The NCAA baseball tourney opens Friday, and Big Ten champ Indiana and Nebraska are ready to fight for a Super Regional berth. Before the two teams open regional play, here are five facts to know about the Big Ten and the NCAA tourney.
Big Ten Player of the Year Sam Travis is the Big Ten’s lone semifinalist for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award, handed out to the nation’s top baseball player. Travis hit .342 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI to help lead Indiana (42-13, 21-3) to its second consecutive sweep of the Big Ten titles (regular season & tournament). The first baseman recorded a sparkling .998 fielding percentage, to boot.
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.
Big Ten regular season and tournament champion Indiana earned the Big Ten’s first national seed in the NCAA tournament, it was announced Monday. The Hoosiers, who made the College World Series last season, are the No. 4 seed and will host a regional vs. Indiana State, Stanford and Youngstown State. Hear from the Hoosiers about their national seed in this post.
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.
Hitting home runs has become second nature for Indiana slugger Kyle Schwarber. But hitting a go-ahead homer in the Big Ten championship game at TD Ameritrade Park probably meant a little more to the Hoosiers’ junior catcher than his previous 37 home runs.