Big Ten Baseball Weekly Review - 2013 Week Three

Jon Johnston

A review of Big Ten baseball for 2013 Week Three.

Indiana continues to prove they're the cream of the Big Ten crop with another undefeated weekend. Illinois had a good week, as did Nebraska.

(I apologize for how meek this is this week... been under the weather since Sunday, and now I'm going back to bed.)

Records are as follows, as of March 3rd:

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct.

Illinois

0-0

.000

7-4

.636

Indiana

0-0

.000

6-2

.750

Ohio State

0-0

.000

6-4

.600

Minnesota

0-0

.000

6-5

.545

Michigan

0-0

.000

5-5

.500

Northwestern

0-0

.000

4-2

.667

Michigan State

0-0

.000

4-4

.500

Iowa

0-0

.000

4-6

.400

Penn State

0-0

.000

3-6

.333

Purdue

0-0

.000

3-8

.273

Nebraska

0-0

.000

2-7

.222

Illinois

3-1

Illinois 8, Houston Baptist 3

Illinois 12, Houston Baptist 3

Illinois 7, UTSA 3

UTSA 6, Illinois 5

In the opener in Arlington, Texas UTA/Hilton Invitational tournament at the Freshman Kevin Duchene came one out away from a complete game, going 8.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three unearned runs.

The Illini stretched their win streak to six games with wins Saturday over HBU and UTSA (Texas Arlington), then had it snapped on Sunday. It was close, as the Illini tied the game in the seventh after being down 5-0 and scoring five runs in the seventh, but UTSA scored on a sacrifice fly in the eighth to pull away for the win.

Indiana

3-0

Indiana 8, West Virginia 5

Indiana 8, Coastal Carolina 1

Indiana 7, UMBC 1

23-7 runs and runs given up for Indiana! The Hoosiers were tied at 5-5 with the Mountaineers in the eighth inning until Sam Travis hit a three-run homer to seal the game for Indiana.

Pitcher Joey DeNato starred against Coastal Carolina, going 7.1 innings, while allowing only five hits and one run, then Aaron Siegers went six innings against UMBC giving up five hits and no runs. It was UMBC's opening weekend, and they went 0-3.

The 6-2 start is the best start for Indiana since 2005.

Iowa

1-3

Arkansas-Little Rock 5, Iowa 2

Iowa 7, Western Illinois 3

Arkansas-Little Rock 9, Iowa 3

Wichita State 5, Iowa 3

Iowa head coach Jack Dahm won his 500th career game as a head coach in the win over Western Illinois.

Two losses to Ark-Little Rock in disappointing fashion. In the first, the Hawkeyes stranded 12 runners on base, seven in scoring position, and seven players were given free bases after being hit. In the second, a six-run sixth inning doomed the Hawks .

Iowa had an early 3-1 lead over the Shockers, scoring three runs in the first two innings, but Wichita State scored three in the third to lead and one more in the fifth to insure the win.

Michigan

3-1

Michigan 8, Mount St Mary's 7

Saint Louis 8, Michigan 5

Michigan 11, Saint Louis 0

Michigan 5, Georgetown 2

Michigan need a two-run eighth inning to beat Mount St Mary's at the Snowbird Invitational in Port Charlotte, Florida. A double header split was in store on Saturday. Evan Hill went six innings giving up only two hits against Saint Louis as Michigan pounded out 16 hits and 11 runs of their own.

Sunday, the Wolverines held on as the Hoyas put runners in scoring position in two of the final three innings. Michigan pitcher Trent Szkutnik went seven innings, giving up five hits and two runs to finish a good weekend for the Wolverines.

Wolverine Patrick Biondi set the school record for career stolen bases as Michigan leads the conference in stolen bases with 30 of 32 attempts.

Michigan State

1-1

Austin Peay 7, Michigan State 2

Michigan State 4, Austin Peay 3

The Spartans' three-game series against Austin Peay was postponed a couple days, due to inclement weather but continued in a double-header Sunday. The day saw the Governors extend their winning streak to eight games after which it was snapped as they outhit the Spartans but committed four errors.

Sparty pitcher David Garner threw seven innings in the second game, giving up only five hits, but Jeff Kinley gave up five hits and three runs in relief, nearly allowing Austin Peay to come from behind.

