Big Ten Baseball Blog

June 26, 2009

Draft Updates:
At least 16 Big Ten players have signed with MLB teams since the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, including the conference’s first overall selection, Eric Arnett, who signed with the Milwaukee Brewers just days after being picked.  Other signees are listed below:

Dominic Altobelli (ILL) – Colorado
Eric Arnett (IND) - Milwaukee
Dan Black (PUR) – Chicago (AL)
Joe Bonadonna (ILL) - Texas
Chris Fetter (MICH) – San Diego
Jake Goebbert (NU) - Houston
Jake Hale (OSU) – Arizona
Brandon Haveman (PUR) – Seattle
Kyle Heim (IOWA) – St. Louis
Scott Kelley (PSU) – Kansas City
Derek McCallum (MINN) – Minnesota
Tyler Oakes (MINN) – Tampa Bay (non-drafted free agent)
Eric Roof (MSU) – Detroit
Mike Schurz (IOWA) – Houston
Steve Turnbull (IOWA) - Toronto
Cory Wine (PSU) - Philadelphia


June 17, 2008

News:
The dates have been set for the 2010 Big Ten-Big East Challenge.
Indiana’s Eric Arnett, the first Big Ten player taken in the 2009 MLB Draft, has been assigned to Helena in the Pioneer League.

Required Reading:
Former Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Zach Putnam has risen quickly in the Indians’ system.
Catch up with former Michigan standout Jake Fox, who was just promoted to the Chicago Cubs … again.


June 15, 2009

News:
In all, 30 Big Ten players were taken in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the conference’s highest total in at least the past decade.
Indiana’s Eric Arnett was formally introduced as a Milwaukee Brewer on Sunday.
Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers is one of 41 invitees to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) Trials.
The Big Ten placed four players on the Baseball America All-America teams, which is tied for the second-highest total among all conferences.

First Team
Derek McCallum, MINN

Second Team
Eric Arnett, IND

Third Team
Josh Phegley, IND
Alex Wimmers, OSU


June 10, 2009

Draft Updates: Day 2
Minnesota’s Derek McCallum goes in the fourth round, selection 132, to the Twins.
Illinois’ Brandon Wikoff is selection No. 161 in the fifth round, to Houston.
Michigan’s Chris Fetter is taken by the San Diego Padres in the ninth round, overall pick No. 264.
Also in the ninth round, Indiana’s Evan Crawford is taken by the Giants with the 267th selection.
Northwestern’s Jake Goebbert is selected in the 13th round by Houston with the 401st overall pick.
One round later, Purdue’s Dan Black is pick No. 433 to the White Sox.
Illinois’ Dominic Altobelli goes in the 16th round to Colorado with the 481st overall pick.
Iowa’s Steve Turnbull goes to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 17th round with pick No. 520.
Twenty picks later, Michigan State’s Eric Roof goes to Detroit in the 18th round.
Indiana’s Kipp Schutz goes to Baltimore in the 19th round with the 566th overall pick.
Penn State’s Scott Kelley is selected by Kansas City in the 23rd round with pick No. 692.
Ohio State’s Jake Hale is the 15th Big Ten player to go, taken by Arizona in the 27th round with pick No. 816.
Minnesota’s Eric Decker follows not long after, going to his hometown Twins with the 822nd pick.
Purdue’s Brandon Haveman is taken by Seattle with the 863rd overall pick in the 29th round.
Later in the same round, Minnesota’s Scott Matyas goes to the Yankees, No. 885 overall.

News:
Minnesota’s Matt Nohelty named a Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.
Four Big Ten players were named to the Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA Division I All-America Teams, the NCBWA announced on Wednesday.

First Team
Eric Arnett, IND
Derek McCallum, MINN
Jake Hale, OSU

Third Team
Alex Wimmers, OSU

Draft Recap: Day 1
Indiana’s Eric Arnett, Josh Phegley and Matt Bashore were all selected on Day 1 of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Arnett was taken 26th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers, making him the Big Ten’s highest pick since Minnesota’s Glen Perkins was taken 22nd in 2004.

Phegley and Bashore were both taken in the Compensatory A Round, with Phegley going 38th to the Chicago White Sox and Bashore taken 46th by the Minnesota Twins.

Day 2 of the Draft begins at Noon ET. Track it here.


June 9, 2009

Magic Moments:
Last week, we asked you to send us your favorite memories from the 2009 Big Ten baseball season. Here are some of our favorites:

Via Twitter (@Bucknik)
“The post-game celebration after Alex Wimmers’ no-hitter.”
Photo 1   Photo 2

Via E-Mail (Ben)
5,214 fans at Illinois Field to see the Illini’s 5-4 ninth-inning comeback against the Buckeyes on May 8!

Via E-Mail (Curtis)
Big Ten baseball on the Big Ten Network!!  We consistently looked forward to and had Big Ten Network "get-togethers" when the Hoosiers were on. Of course, the best moments for all of us were ALL the Big Ten Tourney games!

Track the First-Year Player Draft here. Coverage starts at 6 p.m. ET.

Required Reading:
Baseball America and MLB.com both predict Indiana’s Eric Arnett will go 15th overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, which begins tonight.
Note: If those predictions hold up, Arnett would be the highest Big Ten player taken since Mark Mulder (MSU) was selected second overall in 1998.
The Big Ten Network’s Cal Eldred offers his take on Big Ten prospects in this year’s draft.


June 8, 2009

Required Reading:
Minnesota designated hitter Matt Nohelty is ahead of the curve.
Sit down for some Q&A with Minnesota’s Eric Decker.
I
llinois’ Brandon Wikoff and Northwestern’s Jake Goebbert are among the top 15 draft prospects from the state of Illinois.
Eric Arnett, Matt Bashore and Josh Phegley headline what could be the state of Indiana’s best draft class ever.
OSU closer Jake Hale is the No. 10 prospect in the state of Ohio, while Buckeye outfielder Zach Hurley is No. 24 on the state’s list.

News:
Minnesota’s Derek McCallum was named the NCBWA District V Player of the Year.
Eight Big Ten players received All-Ping!Baseball recognition.
Indiana designated hitter Alex Dickerson and Minnesota shortstop AJ Pettersen were named first-team Freshman All-America by the NCBWA.

2009 All-Ping!Baseball Teams
First Team
Alex Wimmers, OSU

Second Team
Brandon Wikoff, ILL
Josh Phegley, IND
Derek McCallum, MINN
Jake Hale, OSU

Third Team
Eric Arnett, IND
Alex Dickerson, IND

Honorable Mention
Chris Fetter, MICH


June 3, 2009

News:
Six Big Ten players are named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Ohio State’s Jake Hale is tabbed as one of five finalists for the Stopper of the Year Award.


June 1, 2009

Congratulations to all Big Ten baseball teams on a great season!

What was your favorite moment of the 2009 campaign? Was it the tournament? One of this year’s two no-hitters? Something else? E-mail vtodryk@bigten.org with your story and we’ll post our favorites later this week!

Click here to view final stats from the 2009 season.


May 29, 2009

Louisville Regional
No. 2 Middle Tennessee vs. no. 3 Vanderbilt – 3 p.m. ET
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 INDIANA – 7 p.m.

Baton Rouge Regional
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Southern – 1 p.m. CT
No. 2 MINNESOTA vs. No. 3 Baylor – 6 p.m. CT

Tallahassee Regional
No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 3 OHIO STATE – Noon ET
No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Marist – 4 p.m. ET

Required Reading:
Indiana’s co-aces, Eric Arnett and Matt Bashore look to lead the Hoosiers in NCAA play.
For Ohio State setup man Drew Rucinski, work on the mound is no laughing matter.
Eric Decker and the Golden Gophers are out to make noise in the NCAA Championship.
Kendall Rogers of Yahoo Sports previews the Tallahassee Regional and pegs OSU’s Alex Wimmers as the regional’s best pitcher.


May 28, 2009

News:
View the Big Ten baseball weekly release.
Indiana’s Eric Arnett and Ohio State’s Jake Hale and Alex Wimmers were named Louisville Slugger All-Americans by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Required Reading:
Matt Igel came through at the right time for the Big Ten Tournament Champion Indiana Hoosiers.
Kendall Rogers of Yahoo Sports thinks Minnesota could surprise people in the Baton Rouge Regional.


May 27, 2009

News:
Minnesota’s Matt Nohelty and Penn State’s Paul Cianciolo were named Academic All-America.
I
ndiana’s Eric Arnett and Josh Phegley and Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers are semifinalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. Click “2009 Award” to vote!
Arnett is also a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year award.
Arnett and teammate Matt Bashore were named to this week’s National All-Star Lineup.

Required Reading:
ESPN.com’s Jeremy Mills wonders if Indiana could be this year’s Fresno State.
Indiana is looking like the best No. 4 seed in the bracket, writes Kendall Rogers of Yahoo Sports.
Rogers breaks down the Louisville Regional.
College Baseball Today’s Eric Sorenson has more photos and reactions from the Big Ten Tournament.
M
att Bashore’s draft stock is up, writes Baseball America.
Baseball America
lists Indiana’s Eric Arnett (#18), Matt Bashore (#51) and Josh Phegley (#77) among its top 100 prospects in this year’s draft.


May 15, 2009

News:
Today’s Michigan at Northwestern game has been postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.
Today’s Michigan State at Indiana game has been moved up to 1 p.m. ET due to expected bad weather.
Minnesota’s John Anderson became the 39th coach in Division I history to earn 1,000 career wins.

Required Reading:
Read more on the Cubs’ Bobby Scales, a two-time Big Ten title winner with Michigan.
DID YOU KNOW: Bobby Scales was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 Big Ten Baseball Tournament.

Thursday’s Game Results

PURDUE (10-11, 23-23) def. ILLINOIS (15-7, 32-17), 12-5

WP: Matt Bischoff (4-4)
LP: Phil Haig (6-3)
S: Drew Wurdack (2)

Recap and Box Score

Tournament Implications:
Purdue took one step closer to securing the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament, while Illinois’ title hopes remained alive despite falling 1.5 games back of conference-leading Minnesota.

INDIANA (25-6, 27-24) def. MICHIGAN STATE (12-10, 22-28), 6-4

WP: Chris Squires (2-2)
LP: A.J. Dunn (2-3)

Recap and Box Score

Tournament Implications:
With Jerrud Sabourin’s walk-off home run, the Hoosiers remain one game back of first-place Minnesota in the Big Ten standings and are still very much in the hunt for their first conference championship since 1949.

OHIO STATE (16-6, 37-15) def. IOWA (4-17, 16-33), 13-4

WP: Alex Wimmers (9-1)
LP: Nick Brown (2-4)

Recap and Box Score

Tournament Implications:
A 12-strikeout performance by Alex Wimmers and a nine-run second inning kept the Buckeyes one half-game back of conference-leading Minnesota, also giving Ohio State sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings.

MICHIGAN (9-13, 30-23) def. NORTHWESTERN (3-17, 12-35-1), 16-6

WP: Chris Fetter (7-3)
LP: David Jensen (2-4)

Recap and Box Score

Tournament Implications:
Michigan kept its Big Ten Tournament hopes alive with Thursday’s win over Northwestern. Despite falling in an early hole, the Wolverines climbed out with a nine-run seventh inning and remain 1.5 games back of sixth-place Purdue.

MINNESOTA (16-5, 34-14) def. PENN STATE (7-15, 24-25), 7-6

WP: Austin Lubinsky (3-0)
LP: David Lutz (4-2)
S: Scott Matyas (12)

Recap and Box Score

Tournament Implications:
Minnesota maintained its half-game lead in the conference standings and knocked Penn State out of tournament contention with 7-6 win in Happy Valley. The win marked No. 1,000 in head coach John Anderson’s career.

 

May 14, 2009

 

News:
Indiana’s Eric Arnett and Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers were named semifinalists for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year award.
Minnesota’s Derek McCallum is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
Indiana’s Josh Phegley and Ohio State’s Dan Burkhart are two of 13 semifinalists for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award.
Penn State invites Little Leaguers to cheer on the team as it competes for a tournament spot this weekend.

Required Reading:
A lot is at stake for the Minnesota baseball team this weekend.
A shot at the Big Ten title is also on the line for Illinois.
Ohio State will also be battling for the Big Ten crown this weekend.
Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt has Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State in the NCAA Championship and thinks Indiana could still make a run for the Big Ten Tournament title.
Big Ten baseball is on the rise, says Kendall Rogers of Yahoo Sports.
Rogers also has Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State in his field of 64 and predicts the Gophers will be hosting regional action.
Big Ten Hardball interviews Indiana head coach Tracy Smith on NCAA legislation that adds a week to next year’s baseball schedule.

Must-See TV:
Ohio State’s Michael Arp, Jake Hale and Justin Miller talk about their regular-season finale with Iowa.

BIG TEN BASEBALL WEEKEND PREVIEWS

ILLINOIS (15-6, 32-16) at PURDUE (9-11, 22-23)
Illinois Notes   Purdue Notes

Game 1
Thursday, May 14, 4 p.m. ET
Illinois: LHP Phil Haig (6-2, 4.48 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Matt Bischoff (3-4, 5.44 ERA)
Game 2
Friday, May 15, 1 p.m. ET
Illinois: RHP Will Strack (5-0, 3.40 ERA)
Purdue: LHP Matt Jansen (4-5, 6.20 ERA)
Game 3
Saturday, May 16, 1 p.m. ET
Illinois: RHP Bryan Roberts (5-3, 6.00 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Matt Morgan (4-4, 4.30 ERA)

Storylines:
Illinois sits in a tie for second in the Big Ten standings, one half-game back of first-place Minnesota. The Illini have already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament for the fifth consecutive year and are looking for their first conference title since 2005. Purdue is still battling for the final spot in the conference tournament and hopes to make its second consecutive appearance in the bracket and the team’s fifth in the last six years. The Boilermakers control their own destiny, but are still fighting with Michigan and Penn State for the sixth slot in next week’s tournament.

MICHIGAN STATE (12-9, 22-27) at INDIANA (14-6, 26-24)
Michigan State Notes   Indiana Notes

Game 1
Thursday, May 14, 3 p.m. ET
Michigan State: RHP Nolan Moody (6-4, 4.04 ERA)
Indiana: RHP Eric Arnett (11-1, 2.78 ERA)
Game 2
Friday, May 15, 1 p.m. ET
Michigan State: RHP A.J. Achter (3-4, 3.39 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Matt Bashore (5-4, 4.28 ERA)
Game 3
Saturday, May 16, 1 p.m. ET
Michigan State: RHP Tony Bucciferro (4-2, 3.08 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Blake Monar (4-3, 4.79 ERA)

Storylines:
Indiana and Michigan State have both already clinched spots in the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, while the Hoosiers still have a shot at the conference title, just one game back of first-place Minnesota. Making their second consecutive tournament appearance after a five-year absence, Indiana still has its sights set on its first Big Ten title since 1949. Michigan State is back in the tournament for the first time since 2004 under the guidance of first-year head coach Jake Boss Jr.

IOWA (4-16, 16-32) at OHIO STATE (15-6, 36-15)
Iowa Notes   Ohio State Notes

Game 1
Thursday, May 14, 6:35 p.m. ET
Iowa: RHP Nick Brown (2-3, 5.58 ERA)
Ohio State: RHP Alex Wimmers (8-1, 2.75 ERA)
Game 2
Friday, May 15, 6:35 p.m. ET
Iowa: RHP Phil Schreiber (2-2, 4.46 ERA)
Ohio State: RHP Dean Wolosiansky (10-1, 5.35 ERA)
Game 3
Saturday, May 16, 1:05 p.m. ET
Iowa: LHP Jarred Hippen (3-4, 5.08 ERA)
Ohio State: LHP Eric Best (7-3, 5.28 ERA)

Storylines:
Iowa looks to play spoiler, while Ohio State is hoping for its first conference title since 2001. The Buckeyes sit in a tie for second in the Big Ten standings, one half-game back of conference-leading Minnesota. OSU is assured of a spot in the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, which will be held at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes will be making their 13th consecutive appearance in the bracket.

MICHIGAN (8-13, 29-23) at NORTHWESTERN (3-16, 12-34-1)
Michigan Notes   Northwestern Notes

Game 1
Thursday, May 14, 3 p.m. CT
Michigan: RHP Chris Fetter (6-2, 2.89 ERA)
Northwestern: TBA
Game 2
Friday, May 15, 3 p.m. CT
Michigan: LHP Eric Katzman (7-4, 3.20 ERA)
Northwestern: LHP Eric Jokisch (3-7, 5.36 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m. CT
Michigan: TBA
Northwestern: LHP Joe Muraski (3-5, 5.14 ERA)

Storylines:
Michigan looks to gain ground against the Wildcats in order to avoid missing its first Big Ten Baseball Tournament since 2002. The Wolverines are 1.5 games back of sixth-place Purdue and need to take care of business against the Wildcats and also need a little help from the Boilermakers opponent, Illinois. Northwestern looks to play the role of spoiler as it honors its seven seniors who will be playing their final series in a Wildcat uniform this weekend.

MINNESOTA (15-5, 33-14) at PENN STATE (7-14, 24-24)
Minnesota Notes   Penn State Notes

Game 1
Thursday, May 14, 6:35 p.m. ET
Minnesota: RHP Chauncy Handran (7-2, 3.71 ERA)
Penn State: RHP T.J. Macy (3-4, 4.60 ERA)
Game 2
Friday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Minnesota: RHP Tom Buske (8-3, 2.95 ERA)
Penn State: LHP Mike Lorentson (1-7, 6.39 ERA)
Game 3
Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Minnesota: RHP Seth Rosin (5-1, 4.20 ERA)
Penn State: RHP Scott Kelley (4-5, 5.24 ERA)

Storylines:
Minnesota controls its own destiny as it looks to clinch its first conference title since 2004, while Penn State needs wins, along with some help, to have a chance at the sixth and final spot in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. The Golden Gophers have already clinched their 11th tournament bid in the last 12 years, while the Nittany Lions are hoping to make their third consecutive appearance. After finishing 20-35 last year and not making the conference tournament, Minnesota has posted one of the best turnarounds in the nation, already with 33 wins to its name. The Golden Gophers now hope to become the first team since Illinois in 2005 to win the Big Ten title without having made the conference tournament in the previous year.

 

May 13, 2009

 

 

The 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament is just one week away! Be sure to visit Tournament Central to get your tickets and learn all you need to know about visiting Columbus.

Columbus restaurants will pair up with Big Ten teams during tournament week. Click here to view the restaurants, and print the coupons to save big!

Required Reading:
The final Big Ten weekend will be crazy one with a logjam at the top of the standings.
Michigan and Purdue are battling for the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament.

