The Illini did it again. They beat top-ranked Louisiana State today, 6-2. Ben Reeser fans nine Tigers in 8.2 innings of work. The Illini righthander gave up six hits, four walks and the two earned runs to post the win. Nick Chmielewski came out the bullpen to record the final out. Yes, boys and girls, the Illini can pitch. Apparently, with nearly anyone in the nation.
Aaron Johnson had three hits and Casey McMurray had two hits and two RBI to lead the offense.
Illinois should not only be the talk of the conference, but a subject of every college baseball resource in the country. Two of three in Baton Rouge? It's got to be the story of the weekend.
In other news, Indiana's losing skid came to halt Sunday. The Hoosiers beat LeMoyne, 8-3. Freshman Blake Monar goes seven innings yielding four hits, three walks and one earned run. Monar also struck out six. All-American Josh Phegley homered and drove in three runs. Jerrud Sabourin went 4 for 5.
Bethune-Cookman beat Michigan State, 5-4. Eli Boike hit his second homer of the weekend amongst his two hits. Boike also collected two RBI and stole a base. Johnny Lee also cranked out a homer amongst his two hits. Alejandro Sanchez had two hits and two RBI for B-C.
Remember that Northwestern at Kansas game that got postponned yesterday? Well, the two sides did manage to complete that game on Sunday. The Jayhawks emerged victorious, 10-1. NU collected only three hits off five KU pitchers. Hamilton Wise had two of them. KU hit that many homers. The second game has been cancelled.
(# 25) Ohio State beat Central Michigan, 16-7. OSU's Michael Stephens and Matt Streng both homered and drove in three runs. Cory Kovanda went 4 for 6 while Dan Burkhart and Michael Arp both went 3 for 6. The Chips' Sam Russell had four RBI.
Texas State dropped Purdue, 14-10. Dan Black went deep twice and had five RBI. Alas, TSU's Paul Goldschmidt did exactly the same thing.
Penn State thumped Lehigh, 15-5. I've got nothing but a final score to share. Hey, at least it's a W to report. The Nittany Lions are scheduled to take on St. Joseph's right about now.
As for the games in-progress, Austin Peay is up on Iowa, 17-9, in the eighth. Wes Freie, Kevin Hoef and T.J. Cataldo have all gone yard for the Hawkeyes. Frosh Chet Zeise is 3 for 4. APSU has also belted three homers. Jared DeLong has one of them and four RBI.
Minnesota and South Dakota State are tied at 1-1 in the fifth.
Austin Peay finished off Iowa, 20-9. Penn State beat St. Joseph's, 8-7. Minnesota dropped SDSU, 7-2.