It’s no secret, the Big Ten is serious about expanding its brand and footprint eastward. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers, both of which officially join the conference July 1, were proof of that. So, too, was the eight-year bowl agreement with New York Yankees and New Era Pinstripe Bowl – a set-up that includes a significant Big Ten branding presence in Yankee Stadium. We saw the first visual proof of the branding presence during the Yankees’ home exhibition game vs. Boston on Tuesday afternoon. Check it out: Check out the ad on the backstop at @Yankees spring training facility.
Step outside, and the last thing it feels like is baseball season. Still, the games are scheduled and must go on. That being the case, players and fans might as well find ways to make the most of the unfavorable conditions. That’s exactly what Xavier did prior to Wednesday afternoon’s game at Indiana. While the grounds crew cleared snow off the field, the Musketeers made a Snowman Batter in the bullpen. Not only did the snowman serve a purpose, to represent a batter as starter Trent Astle warmed up, it looked the part, decked out in a jersey. The only
The Big Ten on Monday announced its baseball Players of the Week. See this week’s honorees in this post. Co-Players of the Week: Ryan Nagle, Illinois, So., OF Helped Illinois to a 4-0 weekend, with two wins each over Florida Gulf Coast and nationally ranked Florida, in which he batted .625, going 10-of-16 from the plate Recorded multiple hits and one run in every game, with two hits in each of Friday’s games against the Eagles and Gators Followed with a 3-for-4, two-RBI outing on Saturday against Florida Gulf Coast before ending the weekend with another 3-for-4 day, including two
Indiana baseball was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the Big Ten Championship, it was announced on Wednesday. The conference’s coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Hoosiers were followed in the preseason poll by No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan State, with Illinois and Michigan tied for fifth. The Hoosiers return seven of their nine All-Big Ten honorees from last year’s College World Series squad, including third baseman Dustin DeMuth, catcher
For the first time the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature eight teams starting this season when the tourney is in Nebraska. The games will be played at May 21 to 25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the same field that hosts the College World Series. The tournament’s double-elimination format ends with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in
Indiana sophomore first baseman Sam Travis delivered quite the message following Wednesday night’s season-ending loss to Oregon State at the College World Series. “The reason you succeed is because of failure,” Travis said. “And we’ll be back next year.” To be clear, Indiana, in no way, shape or form, “failed” during the 2013 season. Far from it. The Hoosiers won their first outright Big Ten title in 81 years, became the first Big Ten team to make the College World Series since 1984 (Michigan) and finished with a sterling 49-16 clip (.754%). [ IUHoosiers.com: 2013 stats | 2013 schedule |
Indiana’s historic 2013 baseball season came to a close Wednesday night in a frustrating 1-0 loss to No. 3 seed Oregon State. Check out our photo gallery, courtesy USA Today Sports, from the game in this post.
Matt Boyd pitched a four-hitter and struck out 11 and Oregon State made a fourth-inning sacrifice fly stand for a 1-0 victory against Indiana in the College World Series on Wednesday night. Indiana’s Aaron Slegers allowed seven hits in his first career complete game. [ RELATED: BOX | CWS interactive bracket | Read all of our CWS coverage ] The Beavers (52-12) won the first 1-0 game at the CWS since 1985. They now face Mississippi State on Friday, needing to beat the Bulldogs twice to reach next week’s finals. Big Ten champion Indiana (49-16) went 1-2 in its first
Indiana finds itself in a win-or-go-home game tonight at the College World Series. The Hoosiers, who had won seven consecutive games before Monday’s narrow loss to Mississippi State, battle Pac-12 champion Oregon State at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Win, and Indiana advances to play Mississippi State, which it would have to beat twice to stay alive. Lose, and it’s the end to the team’s best season ever. [ RELATED: Indiana interviews | Gallery | CWS interactive bracket | Read all of our CWS coverage ] Mike Hall and Cal Eldred break down the Indiana-Oregon State matchup in the video
Indiana lost a 5-4 heartbreaker to Mississippi State on Monday night in the College World Series. Throughout the game, we posted the best photos, courtesy USA Today. Check out our Indiana-Mississippi State photo gallery in this post. The Hoosiers play Oregon State at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday in an elimination game.