Friday, March 06, 2009

Scoreboard Update: Friday Night

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.)

10:20pm Update
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.

10:25pm Update
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.

10:30pm Update
Chmielewski gets a big K. Two outs.

10:32pm Update
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.

10:41pm Update
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.


James Quinn said...

Here is a link to my recap and box scores from the Kansas - Northwestern doubleheader.

Eric Jokisch pitched well. Better than I expected. No other pitcher on Northwestern looked good. Kenneth Avila knows how to hit. Chris Lashmet drove a few balls. Jake Goebbert must have had an off day. He went 1-7 and swung at some bad pitches. Trevor Stevens bugged the heck out of me! He put down two great bunts, collected three hits and four RBIs today. You never see that coming from a #9 hitter.

Illinifan said...

In the spirit of the ads in Variety that tout a movie for Oscar voters...

For your consideration: Phil Haig, University of Illinois, nominated for the BT All-Weekend Team. One run allowed over seven innings pitched against the #1 team in the country-on their home field.

Also of note-Illini relievers Corey Kimes and Nick Chmielewski. They recorded all six of their outs via strikeout. Kimes only threw 12 pitches to get the Tigers 1-2-3 in the eighth.

(I know its only the first of three: but getting a win at Baton Rouge isn't an easy task for any team, much less one of the northern schools.)

Brian said...

James, thanks for providing the link. Keep up the good work.

Illinfan, I refused to be swayed by shameless self-promotion. :-) However, there's no denying Haig, Kimes and Chmielewski are in the running.

Illinifan said...

Shameless? Perhaps. But its not self-promotion, as I'm not Haig, Kimes or Chmielewsiki.

BTW, Mr. Haig could have easily ended up at his original destination, Minnesota. So a big portion of our win over LSU yesterday is courtesy of Tim Brewster. :-)

Chris said...

Well, Michigan certainly dominated Siena. Today's doubleheader was a 12-3 and 19-6 drubbing. The second game gave playing time to some of the younger players, who stepped in and stepped up.

Illinifan said...

One other comment: it doesn't appear that Illini pitching will win any awards today: sixteen runs against us thru eight, including two grand slams allowed. :-(

Brian said...

Okay, Okay. I hesitated to refer to it as "self" promotion, as you aren't the one performing. But, c'mon. You are Illinifan, after all. :-)

Regardless, I can respect the shameless promotion. We are here to talk about primarily Big Ten baseball, so you may as well give your guys a nod.

No, the arms won't get any love today, but Willie Argo put himself into contention for a Monday nomination.

Chris, UM did precisely what they should -- pound an inferior opponent.

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