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Big Ten Week 2 Recap

By Jack Delperdang

Illinois- The Fighting Illini opened up their weekend in Conway against Coastal Carolina. All was well in the top of the first when Illinois put up a four spot. From then on, it was all down hill. The Chanticleers answered with three in the bottom half on their way to a 17-9 win. This one was blown open in the fifth inning when Coastal Carolina sent 15 men to the plate and scored 10 runs. Saturday did not go much better against Cincinnati. Starter Sam Reed allowed six runs over four innings and Joseph Glassey gave up two more in the fifth as Illinois fell behind 7-0 halfway through the game. Offensively, the Fighting Illini recorded just six hits as they lost 10-3. Sunday was another offensive struggle as Illinois lost to Ball State 7-1. Vytas Valincius provided the only runs with a seventh inning homer. Logan Schulfer and Sam Klein combined to allow just three hits for the Cardinals. Looking ahead: vs Eastern Illinois (2/27), First Pitch Invitational- vs Florida State, vs Western Michigan, vs Michigan State (3/1-3).

#24 Indiana- The Hoosiers started their week on Tuesday, winning a slug-fest 12-6 over Miami (OH). Devin Taylor, Tyler Cerny and Carter Mathison combined for nine hits and seven runs scored. Indiana then traveled to Waco for a three game series with Baylor and came away with a sweep. A five run third inning was the difference in an 8-4 Hoosiers win. Drew Pyne, Devin Taylor and Brock Tibbitts all recorded three hits. On Saturday, Indiana raced out to a 5-0 lead after five thanks to runs in four of the innings and a dominant start from Connor Foley. The sophomore righty went six scoreless innings and then gave the ball to Ty Bothwell who needed no more help, going the final three innings for his first save of the season and a 6-1 win. Devin Taylor reached base in his first three plate appearances and came around to score each time. Sunday was a 12-4 Hoosiers win. Devin Taylor homered in the first on his way to a three hit, four RBI day. He homered again in the eighth. Indiana led 4-3 entering the seventh inning and came away from it up 15-4. They scored five runs with two outs, including a grand slam by Morgan Colopy to break things open. Four more were plated for good measure in the eighth. Looking ahead: vs Purdue Fort Wayne (2/27), Frisco Classic- vs Alabama, vs Baylor, vs Arizona (3/1-3).

#12 Iowa- The Hawkeyes opened their week winning 20-6 against Loras College on Tuesday. Raider Tello hit a two run homer in the first, which gave Iowa the lead. The Hawkeyes then added eight more runs on seven hits in the second. Kyle Huckstorf hit a grand slam in the fourth and that was all she wrote. Iowa then travelled to Jacksonville for the College Baseball Classic and left going 0-3. Brody Brecht took the mound on Friday and was sharp, striking out 11 Tigers hitters over six innings and giving up just two runs. Offensively it was small ball that got the Hawkeyes three runs and a one run lead entering the seventh. That is when things went south in a hurry. Mason Maners greeted Jack Whitlock with a game tying home run and Bobby Peirce later gave Auburn the lead with a two run blast. Christian Hall sent a no doubter over the right field wall and Cooper Weiss added a sacrifice fly for some insurance. Auburn took the game 7-5. As bad as Friday night had to hurt, Saturday ended up probably hurting twice as much. The Hawkeyes got out to a fast start against Virginia. The first six batters all reached Iowa hit for the team cycle on their way to a six run frame capped by a Kyle Huckstorf three run home run. Seegers, Petersen, Tello and Cop all recorded multiple hits for Rick Heller’s team. Most times, that would be all Marcus Morgan needs. Tonight was not most times. He struggled with his command all night, walking five and allowing four runs over just three innings. Anthony Watts took over for Morgan in the fourth and was immediately thrown in the fire. The Cavaliers scored five runs in the frame and the game was tied at seven. Watts did settle in nicely after that, striking out nine Virginia hitters. While Watts settled, so did Virginia reliever Jay Woolfolk. He took over for Jack O’Connor who lasted just three innings while giving up eight runs. Woolfolk gave the Cavaliers a heroic 4.1 innings and an unearned run was his only blemish. Ethan Anderson and Casey Saucke both homered as Virginia climbed back into the game, but Henry Ford delivered the big blow late with a ninth inning, two out, two run single in a 12-9 Cavaliers win. Sunday was more of the same for the Hawkeyes as they lost to Wichita State 12-6. Cade Obermueller took the mound for Iowa, as they hoped to avoid a winless weekend in Jacksonville. He delivered with five scoreless innings and handed the ball off to the bullpen with a five run lead. The Hawkeyes did not score in the first, which was a first for the weekend. However, they did put up four runs in the second without an extra base hit. A walk, hit by pitch and four singles claimed the early lead. Things started to turn in the sixth when Reece Beuter took the bump. A lead-off double, a two out hit by pitch and a Josh Livingston pinch hit three run homer made it a two run game. Jack Whitlock struggled himself in the seventh and was pulled after the game was tied. Seth Stroh then hit a go ahead three run homer off new reliever Ben DeTaeye to make it 8-5. Iowa got one back in the seventh, but Jordan Rogers blew things wide open with an eighth inning grand slam off Elliot Cadieux-Lanoue. Looking ahead: vs Northern Illinois (2/27), at Ole Miss (3/1-3).

