So far, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Northwestern have posted wins. Coach Hartleb's nine downed Eastern Kentucky, 8-6. Casey McMurray and and Brandon Wikoff each had two RBI to lead Illinois' offense. Ben Reeser worked 2.1 innings of relief to notch the win.
Michigan dropped Presbyterian, 5-2. Nate Recknagel cranked out his fourth homer and drove in three of the Wolverines' runs. Travis Smith posted his first win going seven innings. Smith gave up five hits, one walk, one earned run and struck out two. Mike Powers earned the save.
Matt Bashore led Indiana to a 7-0 triumph over Portland. The sophomore lefty went eight shutout innings while allowing six hits and four walks. Bashore fanned twelve Portland batters. Jerrud Sabourin paced the Hoosiers' hit parade with three hits, including a homer, two runs scored and two RBI. SS Evan Crawford also drove in a pair of IU tallies. Tyler Rogers also went yard for Indiana.
Eric Jokisch pitched a complete game to help Northwestern win the first game of their doubleheader with UIC, 6-3. Jokisch (1-0) went nine giving up nine hits, a walk and three earned runs. Aaron Newman's three hits led NU. Jake Owens, Jake Goebbert and Mike Kalina all had two hits a piece.
The Flames took game two, 5-3. Goebbert and Jim Grieco each had two hits in the second half of the twinbill.
Purdue's game against Ohio was postponed until Saturday.
Pacific is leading Minnesota, 1-0, in the third inning.
There's no report from either the MSU vs. Quinnipac or Penn State vs. Penn games.