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Statistically Speaking

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Numerous Big Ten teams and student-athletes rank among the nation's statistical elite, according to the latest set of national statistics released by the NCAA early this week. Below is a look at some of the Big Ten leaders around the nation.

Team Rankings
Base on Balls
45. Penn State, 114

Batting Average
9. Nebraska, .311
42. Iowa, .296

Double Plays
24. Purdue, 27

Earned Run Average
25. Indiana, 2.67

Fielding Percentage
36. Purdue, .976

21. Nebraska, 295

On Base Percentage
26. Iowa, .392

37. Nebraska, 172

27. Iowa, 6.8
42. Nebraska, 6.4

19. Ohio State, 4
32. Michigan State, 3

Slugging Percentage
38. Nebraska, .408

Stolen Bases/Game
43. Iowa, 1.58
47. Michigan State, 1.57

Individual Rankings
Base on Balls
15. Michael Hurwitz, ILL, 23
35. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 21
49. James Coates, PSU, 20

Batting Average
28. Dan Potempa, IOWA, .406

Complete Games
13. Kevin Duchene, ILL, 2

Earned Run Average
50. Chance Sinclair, NEB, 1.28

23. Kyle Hart, IND, 4.84

On Base Percentage
15. Dan Potempa, IOWA, .513

40. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 5
40. Jeff Kinley, MSU, 5

Stolen Bases
14. Jake Yacinich, IOWA, 14
23. Anthony Cheky, MSU, 13
23. Will Krug, ILL, 13

19. Joey DeNato, IND, 5

1. Ryan Castellanos, ILL, 0.00
16. Tanner Tully, OSU, 0.77

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 22

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Upon graduation, most of the Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have gone on to successful careers. Of the nine inaugural honorees in 1915, at least three became physicians: Matthew Winters, a football and baseball player at Indiana, Herman Von Lackum, a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Iowa and Boles Rosenthal, who participated in football and track & field at Minnesota. Von Lackum went into orthopaedics, while Rosenthal took his degree to California where he spent time coaching football. In addition to his medical degree, Winters worked as a cryptographer during World War II.

Indiana Returns to Latest National Baseball Polls

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Indiana returns to the national rankings this week after sweeping Ohio State and improving to 5-1 in Big Ten play last weekend. The Hoosiers are ranked 24th in the latest Baseball America poll and appear at No. 28 in the latest Collegiate Baseball rankings. Indiana is also receiving votes in the latest National College Baseball Writers Association standings.

Sunday's Results

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Illinois 8, Purdue 3
Illinois scored seven runs in the first three innings on its way to an 8-3 win and a series victory over Purdue (5-18, 1-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at Illinois Field. Every starter recorded a hit for Illinois, which collected 13 hits compared to five for the Boilermakers. The Illini, who finished 7-2 during their nine-game homestand, improved to 14-11 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten following their first conference series. "It's nice to win a Big Ten series and that is what you have to do to compete for a conference championship," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "We did a good job from an offensive standpoint. Rob didn't have his best stuff, but found a way to work out of jams. Our bullpen came in and did a really good job to finish it off. After things didn't go well the first game, we found a way to fight back and win the next two." RECAP

Michigan 6, Iowa 5
Junior Jackson Glines' run-scoring single to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth lifted the University of Michigan baseball team to a 6-5 walk-off win over Iowa Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan earned a series win over the Hawkeyes and improved its Big Ten record to 3-3 on the season. With the game tied at five heading to the bottom of the ninth, freshman Jackson Lamb led off the frame with a walk. He stole second and went to third as sophomore Jacob Cronenworth reached on a fielder's choice. Glines then sent Tyler Radtke's 1-1 pitch just over Jake Mangler's head for the walk-off winner. RECAP

Michigan State 15, Minnesota 0 (Game 1); Michigan State 5, Minnesota 0 (Game 2)
The Michigan State baseball team shut out Minnesota twice on Sunday, taking both games of a doubleheader, 15-0 and 5-0, at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minn. With the two wins, MSU took two of three games from the Golden Gophers on the weekend, improving to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. "Anytime you can throw consecutive zeroes on the scoreboard it's huge," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "Our pitching was obviously very good and offensively we took advantage of our opportunities all day. We have a good offensive group and hopefully we can build off what we were able to do today." RECAP