Maryland- The Terrapins started their week on Tuesday vs Mount St. Mary's with six runs in the first and later added six more in the eighth on their way to a 14-3 win. On Friday night, they used three runs in the seventh and ninth innings to earn a 7-5 win against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi. Eddie Hacopian had a pair of hits including a game tying single in the ninth. Sam Hojnar followed with a two run blast. The Iowa transfer also had a pair of hits and drove in four. Nate Haberthier really calmed things down on the mound after a rocky start from Kenny Lippman. The Terrapins then played an undefeated Pittsburgh team on Saturday. This was their first real test of the season and they passed with flying colors, winning 10-4. A seven run second inning saw Maryland send 12 batters to the plate and that was all they needed. Eight of nine in their lineup reached base, once again led by Sam Hojnar and Chris Hacopian. They combined for four hits, three runs and seven runs driven in. The Terrapins blew an eighth inning lead in their 6-5 loss to Washington on Sunday. After the Huskies scored in the first, Brayden Martin answered back immediately for Maryland with a three run double. Homers from Aiva Arquette in the fourth and Michael Brown in the sixth tied the game at three. Eddie Hacopian singled home a pair in the seventh to give the Terrapins a two run lead, but a three run homer from Blake Wilson gave Washington a lead they would not surrender. Looking ahead: vs Georgetown (2/27), at VCU (2/28), vs Bryant (3/1-3).

Michigan- The Wolverines traveled to Arlington and got swept, but they faced three of the better teams in college baseball. They opened their weekend with a tough 9-3 loss against Oklahoma State in which they recorded just five hits. Mitch Voit was the standout. On the mound he went five innings with just two earned runs, while also recording two hits at the plate. However, it was the bullpen that imploded and allowed five runs in just three innings. Things did not get any easier on Saturday when Michigan took on Oregon State. The Beavers looked the part, scoring multiple runs in four different innings, winning 11-1. It was a quiet day at the plate for Travis Bazzana, but Gavin Turley and Micah McDowell more than made up for it with a combined, four hits, six runs scored and five runs batted in. To end the weekend they faced Arkansas and lost a close game 4-3. This one was all about Razorbacks starter Mason Molina. The junior lefty put together five hitless, scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Things did not get much easier from there as they faced Will McEntire and Koty Frank the rest of the way. The Wolverines did get a run off McEntire in the eighth and two off Frank in the ninth. Stephen Hrustich flew out to right to end the game with the bases loaded. Looking ahead: at USC (2/27), at Loyola Marymount (2/28), Dodgertown Classic- vs UCLA, vs UC Irvine, vs San Diego (3/1-3).

Michigan State- The Spartans started their weekend dropping a doubleheader. They first lost 7-6 in 10 innings to Indiana State, but imploded in the second game, losing 20-10 against Marshall. Michigan State avoided the sweep on Sunday with a 6-2 win against Marshall. Nick Powers allowed two runs in the first, but it was smooth sailing after that as he went the distance for his first career complete game. He allowed just three baserunners in between the second and ninth innings, while striking out nine. Christian Williams was seemingly all the offense the Spartans needed. He went 4-4 on the day with three runs batted in. Looking ahead: at Georgia (2/28), First Pitch Invitational- vs Western Michigan, vs Florida State, vs Illinois (3/1-3).

Minnesota- The Gophers were scheduled for just two games this weekend, both against Northeastern in Fort Myers. This is a Wildcats team projected by many to make the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota played them tough in game one, losing 8-7. The bottom of the order stepped up early on with Kris Hokenson doubling home a run and Jake Larson homering to make it 3-0. They each had two hits in the game and could provide some length for this lineup as the season goes on. Will Semb was on the mound and his defense did him no favors. Errors in the third and fifth innings were enough to surrender the lead. Mike Sirota was held hitless, but his team drew nine walks and had a huge part in the win. Sunday was a scoreless pitcher's dual through five innings, but Northeastern scored five in the sixth to bust it open. Harrison Feinberg drew a bases loaded walk and Justin Bosland followed with a bases clearing triple. He then scored on a wild pitch. Josh Fitzgerald doubled home a pair for Minnesota in the ninth but that was all as they fell 6-2. Looking ahead: vs Pacific (3/1), vs Sacramento State (3/2-3), vs Pacific (3/4).

