Big Ten Baseball Title Game Brawl
The hatred that in-state rivals Indiana and Purdue have for each other went up a notch on Saturday night at the Big Ten baseball tournament championship game.
With the game tied 5-5 in the ninth inning, Indiana tried to throw a runner out at third, but the throw got away into left field, and Purdue scored what would end up being the winning run. However, on that same play, trailing Purdue runner Eric Charles tried to reach third base, and slid hard into the knees of Indiana shortstop Michael Basil. Basil didn't appreciate the dirty slide, and began fighting with Charles, which then ignited a bench-clearing brawl.
Here's a video of the brawl:
And here's another video in which you can see a Purdue player connecting with a right punch at the 20-second mark:
Charles, Basil, and Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth were ejected. The Big Ten will review the brawl to see if any more disciplinary action should be taken, and you'd think that means the Purdue player that threw the right hook could also face punishment.
As for the game, the victory gave Purdue their first Big Ten tournament championship, after winning their first regular-season conference championship since 1909. I'm a Cubs fan, so I can't make fun of that drought.