The Boilermaker bats came through with three runs in the seventh to pull off a 4-2 comeback victory over Illinois softball in Game 2 on Saturday. Purdue trailed 2-0 after three innings and scored one in the fifth and three in the seventh to snag the win. Missed opportunities cost the Boilermakers in a 3-1 loss to Illinois in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Read more at PurdueSports.com. And read more of Saturday’s Big Ten softball roundup in this post.
Purdue baseball opened their weekend series against Nebraska with an 8-5 win at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. It was the Boilermakers tenth straight win. Watch the highlights now and get BTN’s full baseball schedule inside this post.
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.
Spring drills are winding down, with Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota conducting games this Saturday, so here are my newsy links for today. Wisconsin and Michigan State will finish April 28. I will be at the Ohio State game and there are two things I’m most interested to see. On offense, Urban Meyer has said he wants to throw the ball. How will quarterback Braxton Miller look? Which receivers are stepping up? And on defense, the linebackers lagged in 2011. The defense needs better play to take the next step in its development.
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Is there a hotter or better program in the Big Ten right now than Wisconsin? The Badgers are coming off back-to-back Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl appearances. And the good times are primed to continue to roll as Bret Bielema enters his sixth season in Madison with lots of mojo.
Last year brought us some epic Big Ten games. We soon won’t forget Michigan State over Wisconsin; Ohio State beating the Badgers; Nebraska rallying over Ohio State. What classics are waiting to be hatched in 2012, you ask? Good question. Get out your red Sharpie and circle these games that land on my Top 15 Big Ten clashes of 2012. Earlier, I ranked the top 15 nonconference games. Did I miss one? Tell me which Big Ten games have you fired up the most. I’m on Twitter and Facebook, too.
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