UM wins, MSU loses Big Ten baseball tournament openers
Minneapolis — Mike Shawaryn struck out nine, Kevin Smith singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and Maryland beat Michigan State 2-1 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten tournament.
Brandon Lowe had two of six hits for the fourth-seeded Terrapins (37-20). Kevin Mooney struck out two in two scoreless innings of relief. Maryland will face top-seeded Illinois on Thursday.
The fifth-seeded Spartans came up empty in three innings with runners in scoring position, twice ended by strikeouts from Shawaryn (12-2). He allowed six hits and one earned run through seven innings.
Mark Weist's RBI double in the third inning scored Cam Gibson to give Michigan State a 1-0 lead. Weist and Gibson combined for four of the Spartans' seven hits.
The Spartans (33-22) will play eighth-seeded Nebraska on Thursday.
Michigan 4, Indiana 1
Outfielder Johnny Slater's three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning lifted No. 3 Michigan to a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Indiana in the opener of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Jackson Glines helped pace the Wolverines' eight-hit attack, going 3-for-4. Carmen Benedetti went 2-for-4, driving in UM's final run in the bottom of sixth.
Jacob Cronenworth (2 innings pitched), Brett Adcock (6.1) and Mac Lozer (0.2) combined to hold the Hoosiers (32-21) to one run on four hits.
UM (34-23) advances to play No. 2 Iowa (39-14) at 6 p.m. Thursday.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
(Times listed are Eastern.)
Game 1: Michigan 4, Indiana 1
Game 2: Iowa 3, Ohio State 2
Game 3: Illinois 3, Nebraska 2
Game 4: Maryland 2, Michigan State 1
Game 5: Indiana vs. Ohio State, 10 a.m. (BTN Plus)
Game 6: Nebraska vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Game 7: Michigan vs. Iowa, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Game 8: Illinois vs. Maryland, 10 p.m. (BTN)
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 4:30 p.m. (BTN)
Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
Game 11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 10 a.m. (BTN)
Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 2 p.m. (BTN)
Game 13 (if necessary): Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Game 14 (if necessary): Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 10 p.m. (BTN)
Championship: Game 11/13 winner vs. Game 12/14 winner, 2 p.m. (BTN)