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Illinois 10, Michigan State 9
Junior Casey Fletcher found the perfect way to cap off the best week of baseball in his life. The Oakwood, Ill., native poked a game-winning two-run single the opposite way with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for his second walk-off hit in as many days. Illinois overcame an 8-3 deficit with four runs in the seventh and three in the ninth to win 10-9, marking the third one-run comeback victory in the weekend sweep of Michigan State. "I don't know what's going on," Fletcher said. "I just keep getting put into spots to help the team win and I came through again. I'm just ecstatic right now. It's unbelievable. It's a great feeling to get the sweep of Michigan State." RECAP
Indiana 12, Purdue 3
The Indiana (32-12, 16-2) offense struck early and often as the No. 11 Hoosiers pounded out 17 hits en route to a 12-3 triumph over Purdue (12-32, 5-13) on Sunday at Bart Kaufman Field. It is IU's fifth-straight win and its 20th victory in the last 22 games. Senior Dustin DeMuth reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk and driving in a career-high six runs while scoring twice himself. He has reached base safely in 41 straight games. Sam Travis also had a three-hit day, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with an RBI as he clubbed his eight home run of the season in the seventh inning. Brian Korte was the winning pitcher for the Hoosiers. He started the game and pitched 5.0 innings without giving up a run on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks. RECAP
Nebraska 8, Penn State 4
Five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning brought the Huskers back from their first deficit of the series en route to a sweep of Penn State after an 8-4 victory on Sunday at Hawks Field. With the win, Nebraska clinched a berth in the Big Ten Tournament and improved to 32-17 on the year and 13-5 in the Big Ten. A crowd of 4,316 witnessed the series finale, setting an NU season-high attendance of 13,944. Junior second baseman Pat Kelly capped an impressive series at the dish with a 3-for-4 performance along with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. On the weekend, Kelly drove in eight runs with six hits and four runs. Freshman Ben Miller finished the day with two hits and two runs scored as he manufactured two hits in each game of the series and scored five times. RECAP
Michigan 5, Northwestern 3
Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth broke a 3-all tie in the ninth inning with a two-run single as the University of Michigan baseball team battled back to defeat Northwestern 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park, winning the weekend series and moving to 11-10 in Big Ten play. Freshman Brett Adcock earned the win on the mound, striking out six and allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings. Lehmann threw five innings of relief, striking out three and not allowing a run with four hits. Cronenworth picked up his 10th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. At the plate, White was 3-for-4 with a run scored while Cronenworth, Glines, Martin and Jamett had two hits apiece. Cronenworth also drove in three runs. RECAP
Iowa 17, Ohio State 2
The University of Iowa baseball team matched a season-high with 17 runs on 17 hits and got a complete game performance from junior Sasha Kuebel en route to a 17-2 blasting of Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. The win evens the series at one heading into Monday's rubber match. Iowa's 17 runs are the most scored by either team in the all-time series and the 15-run margin of victory is the largest in series between the two schools. The 17 runs are also the most Iowa has scored in a Big Ten game since the 2011 season -- a 19-7 victory over Michigan State. "We played well in all facets of the game," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "Sasha gave us a great start and put us in a great situation tomorrow with our bullpen. Our offense was outstanding all day long and had great at-bats up-and-down the lineup." RECAP
Florida State 7, Minnesota 1
Illinois 5, Michigan State 4 (10)
It has been a memorable week for junior Casey Fletcher. After hitting three home runs on Wednesday, the Illini right fielder smacked two more homers on Saturday before giving Illinois a 5-4 victory over Michigan State with a bases-loaded, walk-off RBI single in the 10th. Senior Ronnie Muck earned his first win of the year following four scoreless innings out of the bullpen. "Casey's last hit was so smart," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "He was facing a left hander who was probably going to go away from him and he put a good swing on a ball. We were fortunate it was able to get through for the big game-winning hit. Ronnie gave us a very good outing. He wash't sharp early, but he was very composed and found a way to get out of jams. We got another great game out of our starter and reliever." RECAP
Indiana 7, Purdue 3
The 11th-ranked Indiana baseball team collected its second straight victory over Purdue and won for the 10th time in 11 games, 7-3, on Saturday afternoon in front of a Bart Kaufman Field record crowd of 3,661. IU (31-12, 15-2 Big Ten) looks for the three-game sweep of PU (12-31, 5-12 Big Ten) at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow. Christian Morris (3-3) did not allow a hit until the sixth and gave up just one unearned run on one hit with three strikeouts and two walks in 5.1 innings. Luke Harrison (1.2), Jake Kelzer (1.0) and Scott Effross (1.0) combined to punch out five over the final 3.2. The Hoosiers pitching staff has surrendered one earned run in the series and has not allowed more than three runs in each of its last 11 outings. RECAP
