Few sports have athletes who are more superstitious and goofy than baseball. It's a long season, there are a lot of games, and you see the same opponents several times a year.
It has been 10 years since Illinois has won an outright Big Ten baseball regular season championship. That trend looks like it could come to an end this season, as the Fighting Illini are in the midst of a truly memorable 2015 season.
Lefties, today is your big day! Aug. 13, 2014 marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the special day, I created a list of some of my favorite left-handed Big Ten athletes. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here goes: Morten Andersen, K, Michigan State Jim Abbott, P, Michigan Baseball Calbert Cheaney, G, Indiana Basketball Mike Conley Jr., G, Ohio State Basketball Kirk Gibson, Michigan State Baseball/Football Mark Mulder, P, Michigan State Baseball Glen Perkins, P, Minnesota Baseball Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State Basketball Zach
The Big Ten and NCAA record crowds weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves at the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. No, the players had more than their share of good times throughout the five-day tourney at TD Ameritrade Park. Most of the fun happened in the dugout, usually during a coach’s BTN in-game interview. Watch some of our favorite off-field fun from the event in this video feature. 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament Team P – Christian Morris, Indiana P – Aaron Bummer, Nebraska P – Kyle Kubat, Nebraska C – Joel Fisher, Michigan State 1B – Dan Olinger, Minnesota 2B
Big Ten baseball fans came from all over to watch Sunday’s conference championship matchup between top-seeded Indiana and second-seeded Nebraska. The stands were packed as 19,965 fans filled up TD Ameritrade Park, which ranks as the largest single-game conference tournament attendance in NCAA history. Sunday’s final attendance numbers brings the five-day total to a Big Ten Tournament record 62,020. Four days of the tournament (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) featured attendance of more than 10,000 people. The previous NCAA record for conference tournament attendance was established by Florida State and North Carolina in 2005 with a crowd of 17,860. Part
Day 4 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament is officially in the books. No. 2 Nebraska kicked off the action with a 6-1 win over No. 5 Michigan. No. 1 Indiana followed with an impressive 7-4 victory over No. 6 Michigan State. Nebraska and Indiana will meet in Sunday’s Big Ten championship game at 1 p.m. CT. That game can be seen on BTN/BTN2Go. See the complete tournament schedule and catch up on all the action here: [ MORE: Tourney central | Get our tourney coverage | B1G sets tourney attendance marks ] 2014 BIG TEN TOURNEY (ALL TIMES CT)
We’ve gone from eight to four teams in the Big Ten tourney. Friday’s results: No. 6 Michigan State ousted No. 3 Illinois, 11-2, and No. 5 Michigan eliminated No. 8 Iowa, 7-1. On Saturday, No. 1 Indiana and No. 2 Nebraska can advance to the title game with wins over Michigan State and Michigan, respectively. Both games are on BTN/BTN2Go, starting at 10 a.m. ET. [ MORE: Tourney central | Get our tourney coverage | B1G sets tourney attendance marks ] 2014 BIG TEN TOURNEY (ALL TIMES CT) WATCH LIVE STATS Wednesday, May 21 Game 1: No. 6 Michigan State
Day 2 of the Big Ten baseball tourney is in the books, and it was another day full of close games. The results: No. 3 Illinois nipped No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa dropped No. 4 Minnesota, No. 2 Nebraska edged No. 6 Michigan State and No. 1 Indiana took down No. 5 Michigan. [ MORE: Tourney central | Day 1 roundup | BTN announces tourney coverage ] 2014 BIG TEN TOURNEY (ALL TIMES CT) WATCH LIVE STATS Wednesday, May 21 Game 1: No. 6 Michigan State 2, No. 3 Illinois 1 NA RECAP | BOX | VIDEO Game
For the second straight day, the single-day attendance record at the Big Ten tournament was set, with 11,756 fans coming through gates at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday. The record was set yesterday (10,400), and now in just two days the tournament attendance record has been broke with 22,156 fans coming to the park. The previous record was set in 2010, when 12,219 fans attended the tournament at Ohio State’s Bill Davis Stadium. Total (22,156) Day 1 – 10,400 Day 2 – 11,756 2014 BIG TEN TOURNEY (ALL TIMES CT) WATCH LIVE STATS Wednesday, May 21 Game 1: No. 6
Rain delays are no fun for fans, players and coaches alike. Everyone involved has to find something to help pass the time. It can be anything, really. Just look at Illinois coach Dan Hartleb, who created a personal Twitter account during a rain delay Thursday at the Big Ten tourney. Productive rain delay for #Illini head coach Dan Hartleb who set up a Twitter account. Give him a follow: @dhartleb pic.twitter.com/8FUjfrTyc1 — Illinois Baseball (@IlliniBaseball) May 22, 2014 No, Hartleb hasn’t scribed his first tweet yet. Give him a break, though, because he has an elimination game to think about. After