Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What We've Missed

Ok, technically, it's "What I've Missed". Strike that, too. I didn't miss it. I just didn't report or link to these scores in a timely fashion. Regardless, let me play some catch-up on this midweek madness.

Illinois crushed Judson, 15-5. I hate to admit this, but until just a few days ago, I had never heard of Judson. I've already learned something new this week. The Illini's Craig Lutes homered amongst his three hits and drove in four. Kyle Hudson collected three hits, two RBI, two runs scored, two steals and hit a sac fly. Your winner was Mike Stankiewicz (1-0).

Indiana beat Xavier today, 10-4. Hoosiers' RF Kipp Schutz had four hits, three RBI and scored a run. Josh Phegley had a pair of hits, three RBI and scored three times. Chris McCombs earned his first victory of '08.

Iowa downs Western Illinois, 7-4. Kyle Riffel drives in three. Kevin Hoef scores twice and drive in two more. The win goes to Brock Alberts (2-1) in relief.

Michigan had their Monday game vs. Oakland and Tuesday game vs. Bowling Green postponed. Supposedly, the Maize and Blue are playing IPFW right now after a two-hour delay. (I can't speak to the delay, as it was around 50 degrees and sunny in my portion of southeastern Michigan.)

Michigan State had to skip playing yesterday and probably wish they had done so again today. Eastern Michigan pounded MSU, 10-3. Spartans 1B Evan Friedland's two hits, including a homerun, were the highlight. This a painfully bad RPI loss for MSU. (Although, I don't think EMU is really a 2-17 ballclub.)

In what has to be the best news for baseball across the conference this week, Minnesota took out #2 Missouri, 12-5. Matt Nohelty, Nate Hanson, Derek McCallum and Jeremy Chlan all had three hit games to pace the 18-hit Gopher attack. Nohelty, Hanson, Chlan and Eric Decker all had two RBI. Nohelty and McCallum scored three times. Seth Rosin's (1-0) four innings of two hit relief work got him the win. Luke Rasmussen yielded a single hit over three innings to notch his first save.

Of course, the second ranked Tigers did beat Minnesota on Tuesday, 17-8. Missouri OF Aaron Senne had four hits, including going yard twice, and eight RBI. Yes, eight. Minnesota 3B Nate Hanson had a four hit performance as well. Hanson hit his first homerun of 2008. Gopher CF Matt Nohelty had three hits.

Ohio State open the home schedule with a convincing 9-1 triumph over Pittsburgh. Freshman Andrew Armstrong gave up only two hits, two walks and one unearned run over five innings to earn his second win. Armstrong also fanned five. Fellow freshman Ryan Meade led the hit parade with two hits and three RBI. Sophomores Cory Kovanda and Cory Rupert each had a pair of hits and a RBI.

Canisius beat up Penn State, 11-6. Canisius 3B Kevin Mahoney hit his third homer and drove in three. Ryan Asis and Kevin Mailloux each had three hits a piece. Brian Ernst, Wes Borden and Cory Wine all had multiple hits games for PSU. No, PSU fans, I don't have any answers, either.

Finally, in things I've under-reported, the conference announced the Players of the Week. Cory Kovanda of OSU and Jon Moore of Purdue split the hitter honors. Minnesota's Scott Matyas captured the pitching award.