Indiana took today's finale from Purdue, 13-1. Illinois is up on Northwestern, 5-4, in the sixth inning.
With the Boilermakers defeat, the standings look like this:
Ohio State 11-12
Penn State 11-13
Michigan State 10-13
Michigan is now three clear with eight to play. The Illini have a rough road in, as they travel to Ohio State before closing the year with a visit from Purdue, but a win tonight gets them within three games of the second-place Boilermakers. Suddenly, a first-round tournament bye looks possible.