Purdue exploded for 15 runs in a 15-8 win in game one, but IU held on to what had been a big lead and won game 2 7-6. Eric Arnett went the distance in game 2, although it was his roughest outing in a while, perhaps all season. He allowed 10 hits, walked 4, and all 6 runs were earned. Still, IU now has Matt Bashore, who has been excellent in Big Ten play after struggling in the pre-conference, on the mound for this afternoon's deciding game.
Behind the Plate has the updated Big Ten standings. Unfortunately, the other three teams that entered the weekend with four losses (Illinois, Ohio State, and Minnesota) all are 2-0 this weekend, and so this afternoon's game becomes crucial for IU's regular season title hopes.