Indiana 8, Ohio State 2 (Game 1); Indiana 7, Ohio State 1 (Game 2)
Indiana's offense was blistering hot despite frigid temperatures, racking up 42 hits in a three-game sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes (16-10, 2-4). The pitching staff was on point as well, allowing just five earned runs (seven total) in 27 innings. The Hoosiers (15-10, 5-1) tripled up OSU, outscoring the Bucks 21-7 in the road sweep. IU concluded the weekend by taking both games of a Sunday doubleheader, 8-2 and 7-1. The 42 base knocks are the most in a series since Indiana accumulated 46 at Iowa late last March. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Nebraska 5, UNLV 3

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 6, Purdue 2
Sophomore Ryan Castellanos turned in his first career complete game on Saturday, as Illinois (13-11, 1-1 Big Ten) earned its first conference win of the year over Purdue (5-17, 1-1 Big Ten) at Illinois Field. After falling behind 2-1, the Illini battled back with two runs in the fifth and added three in the seventh to capture the 6-2 victory. Castellanos improved to 3-1 and did not allow a walk for the fourth consecutive start. "Ryan threw well today," associate head coach Eric Snider said. "He kept us in the ballgame and then we opened it up, so he was able to relax and pitch. It was good to see him get the complete game. We also finally got some of the situational hits we needed." RECAP

Michigan 4, Iowa 2
Freshman Trey Miller made his first career hit in a Michigan uniform a memorable one as his two-run single in the eighth broke a 2-all tie and gave the the University of Michigan baseball team a 4-2 win over Iowa on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. U-M has now won three of its last four games. The Wolverines trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the eighth, but junior Eric Jacobson opened the inning with a double to the gap in right. Sophomore Travis Maezes laid down a bunt to the Hawkeye catcher. His throw to try and get Jacobson out at third was high, putting runners on the corners. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth brought in Jacobson with a single to center field, knotting the game at two. Junior Jackson Glines walked to load the bases. After a fielder's choice to get the lead runner at home and a strikeout, Miller came through with the single to score Jacobson and Maezesn. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Michigan State 2
Alec Crawford struck out seven batters as the University of Minnesota (13-7, 3-1 Big Ten) baseball team opened its home season with a 4-2 win against Michigan State. Timely hitting helped push them past the Spartans (10-11, 1-3 Big Ten) Saturday at Siebert Field. Crawford moved to 3-1 on the season after holding Michigan State to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Outfielder Jordan Smith hit 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a steal. Designated hitter Dan Olinger and shortstop Michael Handel both batted 2-for-4. RECAP

Penn State 10, Northwestern 6
The Penn State Nittany Lions (12-13, 2-0 Big Ten) kept its perfect home record intact on Saturday, beating Northwestern (4-19, 1-4) and the ensuing rain in a 10-6 victory. With the win, the Nittany Lions are now 2-0 in Big Ten play, their best start in conference action since the 2007 season. The Blue and White has now seven of its last eight games and have secured their third-straight series, fourth of the season. Penn State was extremely efficient in the second game of the three-game series, scoring 10 runs on nine hits. The Nittany Lions also made the visitors pay for the seven free passes issued to the PSU hitters, along with two Wildcat errors. The 10 runs are tied for the most in a game on the season, as Penn State also put up 10 runs in a win over Hofstra on March 7. The Blue and White received a big day from freshman pitcher Dakota Forsyth, who came on in relief in the third inning and put in 5.2 innings of work, carrying the team through the eighth. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
UNLV 5, Nebraska 4

Friday's Results

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Purdue 4, Illinois 3
Mike Lutz induced and started a game-ending 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, closing the door on a 4-3 victory for Purdue baseball at Illinois Friday afternoon in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Boilermakers (5-16, 1-0 Big Ten) scored three times in the eighth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Cody Strong plated the tying run with a squeeze bunt base hit and Bradon Krieg's two-run double with two outs and the bases loaded gave Purdue its first lead of the day. Jordan Minch (1-4) worked eight-plus innings of three-run ball in the longest outing of the season by a Purdue pitcher, tying his career high for innings pitched. He gave up a leadoff single in the ninth inning before giving way to the bullpen having thrown over 115 pitches. The left-hander gave up three runs on seven singles and three walks while striking out four. RECAP

Iowa 3, Michigan 2
Sophomore Calvin Mathews' first career complete game sent the University of Iowa baseball team to a 3-2 series-opening victory at Michigan on Friday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex. "The story of the day is Calvin," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "He was in total control all afternoon. He worked out of a couple of jams in the first and third, but after that he settled in and pitched fantastic. It was a tremendous performance, and he stepped up big for us on a Friday night." Mathews (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits over the first three innings before surrendering a pair of hits the rest of the way. The right-hander retired the Wolverines in order in five innings, including sitting-down nine-straight batters from the fifth through seventh innings. RECAP

