Big Ten Baseball Weekly Review - 2013 Week 13

Jon Johnston

Nebraska knocked Minnesota off the top of the conference, while Indiana took the lead by winning their series against Northwestern. Four teams - Indiana, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Nebraska have a shot at the regular season title going into the final weekend.

We're down to the last week of the regular season and the top four teams are all within one game of one another. Nebraska knocked Minnesota from the top spot by taking a series from them while Indiana won their series against Northwestern.

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct.

Indiana

15-6

.714

38-11

.776

Ohio State

14-7

.667

33-18

.647

Minnesota

12-6

.667

29-18

.617

Nebraska

14-7

.667

23-26

.469

Illinois

12-9

.571

31-15

.674

Michigan

12-9

.571

27-23

.540

Michigan State

10-8

.556

29-16

.644

Northwestern

9-15

.375

22-23

.489

Iowa

7-14

.333

19-27

.413

Purdue

6-15

.286

17-30

.362

Penn State

3-18

.143

12-34

.261

Upcoming conference games for the top four are as follows:

Indiana - @ Ohio State

Ohio State - vs Indiana

Minnesota - vs Illinois

Nebraska - vs Michigan

Illinois

3-0

Illinois 9, Penn State 0

Illinois 8, Penn State 6

Illinois 5, Penn State 4

Justin Parr's school-record 33-game hitting streak came to an end in the final game of the series as he went 0-for-2 and two walks.

Otherwise, no shock that the Illini sweep Penn State.

Indiana

2-2

Louisville 4, Indiana 3

Indiana 3, Northwestern 1

Northwestern 12, Indiana 1

Indiana 9, Northwestern 2

That 12-1 loss jumps out at you like, HEY WHOA! WHAT'S GOING ON THERE!

What happened is that Northwestern pitcher Brandon Magallones had a darned good outing, going 9 IP, 2H, 1R, and 6 SO. The only hit given up was a home run by Kyle Schwarber, his 13th of the season.

In the final game, the Hoosiers beat up on the Wildcats, getting 16 hits and nine runs and Aaron Slegers was kick ass, going 6.2 IP, 9H, 2R and 4 SO.

Iowa

2-2

Nebraska-Omaha 6, Iowa 5

Iowa 6, Michigan State 2

Iowa 2, Michigan State 1

Michigan State 4, Iowa 2

Another head scratcher - Iowa beating Michigan State to get their first series win of the season. Maybe Iowa decided to start playing a little better because it was "Senior Day" weekend. Then again, Michigan State has been pretty inconsistent all season.

In game one, Iowa managed to score five runs in the seventh. The Spartans had the bases loaded in the ninth, but couldn't complete the rally.

In game two, Hawkeye pitcher Sasha Kuebel went 8 IP, 7H, 1R, 3 SO, shutting down Sparty.

Michigan

3-2

Eastern Michigan 13, Michigan 4

Michigan 7, Toledo 0

Michigan 9, Purdue 8

Michigan 10, Purdue 6

Purdue 12, Michigan 9

Michigan takes a series from Purdue, which shouldn't surprise anyone given Purdue's level of play this season.

In game one, Michigan scored one run in the bottom of the eighth after Purdue had scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 8-8.

Game two - The Wolverines did it again, this time scoring five runs in the eighth to take the win.

Game three - Purdue had enough of that crap and scored four runs in the top of the ninth to take a game and avoid the sweep.

Michigan State

3-2

Michigan State 5, Western Michigan 4

Michigan State 6, Eastern Michigan 3

Iowa 6, Michigan State 2

Iowa 2, Michigan State 1

Michigan State 4, Iowa 2

Michigan State - three runs in two losses to Iowa.

Minnesota

1-3

Milwaukee 2, Minnesota 1

Nebraska 6, Minnesota 0

Minnesota 4, Nebraska 3

Nebraska 8, Minnesota 0

Nebraska came to Minnesota and handed the Gophers their first conference series loss of the season.

It is not surprising that Nebraska won this series. What's surprising is how they did it. The Gophers have had difficult with offense at times, but to get blanked in two games out of three against one of the worst pitching teams in the conference... THAT'S SURPRISING.

The game the Gophers won was a game in which they committed three errors in the first inning, spotting Nebraska two runs.

For the most part, Gopher hitting < Husker batting.

In game one, Gopher Tom Windle had a strong outing - 7 IP, 8H, 2R, 9 SO, but the bullpen failed giving up four runs.

In game three, DJ Snelten went 5.2 IP, 9H, 3R, but the bullpen gave up five runs.

Nebraska

2-1

Nebraska 6, Minnesota 0

Minnesota 4, Nebraska 3

Nebraska 8, Minnesota 0

Nebraska blanked the Gophers twice in this series. Check this out:

With the pair of shutout wins on the weekend, it marked the first time since 2005 that the Husker pitching staff has posted a pair of shutouts during a conference series since 2005 when NU shutout Oklahoma State twice, 6-0 and 10-0, at Hawks Field. The last time the Huskers posted a pair of shutouts on the road was 2004, when NU won 8-0 and 4-0 at Kansas State.

Another amazing fact - the Huskers have won all of their road conference series this season.

The thing about this series - if you asked any Husker baseball fan which game was a sure win for Nebraska, it was the second game because KYLE KUBAT. That was on the one Nebraska lost.

The best Husker news of the weekend was outing by pitcher Aaron Bummer on Sunday. Bummer went 7 IP, 3H, 0R, the best outing of his career. That it occurs at this time of year may be fortuitous for the Huskers who have struggled with starting pitching throughout the season.

Northwestern

2-3

Northwestern 5, UIC 3 (11 innings)

Chicago 9, Northwestern 7

Indiana 3, Northwestern 1

Northwestern 12, Indiana 1

Indiana 9, Northwestern 2

I mentioned the Brandon Magallones bit under Indiana's section.

Northwestern will finish the season out next weekend playing Wichita State.

Ohio State

1-4

Georgia Tech 9, Ohio State 2

Ohio State 3, Georgia Tech 2

Oregon 3, Ohio State 1 (11 innings)

Oregon 4, Ohio State 0

Oregon 1, Ohio State 0

The Buckeyes played an entire week of non-conference games, splitting with GaTech and getting swept by highly ranked Oregon.

Penn State

0-4

Akron 11, Penn State 2

Illinois 9, Penn State 0

Illinois 8, Penn State 6

Illinois 5, Penn State 4

Penn State, swept by Illinois.

Purdue

1-3

Ball State 4, Purdue 3

Michigan 9, Purdue 8

Michigan 10, Purdue 6

Purdue 12, Michigan 9

Purdue, not swept by Michigan. See Michigan.

Player of the Week

Dustin DeMuth, Indiana

3B - Jr. - LaPorte, Ind. - LaPorte

  • Hit .778 (7-for-9) with one double, two runs scored and an RBI as Indiana went 2-1 against Northwestern
  • Had two multi-hit games against the Wildcats, including a 4-for-4 outing with two runs scored and an RBI in the rubber match
  • Went 2-for-3 with a double in the series opener
  • Recorded a home run and two RBI in a midweek tilt against nationally ranked Louisville
  • Earns the fourth Big Ten weekly award of his career and first this season
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Sam Travis (April 1, 2013)

Co-Pitcher of the Week and Freshman of the Week

Kevin Duchene, Illinois

LHP - Fr. - Joliet, Ill. - Joliet Catholic Academy

  • Tossed his first career complete-game shutout in a 9-0 win over Penn State
  • Carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, recording a career-high 11 strikeouts and allowing just two hits
  • Earns the first Big Ten weekly honors of his career
  • Last Illinois Pitcher of the Week: Matt Milroy (April 9, 2012)
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Reid Roper (April 9, 2012)

Co-Pitcher of the Week

Brandon Magallones, Northwestern

LHP - So. - Manhattan, Ill. - Providence Catholic

  • Hurled a complete-game in a 12-1 win over Indiana, allowing one run on two hits against the nationally ranked Hoosiers
  • Held the Hoosiers without a hit through five innings, fanning six batters versus zero walks
  • Earns the third Big Ten weekly award of his career and first this season
  • Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Luke Farrell (May 7, 2013
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