Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners
Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber made quite a splash on Wednesday night when he crushed a two-run home run into the river during Chicago’s 4-0 wildcard win over Pittsburgh. He also had an RBI single, and it all brought back memories of Schwarber’s career at Indiana, where he starred at the plate and behind it. In 2012 BTN featured Schwarber and teammate Sam Travis, then known as the latest version of the “Bash Brothers.” “I’m going to crush the ball,” Schwarber told us then about his approach to hitting. “And that’s all you can really think when you’re up there.”
The 2015 MLB regular season came to a close Sunday afternoon, so there’s no better time to take a look at how former Big Ten players fared. It was a strong season for several Big Ten names, in addition to a handful of Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers products who starred at their schools before they entered the conference. Seven players aren’t done playing, either. Clayton Richard (Michigan) and Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), both with the Cubs, J.A. Happ (Northwestern) and Tony Watson (Nebraska), both with the Pirates, Brett Cecil (Maryland), of the Blue Jays, Alex Gordon (Nebraska), of the Royals, and Kevin Plawecki (Purdue),
Are you a fan of Big Ten football in-game video highlights? How about interviews from your favorite Big Ten basketball coaches? If so, we’ve got you covered, with our new BTN YouTube page. In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights, interviews and features on our YouTube page, which can be seen here! When a huge play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com video editors will post and share the video right after they happen. Looking for your favorite play from Week 1 of the season, but don’t want to scroll
Big Ten baseball is coming off its best season ever, and the nation is taking notice. A few months after sending a conference-record five teams to the NCAA tournament, D1baseball.com placed nine Big Ten programs on its list of the top 100 programs of the current era in college baseball. How does that compare to the nation’s premier conferences? It’s just one fewer team than both the ACC and the Big 12; the SEC featured 13 teams. Indiana (No. 23) paced the Big Ten, while Vanderbilt (No. 1) and Virginia (No. 2), the participants in the last two College World
Kyle Schwarber is showing the baseball world what the Big Ten knew years ago. The former Indiana star catcher and 2014 Big Ten tourney MVP can swing it, mash, rake, whatever you want to call it. Schwarber hit the game-tying and game-winning home runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 5-4 extra-inning marathon win Tuesday night at Cincinnati. Watch both longballs in the GIF above. He finished the night 4-for-6 – a triple shy of the cycle – with four RBI. Impressive stuff. Even more impressive: Schwarber, in his first 11 games, is hitting .410 with three home runs, 10 RBI, 10
It isn't as easy as Kyle Schwarber is making it look. The former Indiana catcher went 4-for-5 in his first MLB start Wednesday night, and he followed that up by belting his first home run Thursday night.
That was fast! Nearly a year after being selected No. 4 in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber has been promoted to the Chicago Cubs.
The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and
Two Big Ten baseball teams remain following the third day of the NCAA tourney. Big Ten regular-season champ Illinois and Maryland each need one more victory to advance to the Super Regionals.