May 29, 2012


Big Ten announces suspensions for Purdue, Indiana


Senior second baseman Eric Charles of Purdue will miss the Gary Regional opener against Valparaiso for his involvement in a ninth-inning altercation in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament.


After the Boilermakers took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, Charles went hard into Michael Basil of Indiana at third base. A scuffle ensued, with both benches emptying. Charles was ejected for a flagrant slide and Dustin DeMuth of Indiana was ejected for fighting.


The Big Ten ruled that Charles and junior Casey Smith of Indiana both violated Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1 – “Striking or attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing an official, opposing coach, spectator or athlete.” Both were publicly reprimanded as well as being suspended for one game.


Smith has been suspended for Indiana’s first game of the 2013 season.