Big Ten Baseball Tournament - Game 1 Live Blog

May 20, 2009

FINAL: Illinois 16, Michigan State 5

2:33 p.m.: Last chance for the Spartans who trail 16-5 headed into the top of the ninth.

2:18 p.m.: We're through seven and it's 16-4, Illinois. Pete Cappetta and Josh Parr each have four hits for the Illini, while Cappetta has scored four runs and Parr has driven in four. Right-hander Aaron Martin on to pitch for Illinois in the top of the eighth.

1:58 p.m.: Fighting Illini tack on four more and hold a 12-4 lead. Kurtis Frymier on to pitch for MSU.

1:51 p.m.: Illinois has extended its lead to 8-4 with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Runners on first and second.

1:40 p.m.: Follow pitch-by-pitch on GameTracker.

1:33 p.m.: The double forces MSU starter Moody from the game. Now on for the Spartans, right-hander A.J. Dunn (2-3, 6.21 ERA).

1:31 p.m.: Illinois tacks on another on a double down the left-field line off the bat of freshman Josh Parr. Illini up, 6-4, with one out in the fifth and runners on first and second.

1:25 p.m.: The Spartans go down in order and we're officially halfway through. Illinois still leads, 5-4.

1:20 p.m.: Fun Fact - Eric Roof's grand slam in the third was the first in Huntington Park history.

1:16 p.m.: The Fighting Illini grabbed a one-run lead with a five-run fourth. Across the lines it's four runs on three hits and an error for Michigan State and five runs on eight hits and an error for Illinois.

1:12 p.m.: First-team All-Big Ten shortsop Brandon Wikoff ties the game with a single to right. Runners at the corners and two away.



1:10 p.m.: Illinois gets another back on an RBI single by Casey McMurray. Runners on the corners, two out, MSU leads 4-3.

1:07 p.m.: Illinois' Pete Cappetta rips a double to center, driving in a pair to cut Michigan State's lead in half.

1:03 p.m.: Argo rips a double into left-center, moving Aaron Johnson to third. Two runniers in scoring position and no outs for the Illini in the bottom of the fourth.

1:00 p.m.: Three-up, three-down for Michigan State in the top of the fourth.

12:54: For Illinois in the bottom of the third, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on in the bottom of the third. MSU's Moody walks two, but gets out of it to keep his squad up, 4-0, through three complete.

12:47: For Michigan State in the top of the third: 4 runs on 2hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. Sparty leads, 4-0, through 2.5.

12:44: Eric Roof gets MSU on the board with a two-out grand slam to right-center.

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12:39: Bo Felt gets the first hit of the day for Sparty on a single to left. Brandon Eckerle follows with a bunt single. Two on and nobody out.

12:36: The Spartans strand six in the bottom of the second. 0 runs on 1 hit, 1 error and 2 left on.

12:31: All-Freshman Team selection Willie Argo knocks the first base hit of the game. Two on, 1 out.

12:27: 1-2-3 go the Spartans in the top of the second.

12:22: Zeroes across the board for Illinois in the bottom of the first. Scoreless after 1.

12:17: Illinois gets out of the inning. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 left on.

12:15: MSU’s Roberts is the first to reach base, getting to first on a two-out error.

12:10 p.m.: Play ball! First pitch from Haig is to Boike is a strike.

12:05 p.m.: Lineups are being announced and the teams are taking the field. Beautiful and sunny with a slight breeze blowing from right to left.

11:30 a.m.: Game 1 today features No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 Michigan State. Pitching probables are Illinois LHP Phil Haig (6-3, 4.90 ERA) vs. Michigan State RHP Nolan Moody (6-4, 4.04 ERA).