Northwestern's surprising run through the Big Ten continued Sunday. The Wildcats split a doubleheader with Iowa and maintained their share of first place in the conference. While the Hawkeyes pounded the 'Cats in the opener, 16-2, NU (14-5/17-23) took the finale of the weekend series, 7-6.
Iowa CF Nate Price went 4 for5 with a homer and five RBI in game one. Austin Seward (4-4) pitched a complete game for Iowa. Seward allowed eight hits, two runs and fanned six in his seven innings. In game two, Tommy Finn and Jake Owens each drove in a pair of run to help lead NU to victory.
Michigan stayed level with the Wildcats by beating Michigan State, 11-5. Leif Mahler, Doug Pickens, Nate Recknagel and Jeff Kunkel, the Wolverines' 2-5 hitters, each drove in a pair of runs. MSU's Oliver Wolcott and Sean Walker each homered and drove in two.
Purdue avoided a sweep in Columbus by beating the Ohio State, 7-6. Ryne White and John Hunter each had two hits and two RBI for the Boilermakers. Purdue's Jordan Comadena went yard, as well. OSU's Ronnie Bourquin went 4 for 5 and Jedidiah Stephen went 3 for 4 with his sixth homerun.
Illinois brought out the lumber (or heavy metal) today and beat Minnesota, 16-8. The Illini's twenty-four hit attack was led by Dave Schultz who was 5 for 5 and Ryan Snowden who went 5 for 6. Both scored twice and had two RBI. Joe Bonadonna had four RBI and Ryan Hastings had four hits and scored three times. Illini righthander Brian Blomquist won his third game pitching in relief.
On a happier note in Gopherland, head coach John Anderson was given a contract extension. Anderson is now signed through the 2010 season.
Penn State beat up (and down) Indiana, 11-0. PSU's Craig Clark pitched a complete game shutout. Clark allowed only six hits, walked no one and struck out seven Hoosiers. 3B Matt Cavagnaro led the way with three hits and also scored three times. Lance Thompson and Aaron Greenfield each had a pair of RBI.