Friday's Results

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Illinois 5, Michigan State 4
After a pitcher's duel for the first seven innings, Michigan State took a 4-2 lead with a three-run eighth, but Illinois responded with its own three-run eighth to battle back and win the series opener, 5-4. Junior David Kerian plated sophomore Adam Walton as the tying run on a two-out RBI triple and scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. "Our guys found a way to come back like we've done all year," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "Sometimes in athletics things aren't as clean as you'd like them to be, but the bottom line is that we came out with the win." Hartleb moved past Tom Dedin and alone into fourth place on Illinois' all-time wins list with 269 career victories. Illinois remained in second place in the Big Ten at 11-5 and improved to 25-17 overall. RECAP

Indiana 6, Purdue 1
Joey DeNato pitched seven scoreless innings as No. 11 Indiana (30-12, 14-2) downed Purdue (12-30, 5-11) at Bart Kaufman Field on Friday night, 6-1. IU had 14 hits as a team. Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-5 for his second four-hit game of the season. He had an RBI and also scored a run. Brad Hartong kept his hot streak going with a pair of hits and two RBI with a run scored. Hartong has hit .542 in IU's last six games with 14 RBI and has had multiple hits in each of those contests. DeNato had another solid start with 7.0 shutout innings. He gave up five hits and recorded seven strikeouts. He improved to 10-1 on the year, matching his win total from a season ago. RECAP

Nebraska 13, Penn State 3
Nebraska's offense struck early and often on its way to pounding out 21 hits in a dominant 13-3 victory over Penn State in the series opener on Friday night at Hawks Field. Eight Huskers posted multiple hits, including Ryan Boldt who recorded his fourth, four-hit game of the season. Nebraska is now 30-17 on the year and 11-5 during Big Ten play. Nebraska totaled 19 singles on the night, with Blake Headley's double and homer accounting for NU's only extra-base hits. Junior starter Chance Sinclair got off to an efficient start and faced the minimum nine batters through the first 3.0 innings. After running into trouble in the fourth, Sinclair finished the night by going 6.1 innings, while allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts to improve to 7-1 on the season. RECAP

Northwestern 5, Michigan 3
Northwestern scored five times in the third inning to erase an early three-run deficit and the senior duo of Nick Friar and Jack Quigley made sure it held up as the Wildcats beat Michigan Friday in the opener of a three-game set at Rocky Miller Park, 5-3. Chicago's Big Ten Team pushed across five runs with the help of three extra-base hits in the bottom of the third against Michigan starting pitcher Evan Hill. It marked the first time that NU scored five or more runs in an inning since the bottom of the seventh inning against Iowa on April 11. In that game, the home team erased a 10-run deficit in the seventh and eventually won on a walk-off single by Zach Jones in the bottom of the ninth, 14-13. RECAP

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