Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Mississippi Valley State, 15-6
After playing its first 22 games on the road, the Illinois baseball team did not disappoint in its home-opener, hammering out a season-high 20 hits - including an Illinois Field-record five triples - on the way to a 15-6 win over Mississippi Valley State in front of 827 fans on Friday. It marks the Illini's fifth-straight win in a home-opener and starting pitcher Kevin Johnson's fifth-straight victory, as he becomes the first Illinois pitcher to win five consecutive starts since Brian Blomquist in 2005. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. IOWA, 10-7
Indiana Baseball improved to 3-1 in Big Ten play early Friday evening, topping the Iowa Hawkeyes, 10-7, in a wildly entertaining start to the home weekend series. Offense was aplenty in this one, seeing the two teams combine for 17 runs on 24 hits. The Hoosiers notched 10 of those runs, nine of which were driven in by the duo of Michael Basil and Sam Travis. RECAP & BOX SCORE

TJ Oakes allowed just one unearned run, while Bobby Juan had an inside the park home run to lead the University of Minnesota baseball team to a 6-3 win over Michigan, tonight, at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 14-13 overall and won the Big Ten Conference opener. Minnesota has now won the last five games. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Northwestern pounded out 15 hits but came up short in its home-opener Friday afternoon, falling 7-4 to Nebraska at Rocky Miller Park. Jack Havey, Kyle Ruchim and Paul Snieder collected three hits apiece, but the Wildcats stranded 10 men on base in falling to the newest Big Ten member. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#19 PURDUE def. PENN STATE, 9-3
Penn State baseball (7-17, 1-3) dropped its series opener with Purdue by a score of 9-3 on Friday at Lambert Field. The Nittany Lions had three errors in the game and a number of mental mistakes that would be costly. RECAP & BOX SCORE

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