After failing to take advantage of the opportunity at hand to clinch both a piece of the 2013 Big Ten baseball regular season championship as well as the #1 overall seed in the league's post season tournament, the Buckeyes discovered their B1G tourney fate early Saturday evening. The Bucks will kick off their 2013 tourney Thursday afternoon at 4:35 p.m. EDT against the highest seed amongst the winners of No. 4 Minnesota v. No. 5 Illinois and No. 3 Nebraska v. No. 6 Michigan. All tournament games will air on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska, who had they won along with Ohio State would've clinched a three way tie with OSU and IU (and the second overall seed), instead were taken behind the wood shed by the Wolverines to the tune of a 19-9 home loss on senior day. Minnesota, the effective host of the tourney, could be the toughest draw given both the home crowd and familiarity with the home field of the Minnesota Twins.
The Big Ten baseball tournament is a double elimination affair. Should the Bucks stumble in their opener, they'll draw the winner of the first double elimination game that will be played Thursday at 1:05 p.m. EDT directly preceding theirs. If everything goes according to form, the Buckeyes could have a chance to play for a conference tournament title Saturday evening at 8:05 p.m. EDT. Should they find themselves coming from the loser's bracket, they'd have to win that game and an additional one Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. EDT.
Here's the Big Ten's 2013 baseball tournament bracket in its entirety: