Big Ten baseball recap: Huskers walk-off again
It was a busy and exciting day on the Big Ten diamond Sunday. Nebraska beat Ohio State, 2-1, on its second two-out walk-off win over the Buckeyes in as many days. This time, Tanner Lubach sent the Huskers to the win, a decision that wrapped up a series sweep. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action in this post.
NEBRASKA 2, OHIO STATE 1 | RECAP
It was quite the weekend for Nebraska (19-13, 4-2 Big Ten), which completed its Big Ten-opening homestand on Sunday with another dramatic walk-off victory. For the second straight day the Huskers plated the winning run with two outs in the ninth, with Tanner Lubach playing hero on Sunday after Michael Pritchard picked up a walk-off single on Saturday. NU defeated Ohio State by a score of 2-1 to complete the series sweep without using one single pitch from its bullpen.
PURDUE 4, PENN STATE 0 | RECAP
Purdue scored three two-out runs early in the game and Brett Haan worked the first five scoreless innings in a combined-shutout effort, as the Boilermakers salvaged the finale of the Penn State series with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field.
MINNESOTA 3, MICHIGAN 1 | RECAP
The University of Minnesota (17-10, 5-4 Big Ten) beat Michigan 3-1 Sunday in Ann Arbor to win the series 2-1. A few timely hits and key defensive plays gave the Golden Gophers the edge over the Wolverines (14-17-1, 4-5 Big Ten) in the series finale.
MICHIGAN STATE 5, SIENA 1 | RECAP
The Michigan State baseball team picked up its seventh consecutive win on Sunday, downing Siena 5-1 at McLane Baseball Stadium to finish off a three-game sweep of the Saints. Blaise Salter snapped a 1-1 tie with solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and Jimmy Pickens tacked on a two-out, three-RBI double in the seventh to help push MSU’s record to 17-11 on the season.
ILLINOIS 1, NORTHWESTERN 0 | RECAP
Junior John Kravetz tossed a career-high eight scoreless innings and senior Ronnie Muck closed the 1-0 victory and series sweep of Northwestern on Sunday at Rocky Miller Park. Sophomore Jason Goldstein knocked in junior David Kerian with an RBI single for the only run in the fourth, which proved to be enough behind the third stellar pitching performance of the weekend. The Illini won their fifth consecutive game and ninth in their last 10 to improve to 17-11 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten.
INDIANA 14, IOWA 3 | RECAP
No. 24/28 Indiana scored eight runs in the first two innings and finished with 14 runs on 17 hits in a 14-3 victory over the University of Iowa baseball team Sunday afternoon at Banks Field. The win clinches a Hoosiers series win.