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Indiana Continues Climb in National Rankings

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Indiana is ranked among the top 20 in the latest national rankings released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Baseball America and USA Today. The Hoosiers climbed in each of the rankings, moving up two places to No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, three spots to No. 15 in the Baseball America standings, places to No. 19 in the NCBWA rankings and two spots to No. 22 in the USA Today poll. Nebraska is among other teams also receiving votes in the NCBWA standings.

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 11, Illinois 3
The Indiana Hoosiers (28-12, 13-2 Big Ten) collected 15 hits and scored 11 runs on their way to the 11-3 victory over Illinois (23-17, 10-5 Big Ten) to win the weekend series. Brian Korte pitched five innings and struck out a career-high six to earn his first win of the season. The game was called in the top of the ninth inning after a 90-minute weather delay. Casey Rodrigue posted a three-hit day and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot and Brad Hartong matched him with three hits of his own to drive in a pair of runs. Hartong had seven hits in the three game series. Sam Travis registered two hits, including his seventh home run of the year and also scored three runs. Kyle Schwarber had just one hit but drove in three and scored a pair of runs. Scott Donley went deep for his fifth home run - a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. RECAP

Michigan 7, Nebraska 5
The University of Michigan baseball team held Nebraska to four hits on the game and put up crooked numbers in three separate innings in a 7-5 win on Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines pick up the win in the series finale to move back to .500 in the Big Ten this season. Benedetti was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Maezes added two hits and two runs. Kelly drove in four runs for Nebraska. Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen earned his second win in as many appearances, striking out three and allowing just one hit with two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. RECAP

Michigan State 15, Northwestern 3
The Michigan State baseball team finished off its weekend sweep of Northwestern with an exclamation point, pounding the Wildcats, 15-3, on Sunday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. Joel Fisher and Blaise Salter both had three RBIs, while starting pitcher Cam Vieaux struck out five and yielded five hits in six-complete innings to earn the win. With the three-game sweep, MSU improved to 24-17 overall and 8-7 in Big Ten play. "It was a big weekend for us. I thought our guys really answered the bell after a tough series last weekend, so they deserve some credit," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "I thought we got better as the weekend progressed and that's a good sign. We put together some big at-bats today and hit a lot of balls hard." RECAP

Ohio State 11, Purdue 2
The Ohio State baseball team cruised to an 11-2 series-clinching victory over Purdue Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 25-19, 6-9 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers fall to 11-29, 5-10 in conference play. "I like where we're at as a team right now," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "We had a tough stretch to open Big Ten play. We've bounced back the last two Big Ten series and I like how we bounced back this weekend. After an extra-inning loss Friday it was good to come back and win the last two games on the road to take the series." Greve picked up the win to improve to 5-3 on the year while Dressler suffered the loss, falling to 2-2. Kuhn, Gretz and Nennig each tallied two-hit games while Gretz tied his career best with three RBI. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 2, Indiana 1
Junior starter John Kravetz led Illinois to a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Indiana on Saturday, evening the series at Illinois Field and ending the Hoosiers' 10-game conference winning streak. Kravetz shined with one run over 7.1 innings and the bullpen closed out the Illini's eighth one-run win, with sophomore Tyler Jay collecting his seventh save. "That was a great college baseball game," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "You had two great teams that played well and we were fortunate to come out on top. John Kravetz was outstanding and our bullpen came in and did a great job. The right side of our infield also made diving plays at crucial times." RECAP

Nebraska 3, Michigan 1
The Nebraska baseball team improved to 10-4 in Big Ten play on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex with a 3-1 win over the Michigan Wolverines (18-24-1, 8-9 Big Ten). Now 28-16 overall on the year, the Huskers have won seven straight road games and will go for a sweep of the Wolverines tomorrow afternoon. Nebraska starter Chance Sinclair improved to 6-1 on the year and 3-0 in conference play, while Josh Roeder picked up his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in the win. Ryan Boldt, Pat Kelly and Austin Darby all had two hits on the day, with Kelly notching his 50th career multi-hit game. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Penn State 0 (Game 1); Minnesota 12, Penn State 0 (Game 2)
The University of Minnesota (22-16, 9-9 Big Ten) shut out Penn State in both games of a Saturday doubleheader against Penn State to sweep the series. In game one, Ben Meyer pitched eight scoreless innings in the first game of the doubleheader. He struck out eight batters, walked one and gave up eight hits while improving his record to 4-2. Toby Anderson finished the game for the Gophers, pitching a scoreless ninth. In game two, The Gophers poured on seven runs on seven hits in the first inning of the nightcap. Overall, eleven different Minnesota batters recorded at least one in the team's season-high total of 19. Twelve runs were more than enough run support for Neal Kunik, who struck out nine, walked three and scattered three hits in seven innings. RECAP