Indiana 6, Ohio State 4
Seven strong from starting pitcher Joey DeNato plus 15 hits from the IU lineup proved to be a winning equation for the Hoosiers in a 6-4 series-opening victory at Ohio State. DeNato's first strikeout of the night made him Indiana University's all-time strikeout king with 245 career punch-outs. He added on three more Ks and now sits with 248. DeNato posted his sixth `quality start' (min. 6 IP and 3 ER or less) in seven outings this season. His final line read: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K on 112 pitches. The performance earned him the 29th win of his career, one shy of the all-time school record of 30 by Brian Partenheimer (1994-97). Indiana's trio of Dustin DeMuth, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis cranked out three hits apiece while Scott Donley chipped in a pair. Eight of nine starters contributed at least one base knock. RECAP

Penn State 7, Northwestern 3
The Penn State Nittany Lions (11-13, 1-0 Big Ten) continued their winning ways at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday evening, winning a 7-3 contest over Northwestern (4-18, 0-1 Big Ten) in the Big Ten opener to remain undefeated at 5-0 in home games. Penn State's 5-0 start in Happy Valley is the best since the 1997 season, when the team started 6-0. The win marks head coach Rob Cooper's first Big Ten win of his Penn State career. The key to the game for the Lions was patience at the plate. The Blue and White drew a season-high 12 walks on the way to the victory. PSU's one and two hitters in the lineup, Steve Snyder and Taylor Skerpon each drew three free passes to combine for three of the team's seven runs. Other standouts at the plate were J.J. White and Greg Guers. Both White and Guers each recorded two base hits, two RBIs and one run to propel the Nittany Lion offense. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
UNLV 5, Nebraska 2

Weekend Schedule

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Iowa at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m., BTDN (Mathews, 2-1, 1.89 vs. Ballantine, 2-1, 2.81)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Kuebel, 2-1, 6.59 vs. Hill, 1-3, 4.93)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Peyton, 3-0, 4.86 vs. Szkutnik, 0-3, 3.49)

Michigan State at Minnesota
Game 1 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (VanVossen, 4-0, 2.37 vs. Crawford, 2-1, 3.15)
Game 2 - Sunday, Noon., BTDN (Alleman, 2-1, 3.16 vs. Jess, 0-3, 4.32)
Game 3 - Sunday, 3:30 p.m., BTDN (TBA vs. Meyer, 2-1, 2.13)

Purdue at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m. (Minch, 0-4, 6.42 vs. Johnson, 2-3, 3.09)
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (Downs, 1-2, 3.90 vs. Castellanos, 4-1, 4.00)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. McDonnell, 1-0, 2.89)

Northwestern at Penn State
Game 1 - Friday, 5:30 p.m. (Magallones, 0-2, 4.68 vs. Jann, 1-4, 2.70)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Mason, 1-2, 4.94 vs. Welsh, 0-4, 5.47)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Portland, 1-3, 4.24 vs. TBA)

Indiana at Ohio State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (DeNato, 4-1, 2.39 vs. Riga, 3-0, 3.03)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Hart, 3-1, 2.03 vs. Greve, 3-1, 4.50)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Morris, 0-2, 2.55 vs. Tully (3-0, 0.96)

UNLV at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m. (Fedde, 4-1, 1.88 vs. Deleon, 2-1, 2.68)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Richy, 4-1, 2.59 vs. Sinclair, 4-0, 0.51)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTN (Bonnell, 3-1, 1.55 vs. Bummer, 2-2, 6.08)

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Wednesday's Results

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Illinois 6, Illinois State 1
Indiana State 12, Indiana 8
Bradley 7, Iowa 0
Michigan 12, Western Michigan 4
Kansas State 12, Nebraska 6
Eastern Michigan 9, Northwestern 8
Ohio State 4, Marshall 0
Purdue 7, IPFW 1

Wednesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Illinois State, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Indiana State, 3:30 p.m.
Bradley at Iowa, 4 p.m., BTDN
Western Michigan at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Nebraska at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Eastern Michigan, 3 p.m.
Marshall at Ohio State, 5 p.m.
IPFW at Purdue, 5 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Tuesday's Result

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Nebraska 7, Wichita State 3