News:
Iowa has announced its summer youth camps.
Former Michigan player Bobby Scales hit his first Major League home run last night.
Penn State head coach Robbie Wine has been announced as one of the headliners for the Central Pennsylvania Nittany Lion Club Dinner.
Purdue’s game with Illinois-Chicago has been rained out.

Tuesday’s Game Results

INDIANA (26-24) def. Evansville (25-27), 10-8 (10)

WP: Matt Igel (1-0)
LP: Wade Kapteyn (2-9)
S: Chris Squires (7)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN (28-23) def. Ball State (28-23), 8-5

WP: Matt Miller (1-2)
LP: Cal Bowling (3-1)
S: Eric Katzman (1)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN (29-30) def. Ball State (24-23), 5-2

WP: Travis Smith (6-5)
LP: Adam Quinn (2-4)
S: Tyler Burgoon (4)

Recap and Box Score

Central Michigan (26-26) def. MICHIGAN STATE (22-27), 9-8 (10)

WP: Jess Hernandez (1-3)
LP: Kurt Wunderlich (5-5)

Recap and Box Score

Eastern Michigan (21-32) def. OHIO STATE (36-15), 9-5

WP: Kendall Lewis (4-4)
LP: Andrew Armstrong (2-3)

Recap and Box Score

Villanova (21-26) def. PENN STATE (24-24)

WP: Michael Mayer (1-0)
LP: Calvin Grumley (2-3)

Recap and Box Score


 

May 12, 2009

 

News:
View the Big Ten baseball weekly release.
Minnesota’s Matyas and Ohio State’s Miller earn Big Ten weekly honors.
Indiana travels to Evansville today for its final regular-season non-conference matchup of the year.
An early start time for Ohio State vs. Eastern Michigan on Columbus City Schools Day.

Required Reading:
Illinois is well within reach of its two preseason goals.
Several former Michigan players are making big impacts on the professional level.
Keep voting for Minnesota’s Matt Nohelty to win the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Indiana’s Kipp Schutz benefitted from spending time on the IU basketball team.

Monday’s Game Result:

PURDUE (9-11, 22-23) def. MICHIGAN STATE (12-9, 22-26), 9-3

WP: Matt Morgan (5-4)
LP: Tony Bucciferro (4-2)

Recap and Box Score

Tournament Implications:
With the win, Purdue knocked Michigan State out of the hunt for the Big Ten title, but the Spartans are still assured of a spot in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers remain in contention for the sixth and final slot, currently holding a 1.5 lead over seventh-place Michigan.

 

May 11, 2009

 

In the Polls:
Minnesota joins the Baseball America Top 25 at No. 21.
The Golden Gophers come in at No. 24 in the College Baseball Newspaper poll.
Illinois, Ohio State and Minnesota are receiving votes in this week’s coaches’ poll.

News:
Single-game tickets for the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament are on sale now.
Minnesota head coach John Anderson needs one more win for 1,000 in his career.

Required Reading:
Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt weighs in on Big Ten teams’ chances in the NCAA Championship.
ESPN.com’s Jeremy Mills predicts Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State will make the NCAA Championship.
Baseball America tracks this week’s Top 25, including No. 21 Minnesota.
Indiana’s Chris Hervey sends out Happy Mother’s Day wishes.
Read more about former Michigan player and recent Major League call-up Bobby Scales.

Tournament Implications:
Following Sunday’s games, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State are all assured of spots in the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. All five teams also remain in the hunt for the Big Ten title.

Sunday’s Game Results

OHIO STATE (15-6, 36-14) def. ILLINOIS (15-6, 32-16), 12-7

WP: Eric Best (7-3)
LP: Bryan Roberts (5-3)
S: Jake Hale (13)

Recap and Box Score

INDIANA (14-6, 25-24) def. NORTHWESTERN (3-16, 12-34), 11-2

WP: Joey O’Gara (3-3)
LP: Zach Morton (1-7)

Recap and Box Score

IOWA (4-16, 16-32) def. PENN STATE (7-14, 24-23), 5-3

WP: Jarred Hippen (3-4)
LP: Scott Kelley (4-5)
S: Steve Turnbull (2)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN (8-13, 27-23) def. MINNESOTA (15-5, 33-14), 10-4

WP: Alan Oaks (1-3)
LP: Tyler Oakes (0-2)

Recap and Box Score

PURDUE (8-11, 21-23) def. MICHIGAN STATE (12-8, 22-25), 9-8

WP: Matt Jansen (4-5)
LP: A.J. Achter (3-4)
S: Drew Wurdack (1)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 10, 2009

 

Saturday’s Game Results

OHIO STATE (14-6, 35-14) def. ILLINOIS (15-5, 32-15), 10-7

WP: Drew Rucinski (8-2)
LP: Lee Zerrusen (2-1)
S: Jake Hale (12)

Recap and Box Score

INDIANA (12-6, 23-24) def. NORTHWESTERN (3-14, 12-32), 3-2

WP: Eric Arnett (11-1)
LP: Eric Jokisch (3-7)

Recap and Box Score

INDIANA (13-6, 24-24) def. NORTHWESTERN (3-15, 12-33), 5-2

WP: Matt Bashore (5-4)
LP: David Jensen (2-3)
S: Chris Squires (6)

Recap and Box Score

PENN STATE (7-13, 24-22) def. IOWA (3-16, 15-32), 5-4 (11)

WP: Jesse Alfreno (1-0)
LP: Mike Schurz (0-1)
S: Ryan Ignas (5)

Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA (15-4, 33-13) def. MICHIGAN (7-13, 26-23), 12-5

WP: Tom Buske (8-3)
LP: Matt Miller (0-2)
S: Austin Lubinsky (2)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN STATE (12-7, 22-24) def. PURDUE (7-11, 20-23), 6-5

WP: A.J. Dunn (2-2)
LP: Connor Sestak (0-3)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 9, 2009

 

Required Reading:
A record crowd was on hand to witness Illinois’ thrilling comeback win over Ohio State last night.
Michigan’s six seniors discuss playing in their final home series.

Friday’s Tournament Implications:
Illinois extended its lead in the conference standings with a come-from-behind win over Ohio State. With a 9-5 victory at Michigan, Minnesota overtook the Buckeyes for second place, one half-game back of the Illini. The win also secured the Golden Gophers a spot in the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue were idle, remaining in fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively. Michigan’s loss puts the Wolverines two games out of sixth, while Penn State is a game back of U-M. Northwestern and Iowa round out the standings.

