So much to type, so little time. Let's go with the basic BTH recap of Sunday's action.
Michigan 10 Purdue 1 (box)
SS Jason Christian had three hits, including homer number three, drove in two, scored three times and drew a walk to lead Michigan. OF Zach Putnam had two hits, three RBI and scored a run. OF Derek VanBuskirk had a pair of hits and RBI. Starter Chris Fetter worked six innings giving up six hits, a walk, one earned run and fanned three. Purdue's Dan Black and Jon Cummins had two hits a piece and Spencer Ingaldson drove in the Boilers' lone run.
Minnesota 12 Michigan State 2 (box)
OFs Matt Nohelty and Mike Mee both went 3 for 5 with four RBI. Both went yard once. Nohelty scored three times, Mee once. Gophers SS Dan Lyons also had a three hit game, scored three times and had a RBI. Dustin Braebender (4-1) gave up six hits, one walk, two earned runs and struck out six Spartans over six innings. Tyler Oakes was flawless through the last three to post his first save. MSU OF Eli Boike had two hits, two stolen bases and scored once. Fellow Spartans freshman OF Chris Roberts hit his first collegiate homer.
Penn State 6 Northwestern 4 (box)
PSU firstbaseman Cory Wine had two hits (his third homer amongst them), two runs and three RBI to help lift the Nittany Lions to victory. C Joe Blackburn had three hits, a run scored and a RBI. OF Rick Marlin drove in a pair of runs. Drew O'Neil (2-1) won the game pitching the last two frames. NU's Antonio Mule had two RBI. Jake Owens and Aaron Newman had two hits a piece.
Ohio State 11 Indiana 3 (box)
The Buckeyes swept the series with IU. OSU 1B Justin Miller knocked out three hits, had three RBI, scored twice and walked to led the barrage. SS Jason Zoeller homered (6), drove in three and scored twice. DH Jacob Howell also hit a big fly (4) and drove in two. The win went to J.B. Shuck who pitched eight innings scattering nine hits and a walk. Shuck fanned eight Hoosiers. IU's Chris Hervey had a three hit day. Andrew Means had two hits and two RBI.
Iowa 17 Illinois 12 (box)
In a game that saw each school send six pitchers to the mound, Iowa prevailed to take the series. Hawkeyes' SS Jason White hit for the cycle. White went 4 for 6 with four runs scored and four RBI. 2B Justin Toole was 3 for 3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Dusty Napoleon and Caleb Curry had two hits and two RBI a piece. 3B Kevin Hoef was 3 for 5. Jason Belk's two innings of scoreless baseball earned him his first win.
Obviously, Illinois had their share of offensive stars, as well. Not surprisingly, Lars Davis led the Illini charge with three hit, three RBI effort. Two of Davis' three hits were homers and the Illinois' catcher also scored twice. 1B Mike Rohde had three hits, scored twice and drove in two.
The result of this weekend's action reveals that Michigan (still) sits atop the Big Ten at 11-1. Minnesota is right on their heels at 9-2. Penn State has moved into third at 9-5. Ohio State has rebounded and finds themselves in fourth at 8-6. In spite of losing their last three games, Illinois is next at 7-7 in conference play. Iowa and Purdue are tied for the sixth, and final conference tournament slot, at 7-8. Eighth is Michigan State at 6-9. Indiana is 4-12, Northwestern is 3-13.