Friday, April 18, 2008

Open Thread Saturday

I'm not sure what my schedule is going to look like Saturday, so I'm going to leave this an open post where all of you can update scores, highlights and the like in the comment section. It's doubleheader day across the Big Ten, but the rain that hit the western portion of the conference is heading east and may play a role in the other three venues Saturday.

If the opportunity arises, I'll check in here with an update.

Get out to the ballpark near you and take an umbrella.

Update: I'm back at the PC, so let's see how things have proceeded around the Big Ten.

As a few BTH readers have checked in with UM/MSU scores already, I'll start with them. (My thanks to both for updating the site.) Michigan did indeed sweep their twinbill in East Lansing. Chris Fetter moved to 7-0 on the season in Michigan's 10-4 triumph in the opener. Fetter went 5.1 giving up seven hits, two walks and all four MSU runs. Jason Christian had three hits, two runs scored and a RBI. Zach Putnam had two hits, two RBI and scored once. The Spartans got a pair of hits from Chris Roberts and A.J. Shindler. Shindler and Eric Roof both drove in two runs.

In the finale, 2,210 saw Michigan win 7-1. Travis Smith posted his third win for the Wolverines. Smith gave up seven hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. Michigan's 3-4-5-6 hitters, Nate Recknagel, Zach Putnam, Adam Abraham and Derek VanBuskirk, all homered. Recknagel and Abraham both drove in two runs and Abraham paced Michigan with two runs scored. Roberts and Jonathon Roof both had two hits for MSU in the loss.

Illinois throttled Minnesota, 15-2, in game one of their double-dip. Illini DH Daniel Webb homered twice amongst his three hits to lead the way. Webb had three RBI and scored twice. Dominic Altobelli had two hits, two runs and drove in three. Craig Lutes collected three hits, scored twice and drove in another. Kevin Manson scattered six hits and one walk over eight innings to earn the W. Nate Hanson's two hit, one RBI, one stolen base performance led the Gophers.

The Illini took game two, 7-3. Illini CF Kyle Hudson goes 3 for 4 with three runs scored and three steals. Aaron Johnson goes yard and drives in two. Webb gets two more hits and two more RBI in the nightcap. Scott Shaw is your winner. Mike Sterk records the save. Jeff DeSmidt and Derek McCallum drove in runs for the Gophers.

Penn State dropped Indiana, 8-1, in their first of two Saturday. Mike Wanamaker tossed a seven inning complete game. Wanamaker allowed one earned run on seven hits and didn't walk a batter. He struck out six. Wes Borden, Landon Nakata and Joe Blackburn each drove in two runs for PSU. Five Nittany Lions had two hit games. Jerrud Sabourin went 3 for 3 with a run scored for IU.

Rob Yodice's single in the bottom of the ninth plates Borden and PSU wins, 3-2, over IU. Yodice had a pair of hits and drove in two in the second game. Blackburn had another two hit affair as did Rick Marlin. Paul Hawkins got the win in relief. Andrew Means had three hits and scored once for IU. Josh Phegley had one hit and a RBI.

Jake Goebbert was the star as Northwestern beat Iowa, 13-5. The NU sophomore 1B had three hits, including his seventh homer and two doubles, three RBI, scored four times and walked once. Jake Owens also homered. Chris Lashmet and Chad Noble both had two RBI for NU. Joe Muraski's seven hits, two walks and three earned runs over six innings gave him the victory. Iowa's Justin Toole had three hits while Kevin Hoef and Caleb Curry each went yard.

The Hawkeyes won the second contest, 8-3. Curry goes 4 for 4, scoring twice and driving in two more. Toole has a 3 for 3 nightcap and scores twice and drives in one. Matt Mossey works five to post the win, Andrew Porter tosses the final two innings to merit a save. Lashmet, Mike Kalina and Tommy Finn drive in the NU tallies.

In Columbus, Purdue's Matt Jansen threw a six-hit, seven inning 8-0 shutout over Ohio State. Jansen struck out three and didn't walk a single Buckeye. Boilermakers' 3B Dan Black homered twice, had six RBI and scored twice. Brandon Haveman went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. J.B. Shuck collected two of OSU's six hits.

I've spent the last several minutes trying to run down a game two score from Bill Davis Stadium to no avail.

Update #2: According to Todd at The Buckeye Nine, the second game of the Purdue/OSU doubleheader has been re-scheduled for tomorrow.

Everyone is now done. Here are the standings (as of 9:07pm EST).

Michigan 14-1
Purdue 11-3
Illinois 8-6
Ohio State 7-6
Penn State 7-8
Northwestern 6-8
Minnesota 6-9
Iowa 5-9
Indiana 4-11
Michigan State 4-11


kowisja said...

Michigan State is going to lose the opener. Just thought I'd point that out since its 10-0 in the third.

Chuck said...

That one ended 10-4. Michigan also took the second, 7-1.

kowisja said...

The best part of the Michigan crowd number is paid attendance only. Students get in free by flashing their ID. I don't believe they count in the numbers. So there may be an extra 50-100 people showing up to some of the games (probably a high estimate, but possible).

I made it out to game 1 of the PSU/IU game. Both pitchers went the full 7/6.5. Every break seemed to go in Penn State's favor. If they hit and run, it always worked. They sac bunted to move runners to 2nd and 3rd, there's a pass ball 2 pitches later to score a run. Indiana had two plays where their players went full extension (2b over the head right infront of the cf, and cf at the warning track) which both fell out of their gloves on impact. Even when PSU hit grounders for potential inning ending double plays, they were too slow of rollers and Indiana had to settle for the force at second. I think that happened twice. Hell, Penn State went to fake bunt, fouled off the first pitch swinging, pulled back but didnt swing for a called strike, in a hole 0-2, Indiana's pitcher drills him in the back on the next pitch to load the bases with no outs.

Hervey was getting a good razz from all the Penn State faithful. I don't know what he did but he seemed like public enemy number one. He had a anti-fan club of three guys down the left field line, and a group of 10-20 right by first base. It being Blue-White weekend, most of the "verbal" fans had been drinking for a few hours before the game.

Phegley didn't do much. I don't think he even reached base, but I could be mistaken.

Chuck said...

Actually, the way they are working it now is show your MCard at the ticket window and get a yellow ticket, so I am guessing that it's total ticket count, including those (like me, a staffer) who show MCards and my son, who is under five and hence free.

kowisja said...

good to know. as long as they're not scanning id's i'm golden. as a no longer student i'd hate to have to pay to see a game. [/sarcasm]

I was kind of surprised they do charge $2 for students at Penn State. Kids under 6 I think was $1. I think the $3 20oz bottles were by far the biggest rip off. That or the $150 State College Spikers jerseys. You can get a vest, or you can get a sweet gold jersey (sleeves come free apparently).

kowisja said...

I turned on the internet radio:

Michigan 27 runs on 28 hits.

I turned off the internet radio.

BaseballBucks33 said...

Big Ten race is over, Michigan will host the tourmament. They have unreal talent. won 27-6 vs. MSU today.Vanbuskirk had 3 HR and 9 RBI today.Wow

Bucks split with Purdue today. OSU won game 1, 8-4 and lost game 2. 7-5. Purdue is for real with Black and White.Their closer Lindblom is a stud and throws hard. White is a great ball player and kills OSU all the time.Too bad they don't play Michigan.

Purdue is 12-4 in Conference. First Purdue series win vs. OSU since 1987.They host the Gophers next weekend.

College Baseball said...

I saw Purdue get swept early in the year at Western Kentucky. Looks like they've turned it around.

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