Friday’s Game Results

ILLINOIS (15-4, 32-14) def. OHIO STATE (13-6, 34-14), 5-4

WP: John Anderson (1-2)
LP: Jake Hale (0-1)

Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN (3-13, 12-31-1) at INDIANA (11-6, 22-24): Postponed

PENN STATE (6-13, 23-22) def. IOWA (3-15, 15-31), 8-6

WP: Ryan Ignas (4-1)
LP: Patrick Schatz (1-2)
S: David Lutz (2)

Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA (14-4, 32-13) def. MICHIGAN (7-12, 26-22), 9-5

WP: Chauncy Handran (7-2)
LP: Chris Fetter (6-3)
S: Scott Matyas (11)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 8, 2009

 

News:
Illinois’ Altobelli and Wikoff, Michigan State’s Moody, Minnesota’s Handran, Decker and Nohelty and Penn State’s Cianciolo named Academic All-District.

Required Reading:
Michigan’s Chris Fetter reflects on some of his biggest moments as a student-athlete.
No doubt about it, Ohio State’s Matt Streng was going to be a baseball player.
What a difference a year has made for the Indiana baseball team.

BIG TEN BASEBALL WEEKEND PREVIEWS

OHIO STATE (13-5, 34-13) at ILLINOIS (14-4, 31-14)
Ohio State Notes   Illinois Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 8, 6:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State: RHP Alex Wimmers (8-1, 2.79 ERA)
Illinois: LHP Phil Haig (6-2, 4.48 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 9, 3:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State: RHP Dean Wolosiansky (10-1, 5.19 ERA)
Illinois: RHP Ben Reeser (3-0, 2.85 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 10, 1:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State: LHP Eric Best (6-3, 5.01 ERA)
Illinois: RHP Bryan Roberts (5-2, 5.64 ERA)

Storylines:
Illinois and Ohio State face off in a series that could go a long way in determining the Big Ten title. The Illini are one game up on the visiting Buckeyes, but Ohio State has the conference’s best overall record. The reigning Big Ten Player and Pitcher of the Week will face off this weekend as Illinois shortstop Brandon Wikoff enters the series sixth in the Big Ten with an overall .385 average, which improves to .397 during conference play. On the hill, Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers is coming off a no-hitter against Michigan last weekend and is the Big Ten’s leader in opponents’ batting average (.193) and strikeouts (103). As teams, these two squads dominate the Big Ten’s leader board with the Buckeyes ranking at the top in average (.329) and slugging (.504) in overall play, while the Illini lead those same categories (.340 and .509) during conference action.

NORTHWESTERN (3-13, 12-31) at INDIANA (11-6, 22-24)
Northwestern Notes   Indiana Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 8, 3 p.m. ET
Northwestern: LHP Joe Muraski (3-5, 5.40 ERA)
Indiana: Eric Arnett (10-1, 2.86 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 9, 3 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Northwestern: LHP Eric Jokisch (3-6, 5.57 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Matt Bashore (4-4, 4.52 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 10, 1 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Northwestern: RHP Zach Morton (1-6, 5.40 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Blake Monar (4-4, 4.83 ERA)

Storylines:
Currently fourth in the standings, Indiana is looking to secure its spot in the Big Ten Tournament, while Northwestern hopes to make up ground and creep in to the top half of the conference. The Hoosiers are coming off a tough weekend series at Purdue in which they dropped two out of three, while the Wildcats were swept by Illinois last weekend. One of the top hurlers in the nation, Eric Arnett takes the hill for Indiana in the opener and is tied for the conference’s lead with 10 wins. On offense, IU is led by freshman Alex Dickerson and junior Josh Phegley, who each rank among the conference’s top 10 in average (.376 and .368), slugging (.661 and .661) and RBI (49 and 55). Northwestern will rely on sophomore Chris Lashmet, who is hitting .429 and slugging .768 over the last month of the season.

PENN STATE (5-13, 22-22) at IOWA (3-14, 15-30)
Penn State Notes   Iowa Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 8, 6 p.m. CT
Penn State: RHP T.J. Macy (3-4, 4.35 ERA)
Iowa: RHP Nick Brown (2-3, 5.20 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 9, 1 p.m. CT
Penn State: LHP Mike Lorentson (1-7, 6.49 ERA)
Iowa: RHP Phil Schreiber (2-2, 4.72 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 10, 1 p.m. CT
Penn State: RHP Scott Kelley (4-4, 4.97 ERA)
Iowa: LHP Jarred Hippen (2-4, 5.60 ERA)

Storylines:
Iowa and Penn State both enter the weekend looking to make up ground in the conference race and earn an invitation to Huntington Park for the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Injury-plagued Iowa will rely on several up-and-coming freshmen, including all three starting pitchers. At the plate, a pair of freshmen are at or over the .300 mark in Dallas Burke (.333) and Sean Flanagan (.300). Burke went 8-for-13 in Iowa’s series with Minnesota last weekend, hitting his first collegiate grand slam. Penn State looks to get back on track after dropping eight of the team’s last nine games and will also look to a freshman to get things started. Jordan Steranka leads the team and is fifth in the Big Ten with a .386 average. With 64 base-hits on the year, Steranka is two knocks away from becoming Penn State’s all-time freshman hits leader.

MINNESOTA (13-4, 31-13) at MICHIGAN (7-11, 26-21)
Minnesota Notes   Michigan Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 8, 6:35 p.m. ET
Minnesota: RHP Chauncy Handran (6-2, 3.45 ERA)
Michigan: RHP Chris Fetter (6-2, 2.44 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 9, 1:05 p.m. ET
Minnesota: RHP Tom Buske (7-3, 2.56 ERA)
Michigan: RHP Tyler Burgoon (4-1, 3.66 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 10, 1:05 p.m. ET
RHP Seth Rosin (5-1, 3.95 ERA)
LHP Eric Katzman (7-4, 2.94 ERA)

Storylines:
Minnesota heads to Michigan still in the hunt for its first Big Ten championship since 2004, while the Wolverines hope to solidify their case for an invitation to the Big Ten Tournament. The hottest team in the conference, the Golden Gophers have won nine out of their last 10 games and eight of their last 10 conference decisions. Minnesota junior second baseman Derek McCallum is on pace for Big Ten triple crown in overall games, ranking first in average (.399), RBI (61) and tied for first in homers (14). He also paces the conference in slugging (.734) and total bases. Michigan’s Mike Dufek is not far off McCallum’s pace with a .663 slugging percentage and 14 long balls. Matchups on the mound face two of the conference’s top staffs against each other as Minnesota and Michigan rank first and second, respectively in ERA (4.38 and 4.64). A member of the Pitcher of the Year Watch List, Michigan’s Chris Fetter fronts all individuals with a 2.44 mark, while Minnesota’s Tom Buske is second (2.56).

