Northwestern one win from reaching NCAA baseball tournament – Chicago Tribune

Northwestern came up one victory short of its first NCAA baseball tournament berth in 60 years, losing 13-4 to Iowa in Sunday’s Big Ten championship game in Bloomington, Ind.

The Wildcats had reached the final by defeating Maryland 6-5 on Sunday morning. Northwestern never has won the Big Ten tournament and last qualified for the NCAAs in 1957.

The surprising run to the championship game began with wins over Michigan and Minnesota. The Wildcats finished 27-30 overall and won their last five Big Ten games to finish 13-11 and qualify for the conference tournament.

UIC qualified for the NCAA tournament on Saturday by winning the Horizon League tournament. Illinois State can qualify Sunday with a win over Dallas Baptist in the Missouri Valley title game.

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