Good evening, everyone. Let's begin with the games completed.
Rhode Island 8 (# 25) Ohio State 6
I tried to warn the Bucks, but to no avail. Rhody took advantage of five OSU errors to score seven unearned runs. Dan Burkhart continues to swing a hot bat for the Buckeyes. The sophomore catcher had two hits and three RBI. Matt Streng also had two hits.
Kansas 9 Northwestern 8 (Game One)
KU scored five in the bottom of the eighth to post the come-from-behind win. Wildcats' freshman 2B Trevor Stevens had two hits and three RBI in the loss. Chad Noble (who also drove in a run), Chris Lashmet and Tony Vercelli all had two hits a piece.
Kansas 7 Northwestern 3 (Game Two)
Stevens and Vercelli drive in the NU tallies. The 'Cats fall to 2-8. KU improves to 6-3.
Iowa 15 Austin Peay 9
A nice road W for Iowa. The Hawkeyes went deep four times. Trevor Willis homered twice, Wes Freie and Zach McCool also left the yard. Willis and Freie each had four RBI. T.J. Cataldo had four hits and three RBI for the Black and Gold. Kevin Hoef also had a four-hit game. Patrick Schatz earned the win.
Georgia State 2 Michigan State 0
The Spartans let another good pitching performance get away. Nolan Moody relinquished two runs, only one earned, over six innings. Moody allowed six hits, two walks and five K's. The MSU offense could only muster five hits.
(# 28) Michigan 11 Siena 3
All-American candidate Chris Fetter goes seven innings yielding two earned runs on six hits and a walk to post the W. Fetter also tied his career high with 11 strikeouts. Michigan OF Nick Urban had two hits, two runs scored and three RBI. Alan Oaks, John Lorenz and Anthony Toth all had two RBI. Urban, Oaks and Lorenz all went yard for Michigan.
Everyone else is either in action or I don't have a final score.
Illinois 1 (# 1) LSU 0, 4th
Illini SS Brandon Wikoff walked and scored in the first. Phil Haig is at it again. He's keeping the top-ranked Tigers at-bay.
Georgia Southern 7 Indiana 0, 5th
Indiana's kicked the ball three times and has only mustered four hits. Matt Bashore was hurt by five walks.
Texas State 7 Purdue 1, 5th
In what has become the tone of the night, the Boilers' have committed four errors. Brandon Haveman's got two hits.
Minnesota 9 Illinois State 2, 6th
The official Gophers site is running a blog during the game. Michael Kvasnicka has stolen home. It appears Derek McCallum has driven in five of Minnesota's runs. (Hey, roll with me here, I'm reading the play-by-play as quickly as I can.)
Illinois' Aaron Johnson cranked out and two-out, two-run homer to put the Illini ahead, 3-1, in the top of the ninth. Three outs to go.
Texas State 9 Purdue 2
It's a final. The '09 Boilermakers are starting the season in very similar fashion as the '08 squad.
Minnesota 16 Illinois 3
The Gophers begin the Metrodome Tournament with a victory.
Georgia Southern 8 Indiana 5, 8th
IU is crawling back into this one, but time is running out.
Illinois 3 (# 1) LSU 1, 9th
One out in the bottom of the final frame. The Tigers have two runners on and Nick Chmielewski is on the hill for the Illini. C'mon Illini.
Chmielewski gets a big K. Two outs.
Illinois 3 (# 1) LSU 1
Chmielewski fans the side and Illinois pulls off the huge upset. Pitching was the key, again, for Illinois.
Phil Haig worked seven innings giving up eight hits, three walks and a run. Corey Kimes struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth and Chmielwewski struck out three of the five batters he faced in the ninth.
Georgia Southern 8 Indiana 5
IU freshman Alex Dickerson continues to look like the real deal. Two more hits and three RBI for the Hoosiers first-year clean-up hitter.
Another Friday night of Big Ten college baseball has concluded. Thanks for hanging in there with me again. Enjoy the rest of your night.