Analysis

Big Ten Baseball Week 10 Update

Indiana met Rutgers for two games over the weekend and won both over the Scarlet Knights. Grant Richardson opened game one for the Hoosiers with an RBI groundout in the first inning. Cole Barr followed up in the second with a sacrifice fly, giving Indiana a two-run lead. Rutgers responded in the fifth inning, scoring a run on a single by Richie Schiekofer. In the seventh, Schiekofer brought another run home, tying the game with a double. Indiana took the lead back in the eighth inning, scoring two on a single by Collin Hopkins. Later in the inning, James Espalin brought two more home on a single to left-center. He later scored on a double by Paul Toetz. After loading the bases, Rutgers walked Morgan Colopy, scoring a run and stretching Indiana’s lead to six. In the bottom of the inning, Rutgers got one back in the form of a double by Chris Brito. However, Indiana was able to close out the 8-3 victory. Ty Bothwell rose to 2-1 on the year as Kyle Muller fell to 2-3. Indiana advanced to 21-9 after the win while Rutgers fell to 17-14. Indiana also took game two, winning 5-3 in eleven innings. Neither team saw much action until the seventh inning when Mike Nyisztor hit a solo home run to left field. Indiana tied it up in the ninth on a single to center field by Collin Hopkins. Indiana took the lead in the top of the tenth, scoring one on a single by Jeremy Houston, and another on a groundout by Grant Richardson. Rutgers tied it again in the bottom of the inning, scoring two on a single by Mike Nyisztor. Indiana secured the victory in the top of the eleventh with a two-run home run by Jordan Fucci. Braden Scott rose to 2-0 on the year while Eric Reardon fell to 1-1. Indiana rose to 22-9 on the year as Rutgers fell to 17-15. Series MVP: Collin Hopkins

Indiana also met Nebraska for two, splitting the series with the Cornhuskers. Nebraska struck first in game one, scoring a run on a groundout by Mojo Hagge in the second inning. Jack Steil added on later in the inning with an RBI double to left field. Indiana got one back in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Cole Barr. Nebraska added on in the bottom of the inning, scoring one on an error by Indiana, and another on a groundout by Jack Steil. Indiana scored again in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Grant Richardson and took the lead on a three-run home run by Cole Barr. Spencer Schwellenbac tied it up for the Cornhuskers in the seventh with an RBI single, and Max Anderson gave them the lead with an RBI groundout. After getting the bases loaded, Indiana tied it once again with a walk issued to Jeremy Houston. Nebraska secured the 7-6 walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single by Gunner Hellstrom. Spencer Schwellenbac rose to 2-1 on the year as Reese Sharp fell to 0-1. Nebraska advanced to 21-10 while Indiana fell to 22-10. Indiana forced a series split on Sunday as they took game two 4-2 over Nebraska. Cole Barr opened it up in the first inning by scoring two on a single to right field. He was followed by Ethan Vecrumba who brought another run home on a single. Collin Hopkins closed out the inning – and Indiana’s scoring – with an RBI single. Cam Chick earned Nebraska’s first run of the day in the seventh inning with a short RBI single. Jaxon Hallmark closed out the day for Nebraska with a solo home run to left field. Gabe Bierman rose to 5-2 on the year as Shay Schanaman fell to 4-2. Indiana sits at 23-10 after the weekend as Nebraska fell to 21-11 with two to play. Series MVP: Cole Barr

