Friday, May 08, 2009

Illini Rally To Beat Bucks, Gophers Keep Pace

A three-run bottom of the ninth lifted Illinois past Ohio State, 5-4. The win keeps Illinois atop the Big Ten at 15-4. The loss sends OSU's record in conference to 13-6. Dominic Altobelli homered and had two RBI to lead the Illini. The Buckeyes' Michael Stephens and Dan Burkhart also homered and drove in two runs a piece.

Illinois' Phil Haig and OSU's Alex Wimmers were both good, but neither starting pitcher factored in the decision. John Anderson got the win in relief. Jake Hale took the loss.

Minnesota held off Michigan, 9-5, in Ann Arbor. Gophers' SS AJ Petteren had three hits and three RBI. Derek McCallum also had three RBI for Minnesota. Michigan senior 3B Tim Kalczynski had three hits, including a homer, and three RBI.

Minnesota improved to 14-4 in Big Ten play. Michigan fell to 7-12.

Penn State leads Iowa, 8-5, in the ninth inning. The Nittany Lions have hit five homers thus far. Jordan Steranka, Mike Deese, Rick Marlin and Bobby Jacobs (twice) have all gone yard. Heath is 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.