PURDUE (7-10, 20-22) at MICHIGAN STATE (11-7, 21-24)
Purdue Notes   Michigan State Notes

Game 1
Saturday, May 9, 1:05 p.m. ET
Purdue: RHP Matt Bischoff (3-4, 5.35 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Nolan Moody (6-4, 3.82 ERA)
Game 2
Sunday, May 10, 1:05 p.m. ET
Purdue: LHP Matt Jansen (3-5, 6.71 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP A.J. Achter (3-3, 3.09 ERA)
Game 3
Monday, May 11, 1:05 p.m. ET
Purdue: RHP Matt Morgan (4-4, 4.15 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Tony Bucciferro (4-1, 3.09 ERA)

Storylines:
Michigan State and Purdue both enter the weekend series fighting to secure a spot in the Big Ten’s top six, looking to earn an invitation to the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. The red-hot Spartans have swept their last two series with Iowa and Penn State, while the Boilermakers are coming off a huge series win over in-state rival Indiana. The powerful Purdue offense is led by Brandon Haveman and Dan Black, who provide contact and power, respectively. Haveman is riding an 11-game hit streak and is batting a Big Ten-leading .456 in conference play. Black owns a .657 slugging percentage and leads the conference in on-base average (.524) and has also been walked 19 more times than any other hitter (54) in overall play. As a team, the Spartans have improved drastically during conference competition, improving their batting average from .278 in non-conference to .296 during the Big Ten schedule. Over the team’s last two Big Ten series, MSU is hitting .401 while the pitching staff has a combined 3.67 ERA

 

May 7, 2009

 

 

Required Reading:
Former high school opponents Brandon Wikoff and Josh Parr have helped lead Illinois to the top of the Big Ten standings.

Wednesday’s Game Results

Evansville (25-23) def. ILLINOIS (31-14), 4-3 (10)

WP: J.R. Carbonell (3-1)
LP: John Anderson (0-2)

Recap and Box Score

Western Illinois at IOWA: Cancelled

MICHIGAN (26-21) def. Western Michigan (12-30), 6-0

WP: Brandon Sinnery (2-2)
LP: Casey Hall (0-1)

Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN (12-31-1) tied Chicago (18-11-1), 0-0 (6)

Recap and Box Score

Louisville (34-13) def. OHIO STATE (34-13), 12-7

WP: Tony Zych (4-2)
LP: Ross Oltorik (1-1)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 6, 2009

 

News:
Illinois’ Brandon Wikoff and Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers named to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup.
Ohio State’s game with Louisville has been moved back to 1 p.m. ET.

Required Reading:
ESPN.com’s Jeremy Mills predicts the Big Ten will field three NCAA teams.
Ohio State shortstop Tyler Engle offers perspective on his teammate’s no-hitter.
Former Wolverine Bobby Scales picked up a hit in his Major League debut.

Tuesday’s Game Results

ILLINOIS (31-13) def. Western Illinois (12-29), 7-1

WP: Will Strack (5-0)
LP: John Sneegas (2-5)

Recap and Box Score

IOWA (15-30) def. UW-Milwaukee (21-22), 11-4

WP: Zach Kenyon (1-3)
LP: Nate Caldwell (0-4)
S: Patrick Schatz (1)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN (25-21) def. Western Michigan (12-28), 20-1

WP: Travis Smith (5-5)
LP: John Navage (0-2)

Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA (31-13) def. North Dakota State (12-25), 6-5

WP: Tim Ryan (1-1)
LP: Mark Ries (1-5)
S: Scott Matyas (10)

Recap and Box Score

Valparaiso (24-20) def. NORTHWESTERN (12-31), 14-2

WP: John Snelten (3-3)
LP: Matt Diedrich (0-2)

Recap and Box Score

Louisville (33-13) def. OHIO STATE (34-12), 21-5

WP: Bob Revesz (3-1)
LP: Andrew Armstrong (2-2)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 5, 2009

 

News:
View the Big Ten baseball weekly release.
Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers was named National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA.
Former Michigan player Bobby Scales called up by Chicago Cubs after 11 years in minor leagues.
Illinois catcher Aaron Johnson has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.
Iowa hosts its final five home games of the season this week.
Northwestern takes on Valparaiso tonight at the U.S. Steel Yard.

Required Reading:
Illinois manager Michael Schroeder looks at where his team stands entering the last few weeks of the regular season.
Kenny Fellows is one of this week’s Wolverines to Watch.
A revived Minnesota team is helping head coach John Anderson close in on 1,000 career victories.

 

May 4, 2009

 

In the Polls:
Ohio State is ranked 25th in the NCBWA poll, while Illinois and Minnesota are receiving votes.
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll has Illinois at No. 25 and Ohio State at No. 27.
Ohio State, Minnesota and Illinois are receiving votes in this week’s coaches’ poll.

News:
Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt has some high praise for Minnesota’s Derek McCallum and sees the Big Ten with three NCAA teams.
Illinois’ Brandon Wikoff and Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers earned Big Ten baseball’s weekly awards.
Wimmers is named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Northwestern’s Kenneth Avila is one of 10 male finalists for the 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

Required Reading:
Illinois’ stock is up, according to Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt.
Strike Three: Alex Wimmers is this week’s Golden Spikes spotlight player.

Must-See TV:
View highlights of Alex Wimmers’ no-hitter.
Watch the Big Ten Network’s feature on Ohio State battery mates Alex Wimmers and Dan Burkhart.