Nebraska took on Rutgers as a part of the three-team pod on Sunday and Monday. The Cornhuskers took game one, winning 15-4. Luke Roskam opened it up for Nebraska in the third, bringing two home on a ground-rule double. He later scored on a throwing error by Rutgers’ pitcher. Rutgers got one back in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Richie Schiekofer. Gunner Hellstrom added on for Nebraska in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch. After getting the bases loaded, the Cornhuskers earned an easy four runs in the form of a grand slam by Luke Roskam. In the bottom of the inning, Rutgers added a couple of runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Sam Owens and Andy Axelson. Nebraska went on another strong run in the final two innings, first scoring one on a single by Cam Chick in the eighth. Joe Acker added on in the ninth, scoring one on a bunt single. Spencer Schwellenbac added two more with a double to left field, and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Logan Foster. Nebraska closed out their day by scoring two more on a single by Brice Matthews. Rutgers got a couple back on a two-run home run by Evan Sleight in the bottom of the inning, but Nebraska was able to close out the victory. Chance Hroch rose to 4-1 on the season as Brent Teller fell to 3-3. Nebraska rose to a strong 22-11 while Rutgers fell to 17-16. Nebraska took Monday’s finale after thirteen innings, winning 7-6 over the Scarlet Knights. Nebraska came out strong in the first inning, scoring their first on a double by Spencer Schwellenbac. He later scored on a two-run home run by Luke Roskam. Brice Matthews added on later in the inning by bringing two home on a double to right field. He later came around to score on a groundout by Logan Foster. Rutgers responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring one on a single by Chris Brito. The Knights added another later in the inning on a groundout by Danny DiGeorgio. In the second inning, Rutgers cut into Nebraska’s lead even more with a solo home run by Kevin Welsh. They tied it up with one swing of the bat in the seventh inning on a three-run home by Ryan Lasko. Both teams went scoreless through the ninth, taking the game to extras. It wasn’t until the thirteenth inning that the tie was broken, and Nebraska claimed the victory on an RBI single to right field. Tyler Martin rose to 2-0 on the season as Parker Scott fell to 1-1. Rutgers sits even at 17-17 after the two-game set while Nebraska holds a strong 23-11 record. Series MVP: Luke Roskam

Michigan met in-state rival Michigan State for three, taking two of three over the Spartans. Griffin Mazur opened game one for the Wolverines with an RBI single in the third inning. He later scored on a double by Ted Burton. In the fourth, Christian Molfetta added on with an RBI single. Michigan State earned their only run of the day in the eighth inning on a single by Trent Farquhar. Griffin Mazur closed out the 5-1 victory for Michigan in the ninth, scoring two on a single to center. Steve Hajjar rose to 3-0 on the year as Mason Erla fell to 3-5. Michigan advanced to 22-11 while Michigan State fell to 12-21. Michigan secured the series win on Saturday, beating the Spartans 3-1. Michigan struck first on a solo home run by Benjamin Sems in the second inning. They later added on with an RBI single by Ted Burton. Michigan State responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring one on a sacrifice fly by Casey Mayes. Tito Flores secured the win for the Wolverines with a solo home run in the seventh inning. Cameron Weston rose to 5-2 on the year as Jackson Bennett fell to 0-1. Michigan advanced to 23-11 while Michigan State fell to 12-22. Michigan State earned a big win on Sunday to prevent the sweep, winning 10-2 over the Wolverines. Mitch Jebb opened it up in the first inning with an RBI groundout, scoring one. Bryce Kelley followed up with an RBI single, stretching the lead to two. Jebb earned his second RBI of the day in the third inning, bringing a run home with a single. MSU had a big fifth inning, scoring seven and stretching the lead to ten. After getting the bases loaded, Bryce Kelley walked, scoring a run. Later, Joe Stewart scored on an error by Michigan. With the bases still loaded, Michigan walked four more batters, and threw a wild pitch, adding on five more runs for the Spartans. The Wolverines first run came in the seventh inning in the form of a single by Jordon Rogers. Riley Bertram added on with an RBI single later in the inning, but the Wolverines couldn’t overcome the deficit. Sam Benschoter rose to 2-4 on the year as Jacob Denner fell to 3-3. Michigan sits at 23-12 after the series win while Michigan State looks to overcome a 13-22 deficit. Series MVP: Griffin Mazur

Maryland took on Illinois for a three game set, earning the series win over the Illini. Illinois took the opener in a somewhat quiet 2-0 win. Cal Hejza struck first for the Illini with an RBI single in the third inning. Branden Comia added on in the eighth, scoring on a passed ball. Andrew Hoffmann rose to 2-0 after the easy victory and Nick Dean fell to 2-1. Illinois broke even at 16-16 while Maryland fell to 19-14. Maryland tied the series on Saturday, winning 5-3 over the Illini. Chris Alleyne opened it up for the Terrapins with an RBI single in the third inning. He later scored on a double by Matthew Shaw. Illinois got one back in the fourth, scoring Jackson Raper on a fielder’s choice. Maryland added on in the fifth, scoring one on a sacrifice fly by Chris Alleyne. In the sixth, Troy Schreffler added another with an RBI single to right. Alleyne earned his third RBI of the day in the eighth, scoring Schreffler on a single. Illinois got two back in the ninth on a double by Jacob Campbell but were not able to overcome the deficit. Jason Savacool rose to a strong 6-1 on the season while Nathan Lavender fell to 5-2. Maryland advanced to 20-14 as Illinois fell to 16-17. Maryland earned a big win in the series finale, beating Illinois 12-4. Illinois struck first in the third inning, scoring one on a single by Justin Janas. Maryland responded in the fourth, taking the lead on a three-run home run by Tucker Flint. Justin Vought added on with two home runs later in the game, one in the fourth and one in the sixth. Chris Alleyne hit one of his own later in the sixth, stretching Maryland’s lead to five. Illinois got one back in the sixth on an RBI single by Taylor Jackson. They added on in the seventh with a solo home run by Ryan Hampe. Maryland added on to their lead in the eighth with solo home runs from Justin Vought and Benjamin Cowles. They carried that momentum into the ninth, scoring Troy Schreffler on a wild pitch. Justin Vought added on with an RBI single and later scored on a two-run single by Matthew Shaw. Illinois got one back in the bottom of the ninth on a groundout by Tom Jurack, but couldn’t overtake the lead. Ryan Ramsey rose to 3-1 on the year while Riley Gowens fell to 1-3. Maryland sits at 21-14 after the series victory while Illinois looks to build upon 16-18. Series MVP: Chris Alleyne

