As the snow falls here, it's no surprise to learn that we lost two Big Ten matches to the weather today. Minnesota at Indiana and Purdue at Northwestern both lost the battle with the elements. However, the remainder of the Sunday slate did manage to get played, even if some were in less than ideal baseball conditions.
Penn State 15 (28) Ohio State 11
The Nittany Lions get a good win in bad weather. Ben Heath and Michael Glantz, PSU's eight and nine hitters, each drove in three runs to lead the offense. Glantz had three hits and two runs scored. Heath had two hits and two runs. Jordan Steranka had two hits, two RBI and three runs scored for the home side. Blake Lynd also had a three-hit game. Cory Kovanda's four-hit game paced the Buckeyes' bats. Michael Stephens had three RBI for OSU. PSU's David Lutz (3-0) got the win. Ryan Ignas posted his second save.
Illinois 3 Michigan State 2 (Game One)
Illinois 3 Michigan State 0 (Game Two)
The Illini capture the opener when Dominic Altobelli got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Yes, there were two outs. Bryan Roberts worked eight innings giving up seven hits and two runs. Roberts struck out three and didn't allow a walk. However, Roberts got a no-decision as Nick Chmielewski got the win in relief. Josh Parr had two hits and a RBI for the winners. Jeff Holm and Eric Roof had two hits apiece for the Spartans.
More Illini pitching on display in the nightcap. Will Strack tosses a complete game, four-hitter. Strack improved to 2-0 while giving up one free pass and striking out three. Dominic Altobelli hat two hits, including a homer, with two RBI to lead Illinois' offense.
Michigan 7 Iowa 5
The Wolverines' Kenny Fellows had four hits, three runs scored, two RBI and four stolen bases. Mike Dufek had three hits and three RBI. Kevin Cislo had two hits and three RBI. Travis Smith's (4-2) 4.2 innings of relief earned him the win. Tyler Burgoon tossed the final two frames and was credited with the save. T.J. Cataldo had two hits and two RBI for Iowa. Wes Freie had two hits, two runs and a RBI in the loss.
Let's see if I can do the math off the top of my head. Illinois took all three games from MSU. Ohio State and Michigan took two of three. Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue and NU are all .500 at 1-1. Iowa and Penn State are 1-2. MSU is 0-3.