BASE: Thursday's Results

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INDIANA def. ILLINOIS, 11-5
Recap and Box Score
Indiana combined to hit six home runs, including two each from Michael Earley and Ethan Wilson, en route to an 11-5 win over Illinois on Thursday afternoon. Earley finished the night with three hits, two runs scored and three driven in, while Wilson also recorded three RBI and scored three times. Drew Leininger picked up the win, allowing five runs while scattering 11 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over eight innings. Illinois was led by Pete Cappetta, who went 3-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI with his second home run of the year. Lee Zerrusen took the loss for the Illini.

PURDUE at IOWA
Postponed
Rain in Iowa City forced the postponement of Thursday's Purdue at Iowa game. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting Friday at 3 p.m. CT.

MICHIGAN def. PENN STATE, 6-3
Recap and Box Score
Michigan clinched a spot in the 2010 Big Ten Baseball tournament with a 6-3 victory at Penn State on Thursday night. John Lorenz and Nick Urban had two hits and two RBI each for Michigan, while Chris Berset also had a pair of hits and scored two runs. Alan Oaks earned the win, with three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. Tyler Burgoon picked up his 10th save of the year with two scoreless frames. Mike Wanamaker was tagged with the loss. Ben Heath hit his 19th homer of the year for Penn State, and Jordan Steranka went 2-for-5.

MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 16-2
Recap and Box Score
Minnesota clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament and retained sole possession of first place in the conference standings with a 16-2 win at Ohio State on Thursday. The Golden Gophers combined for 21 hits, including five home runs. AJ Pettersen and Kyle Geason each had four hits for Minnesota, while Geason contributed two home runs, scored four runs and drove in four more. Seth Rosin earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out nine in seven innings. Drew Rucinski took the loss for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was led at the plate by Ryan Dew, who hit his seventh homer of the year and scored two runs.

NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 2-1
Recap and Box Score
Eric Jokish threw 8.2 innings and allowed just one run while scattering eight hits and three walks while striking out three to lead Northwestern to a 2-1 win over Michigan State on Thursday afternoon. Paul Snieder closed out the win with his 12th save of the year. Arby Fields and Geoff Rowan had two hits each for the Wildcats, while Chad Noble and Colby Everett drove in the Northwestern runs. Chris Roberts led the Spartans at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, hitting his eighth homer of the year. A.J. Achter was the tough-luck loser for Michigan State, taking the loss despite allowing just two runs on seven hits and two walks in eight innings of work.

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