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Statistically Speaking

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Numerous Big Ten teams and student-athletes rank among the national leaders in various statistical categories, a sampling of which can be found below.

Team Rankings
Batting Average
19. Nebraska, .302
21. Iowa, .300

Double Plays
16. Nebraska, 40
38. Purdue, 37

17. Indiana, 2.52
34. Michigan State, 2.94
46. Illinois, 3.11

Fielding Percentage
33. Nebraska, .975
43. Indiana, .974

8. Nebraska, 441
43. Iowa, 391

Home Runs
28. Indiana, 25

On-Base Percentage
25. Iowa, .389

20. Nebraska, 260
29. Iowa, 248

23. Iowa, 6.7
39. Nebraska, 6.2

23. Illinois, 5
23. Ohio State, 5
40. Michigan State, 4

Slugging Percentage
40. Indiana, .406
44. Iowa, .404

Stolen Bases
34. Iowa, 58
34. Michigan, 58
34. Michigan State, 58

12. Nebraska, 16
28. Ohio State, 14
41. Indiana, 12

Individual Rankings
8. Michael Hurwitz, ILL, 34
17. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 31

7. Blaise Salter, MSU, 17
24. Jackson Glines, MICH, 15

35. Scott Effross, IND, 1.41

Home Runs
44. Taylor Zeutenhorst, IOWA, 7

Runs Batted In
42. Sam Travis, IND, 37

24. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 8
24. Josh Roeder, Neb, 8

Stolen Bases
11. Anthony Cheky, MSU, 21
23. Jake Yacinich, IOWA, 19

28. Jake Yacinich, IOWA, 4
28. Michael Pritchard, NEB, 4
28. Patrick Porter, OSU, 4

7. Joey DeNato, IND, 8
50. Zach Farmer, OSU, 6

28. Kevin Duchene, ILL, 0.89
39. Cam Vieaux, MSU, 0.93

1. Ryan Castellanos, ILL, 0.22
8. Tanner Tully, OSU, 0.63

Indiana Continues Climb in the National Rankings

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Indiana continues its climb up the national rankings, appearing among the top 30 in polls released by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Hoosiers check in at No. 13 in the latest poll by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, climbing five spots from a week ago, jump two spots from last week to No. 18 in the Baseball America poll and move up two spots to No. 24 in the NCBWA rankings.

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 4, Michigan State 1
Sam Travis ripped a two-run double to break a 1-1 eighth inning tie and lift the Indiana baseball team to its third straight Big Ten series sweep in a 4-1 victory over Michigan State on Easter Sunday at Bart Kaufman Field. The red-hot Hoosiers (25-11, 11-1 Big Ten) have won 13 of their last 14 ballgames, their last five series, all four of their conference series and are 7-1 on their current nine-game homestand. IU's pitching staff surrendered just two earned runs in 30 innings against the Spartans and has allowed that same number in its last 41 innings of work. In four games this week, all victories, the staff logged a 0.45 ERA, 26 hits, 25 strikeouts and 15 walks in 40 frames. RECAP

Iowa 7, Minnesota 6
Junior Dan Potempa's three-run blast highlighted a six-run seventh inning, lifting the University of Iowa baseball team to a 7-6 victory and series win over Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes won the final two games to claim their first series win over the Gophers since 2005. "This was a big win for us, two comeback wins in a row," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "I couldn't be prouder of our guys' effort. Both (yesterday and today) were games where if you let down just because things weren't going your way, you'd lose those game, but our guys kept fighting and playing hard. "It was a great weekend, and I want to thank all the people that came out because we had great crowds all weekend long." RECAP

Illinois 7, Penn State 6
Illinois made it interesting in the ninth but held on for a 7-6 victory, capping off the sweep at Penn State on Easter Sunday. The Nittany Lions scored two in the final inning and had the winning run on first base before a 6-4-3 double play ended the threat. Illinois (21-14) got off to its best Big Ten start under ninth-year head coach Dan Hartleb and remained in second place at 9-3. "The last out of the game was the toughest but we hung in there," Hartleb said. "We finally got the big double play at the end of the game. The difference in the games this weekend was that we came up with the two-out hits. We were very patient at the plate and got it done up and down the lineup." Illinois notched consecutive Big Ten road sweeps for the first time since 2009, which also both came against Northwestern and Penn State. RECAP

Michigan 13, Purdue 3
The University of Michigan baseball team exploded for 13 runs and 17 hits, taking a 6-0 lead after three innings and cruising to a 13-3 win at Purdue Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. The Wolverines took 2-of-3 games from the Boilermakers in the Big Ten series. There were plenty of offensive stars on the day. Sophomore Travis Maezes went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, two doubles and two RBI. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth also scored four runs to go with a triple and an RBI. Freshmen Carmen Benedetti, Johnny Slater and Jackson Lamb had two hits apiece and senior Cole Martin, senior/junior Kendall Patrick and junior Jackson Glines each had two RBI on the day. The Maize and Blue also received a quality start on the mound from fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen. McAnallen allowed just five hits and a run with three strikeouts and four walks in seven innings pitched to earn the win. The U-M defense also recorded three double plays on the day in the game's first four innings. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Ohio State 7, Murray State 3

