March 31 Big Ten Baseball Roundup
Jaron Long came out on top in a pitcher’s duel with Michigan State’s Tony Bucciferro as Ohio State nipped the Spartans, 1-0, in Game 1 of a three-game set Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 14-10 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State falls to 15-8, 0-1 in conference play. Read the OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap. Also, watch analysis from the game now and see other video in this post.
Illinois 12, Mississippi Valley State 4
After scoring 15 runs on Friday, the Fighting Illini kept the bats rolling on Saturday against Mississippi Valley State, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings – including a six-run second – to beat the Delta Devils 12-4 and win the weekend series in front of 887 fans. Shortstop Thomas Lindauer went 2-for-2 with three walks and the first five hitters in the Illini order combined to go 11-for-20 with nine RBIs and eight runs. Read full recap at FightingIllini.com.
Iowa 4, Indiana 0
Iowa won at Indiana on Saturday, 4-0, giving head coach Jack Dahm his 200th win at the helm of the Hawkeye program. He ranks third all-time in victories at Iowa behind Duane Banks and Otto Vogel. The game was the second in a three-game set at Sembower Field. Read full recap at HawkeyeSports.com.
Minnesota 9, Michigan 4
Minnesota used eight runs in the first two innings of play to earn a 9-4 win over Michigan on Saturday at the H.H.H. Metrodome. The Golden Gophers had nine players add a hit, while four had multiple hit games. With the win, Minnesota is guaranteed the series win after a 6-3 win on Friday. Minnesota and Michigan will also play tomorrow at 1:05 for the series finale. Read full recap at GopherSports.com.
Northwestern 8, Nebraska 4
Freshman right-hander Brandon Magallones struck out a career-high 10 batters and improved to 5-0 on the season as Northwestern took advantage of six Nebraska errors in posting an 8-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. Nick Linne led the Wildcats offensively with three hits, while Jack Livingston and Kyle Ruchim drove in two runs apiece. Read full recap at NUSports.com.
Purdue 2, Penn State 1
Both starting pitchers took no-hitters into the seventh inning, but it was No. 19 Purdue baseball that broke through and scored twice in the frame to defeat Penn State, 2-0, earning head coach Doug Schreiber his 400th career victory. Starting pitcher Lance Breedlove (4-2) went the distance for a second-consecutive start, pitching his first complete-game shutout as a Boilermaker. Read full recap at PurdueSports.com.