Only three contests on Friday night, but they all had some interesting results. These recaps will be shorter than normal, as I'm pressed for time this morning. However, let's catch-up on the games from yesterday.
In Minneapolis, the Gophers dropped (24) Ohio State, 7-5. Chauncy Handran improved to 5-1 by going seven innings against the Buckeyes. A.J. Pettersen was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and a tremendous defensive play that one SID labeled as "ridiculous". Zach Hurley and Ryan Dew led the visitors' counter-attack. Hurley had three hits and two RBI, Dew collected two hits, two RBI and scored three times.
Indiana notched a 14-4 triumph over Illinois. IU's Josh Phegley was the story in Champaign. Phegley went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, two runs scored, two walks and five RBI. Freshman Blake Monar was the winner. Dominic Altobelli and Brandon Wikoff both had 4-for-5 performances for the Illini.
In the first game of the day, Iowa beat Purdue, 15-7. Hawkeyes' SS Justin Toole had four hits, three runs scored, two RBI and two steals. Frosh Chet Zeise had two hits, two runs scored and four RBI. Ryan Durant had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI. You scored 15, you have plenty of players with crooked numbers. Nick Brown gets the win. Eric Nielsen and Eric Charles both had two RBI for the Boilers.
Just as an aside, I think both of the games postponed in advance, PSU at Michigan and NU at MSU, could have been played. It stopped raining in my portion of the mitten before lunch and outside of a stray sprinkle and some very blustery conditions, both probably could have gotten in.
I will admit that we start today with a blue sky and sunshine, which will certainly be more pleasant than yesterday's environment, but it was far from unplayable on Friday. Both the series in the state of Michigan and the Indiana at Illinois series will be doubleheaders Saturday.