Saturday's Results

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Indiana 2, Michigan State 1 (12)
Casey Rodrigue's single in the bottom of the 12th lifted No. 18 Indiana to a 2-1 walk-off victory over Michigan State on Saturday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. IU pitchers Christian Morris, Jake Kelzer, Scott Effross and Luke Harrison combined to give up just one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 12 innings of work. Harrison (2-0) was the winning pitcher for the Hoosiers as he pitched a perfect top of the 12th inning. Morris started for Indiana and surrendered just one earned run in 5.2 innings of work, giving up only four hits with three strikeouts. RECAP

Iowa 11, Minnesota 5
The University of Iowa baseball team scored the game's final 11 runs to rally from a 5-0 deficit for an 11-5 victory over Minnesota in front of a season-high 1,036 fans Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The win evens the weekend series at 1-1 heading into Sunday's Easter Day finale. "This was a big win for us after we were roughed up in the first inning," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "We kept battling and battling. We had great at-bats and kept fighting and it looked like we were going to leave a couple of opportunities. We had had some clutch two-out hits." RECAP

Northwestern 3, Nebraska 2 (Game 1); Nebraska 10, Northwestern 9 (Game 2)
Game 1: One day after winning a one-run game in extra innings, Northwestern returned to Hawks Field and bested the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the second game in a row, this time by a score of 3-2, to start a doubleheader. NU starting pitcher Brandon Magallones pitched perhaps his finest game of the season for the Wildcats in game one. The junior struck out a season-high seven hitters over 8.0 IP in which he allowed just two runs. RECAP
Game 2: With the tying run on third base and two down, Nebraska closer Josh Roeder slammed the door on the Wildcats to secure a 10-9 come-from-behind victory for Huskers in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Hawks Field. The Huskers trailed 8-2 after the top of the fourth, but fought back and rallied from a deficit of six or more of the first time since March 30, 2010. The Huskers improved to 26-16 on the year and 8-4 in conference play with the victory, while also avoiding a series sweep by the Wildcats. RECAP

Illinois 8, Penn State 3
Illinois used a four-run inning late in the game for the second day in a row to battle back and beat Penn State on Saturday, 8-3. Sophomore Adam Walton extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with a go-ahead two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Junior David Kerian connected on another two-run base knock in the seventh and junior Will Krug tacked on the same in the eighth. "We got a lot of clutch hitting with two outs today," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "It was good to see some guys take good swings in key situations. The one that was huge was Adam Walton taking the ball to right field with the bases loaded and two outs. Road wins aren't easy, but we found a way to win again." RECAP

Purdue 6, Michigan 2
Gavin Downs did not surrender an earned run while working seven innings of three-hit ball and his battery mate Sean McHugh led the way offensively with his fifth career four-hit game, lifting Purdue baseball to a 6-2 win against Michigan Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field. Downs (2-4) retired 14 of 15 batters from the first through fifth innings, working 1-2-3 frames in the second and fourth. The seven innings marked his longest outing as a Boilermaker. The redshirt-sophomore earned his first career victory in Big Ten play. McHugh singled in each of his first four at-bats, delivering two-out RBI hits in the second and sixth innings. He walked in his final plate appearance and the free pass also helped Purdue score an insurance run. RECAP

Non-Conference Result
Murray State 7, Ohio State 5

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 40

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Purdue's Mel Garland (1964, baseball/basketball)
A three-time letterwinner in both baseball and basketball, Garland won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1964 after claiming Academic All-Big Ten honors, first-team All-Conference status in baseball and second-team designation in basketball. In 1979, Garland was named basketball coach and director of athletics at IUPUI, where he succumbed to leukemia in 1983. In his memory, the Mel Garland Memorial Scholarship is annually awarded to one IUPUI student-athlete based on the characteristics that embody Garland's spirit: athletic ability, scholarship, mental attitude, leadership and perseverance.

Friday's Results

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Indiana 7, Michigan State 0
Joey DeNato threw eight scoreless innings as the Indiana baseball team (23-11, 9-1 Big Ten) rolled to its seventh straight conference victory and its 11th win in 12 games, 7-0, over Michigan State (20-15, 5-5 Big Ten) at Bart Kaufman Field on Friday evening. The Hoosier pitching staff has not allowed a run in its last 20 innings. Will Nolden drove in four runs, scored once and recorded a pair of hits in three at-bats. Sophomore shortstop Nick Ramos added three RBI, including a two-run homer, and added one run. Another start, another record for DeNato (8-1, 2.12 ERA), who limited the Spartans to five hits to go along with five punchouts and three walks. The senior southpaw became the program's all-time innings king (324.0), adding to his record wins (32) and strikeouts (262) totals to go along with his 32-9 record and 2.69 ERA. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Iowa 3
Michael Handel hit a two-run home run and the University of Minnesota (18-14, 5-7 Big Ten) baseball won 4-3 at Iowa on Friday. The Hawkeyes (20-15, 5-8 Big Ten) tied the game 3-all in the seventh, but the Gophers got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and scored in the ninth to take the series opener and move ahead of Iowa in the conference standings. Crawford pitched 7 1/3 innings, tying his career-long start. He allowed seven hits and three runs, striking out three and walking two. Sawyer finished the game to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the season. Hibbing (0-3) took the loss for Iowa. Mathews pitched seven innings and gave up six hits and three runs. RECAP

