As seven Big Ten programs made the field of 64, I'm sure most of you have been huddled around your televisions this afternoon. Let's take some time to find out how your baseball program fared Sunday.
Minnesota 7 (#17) TCU 2
Tom Buske works 6.1 innings of four-hit, two-walk baseball to improve 3-0. Buske allowed two runs, only one earned, and fanned seven Froggies. Scott Fern finished the last 2.2 innings giving up just one hit and struck out three. Redshirt freshmen Nick O'Shea and A.J. Pettersen both had a pair of RBI. Eric Decker had two hits for Minnesota.
Arizona 14 (#25) Michigan 0
The Wolverines lost a pitchers' duel Friday, a game they led 5-0 Saturday and got clobbered this afternoon. As I can't think of anything positive to say about Michigan's performance, I'll talk Arizona for a moment. Dillon Baird had four hits. Bobby Coyle, Matt Presley, Daniel Butler and Hunter Pace all had three hits.
Iowa 2 (#30) Louisville 1
Michael Jacobs gets his first win of the year by tossing six innings of one-run baseball. Jacobs surrendered eight hits, two walks and one run. Mike Schurz posted his second save. Phil Keppler had two of Iowa's six hits and drove in both runs. A very nice road win for the Hawkeyes.
Illinois 11 Akron 2
The Illini finish the sweep. Willie Argo has three hits, three runs scored and three RBI to lead Illinois. Fellow freshman Josh Parr had three hits and two RBI. Aaron Johnson also had a three-hit game (with a RBI and run scored). Aaron Martin's three innings of work yield a win.
Jacksonville State 9 Indiana 8 (10 innings)
Alex Dickerson had three hits and drove in two. Dickerson and Michael Earley both homered. Josh Phegley had three RBI and three walks.
IPFW 1 Purdue 0
Four Mastadon pitchers hold the Boilermakers to just four hits. Purdue wastes Matt Morgan's 8.2 innings of six-hit, one-walk, one-run baseball. That's a hard luck loss. Johnathon Moore had two of Purdue's hits.
Ohio State 13 North Dakota State 4
Dan Burkhart and Michael Arp each have three hits and leave the yard once. Arp and Matt Streng both drove in three runs. Dean Wolosiansky went seven innings to get the win. Jake Hale struck out five of the eight batters he faced to close out the game.
Penn State 7 Rutgers 3
The Nittany Lions score four in the seventh and another in the eighth to post a come-from-behind victory. Cory Wine collects two hits, two RBI and scored three times. Jordan Steranka also had a two-hit game. Calvin Grumley gets the win, Jesse Alfreno gets the save.
Xavier 11 Michigan State 5
Bo Felt drives in two, Eli Boike and Johnathon Roof both have two hits to lead the Spartans. Ben Thomas had three RBI to pace the X-Men. Drew Schmidt had three hits for the Musketeers. MSU's second game vs. Xavier was cancelled.
This was a day of extremes. There were either impressive wins (Minnesota, Iowa) or the not-so-impressive (Purdue, Michigan). It will be interesting to see what the poll voters make of all this weekend's action.