Friday's Results

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Illinois 4, Iowa 1
Illini pitchers Drasen Johnson and Tyler Jay shined on the mound and junior Casey Fletcher turned in his third straight game-winning hit in Illinois' 4-1 victory over Iowa. Johnson allowed one run in the first inning before he and Jay followed it with eight scoreless stanzas. Fletcher blooped a go-ahead two-out, two-run single in the sixth that propelled Illinois to its fifth straight win. "It was an opportunistic game for us, as we took advantage with two outs in crucial situations," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "I feel fortunate to come away with the win because I didn't think we played very well. We made numerous errors and didn't have great pitch selection, but the bottom line is we found a way to win." RECAP

Ohio State 1, Michigan 0
Tanner Tully pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Ohio State baseball team to a 1-0 series-opening win over Michigan Friday night at Ray Fisher Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 28-22 on the season, 9-10 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines fall to 24-26-1, 11-11 in conference play. "It's always good to get a Friday night win but we still have work to do," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "Tully was a man tonight. That was the story of the game. It is one thing to pitch on Friday night but it's another thing to pitch on Friday night at Michigan in this rivalry game. He arrived tonight." RECAP

Minnesota 6, Purdue 5
Matt Fiedler's two-out RBI single in the eighth lifted the Golden Gophers (24-20, 10-9 Big Ten) to a 6-5 win in the series opener against Purdue. Fiedler notched the first two RBIs of his career, including what would be the game winner. Fiedler was one of three freshmen with two hits each in the series opener against the Boilermakers (12-33, 5-14 Big Ten) at Siebert Field. Troy Traxler hit 2-for-2 with two runs, and Matt Stemper hit 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Junior Tony Skjefte was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs. RECAP

Indiana 10, Penn State 0
Joey DeNato pitched six shutout innings as No. 8 Indiana (33-12, 17-2) belted 14 hits to down Penn State (17-27, 5-13) on the road Friday, 10-0. IU starting pitchers have not given up an earned run in their last 28.1 innings pitched. DeNato gave up just four hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He improved to 11-1 on the year and becomes just the third pitcher in program history to win at least 11 games in a single season. The San Diego, Calif., native sits just one win shy of tying the Indiana program record for most victories by a pitcher in a single season. Scott Donley had three RBI in the game, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. Brad Hartong kept his hot bat going with a 3-for-4 night, adding an RBI and his first triple of the year. RECAP

Non-Conference Result
Northwestern 8, SIU-Edwardsville 6
Northwestern extended its winning streak to three games Friday after knocking off the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, 8-6, in the first game of a three-game set at Rocky Miller Park. The Wildcats fell in a three-run hole after only a half inning of play, but they managed to plate at least one run in six of eight innings throughout the afternoon to come from behind to secure an important win over the instate rival. As a team, Northwestern collected 14 hits Friday, marking the 22nd time this season that head coach Paul Stevens' bunch has accumulated 10-or-more hits. Hopfner and Straub paced the 'Cats with three hits apiece, while three others picked up a pair each. The top four hitters in NU's lineup (Dauch, Hopfner, Heelan and Mitchell) combined to bat .529 (9-for-17) with three RBI and four runs scored in the victory. RECAP

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