ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 4-3
Senior left-fielder Casey McMurray made his first home run of 2011 count as he ripped a one-out blast in the bottom of the ninth to give Illinois a 4-3 win over Indiana on Thursday and move into sole possession of second place in a hotly contested Big Ten race. Matt Dittman and Brandon Hohl also belted solo homers - the third time this season that Illinois has hit three long balls in a single game - and Kevin Johnson posted his second-straight quality start, allowing two earned runs in 8 2/3 innings. RECAP & BOX SCORE
PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 1-0
A fourth-inning Penn State run held up as the University of Michigan baseball team ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 score on Thursday night (May 19) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE
MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
Taking the mound at McLane Baseball Stadium for the final time, senior Kurt Wunderlich pitched his best career game as a Spartan, throwing his first complete game shutout as Michigan State defeated Northwestern, 3-0, Thursday afternoon. RECAP & BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 3-2
Minnesota walked off with a 3-2 victory over Ohio State in the first game of today's doubleheader at Target Field.
Minnesota (21-20, 12-9) was led by Nick O'Shea (Blaine, Minn.), who went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI. O'Shea was the first Gopher batter to hit a home run at Target Field this season. Matt Puhl also went 1-for-3 with a double and one run. AJ Pettersen and Troy Larson each notched an RBI for the Gophers, with Larson's RBI single scoring Justin Gominsky with the winning run. RECAP & BOX SCORE
OHIO STATE def. MINNESOTA, 5-1
Minnesota's baseball team fell 5-1 in the second game of a doubleheader versus Ohio State on Thursday at Target Field.
Minnesota (22-21, 13-10 Big Ten) was led by Dan Olinger, who went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored the Gophers' lone run. Andy Henkemeyer added two hits, going 2-for-4, while Nick O'Shea and Matt Puhl each went 1-for-4 with O'Shea driving in Minnesota's run. Troy Larson went 1-for-1 as Minnesota's designated hitter, but the Gophers left nine men on base in the loss. RECAP & BOX SCORE
PURDUE def. IOWA, 6-3
Frustrated for seven innings by Iowa ace Jarred Hippen, Purdue baseball erupted for five runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a three-run triple from Andrew Dixon, to rally for a thrilling 6-3 victory Thursday afternoon in the opener of the final Big Ten Conference series of the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE