It was a busy day of Big Ten baseball Saturday afternoon, including a half-dozen conference games. Nebraska hosted former Big 12 rival and No. 12 Texas in a game that aired live on BTN. Watch the replay on BTN2Go. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten baseball action below. Central Connecticut at Penn State – Postponed The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday. Rutgers 4, Ohio State 2 Trailing 2-1 with one out in the ninth inning, Kyle Walker roped his first career homer, a three-run shot, to send Rutgers to an exciting 4-2
In a game that was scoreless heading into the 15th inning, Nebraska’s Austin Darby stepped to the plate and delivered. The senior lined a one-out RBI single to left field to give the Huskers a memorable 1-0 victory over Texas on Saturday. Darby got behind 0-2 in the count, but then lined a shot into left field where Texas’ Ben Johnson bobbled the ball, which allowed Tanner Lubach to score from second base and give the Huskers the win. With the victory, Nebraska improves to 20-7 on the year. Watch the incredible finish to the game in the video above.
Austin Darby has made a living out of making highlight-reel grabs during his Nebraska career. Need proof? All it takes is a simple “Austin Darby catch” Google search. Or, there’s the pair of catches the senior outfielder has made vs. No. 12 Texas this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Darby left his feet to rob Texas of a run-scoring extra base hit in the second inning. Watch the highlight above. And, in Friday’s 3-1 win, there is the catch, too. Darby also made some noise with his bat, providing the game-winning hit in extra innings Saturday.
No. 14 Maryland is adjusting to Big Ten baseball just fine, thank you. The Terrapins took down Minnesota, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon to sweep their first Big Ten series. Catch up on all of Sunday’s Big Ten baseball action below. USF 8, Illinois 5 No. 18 Illinois battled back from a 5-1 deficit to send the finale with USF to extra innings, but came up short in the 10th, 8-5, to prevent a series sweep Sunday. Read full recap. Indiana 5, Penn State 4 (12) No. 21 Indiana opened Big Ten play with a win for the fifth consecutive year,
The Big Ten’s two newest teams, Maryland and Rutgers, registered their first Big Ten wins Saturday. The Terrapins swept Minnesota in a doubleheader, 5-1 and 12-9, while the Scarlet Knights knocked off Purdue, 4-1, after dropping Friday’s Big Ten opener. Catch up on all of Saturday’s results below. Illinois 5, USF 2 In the quickest game of the season so far, No. 18 Illinois clinched its third straight series victory with a 5-2 win over USF. Starter Drasen Johnson pitched into the eighth inning to earn his third win. Indiana at Penn State – Postponed Iowa 6, Kansas 4 Iowa
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