Sunday’s Game Results

ILLINOIS (14-4, 30-13) def. NORTHWESTERN (3-13, 12-30), 9-0

WP: Bryan Roberts (5-2)
LP: Zach Morton (1-6)

Recap and Box Score

PURDUE (7-10, 20-22) def. INDIANA (11-6, 22-24), 5-2

WP: Matt Morgan (4-4)
LP: Matt Bashore (4-4)
S: Sean Collins (1)

Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA (13-4, 30-13) def. IOWA (3-14, 14-30), 12-3

WP: Seth Rosin (5-1)
LP: Jarred Hippen (2-4)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN (7-11, 24-21) def. OHIO STATE (13-5, 24-11), 9-2

WP: Eric Katzman (7-4)
LP: Eric Best (6-2)
S: Alan Oaks (1)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN STATE (11-7, 21-24) def. PENN STATE (5-13, 22-22), 6-5

WP: A.J. Dunn (1-2)
LP: Ryan Ignas (3-1)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 3, 2009

 

Saturday’s Game Results

ILLINOIS (13-4, 29-13) def. NORTHWESTERN (3-12, 12-29), 15-12

WP: Mike Stankiewicz (1-1)
LP: Eric Jokisch (3-6)
S: Will Strack (2)

Recap and Box Score

PURDUE (6-9, 19-21) def. INDIANA (10-5, 21-23), 15-8

WP: Kevin Cahill (3-2)
LP: Joe O’Gara (1-3)

Recap and Box Score

INDIANA (11-5, 22-23) def. PURDUE (6-10, 19-22), 7-6

WP: Eric Arnett (10-1)
LP: Joe Haase (1-2)

Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA (12-4, 29-13) def. IOWA (3-13, 14-29), 26-9

WP: Tom Buske (7-3)
LP: Michael Jacobs (1-6)

Recap and Box Score

OHIO STATE (12-4, 33-10) def. MICHIGAN (6-10, 23-20)

WP: Alex Wimmers (8-1)
LP: Chris Fetter (6-2)

Recap and Box Score

Story: Alex Wimmers throws no-hitter

OHIO STATE (13-4, 34-10) def. MICHIGAN (6-11, 23-21), 9-6

WP: Dean Wolosiansky (10-1)
LP: Tyler Burgoon (4-1)
S: Jake Hale (1)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN STATE (10-7, 20-24) def. PENN STATE (5-12, 22-21), 9-1

WP: A.J. Achter (3-3)
LP: Mike Lorentson (1-7)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 2, 2009

 

Friday’s Game Results

ILLINOIS (12-4, 28-13) def. NORTHWESTERN (3-11, 12-28), 10-2

WP: Phil Haig (6-2)
LP: Joe Muraski (3-5)

Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA (11-4, 28-13) def. IOWA (3-12, 14-28), 4-3

WP: Austin Lubinsky (2-0)
LP: Steve Turnbull (1-2)
S: Scott Matyas (9)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN STATE (9-7, 19-24) def. PENN STATE (5-11, 22-20), 12-1

WP: Nolan Moody (6-4)
LP: T.J. Macy (2-4)

Recap and Box Score

 

May 1, 2009

 

BIG TEN BASEBALL WEEKEND PREVIEWS

ILLINOIS (11-4, 27-13) at NORTHWESTERN (3-10, 12-27)
Illinois Notes   Northwestern Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 1, 3 p.m. CT
Illinois: LHP Phil Haig (5-2, 5.16 ERA)
Northwestern: LHP Joe Muraski (3-4, 4.88 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m. CT
Illinois: RHP Ben Reeser (3-0, 2.55 ERA)
Northwestern: LHP Eric Jokisch (3-5, 4.54 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m. CT
Illinois: RHP Bryan Roberts (4-2, 6.40 ERA)
Northwestern: RHP Zach Morton (1-5, 4.93 ERA)

INDIANA (10-4, 21-22) at PURDUE (5-9, 18-21)
Indiana Notes   Purdue Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 1, 4 p.m. ET
Indiana: LHP Blake Monar (4-3, 4.58 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Matt Bischoff (3-4. 4.90 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m. ET
Indiana: RHP Eric Arnett (9-1, 2.49 ERA)
Purdue: LHP Matt Jansen (3-5, 6.33 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m. ET
Indiana: LHP Matt Bashore (4-3, 4.48 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Matt Morgan (3-4, 4.72 ERA)

IOWA (3-11, 14-27) at MINNESOTA (10-4, 27-13)
Iowa Notes   Minnesota Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 1, 6:35 p.m. CT
Iowa: RHP Phil Schreiber (2-2, 4.97 ERA)
Minnesota: RHP Chauncy Handran (6-2, 3.36 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 2, 2:05 p.m. CT
Iowa: TBA
Minnesota: RHP Tom Buske (6-3, 2.34 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 3, 1:05 p.m. CT
Iowa: LHP Jared Hippen (2-3, 4.76 ERA)
Minnesota: RHP Seth Rosin (4-1, 4.50 ERA)

MICHIGAN (6-9, 23-19) at OHIO STATE (11-4, 32-10)
Michigan Notes   Ohio State Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 1, 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Michigan: TBA
Ohio State: RHP Alex Wimmers (7-1, 3.14 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Michigan: TBA
Ohio State: RHP Dean Wolosiansky (9-1, 5.09 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Michigan: TBA
Ohio State: LHP Eric Best (6-2, 4.93 ERA)

PENN STATE (5-10, 22-19) at MICHIGAN STATE (8-7, 18-24)
Penn State Notes   Michigan State Notes

Game 1
Friday, May 1, 3:05 p.m. ET
Penn State: RHP T.J. Macy (3-3, 3.96 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Nolan Moody (5-4, 4.14 ERA)
Game 2
Saturday, May 2, 1:05 p.m. ET
Penn State: LHP Mike Lorentson (1-6, 6.43 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP A.J. Achter (2-3, 3.51 ERA)
Game 3
Sunday, May 3, 1:05 p.m. ET
Penn State: RHP Scott Kelley (4-4, 5.04 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Tony Bucciferro (4-1, 2.77 ERA)

 

April 30, 2009

 

Required Reading:
Michigan's Chris Fetter vs. Ohio State's Alex Wimmers is this week’s Marquee Mound Matchup.
The NCAA voted to approve a measure that adds a week to the start of the regular-season schedule.

News:
Illinois’ Brandon Wikoff has been named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop Watch List.
Former Michigan player Bobby Scales could get a shot at the Majors in the near future.

