Nebraska captures Big Ten Tournament title

OMAHA — Nebraska captured its first-ever Big Ten Tournament championships, defeating eighth-seeded Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha.

The victory marks the second-seeded Huskers’ first conference tournament title since 2005, when they were members of the Big 12.

After falling to Ohio State 15-2 in seven innings in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, the Huskers (38-20) went on an improbable run through the elimination bracket. 

Runs were at a premium on Sunday. Penn State scored its lone run on an error in the bottom of the first inning.

Nebraska catcher Josh Caron, a Wisconsin native, evened the score on a solo home run in the seventh inning. It marked the junior backstop’s sixth home run, setting a conference tournament record.

The Huskers scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth. Gabe Swansen hit a go-ahead RBI double to left-center field to score Cayden Brumbaugh.

The Huskers will now await to see who they face in the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is set for noon Monday on ESPN2.

Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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