Penn State met Iowa over the weekend, dropping two of three to the Hawkeyes. The Nittany Lions struck first in game one, taking the lead on an RBI single by Matt Wood in the first inning. Iowa immediately responded in the bottom of the inning, tying the game on a solo home run by Izaya Fullard. Zeb Adreon gave the Hawkeyes the lead later in the inning after going back-to-back with Fullard. Ben Norman added some much-needed insurance for Iowa in the second, scoring two on a single. Penn State got one back in the sixth on a single by Josh Spiegel, but Iowa closed out the 4-2 victory. Trenton Wallace rose to a strong 5-1 on the year while Bailey Dees fell to 3-3. Penn State fell to 12-19 as Iowa broke 20 wins at 20-13. The two teams played a doubleheader on Saturday, with Iowa taking the first game 5-3. The Hawkeyes struck first in the second inning, scoring one on a single by Brendan Sher. Ben Norman added on later in the inning with an RBI single to left field. Izaya Fullard closed out the inning by bringing a run home on a double play. Penn State responded in the fifth, scoring one on a single by Justin Williams. Iowa added on in the bottom of the inning after Dylan Nedved walked with the bases loaded. Austin Martin added another in the sixth, bringing a run home on a single. Penn State added two more in the eighth on a single by Parker Hendershot but dropped the game to the Hawkeyes. Duncan Davitt rose to 4-1 on the season while Conor Larkin fell to 3-6. Penn State fell to 12-20 as Iowa rose to 21-13. Penn State took the day’s second game 5-4, preventing a sweep. Cole Bartles opened it up for the Lions with an RBI single in the second inning. Parker Hendershot added on in the fifth, bringing a run home on a single. Cole Bartles earned his second RBI of the day on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Johnny Piacentino added on in the eighth, scoring two on a double to left-center. Iowa began a comeback in the bottom of the inning, scoring one on a single by Izaya Fullard. In the ninth, Austin Martin scored on a balk, advancing Dylan Nedved to third. He later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Ben Norman. Iowa got within one after an RBI single by Izaya Fullard, but Penn State was able to hold them off. Kyle Virbitsky broke even at 3-3 after the win while Cam Baumann fell to 4-4. Penn State hopes to improve upon 13-20 after the series as Iowa sits comfortably at 21-14. Series MVP: Izaya Fullard

Ohio State and Purdue played one game on Tuesday to make up for the games lost over the weekend. Nick Erwin opened it up for the Buckeyes in the top of the second, clearing the bases with a three-run triple. Purdue responded in the bottom of the sixth, scoring one on a single by Justin Walker Jr. who advanced himself and the runner on the throw. Ohio State added on in the top of the seventh, scoring two on a single by Conner Pohl. Neither team scored for the rest of the game, securing the 5-1 victory for the Buckeyes. Garrett Burhenn rose to 5-2 on the year while Cory Brooks fell to 2-2. Ohio State sits at 18-14 after the win as Purdue looks to build upon 11-21. Series MVP: Nick Erwin

Purdue’s series with Northwestern was postponed, citing student health concerns at Northwestern. 

Ohio State and Minnesota also postponed their series due to health and safety concerns within the Minnesota program.

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Madelyn Hipp

Madelyn is currently a student in Aviation Management at Purdue University. She is a huge Cleveland and Big Ten baseball fan, among other sports such as hockey, golf, NASCAR, and air racing. She can be found @baseballcontext on Twitter.

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