Saturday, May 02, 2009

Wimmers' No-No Highlights Saturday

Ohio State's Alex Wimmers threw a no-hitter versus Michigan in game one of their doubleheader today. Wimmers tossed the first nine-inning no-hitter in OSU history in leading the Buckeyes past the Wolverines, 6-0. The OSU sophomore walked four, but also struck out fourteen.

Dan Burkhart, Wimmers' high school teammate, cut down three of the four Wolverines that reached base trying to steal. Ryan Dew supplied all the offense Wimmers and the Bucks would need. Dew had a pair of hits, including his fifth dinger of the season, and drove in three runs.

Dew continued to pace the Buckeyes offense in the backend of the twinbill. The OSU designated hitter went 5-for-5 with another homer, two runs scored and two RBI in the 9-6 Buckeyes' triumph. Michael Stephens went 3-for-4 and Dan Burkhart had three RBI. Michigan's Nick Urban and Alan Oaks both drove in two runs.

Illinois won a slugfest with Northwestern, 15-12. Illini OF Pete Cappetta went 4-for-6 with a run scored and four RBI. Dominic Altobelli had three hits, three runs and three RBI. Brandon Wikoff had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored. The Wildcats counter-offensive was led by Tony Vercelli. The NU OF hit a pair of bombs and drove in six. Paul Snieder had three hits including a homer. Chris Lashmet drove in three runs.

In another contest filled with runs, Minnesota pummeled Iowa, 26-9. Gopher outfielders Michael Kvasnicka and Justin Gominsky both had three-hit, five-RBI games. Freshman 3B Kyle Geason had four hits, four runs scored and four RBI. Dallas Burke's three hits and six RBI paced the Hawkeyes' attack. Freshman 1B Sean Flanagan went yard and drove in three in the losing effort.

Indiana split their doubleheader with Purdue. The Boilers claimed game one, 15-8. Alex Jaffee's three RBI's paced the Purdue offense. Jaffee and Dan Black both went yard. Black, Jon Cummins, Jonathan Lilly and Eric Charles all drove in two runs a piece. Vince Gonzalez' two hits and three RBI led the way for IU.

IU won the second game, 7-6. Eric Arnett goes the distance for the Hoosiers. The righthander is now 10-1 and is only the third IU player to collect double-digit victories in a season. Arnett is also the first Hoosier to post a 6-0 conference record. IU's Jerrud Sabourin's four hit day was topped by an eighth inning homer that proved to be the game-winner. Chris Hervey and Kipp Schutz also homered for IU. Brandon Haveman had three hits to lead Purdue. Drew Madia's two RBI paced the Boilers in that category.

Michigan State's A.J. Achter goes eight innings and didn't allow an earned run to lead the Spartans past Penn State, 9-1. MSU's Johnathan Roof collected three hits, three RBI and three runs scored. A.J. Shindler also had a three-hit game for the Spartans. Ben Heath and Rick Marlin both had a pair of hits for PSU.


Comrade J. Michael Neal said...

The final score doesn't quite convey just how badly Minnesota dominated today. At the end of three innings, it was 23-3. Buske was pulled after five innings, and the last man on the staff, Allen Bachstein, gave up six runs in less than three innings of work, raising his ERA to over 10. Matt Nohelty walked five times, and got beaned once.

Robbie said...

IU might have knocked themselves out of the conference race this weekend. I'm thinking it is down to Illinois, Ohio State, and Minnesota. Can't wait for the Ill/OSU series next week!

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