Illinois 6, Penn State 3
Trailing 3-2 after giving up the lead in the seventh, Illinois sent all nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the eighth as part of a 6-3 comeback victory over Penn State. Sophomore Tyler Jay improved to 2-0 and redshirt-junior Reid Roper earned his second save, as the Illini snapped a three-game skid. Illinois remained in third place in the Big Ten at 7-3 and moved to 19-14 overall. "That was a good win," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "I was pleased with our approach and I thought we played to win. We took advantage of some errors and had the big four-run inning, which was a big positive and something that will propel our offense in the future. We played hard but didn't always play clean, yet still found a way to win." RECAP

Michigan 7, Purdue 6 (12)
Freshman Carmen Benedetti broke a 6-all tie in the 12th with a run-scoring double, lifting the University of Michigan baseball team to a 7-6 win at Purdue on Friday night at Alexander Field. Michigan opened the 12th with a walk from senior Cole Martin, who scampered all the way from first as Benedetti doubled down the right-field line. The Boilermakers put a runner on third with two outs after a one-out single, stolen base and groundout, but sophomore Jacob Cronenworth induced a flyout to end the game. Freshman Brett Adcock improved to 5-2 on the season, striking out six and allowing just one hit in four innings of relief. Cronenworth earned his Big Ten-leading eighth save of the season with his work in the 12th. RECAP

Northwestern 2, Nebraska 1 (12)
Northwestern picked up a pair of clutch two-out hits late Friday night and got two magnificent pitching performances on the mound to help take the series opener from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 2-1, in 12 innings at Hawks Field. Jake Straub delivered a big RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game and Cody Stevens laced a base hit up the middle with two outs in the top of the 12th to help the Wildcats beat Nebraska for the first time ever at Hawks Field. It was also Northwestern's first victory in extra innings this season. Hopfner started the game-winning rally as the first batter if the 12th inning. After singling to left field, the right fielder made it to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hoscheit. Straub grounded out to third before Stevens calmly stepped to the dish and ripped a single up the middle that allowed Hopfner to motor around from second base and score the game-winning run. Quigley picked up his second win in relief Friday. The team captain allowed just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings on the bump. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Ohio State 3, Murray State 1

Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at Penn State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m. (Johnson, 4-4, 2.40 vs. Dunn, 2-0, 1.50)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Kravetz, 3-1, 3.05 vs. Jann, 1-5 3.78)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN (Castellanos, 3-2, 4.41 vs. TBA)

Michigan at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Hill, 2-4, 3.33 vs. Minch, 1-5, 5.08)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Szkutnik, 0-4, 3.97 vs. Downs, 1-4, 4.47)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (McAnallen, 1-3, 3.44 vs. Haan, 1-1, 5.67)

Michigan State at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTDN (VanVossen, 5-1, 2.55 vs. DeNato, 7-1, 2.43)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Alleman, 4-1, 2.90 vs. Morris, 2-2, 2.61)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Vieaux, 5-2, 1.62 vs. TBA)

Minnesota at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m. (Crawford, 3-1, 4.07 vs. Mathews, 3-2, 2.75)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Meyer, 3-2, 2.65 vs. Kuebel, 4-3, 4.93)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Kunik, 1-0, 2.35 vs. Peyton, 4-0, 4.39)

Northwestern at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 8 p.m., BTN (Mason, 1-2, 5.06 vs. Deleon, 4-2, 2.73)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Magallones, 0-4, 5.04 vs. Sinclair, 5-1, 1.76)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Bummer, 4-2, 3.99)

Non-Conference Series
Murray State at Ohio State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Finch, 3-4, 5.63 vs. Tully, 3-2, 2.15)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Maerz, 1-5, 6.61 vs. Greve, 4-2, 3.76)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Baxter, 1-3, 4.22 vs. Post, 3-2, 3.60)

Wednesday's Results

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Indiana 1, Western Kentucky 0 (10)
Eastern Michigan 4, Michigan 3 (10)
Central Michigan 7, Michigan State 5
Nebraska 17, Nebraska-Omaha 6
Northwestern 6, Chicago State 1
Northwestern 4, Chicago State 2
Ball State 8, Ohio State 6

Wednesday's Schedule

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Western Kentucky at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTDN
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Michigan State at Central Michigan, 3 p.m.
Nebraska-Omaha at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Chicago State (DH), 4:45 p.m.
Ball State at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois State 6, Illinois 2
Western Illinois 8, Iowa 6 (10)
Minnesota 5, North Dakota State 3
Nebraska 14, Kansas State 5
West Virginia 4, Ohio State 1
Purdue 5, Butler 4 (10)