Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Wednesday Night Observations

I'm not sure where to begin or even end this post. I do know that it's been a pretty miserable midweek for Big Ten baseball squads. Oh, some have won, but a number of them, including the top two, failed to build on their successful weekends. Regardless, here are some links to baseball, Big Ten style.

Indiana literally ran all over Indiana State yesterday, 11-5. The Go-Go Hoosiers stole twelve bases. Don't believe me? Can't say that I blame you. My math skills are frequently called into question and, let's be honest, 12 is a ton of stolen bases in a single game. So, go count 'em yourself to make sure I did it right. (In ISU's defense, they did steal five bases of their own.)

Not surprisingly, IU's Reggie Watson led the charge with four steals. Watson entered the week as the Big Ten's leaders in stolen bases. As a team, IU leads in conference in stolen bases and attempts, thus my Go-Go Hoosiers title stays.

Iowa has split a pair of midweek affairs. The Hawkeyes lost to North Dakota State, 11-8. (That's a darn painful loss for the league and Iowa.) Rebounding, Iowa beat the Bisons today, 13-8. Skyler Moss homered and had five RBI in the Hawkeye victory.

Northern Iowa beat Minnesota, 9-6. Apparently, the teams around the conference are looking at crushing their RPI figures.

Speaking of RPI numbers, SE Baseball has it's adjusted RPI out for the week. Purdue comes in on top followed by Michigan. SE Baseball's Mark Etheridge also picks the NCAA Tournament field. I see Michigan in as the Big Ten automatic berth. Does anyone see another Big Ten squad in their field of 64?

One team not projected into the tournament is conference leader Northwestern. Why not? Mostly because of their non-conference record, which is below .500. NU's RPI didn't improve yesterday with a loss to Valpo, 7-3. I know it's a midweek game, but you just can't lose those type of games and expect to get much love from the selection committee.

Michigan, for the second straight week, endangered it's at large berth potential by losing a midweek game. Today, Eastern Michigan drilled the Maize and Blue, 9-3. No links are available yet, but Big Ten teams have to stop losing these midweek contests if they really hope to land two teams into the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State beat Oakland this afternoon, 8-2. Eric Fryer went 3 for 4. Sorry, no links for this game, either. I checked the GameTracker to obtain the score.

Illinois pounded on Illinois State, 8-3.

The Big Ten named it's Players of the Week.