Michigan State 7, Northwestern 1
A great outing from starting pitcher Justin Alleman and an efficient offensive attack guided the Michigan State baseball team past Northwestern, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. Alleman allowed just one run off four hits in 7 2/3 innings, while seven different Spartans picked up hits as MSU improved to 23-17 overall and pulled even at .500 in the Big Ten at 7-7. "Justin was lights-out," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "His stuff is really, really good and when he's in the strike zone consistently, he's tough to hit. He was as good as he's been all year today." RECAP

Ohio State 2, Purdue 0
Ryan Riga tossed 7.2 scoreless frames to lift the Ohio State baseball team over Purdue, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 24-19, 5-9 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers fall to 11-28, 5-9 in conference play. "We had a tough, 13-inning loss last night," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "I thought we played well but came up a little short on the scoreboard. After the game, we knew we still had a chance to win the series and we got a great start out Riga today while executing as a team. We were hoping to get six innings and 80 pitches out of him but he had control of the game so we kept him in." RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Iowa 4, South Dakota State 3 (Game 1); Iowa 12, South Dakota State 3 (Game 2)
The University of Iowa baseball team closed out a three-game sweep of South Dakota State with a pair of victories Saturday at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to win the opener, 4-3, before downing the Jackrabbits, 12-3, in the night cap. "You'll take a sweep anytime, especially on the doubleheader day" said UI head coach Rick Heller. "That's not easy to do, especially after a night game. I'm proud of our guys and the effort they gave." RECAP

Friday's Results

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Indiana 9, Illinois 3
The Indiana Hoosiers (27-11, 12-1 Big Ten) scored in six different innings and went on to claim a 9-3 victory against Illinois (22-16, 9-4 Big Ten) in the first game of a three game series at Illinois Field. Senior pitcher Joey DeNato (9-1) went 8.0 innings and gave up three runs on 11 hits while striking out five on his way to the win. Luke Harrison recorded two strikeouts in the ninth to close things out. Indiana saw eight different players record at least one hit and have five players with two hits in the game. Brad Hartong led the way with two hits and three RBI, giving him eight RBI in his last two games. RECAP

Nebraska 6, Michigan 4
The Nebraska baseball team improved to 27-16 on year and 9-4 in Big Ten play with a series-opening 6-4 win on the road against the Michigan Wolverines (18-23-1, 8-8 Big Ten) on Friday night. The Huskers scored all six of their runs in the fourth inning off UM starter Evan Hill and held off a nine-inning charge by the Wolverines to pick up their sixth straight win on the road. Nebraska slugged 13 hits on the night, with four Huskers producing multi-hit games, including four of NU's first four batters. Michael Pritchard led the attack, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. RECAP

Minnesota 2, Penn State 1
Alec Crawford struck out a career-high nine batters as the University of Minnesota (20-17, 7-9 Big Ten) baseball team won its first night game at new Siebert Field. Minnesota defeated Penn State (17-21, 5-7 Big Ten) 2-1 in the teams' series opener. Crawford (4-1) gave up six hits, one run and three walks in a career-long eight-inning start. All nine batters he struck out went down swinging. RECAP

Michigan State 3, Northwestern 2
The Michigan State baseball team opened its three-game series with Northwestern by picking up a 3-2 win over the Wildcats on Friday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. With MSU leading 3-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning, Northwestern loaded the bases and then pulled within a run off a sacrifice fly. With runners on first and second, closer Jeff Kinley was able to get a ground ball off the bat of Reid Hunter that resulted in a game-ending double play. "Jeff was able to bounce back there and, to his credit, was able to get a fly ball and a double play. We ended up winning it, so I'll take it," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. RECAP

