Sunday, May 10, 2009

OSU Wins, Gophers Hold Top Spot

(25) Ohio State beat Illinois this afternoon, 12-7. Both sides now have 15-6 records. Minnesota, which lost the final game of their weekend set to Michigan, has a 15-5 mark. The Gophers hold a half-game lead over both the Buckeyes and Illini heading into the last three games of the season.

Indiana improved to 14-6 in completing their sweep over Northwestern. The Hoosiers will need some help, but they remain mathematically in the mix, as well.

Michigan State fell to Purdue Sunday and are now 12-8. The Boilers are next at 8-11. Purdue holds onto the last conference tournament slot. The two teams will wrap up their series Monday afternoon.

Michigan's win over the Gophers put the Wolverines at 8-13 and in seventh spot. Penn State is 7-14, Iowa won and improves to 4-16 while Northwestern falls to 3-16.

Looking ahead to the final series of the regular season, Minnesota will travel to Penn State. Illinois visits Purdue, Iowa invades Ohio State, Indiana hosts Michigan State and Michigan calls on Northwestern.