Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Early Week Scoreboard Watching

MARCH 23
Rollins 4 (28) Ohio State 1
I'm going to tell you what happened here. The Buckeyes woke up and found a nice, new, shiny higher ranking next to their name and spent rest of the day dreaming of their Tuesday game versus (2) Miami, FL. Entranced with their new found national acclaim and thoughts of their date with the 'Canes, the Buckeyes didn't pay a bit of attention to Rollins.

Central Connecticut State 11 Illinois 9
No clever story here. Just a hitting contest. Dominic Altobelli doubled, homered, stole a base, scored three times and drove in two. Brandon Wikoff, like Altobelli, had a three-hit game. Wikoff doubled and stole two bases. CCSU's Jay Schillaci had five RBI.

MARCH 24
Eastern Michigan 3 Michigan 1
Not a great deal to report on here. Anthony Toth was the only Wolverines with two (or more) hits. EMU catcher Matt Skirving doubled, homered and drove in two of the three Eagle runs. Kyle Rhoad had three hits and two steals for EMU.

Illinois 6 Central Connecticut State 0
Freshman Bryan Roberts goes seven shutout innings allowing five hits and a walk while striking out eight. It's Roberts' second win of the season. Nick Stockwell had three hits and three RBI. Casey McMurray had two hits and three RBI.

Purdue 5 IPFW 2
A four-run bottom of the eighth wins it for Purdue. All-Big Ten performer Dan Black stays hot. Black had two more hits and three RBI to lead the Boilers. Jeff Straub gets the win pitching 2.2 innings of relief.

Penn State 9 Kent State 2
Mike Lorenston works 7.2 innings of five-hit, two-run baseball. Lorenston walked one and struck out four. Jesse Alfreno went the final 1.1 innings. Jordan Steranka drove in four runs on two hits including a homer. Blake Lynd and Rick Marlin both had three hits. A nice win for PSU, as many like Kent State to win the MAC this season.

Northwestern 0 Kansas State 0 (2nd inning)
It's early here.

(28) Ohio State 4 (2) Miami, FL 1 (5th inning)
Zach Hurley, Dan Burkhart and Matt Streng have RBI for OSU. Yeah, it's a big game.

9:00pm Update
(28) Ohio State 7 (2) Miami, FL 1
It's over in FLA. Alex Wimmers, Drew Rucinski and Jake Hale combine to hold the Hurricanes to just one hit and one run. Wimmers tosses five no-hit innings giving up one earned run on five walks and four Buckeye errors. Rucinski allowed the lone hit and a walk in his three innings. Hale fanned two of the three he faced in the ninth. Michael Arp homered and drove in two. Dan Burkhart had two hits. A huge win for both the Buckeyes and the conference.

10:00pm Update
Kansas State 4 Northwestern 3
Oh, so close. The Evanston Wildcats were leading 3-1 heading into eighth. Then, the Manhattan version 'Cats scored twice to tie and a homer in the bottom of the ninth won it for the Big XII Purple Cats. Frosh Zach Morton had a good start tossing five innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. He walked two and struck out three. Tommy Finn's two hits paced the northern version of Wildcats.