Chad Clark hit a two-run walk-off home run (watch it!) to cap a four-run ninth inning and lead Indiana to a thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over Valparaiso on Friday night at Bart Kaufman Field. The top-seeded Hoosiers (44-14) take on No. 2 seed Austin Peay (46-13) at 6:05 pm ET Saturday in the Bloomington Regional. The Governors enter the contest with the nation’s longest winning streak (16).
Jordan Parr belted two home runs and Kevin Duchene set an Illinois school record in No. 3 Illinois’ 6-4 win over No. 2 Georgia Tech in the first round of the Nashville Regional. Duchene (9-1) struck out five and allowed three runs over seven quality innings to earn his ninth victory, marking the most wins ever by an Illini freshman.
The biggest difference between the SEC and Big Ten isn’t speed at the skill-positions on offense. Nope. It’s on defense—along the line, in particular. The Big Ten has some big fellas who can make plays and get up the field—just not the depth and breadth of the SEC. But, the situation is improving. Here is my ranking of the Big Ten defensive lines.
It’s that time of week when I reach into my mailbag. It looks like my unit rankings are generating quite the interest, based on the amount of cards and letters I have received. I always enjoy hearing from Big Ten fans! So, please stay in touch. Let’s get started.
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Is the Horseshoe about to get even bigger? According to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio State athletic department will send a proposal to the university’s board of trustees next week seeking approval for a 2,500-seat addition to Ohio Stadium in 2014.
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How about a little hoops talk for the last day of May? Well, here you go. The great (and I mean GREAT) Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News and BTN has his early, early Top 25 for 2013-14 out. And, it’s right here. Yes, the Big Ten is well-represented.
Chicago Bulls strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland has been named to the same post for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, the school announced Friday.