Purdue 4, Ohio State 3 (13)
Kyle Wood's walk-off single in the 13th-inning and Jeff Evak's game-tying, inside-the-park home run highlighted Purdue baseball's thrilling 4-3 victory against Ohio State Friday evening in the Boilermakers' seventh extra-innings affair of the season. Runs were only scored in the three of the 26 half innings played Friday evening. It was the longest game in the short history of Alexander Field, but already the sixth extra-innings affair in the 30 games at the second-year ballpark. Five of Purdue's last 11 games, including each of the last three Big Ten series openers, have gone extras. The Boilers improved to 3-4 in extra-innings games this year. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Iowa 2, South Dakota State 1 (11)
Senior Taylor Zeutenhorst's bases-loaded RBI single propelled the University of Iowa baseball team to a 2-1 walk-off victory in 11 innings over South Dakota State on Friday night at Duane Banks Field. It is the Hawkeyes' third walk-off win this season. After leaving 13 bases runners stranded, including nine in scoring position, over the first 10 innings, the Hawkeye bats finally broke through for the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th. Junior Nick Day started the inning by reaching on a hit by pitch before junior Eric Toole moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Junior Jake Mangler followed with a bloop single down the right field line before South Dakota State intentionally walked Jake Yacinich to load the bases. Zeutenhorst followed by lacing a 1-0 pitch through the right side to send the Hawkeyes to the 2-1 victory. RECAP

Weekend Schedule

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Northwestern at Michigan State
Game 1 - Friday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Mason, 1-2, 4.29 vs. VanVossen, 5-2, 2.89)
Game 2 - Saturday, Noon (Magallones, 2-5, 4.56 vs. Alleman, 4-1, 2.69)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (TBA vs. Vieaux, 5-3, 1.94)

Nebraska at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m. (Deleon, 4-2, 2.52 vs. Hill, 2-4, 3.49)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Sinclair, 5-1, 1.85 vs. Szkutnik, 0-5, 3.88)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Bummer, 4-2, 4.59 vs. McAnallen, 2-3, 3.09)

Ohio State at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Tully, 4-2, 2.04 vs. Minch, 1-5, 5.03)
Game 2 - Saturday, 5:30 p.m., BTDN (Riga, 3-1, 3.52) vs. Downs, 2-4, 3.88)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Greve, 4-3, 3.90 vs. TBA)

Indiana at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m. (DeNato, 8-1, 2.12 vs. Johnson, 4-4, 2.30)
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (Morris, 2-2, 2.45 vs. Kravetz, 4-1, 3.00)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Korte, 0-0, 1.77 vs. Castellanos, 4-2, 4.43)

Penn State at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m. (Dunn, 2-0, 1.17 vs. Crawford, 3-1, 4.02)
Game 2 - Saturday, 7 p.m. (Jann, 1-5, 4.02 vs. Meyer, 3-2, 2.73)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Kunik, 1-0, 1.69)

Non-Conference Schedule
South Dakota State at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTDN (Bray, 5-2, 2.26 vs. Mathews, 3-2, 2.86)
Game 2 - Saturday, 5 p.m. (Anderson, 1-4, 2.56 vs. Kuebel, 5-3, 5.11)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Hodges, 5-3, 2.15 vs. Peyton, 4-0, 4.38)

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Wednesday's Results

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Missouri 5, Illinois 2
Indiana 10, Ball State 1
Northwestern 7, Chicago State 6
Purdue 5, Illinois-Chicago 3

Wednesday's Schedule

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Illinois vs. Missouri, 7:30 p.m. (Busch Stadium, St. Louis)
Ball State at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTDN
Iowa at Creighton, 7:30 p.m.
Hamline at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Chicago Stat at Northwestern, 4 p.m., BTDN
Illinois-Chicago at Purdue, 5 p.m., BTDN

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Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth and Nebraska's Zach Hirsch were named to the 2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, given annually to the nation's top relief pitcher. Cronenworth has pitched 18.1 innings in 12 appearances, carries a 1.96 ERA and eight saves for the Wolverines this season, tied for the most in the Big Ten. Hirsch has made 19 relief appearances this season for the Huskers, touting a 1.44 ERA, a 4-1 record and 36/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio this year.

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois 3, Eastern Illinois 2
Bowling Green 7, Michigan 4
Michigan State 4, Toledo 2
Northwestern 7, Wheaton 5
Kent State 4, Penn State 1
Indiana State 10, Purdue 3

Tuesday's Schedule

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Eastern Illinois at Illinois, 7 p.m.
Bowling Green at Michigan, 4 p.m., BTDN
Toledo at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Wheaton College at Northwestern, 4 p.m., BTDN
Penn State at Kent State, 6 p.m.
Purdue at Indiana State, 6 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

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