It was a heavy midweek slate around the Big Ten with every team in action, including 12 games on Tuesday. The Big Ten went 11-5 for the midweek.
Gophers stretch streak to 11
Losing a weekend of action didn’t slow Minnesota’s momentum. With Rutgers unable to fly into Minneapolis due to a cancelled flight on Thursday, nixing the weekend series, there was a week between games for John Anderson’s team. But in taking on North Dakota State on Tuesday night, the Gophers picked up right where they left off.
Improving to 20-8 on the season, junior first baseman Toby Hanson spurred Minnesota to a 6-1 road victory. Hanson went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and double, driving in three runs and scoring twice out of the cleanup spot. Sophomore catcher Cole McDevitt picked up three hits in four at-bats, anchoring Minnesota’s lineup in the nine-hole.
Due to their inactivity, Minnesota used seven pitchers in the win. Senior right-hander Tim Shannon earned the victory, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three batters. Senior right-handed closer Brian Glowicki also struck out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning. Minnesota scored two runs in the first, seventh and ninth, with North Dakota State (14-18) scoring their lone run in the home-half of the first.
Rutgers sets school record in Tuesday rout
The off weekend didn’t slow Minnesota’s momentum, nor did it cause Rutgers’ offense to go missing.
On Tuesday, in a road game at Lafayette, Rutgers set a school record for most runs in a game, picking up a 28-4 victory. Rutgers (11-18) scored seven runs in the first, six in the second and third, crossed home once in the fifth and two times in the sixth, before another six-run inning in the eight closed the scoring. Lafayette (3-32) scored a run in the bottom of the first and plated three in their sixth inning at-bat.
With 15 players stepping into the batter’s box, 13 picked up hits, led by DH Mike Carter going 5-for-5 with three runs and three RBI, running his Big Ten-leading batting average to .409. Carter and outfielder Mike Martinez each recorded a home run, with right fielder Tom Marcinczyk and catcher Nick Matera both connecting on two home runs. The six home runs were part of RU’s 11 extra base hits, 24 total hits for the afternoon.
Miller does it all in Husker victory
Senior left-handed pitcher Ben Miller provided Nebraska with a one-run, three-inning start Tuesday at Kansas State, then swung a good bat from the left side, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Cornhuskers to a 6-1 victory. The victory gave Nebraska (20-11-1) the season sweep over Kansas State (16-16) as Nebraska picked up an 11-1 home victory on March 28.
The Wildcats plated their lone run in the bottom of the first, putting Nebraska in an early hole. Darin Erstad’s team tied the game with the fourth, on an RBI-single by Luis Alvarado, and grabbed the lead in the fifth, on a sacrifice fly to left by Angelo Altavilla. The Huskers put the game away with a four-run seventh, spurred by a two-run, ground rule double by Miller. After Miller exited the game on the mound, Jake McSteen pitched three scoreless innings of two-hit baseball, earning his third win of the year in three decisions.
In Tuesday action against West Virginia (19-12), Maryland overcame a 4-0 deficit after five innings, to rally for a 7-6 victory over the Mountaineers.
Leading the Terrapin charge was senior Madison Nickens, driving in four runs in a 2-for-4 game that included his fourth home run of the year. With the game tied 5-5, Nickens recorded a two-run single in the seventh for the game-winning hit. Sophomore Dan Maynard also picked up a home run, leading off the game-turning seventh inning with his second home run of the season.
Maryland (21-11) was unable to go 2-for-2 in midweek play, falling to George Mason (14-20), 8-5, on Wednesday. Sophomore Marty Costest which based safely in all five plate appearances, picking up a pair of walks alongside three hits, including his team-best eighth home run of the year. Junior Kevin Smith also notched a home run, his seventh, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Patroits who scored seven runs in the first two innings.
A quartet of Indiana pitchers held Indiana State to six hits in the Hoosiers’ 2-0 victory, Tuesday night. Tim Herrin, Cam Beauchamp, Andrew Saalfrank and Austin Foote each pitched at least two innings in the combined shutout. All of Indiana’s offense came in the fifth inning, when sophomore third baseman Luke Miller scoring on a double by junior right fielder Logan Sowers before Sowers scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman shortstop Jeremy Houston.
Michigan maintained a perfect record against in-state foes with a 13-inning, 2-1 victory over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday. Junior right-handed pitcher Jayce Vancena pitched five innings of three-hit baseball to start the low-scoring affair. Michigan pounded out 11 hits of Eagle pitchers but left 14 runners on base. Finally, in the bottom of the 13th, Jonathan Engelmann doubled in Jake Bivens to run Michigan’s record to 26-7 on the season, 3-0 against teams from Michigan.
Michigan State (18-11) held Notre Dame (14-17) to six hits, but the Spartans couldn’t string together their eight hits to score more than one run, falling to the Irish, 2-1, on Tuesday. Junior center fielder Brandon Hughes went 2-for-2 with a double, driving in MSU’s lone run in the first inning, scoring freshman left fielder Bryce Kelley. Notre Dame scored a run in the bottom of the second and one in the sixth to grab the victory.
The Atlantic Coast Conference wasn’t kind to Big Ten teams on Tuesday, with Purdue joining Michigan State in falling at an ACC school. Against #2 Louisville, Purdue (17-15) fell into an early hole, trailing 4-0 after one inning and 8-0 after three frames, before the Cardinals (28-4) cruised to a 13-2 victory. Sophomore catcher Nick Dalesandro went 4-for-5 to raise his batting average on the season to .362.
Iowa was outhit by Western Illinois on Tuesday, 10-7, but the Hawkeyes made the most of their opportunities in a 4-1 victory. Iowa’s 6-7-8 batters, Tyler Cropley, Austin Guzzo and Matt Hoeg combined to go 4-for-8 with three runs and three RBI, Cropley and Hoeg each recorded a double. Iowa grabbed the initial 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second and tacked on two runs in the fourth to seize control of the game. Elijah Wood pitched three scoreless innings to start the game for Iowa, and Drake Robinson matched with three scoreless innings of middle relief.
Sophomore pinch-hitter Tyler Engel provided sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th to push Illinois to a 6-5 victory over Illinois State on Tuesday night. Improving to 12-18, sophomore right fielder Jack Yalowitz went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs, pacing a 12-hit Illini attack. Matthew James pitched five innings to start the game for Illinois, allowing one run off two hits. After losing a 4-1 lead after six innings, as Illinois State (9-21) scored three in the seventh and one in the eighth, Illinois scored in the top of the ninth to extend the game before Engel’s game-winner.
After Bucknell grabbed the game’s first lead with two runs in the top of the fifth, Penn State responded with a four-spot, en route to a 5-3 victory, Wednesday night. In a 2-for-4 game, sophomore shortstop Conlin Hughes drove in three runs on a triple in the decisive innings. Senior second baseman Christian Helsel added a pair of hits to push Penn State’s record to 12-20 on the season, dropping Bucknell to 13-18.
Northwestern continued its run of good baseball, picking up two victories in midweek play, extending their winning streak to four games, and winning for the seventh time in 10 games. The Wildcats erupted for 11 runs on Tuesday, taking down Western Michigan (12-15), 11-4. Wednesday’s contest with Bradley (9-17) was closer, but Northwestern (12-20) recorded a 6-2 victory.
Ohio State (14-19) dropped a pair of midweek games, falling 7-1 to Cincinnati (16-16), on Tuesday, before Eastern Michigan (13-20) rebounded from their tough loss in Ann Arbor to grab a 3-1 win on Wednesday, in Columbus. The Buckeyes picked up just nine hits over the two games.