Illinois fell to Louisiana-Lafayette, 13-5. ULL OF Nolan Gisclair went 4 for 6 with three RBI. Hunter Moody posted the victory. Illinois' Scott Shaw took the loss. Freshman 3B Brandon Wikoff had a pair of hits for Illinois.
Troy snuck past Indiana, 4-3 in extra innings. Freshman 2B Evan Crawford had a two hits in his collegiate debut for IU. Fellow first year players Brian Lambert and Josh Phegley each had RBI. Doug Fleenor started and went six innings, but did not factor in the decision. Hoosier reliever Chris McCombs took the loss. Like Illinois, Indiana opened the season with a three error performance.
Arkansas-Little Rock put a hurt on Iowa, 8-2. Brian Burmester and Matt Wooldrik had two hits a piece. David Conroy started but lasted only two innings. Scott Brune took the loss for Iowa in relief.
Zach Putnam led Michigan to an opening day win versus Bethune-Cookman, 5-3. The sophomore pitched 5.1 innings while striking out six to earn the win. Putnam also had two hits, including a triple, drove in a run and scored another. OF Brad Roblin also had a pair of hits. Ben Jenzen posted his first save.
Michigan State fell to South Alabama, 5-1. 2B Steve Gerstenberger and C Kyle Day each had two hits on opening day.
Lamar pounded Northwestern, 16-2. NU's Antonio Mule went 2 for 3 and drove in a run. In what appears to be a trend for Big Ten schools yesterday, the Wildcats committed four errors.
Georgia shutout Purdue, 9-0. The Boilermakers managed to make three misplays themselves Friday. RHP Josh Lindblom had a tough start lasting only 4.2 innings. Spencer Ingaldson's two hits were the highlight for Purdue.