Nebraska- The Huskers traveled to Phoenix for a four game set against Grand Canyon and took game one 7-2 thanks to a dominant start from Drew Christo. The Elkhorn, NE native gave them six innings of one run ball. Offensively, it was Dylan Carey who started the scoring with a double and Tyler Stone followed with a two run homer. Josh Caron added a triple and the Huskers were well on their way to a win. Friday night was the best Nebraska has looked all year, with the pitching and offense both clicking on all cylinders in an 11-1 win. Josh Caron headlined things at the plate, swatting a pair of home runs and driving in five. In total, seven Huskers recorded multiple hits. Brett Sears struck out seven over six scoreless innings, allowing just three baserunners. Nebraska dropped their first game of the weekend on Saturday by a final score of 7-5. Josh Caron blasted a two run homer in the first, but that lead did not last long as Will Walsh gave up two runs in the first and two more in the third. The game was tied heading to the bottom of the fifth, but a pair of errors from the Huskers proved costly as the Lopes scored two runs and took the lead right back. Nebraska loaded the bases in the eighth, but Cayden Brumbaugh lined out to third and they did not threaten in the ninth. On Sunday, the Huskers bounced back with a 10-8 win. Josh Caron started things with a two out RBI in the first. Nebraska led 2-1 entering the third and batted around on their way to an 8-1 advantage. The Lopes would not go quietly. Two runs in the fourth and and five more in the fifth tied things at 8-8. Heading into the eighth with that was the score, Cayden Brumbaugh reached on an error and Dylan Carey was hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt, Brumbaugh came around to score on a wild pitch and Dylan Carey stole home one pitch later. Kyle Perry closed it out in the ninth to secure the series win. Looking ahead: at College of Charleston (2/29-3/3). 

Northwestern- The Wildcats traveled to Durham for a three game set with Duke and were swept. They opened their weekend against one of the best in Jonathan Santucci. He delivered his second terrific outing in as many weekends, striking out 10 Northwestern hitters over six scoreless innings. The Blue Devils scored a run in each of the first two innings and that was all they would need in a 2-0 win. The Wildcats struck out 16 times while getting shut out in Durham. Saturday was a little better offensively. They struck out just eight times and scored a couple runs. However, they recorded just seven hits on the afternoon. That was just two more than Duke had in the first inning where they scored five runs. Tyler Ganus and Bennett Markinson both recorded a pair of hits and will need to continue to step up if Northwestern wants to climb out of the Big Ten cellar. 8-2 was the final. Sunday was much higher scoring than the previous two. Owen McElfatrick hit a two run homer to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead after one. They added another in the third, but then it was all Duke for awhile. The Blue Devils scored four in the second thanks to some sloppy defense. Macon Winslow added two more in the third with a home run. Duke had eight more cross the plate in the fifth, while 12 came to bat. In the sixth, they batted around, scoring six more to make it 20-3. That score held until the ninth when Northwestern exploded for six runs of their own, to make it the final score of 20-9. Looking ahead: at Bethune Cookman (3/1-3).

Ohio State- The Buckeyes started their week with a 10-3 road loss against Grand Canyon on Tuesday. GCU was ahead by just one entering the seventh, but blew it open with a five spot. They then took the short trip to Tempe for a four game set at Arizona State. Landon Beidelschies gave up a run in the first, but then retired 16 of the next 18. Trey Lipsey, Josh Stevenson and Henry Kaczmar all homered and the Buckeyes took game one 11-4. As well as Thursday night looked, Friday was just as bad. Trey Lipsey opened the game with a solo home run, but the Sun Devils tallied four runs in the second, a run in the fourth and fifth, three more in the sixth and four more in the seventh on their way to a 14-4 blowout win. Saturday was an offensive explosion for the Buckeyes, but it did not happen until later in the game. In fact, the Buckeyes were behind by two runs entering the seventh. It was 6-4 and time to stretch. Entering the ninth with that same lead, Ohio State pounced for seven runs. Nick Giamarusti homered for the second time and this one was a grand slam that put the game away. Matthew Graveline hit a two run homer for good measure and the Buckeyes won 13-4. Sunday started with the Sun Devils scoring first. Back to back doubles from Ryan Campos and Jacob Tobias and an Isaiah Jackson single made it 3-0. The Buckeyes answered with four of their own thanks to some bad defense from Arizona State. Jacob Tobias came right back with a two run single and the Sun Devils lead again. Ryan Miller hit a three run homer in the fifth to put Ohio State ahead 7-5. With the Buckeyes leading 8-6 entering the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Compton blasted a grand slam to make it 10-8. That was the final score as these two teams split a competitive series. Looking ahead: Las Vegas College Baseball Classic- vs Cal, vs Pitt, vs Oklahoma (3/1-3).

