Three more spring games are in the books, as Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota punctuated their drills with games on Saturday. Michigan State and Wisconsin are the only schools left playing, with each conducting a spring game this Saturday when the NFL draft still will be going on.
Penn State’s Steven Hill had quite the weekend. If you missed it, the junior pitcher threw Penn State’s first no-hitter in a Big Ten game and its first since 1995 (Nate Bump) in Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Iowa. Hill (4-3) faced two over the minimum, with one walk and one hit batter, and fanned three en route to the historic performance. Watch Hill and his coaches talk about the no-hitter in this post, plus see the Big Ten’s latest baseball honorees.
With the wind howling in Sunday in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, Northwestern showed its power prowess with a pair of deep home runs and seven total extra base hits that aided an 8-3 Wildcats’ win at the IU Softball Field. In the second game, it was all Indiana en route to an 11-3 win in six innings. The win gave Indiana two wins over Northwestern in the same season for the first time since 1997. The Hoosiers connected for three home runs, matching a season high. Watch our highlights from the Northwestern-Indiana doubleheader now and get our Sunday softball roundup in this post.
The University of Iowa baseball team beat Penn State, 4-2, Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes scored three first-inning runs and never looked back en route to snapping a three-game losing streak. Iowa starter Sasha Kuebel was terrific, earning his fourth win of the year to remain perfect (4-0). The rookie threw seven and a third solid innings, yielding just two runs, striking out two while scattering seven hits. Read the full recap at HawkeyeSports.com and get our Sunday baseball roundup in this post.
The Penn State Blue-White game will be archived on BTN2Go. It is also available on the Big Ten Digital Network as part of a separate subscription. The Penn State game will re-air on BTN TV on Saturday at 8 p.m. And what is Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher doing at the Penn State game? Watch the interview inside this post and find out.
The Big Ten Network had you covered for all three Spring Football games on Saturday. See what was going on at Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota. We’ve posted a variety of interviews with Big Ten names attending these games, too. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from Saturday’s games at 7 p.m. ET on “B1G Tonight: Spring Football Edition” with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
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Everything is new at Penn State. New coach, new schemes, new hopes, new era. It’s exciting … and a little scary for a program that was led the past 46 seasons by Joe Paterno. What’s gonna happen? I talked to Bill O’Brien as spring drills were coming to end with the Nittany Lions’ spring game this Saturday.