We interrupt your regularly scheduled previews for this update. Opening Day has arrived. Yes, friends, it's baseball season once again. Friday saw all ten teams in action. In the end, the Big Ten had a fairly good first day.
However, not to fear fans of Penn State and Purdue, previews of your programs should be available shortly. Until then, enjoy this recap of Opening Day.
Illinois 6 Sam Houston State 4 (box)
The Illini scored six runs on six hits to earn the victory. Kevin Manson's 3.2 innings of scoreless relief earned him the win. SS Brandon Wikoff had two hits, a RBI, scored once and stole a base. CF Kyle Hudson swiped two.
LSU 7 Indiana 1 (box)
Freshman 1B Jerrud Sabourin had two hits and drove in the lone Hoosiers tally. CF Andrew Means also had a pair of hits for IU. LSU's Ryan Schmipf was 4 for 4. The Tigers also had three hits a piece from CF Jared Mitchell and LF Blake Dean.
Iowa 8 Albany 3 (box)
Nick Erdman pitched five innings allowing four hits and no runs to post his first victory. Erdman yeilded only one walk and struck out eight. CF Caleb Curry had three hits, three steals and a RBI for Iowa. 2B Justin Toole doubled, drove in two and scored once. SS Kevin Hoef had a pair of hits, scored once and drove in another.
Michigan 13 Villanova 4 (box)
CF Kevin Cislo had two hits, scored three times, drove in three and stole a base to lead Michigan's attack. 1B Nate Recknagel homered, scored twice and drove in two. DH Zach Putnam had two hits, two RBI, a run scored and stole a base. Freshman RF Ryan LaMarre had a three hit, two RBI, run scored debut. Matt Gerbe earned the win in relief. Gerbe tossed three innings of no hit baseball.
Michigan State 6 Stetson 4 (box)
CF Dennis Jones' tenth inning homer lifted MSU to the win. Jones opened the year with a two hit, three RBI, run scored performance. Justin Potes, Eli Boike and freshman Jonathon Roof each had a pair of hits for the Spartans. Boike also stole two bases. Kurt Wunderlich pitched the final two stanzas and gained the win.
Mississippi 7 Minnesota 1 (box)
Ole Miss LF Logan Power was the star of the game. Power had two hits and four RBI vs. the Gophers. Rebels' DH Michael Guerrero homered and drove in two. Minnesota freshman Mike Kvasnicka had a hit, one of only four Gophers safties, and the lone RBI.
Northwestern 13 Cal State Northridge 7 (box)
OF Mike Kalina had three hits (including a homer and a triple), scored three times and drove in four to pace NU. Chad Noble had three hits while Aaron Newman, Jake Owens, Jake Goebbert and Nate Roberts all had two. One of Goebbert's was a homerun. Joe Muraski posted win number one working six innings allowing five runs.
Ohio State 7 Arkansas State 3 (box -- note it's a .pdf file)
Senior Dan DeLucia's return from Tommy John surgery was the story. DeLucia pitched four innings of five hit baseball allowing a single run in his '08 debut. Dan's brother, Brian, was the offensive hero going 4 for 4, scoring twice and getting two RBI. Amongst DeLucia's four hits was a homer. CF J.B. Shuck had a three hit game, freshman DH Ryan Meade had two hits and Justin Miller had two RBI.
Penn State @ High Point (ppd. Rain)
The Nittany Lions will attempt to begin the season on Saturday with a doubleheader.
Baylor 2 Purdue 1
Baylor's Landis Ware's two-run homer proved to be the game winner. Purdue's Matt Bishcoff had a strong start going 6.2 innings giving up two runs on only three hits. Bischoff also fanned seven Bears and walked three. All-America candidate Ryne White had two of the four Purdue hits. Jonathon Lilly had the lone Boilermaker RBI. (Sorry, I haven't found a boxscore yet.)