No. 6 Ohio State plated nine runs in the final two innings to defeat No. 3 Penn State, 12-5, on the opening day of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday at Huntington Park. The Buckeyes, who move to 32-25 on the season, take on top-seeded and 18th-ranked Purdue at 7:05 p.m. ET Thursday. David Corna and Patrick Porter both drove in four runs, while Corna and Brad Holberg each had three hits. Brett McKinney threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory. Read more at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and follow @OhioState_BASE on Twitter.
Senior co-captain Tony Bucciferro allowed just two runs and struck out five in eight innings to lead the Michigan State baseball team past Nebraska, 10-9, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Huntington Park. Michigan State (36-19) collected 17 hits and appeared to have the game in hand with a 10-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Nebraska (34-22) rallied for seven runs in its final at-bat. Read more at MSUSpartans.com and follow @statebaseball on Twitter.
Each week of the college football season offers a variety of games for fans to watch. I’m taking a super-early look at each week of the Big Ten season as a way to preview the 2012 campaign. Find my Week 3 schedule analysis in this post and watch our feature on Michigan State’s memorable 2010 win over Notre Dame now. Here’s my Week 1 and Week 2 posts, too, if you missed them.
Michigan State had already allowed seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the opening game of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, and with the tying run on third base, second basemen Ryan Jones bailed out the Spartans. On what looked like the game-tying hit, Jones climbed the ladder and robbed his counterpart, Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly, of an RBI hit. The terrific catch sealed Michigan State’s 10-9 victory and put it into the winner’s bracket. The Spartans entered the inning leading 10-2. Watch the play now.
When Phil Steele posts anything about college football, people read it and respect it. His 2012 Preaseason All-Big Ten Team is no exception. Steele released his Big Ten and SEC preseason teams Wednesday, and you can see them here. Two-time reigning Big Ten champ Wisconsin boasts the most first-team honorees (7), while Michigan State features the most overall honorees (16).
The linebacking spot may be the most talented of any position on defense in the Big Ten in 2012. Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and Mike Taylor; Michigan State’s Denicos Allen; Illinois’ Jonathan Brown; Penn State’s Gerald Hodges all are back after earning either first- or second-team All-Big Ten accolades in 2011.
Northwestern head women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Amonte Hiller, winner of eight NCAA championships as a player at Maryland and a coach at Northwestern, will be inducted in honor of her tremendous career as a player, which included back-to-back national player of the year awards while playing for two NCAA title-winning teams at Maryland in 1995 and 1996. Read more at NUsports.com.