iowa 5
Game 8: Maryland 2, Illinois 1
Game 9: Indiana 10, Iowa 2
Game 10: Illinois 2, Michigan State 0
Game 11: Maryland vs. Indiana, 10 a.m. (BTN)
Game 12: Michigan vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. (BTN)
Game 13 (if necessary): Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Game 14 (if necessary): Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 10 p.m. (BTN)
Championship: Game 11/13 winner vs. Game 12/14 winner, 2 p.m. (BTN)