Nebraska 9, Penn State 2
In front of the largest home Nebraska baseball crowd in two years, seven runs in the first three innings gave an effective Huskers' pitching staff more than enough support to earn the series victory with a 9-2 win over Penn State on Saturday at Hawks Field. The official attendance of 6,082 and a Big Red victory made for an ideal day for baseball in Lincoln. The early NU attack was aided by a quality performance on the mound from Bummer who went 7.0 innings on 96 pitches as he allowed four hits and one earned run. Despite four walks, Bummer racked up six strikeouts, his second highest total of the year to improve his record to 5-3. Jake Hohensee came on in relief to throw the final two innings and record four punch outs. The lone PSU runs came on a bases loaded walk in the fourth and a passed ball in the ninth. RECAP
Michigan 18, Northwestern 6
The University of Michigan baseball team scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and did not look back in an 18-6 rout of Northwestern Saturday afternoon (May 3) at Rocky Miller Park. Michigan sets a season high for runs scored as the Maize and Blue evened the series with the Wildcats. Junior Trent Szkutnik earned the win on the mound. He went seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out five and walking three. All nine staters and 11 hitters in all had at least one hit for the Maize and Blue. Cronenworth and Martin had three hits apiece, while Maezes, Patrick and White each collected two hits. Glines drove in four runs, and Patrick had three RBI. RECAP
Ohio State 9, Iowa 4
Paced by a two-home run day from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team earned a 9-4 series-opening win over Iowa Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 26-20, 7-9 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes fall to 25-16, 7-9 in conference play. "This has been a tough week but it's allowed the guys to put baseball in perspective," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "They're allowed to just go out and play baseball and realize how fortunate they are to be playing this game. Although we're in a big part of our season, these young men are learning an incredible lesson right now that will benefit them for a long time on the baseball field and off." RECAP
Florida State 5, Minnesota 4
Florida State 3, Minnesota 2
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
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Hill, 2-5, 4.12 vs. Friar, 2-0, 4.82)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Szkutnik, 0-5, 3.59 vs. Magallones, 2-6, 4.94)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (McAnallen, 3-3, 3.12 vs. Mason, 1-3, 4.31)
Michigan State at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTN (VanVossen, 6-2, 2.72 vs. Johnson, 4-5, 3.06)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Alleman, 5-3, 2.53 vs. Kravetz, 5-1 2.75)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Vieaux, 6-3, 2.06 vs. TBD)
Purdue at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTDN (Podkul, 0-3, 6.75 vs. DeNato, 9-1, 2.26)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN (Minch, 1-5, 4.47 vs. Morris, 2-3, 2.47)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN (Downs, 2-5, 3.61 vs. Korte, 2-1, 2.49)
Penn State at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTDN (Dunn, 2-1, 1.40 vs. Sinclair, 6-1, 1.66)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Jann, 1-6, 4.09 vs. Bummer, 4-3, 4.63)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTDN (TBD vs. TBD)
Iowa at Ohio State
Game 1 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Hedrick, 3-2, 4.67 vs. Tully, 4-2, 2.24)
Game 2 - Sunday, 3 p.m., BTN (Kuebel, 5-3, 4.83 vs. Riga, 4-1, 3.02)
Game 3 - Monday, 7 p.m., BTN (TBD vs. Greve, 5-3, 3.48)
Minnesota at Florida State
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m. (Crawford, 4-1, 3.69 vs. Weaver, 6-3, 2.92)
Game 2 - Saturday, 6 p.m. (Meyer, 4-2, 2.42 vs. Compton, 4-1, 3.27)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Kunik, 2-0, 1.27 vs. TBA)
All times are ET and schedule subject to change
Three Big Ten baseball student-athletes were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, it was announced on Thursday. Penn State's Steve Snyder was named to the District 2 All-Academic Team, Northwestern's Jack Quigley garnered All-District 5 honors and Minnesota's Ben Meyer was picked the District 6 All-Academic squad. The trio is now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be announced later this month. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution.
Indiana senior Dustin DeMuth is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award for baseball, it was announced on Wednesday. The award goes to a senior student-athlete with notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine this year's winner, which will be announced during the College World Series in June.
Complete Indiana Release
Illinois 10, Southern Illinois 1
Indiana 16, Miami (Ohio) 1
Nebraska 4, Nebraska-Omaha 1
Northern Illinois 4, Northwestern 0
Louisville 7, Ohio State 3
Southern Illinois at Illinois, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m.
Nebraska at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Northern Illinois, 7:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Louisville, 6 p.m.
Mount St. Mary's at Penn State, 6:30 p.m.
All times are ET and schedule subject to change
Michigan 3, Oakland 1
Purdue 8, Illinois State 6
Milwaukee at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Oakland at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Purdue at Illinois State, 7 p.m.
All times are ET and schedule subject to change