MSU will conclude their three-games series with Austin Peay on Monday.

Minnesota

1-2

Dartmouth 10, Minnesota 3

Minnesota 4, Utah 1

Northern Illinois 2, Minnesota 1

The Gophers hosted the Dairy Queen Classic tournament at the Metrodome, with Dartmouth winning the tournament with a 3-0 record. The Gophers scoring problems continue, with eight runs through three games.

The bright spot of the weekend was Gopher pitcher Ben Meyer's game against Utah. The hurler went eight innings, giving up three hits and an unearned run.

The loss to Northern Illinois gave the Huskies only their second win of the season (2-9).

Nebraska

2-0

Nebraska 8, New Mexico 5

Nebraska 3, New Mexico 0

Nebraska finally got back on the winning side of things, taking two games from New Mexico in Lincoln. Things looked pretty bleak with the Husker offense struggling until the dam broke lose in the seventh inning of game one when Nebraska scored seven runs in the sixth inning.

Husker hurler Christian DeLeon threw eight innings, giving up eight hits while striking out five, an impressive feat considering DeLeon was not even expected to be a starter in his first year in Lincoln.

The Huskers started the season with a pretty lousy ERA, but it's been steadily dropping, and now stands at 5.88. Nebraska needs more offense, however, as they're currently tied for last in team batting at .238 with Penn State.

Northwestern

0-0

vs Missouri cancelled

The series against Missouri was cancelled due to a winter snowstorm. The previous week the Wildcats were to play Kansas, but that trip was cancelled due to weather. Northwestern was able to add a trip to Kentucky the previous week, but not this week, resulting in no games played.

Ohio State

1-2

Connecticut 5, Ohio State 2

Stetson 3, Ohio State 2 (12 innings)

Ohio State 8, Central Michigan 1

Ohio State was doing so well, then inexplicably lost the opening game of the week to the Huskies, giving up 14 hits and committing three errors in the process. The loss snapped their five-game winning streak.

The Mad Hatters used only two pitchers throughout 12 innings, with Josh Powers going eight innings and holding the Buckeyes to eight hits and two runs. I should note that Stetson lost to UConn as well.

On Sunday, Ohio State let it loose against Central Michigan, who has only won three games this season, one against Stetson in the same tournament.

Penn State

2-1

Penn State 4, Stephen F Austin 2

UTSA 3, Penn State 2

Penn State 3, Nebraska Omaha 0

Penn State had a decent week, although against some pretty weak competition.

Purdue

0-3

Samford 8, Purdue 0

Samford 4, Purdue 1

Samford 13, Purdue 6

Along with last weekend, Purdue lost four straight to Samford. Purdue is now 1-4 against them this season. After winning the conference last season for the first time in over a century, Purdue's pitching is now the worst in conference at a 6.89 ERA.

The Boilers now have a six-game losing streak, their longest since 2008 in which they started the season 0-9.

Granted that Samford is at 7-3 and 7-1 at home, but my, how Purdue has fallen this season.

Player of the Week

Michael O'Neill, Michigan

OF - Jr. - Powell, Ohio - Olentangy Liberty

  • Hit .474 (9-for-19) with two doubles, five runs scored, two RBI and five stolen bases as Michigan went 3-1 over the weekend
  • Recorded three multi-hit games, including a four-hit outing with three stolen bases against Mount St. Mary's
  • Reached base at a .500 clip and slugged .579 over four games
  • Earns his third career Player of the Week award and first this season
  • Last Michigan Player of the Week: Michael O'Neill (March 5, 2012)

Pitcher of the Week

Ben Meyer, Minnesota

RHP - So. - New Brighton, Minn. - Totino Grace

  • Posted career highs in innings pitched (8.0) and strikeouts (5) in a 4-1 win over Utah
  • Scattered only three hits and allowed one unearned run in the win
  • Earns his first Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: T.J. Oakes (Feb. 27, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Evan Hill, Michigan

LHP - Mt. Pleasant, Mich. - Mt. Pleasant

  • Threw 6.0 scoreless innings and struck out four batters in Michigan's 11-0 win over St. Louis
  • Scattered just two hits against the Billikens, leading the Wolverines to their first shutout of the season
  • Collects his first weekly conference award
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: N/A
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