Wednesday’s Game Results

Indiana State (28-13) def. ILLINOIS (27-13), 11-10

WP: Brendon Smith (2-1)
LP: Aaron Martin (3-2)

Recap and Box Score

INDIANA (21-22) def. Western Illinois (9-27), 17-2

WP: Joey O’Gara (2-2)
LP: Randon Lingle (1-2)

Recap and Box Score

Creighton (25-18) def. IOWA (14-27), 12-3

WP: Brandon Koenigstein (4-0)
LP: Zach Kenyon (0-3)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN STATE (18-23) def. Eastern Michigan (14-29), 6-5

WP: Max Miller (1-1)
LP: Kevin Wammes (0-3)

Recap and Box Score

Eastern Michigan (15-29) def. MICHIGAN STATE (18-24), 6-1

WP: Bobby Henderson (1-1)
LP: Peter Wolff (0-2)

Recap and Box Score

UW-Milwaukee (19-19) def. NORTHWESTERN (12-27), 7-2

WP: Gabe Marshall (3-0)
LP: Francis Brooke (2-2)

Recap and Box Score

OHIO STATE (32-10) def. Akron (14-28), 7-3

WP: Andrew Armstrong (2-1)
LP: Scott Foster (2-2)

Recap and Box Score

PENN STATE (22-19) def. La Salle (17-22), 9-3

WP: Mike Franklin (1-0)
LP: Christian Schulz (2-2)

Recap and Box Score

 

April 29, 2009

 

We're just three weeks away from the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament!. Get ready by visiting Tournament Central.

News:
Michigan pitcher Chris Fetter was named to the Collegiate Baseball Foundation’s National All-Star Lineup.
Minnesota’s game vs. South Dakota State has been cancelled.
Ohio State continues its longest homestand of the season vs. Akron tonight.

Required Reading:
Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt predicts three Big Ten teams will make this year’s NCAA Championship and Ohio State will be hosting.
Michigan’s Chris Fetter has proven to be one of the best hurlers in the nation.
Ohio State’s Justin Miller had a breakout series vs. Northwestern last weekend.
A prep star in the state of Ohio, Tyler Engle is making a name for himself at Ohio State.

Tuesday’s Game Results

ILLINOIS (27-12) def. Southern Illinois (18-24), 5-1

WP: Mike Sterk (1-1)
LP: Nathan Forer (0-7)

Recap and Box Score

Miami (Ohio) (22-18) def. INDIANA (20-22), 9-6

WP: Lance Kingrey (1-2)
LP: Matt Carr (1-5)
S: Jamaal Hollis (2)

Recap and Box Score

Northern Iowa (16-24) def. IOWA (14-26), 9-3

WP: Carlos Pinedo (2-6)
LP: Steve Turnbull (1-1)

Recap and Box Score

St. Thomas (24-8) def. MINNESOTA (27-13), 6-3

WP: Matt Schuld (7-1)
LP: Phil Isaksson (0-1)
S: Brandon Stone (2)

Recap and Box Score

PENN STATE (21-19) at Pittsburgh (22-14)

Game cancelled due to rain with game tied 1-1 in third inning.

PURDUE (18-21) def. Ball State (19-19), 14-6

WP: Drew Wurdack (3-1)
LP: Adam Quinn (2-3)
S: Kevin Cahill (5)

Recap and Box Score

 

April 28, 2009

 

In the News:
View the Big Ten baseball weekly release.
Four Big Ten standouts were named to the College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year Watch List.
Indiana hosts Miami (Ohio) and Western Illinois this week.
Iowa plays in the final Corridor Classic and hosts Creighton this week.
Today's game between Michigan State and Eastern Michigan has been postponed.
Former Northwestern standout J.A. Happ picked up his first win of the season with the Phillies last night.
Penn State's game at Pittsburgh has been moved to a 3 p.m. ET start.

Required Reading:
Indiana’s Josh Phegley is emerging as the top catcher in this year’s MLB draft, according to ESPN.com’s Jason A. Churchill.
Illinois looks to avenge an earlier loss to Southern Illinois tonight.
Kevin Cislo is one of this week's Wolverines to Watch.
Minnesota's sweep over Purdue helped the Gophers remain in the Big Ten title hunt.
Help Minnesota Burst the Bleachers on Saturday vs. Iowa.

 

April 27, 2009

 

In the Polls:
Ohio State is ranked No. 25 by the NCBWA while Illinois and Minnesota are receiving votes.
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranks Ohio State No. 27 and Illinois No. 28.
Ohio State and Minnesota are receiving votes in the coaches' poll.

In the News:
Illinois' Argo, Michigan's Fetter and Minnesota's Buske were honored by the Big Ten.
Major League pitcher and former Iowa standout Wes Obermueller will throw out the first pitch of the final Corridor Classic.
Michigan State will formally dedicate McLane Baseball Stadium on Saturday.
Northwestern and North Central have cancelled their game scheduled for Tuesday.

Required Reading:
ESPN.com's Jeremy Mills predicts Ohio State will host an NCAA Regional as a No. 2 seed and Minnesota will be in as a No. 3 seed.

Must-See TV:
View highlights from Minnesota's comeback win over Purdue on Friday.

Sunday's Game Results

ILLINOIS (11-4, 26-12) def. PENN STATE (5-10, 21-19), 9-2

WP: Bryan Roberts (4-2)
LP: Paul Cianciolo (4-1)

Recap and Box Score

INDIANA (10-4, 20-21) def. MICHIGAN (6-9, 23-19), 3-1

WP: Matt Bashore (4-3)
LP: Eric Katzman (6-3)
S: Chris Squires (5)

Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN STATE (8-7, 17-23) def. IOWA (3-11, 14-25), 14-5

WP: Tony Bucciferro (4-1)
LP: Zach Robertson (2-3)

Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA (10-4, 27-12) def. PURDUE (5-9, 17-21), 5-2

WP: Seth Rosin (4-1)
LP: Matt Morgan (3-4)
S: Scott Matyas (8)

Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN (3-10, 12-26) def. OHIO STATE (11-4, 31-10), 10-6

WP: David Jensen (2-2)
LP: Eric Best (6-2)

Recap and Box Score

 

April 26, 2009

 

Saturday's Game Results

ILLINOIS (10-4, 25-12) def. PENN STATE (5-9, 21-18), 11-5

WP: Will Strack (4-0)
LP: Mike Lorentson (1-6)
S: John Anderson (2)

Recap and Box Score

INDIANA (9-4, 19-21) def. MICHIGAN (6-8, 23-19), 8-7

WP: Eric Arnett (9-1)
LP: Alan Oaks (0-3)
S: Chris Squir