Penn State- The Nittany Lions opened their weekend with a dominant 15-4 win in Palo Alto against Stanford. Penn State fell behind by two runs after two innings, but scored in each of the next six innings on their way to 15 runs. JT Marr and Bryce Molinaro were both very productive, combining for seven hits on the evening. Saturday was more of the same as the Nittany Lions run ruled the Cardinal 13-2 after seven innings. How rare was this two game domination? This was the first time Stanford had lost back to back home games by 10+ runs to the same opponent since 1959. It was also Penn State's first back to back 10+ run wins since 2010 and the first time since 2000 in which they scored 12+ runs in three straight games. Bryce Molinaro, Adam Cecere and Grant Norris all homered while combining for six hits, six runs scored and eight driven in. Jaden Henline and Mason Horwat combined to allow just two runs on two hits over those seven innings. Looking for the sweep, the Nittany Lions started fast with a Joe Jaconski lead-off home run. JT Marr added a sacrifice fly later in the inning and Kyle Hannon singled home a run in the second to make it 3-0. That was all the good news Penn State would see for awhile. Greg Reynolds tied things up with a three run blast in the second. The Cardinal scored six more in the third inning on just one hit. Four walks, a hit by pitch and a fielder's choice later, Owen Cobb stepped up to the plate with two runs already in and the bases loaded. He broke things open with a grand slam and the only hit of the inning. Stanford salvaged a win in the series, taking this game 9-5. Looking ahead: at Davidson (3/1-3).

Purdue- The Boilermakers started their weekend in Holly Springs against George Mason. The Patriots jumped out to a three run lead in the first, but Luke Gaffney answered right back in the bottom half with a two run homer of his own. Logan Sutter belted a three run blast in the third to make it 6-3. On the mound, Jordan Morales bounced back from a tough first inning, allowing just one run over the next five innings. Jackson Dannelley went the final three innings for a 7-4 win. Saturday was a split doubleheader that was all about offense. The Boilermakers dropped game one by a final score of 11-9 before bouncing back to win game two 12-5. Purdue recorded 13 hits in both games. The Patriots dominated the early innings of game one, jumping out to a 8-4 lead after four innings. However, in game two, the Boilermakers owned the middle part of game two, outscoring their opponent 10-0 between innings four through six. George Mason headed into Sunday looking for a split in this four game series. Ben Jones gave them the lead with a single in the first. Luke Gaffney tied the game with a single in the third. This game was a 1-1 pitcher's dual headed to the bottom of the fifth. the Boilermakers seized control of the game. Purdue sent 13 men to the plate, scoring 10 runs on eight hits. The game was called after seven with a final score of 11-1. Looking ahead: Keith Leclair Classic- vs East Carolina, vs Southeastern Louisiana, vs Cal State Fullerton (3/1-3).

Rutgers- The Scarlet Knights opened their weekend with a wire to win 10-3 win against Old Dominion. Christian Coppola took the hill and set the tone with nine strikeouts over six innings. Jake Marshall took over from there and finished the game with a three inning save. Offensively, Rutgers scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings and led 7-0. Six players recorded multiple hits led by Trevor Cohen, going 5-5. The Scarlet Knights stayed perfect on Saturday, using timely offense and clutch relief pitching to win a nail biter 7-6. For the fourth consecutive game, Rutgers scored in the top of the first, leading 2-0. The lead was extended to 4-0 in the third on a Jackson Natili single and some sloppy defense. The Monarchs came roaring back in the fifth with a six spot to tie the game. RJ Johnson Jr answered back in the top of the sixth and that proved to be enough. The Scarlet Knights had a sweep on their mind entering Sunday. They scored four runs in the first and another in the second to lead 5-0. Old Dominion did not go away quietly. The Monarchs sent 12 to the plate and scored six runs in the frame as Zach Konstantinovsky and Ben Gorski fell apart on the mound. They added another in the sixth and two more in the eighth for some insurance, winning 9-5. Looking ahead: at St. Joe's (2/27), at Charleston Southern (3/1-3).


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