BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: MICHIGAN 4, MARYLAND 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan needed to win the Big Ten tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The 2015Wolverines added their own unique chapter to the school's history.
Jacob Cronen worth picked up his fourth save in four games, despite allowing a run, and Michigan held off mistake-prone Maryland 4-3 Sunday to win the conference tournament.
The Terrapins had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, but Cronen worth got Brandon Lowe to fly out to right. The win gave third-seed Michigan an automatic bid to the NCAAs, the 22nd trip in school history and first since 2008.
A four-run fourth inning supported Brett Adcock (10-4), who allowed two hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings for his second win of the tournament. Cronen worth was chosen as the tournament's most outstanding player after hitting .389 with three RBIs.
He allowed a run and three hits, but saved every game in the tourney for the Wolverines (37-23), who won their ninth Big Ten tournament title in 24 appearances, tying Minnesota for the most conference tournament wins.
In its first year in the Big Ten, Maryland (39-21) still has a chance at an at large tournament berth. The Terrapins are 43rd in the RPI. The tournament field and matchups will be announced Monday.