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Tracy Smith takes Arizona State coaching job

Indiana baseball coach Tracy Smith has accepted the Arizona State job, the school confirmed Tuesday night. Smith led Indiana to back-to-back Big Ten titles – regular season and tourney – and guided it to the 2013 College World Series. “Tracy’s vision for baseball at Indiana came to fruition with the completion of Bart Kaufman Field, standing room only attendance, three Big Ten Championships, three NCAA berths and a trip to the College World Series,” Indiana AD Fred Glass said in a team release. “His leadership and dedication to building a program the right way was obviously not lost on the

MLB Draft: Eldred talks Schwarber, Travis & more

Former Iowa pitcher and current BTN analyst Cal Eldred knows what it takes to make it in the MLB. Eldred, the No. 17 pick in the 1989 draft, spent 14 seasons in the bigs. So, with the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft in the books, we asked our analyst for his thoughts on the Big Ten’s 21 draft picks. Hear Eldred’s thoughts in this post. A couple interesting Eldred quotes: On Kyle Schwarber: “He has the type of power that plays in Wrigley Field.” On Sam Travis: “I think Sam Travis is a guy who could possibly be a Jeff

MLB draft roundup: Indiana's Schwarber taken No. 4

Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was taken with the fourth pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night. The selection marks the highest in Indiana program history, according to @IUBaseballNews. Schwarber’s teammate and Big Ten Player of the Year Sam Travis was also taken Thursday, going in Round 2 (No. 67) to Boston. [ MORE: MLB.com: Follow the MLB First-Year Player Draft ] Kyle Schwarber, Indiana – No. 4, Chicago Cubs Sam Travis, Indiana – No. 67, Boston Red Sox  

Photo: Sam Travis tweets out motivational picture

Sam Travis is one of the Big Ten’s best baseball players. He’ll be an early pick in this week’s MLB First-Year Player of the Draft. Clearly, the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year knows how to motivate himself. You can’t have the success he’s had in baseball without that ability to learn from disappointments. Indiana’s season didn’t end how Travis or any of the Hoosiers envisioned. After all, this was the Big Ten regular season and postseason champ, the program that broke the Big Ten’s CWS-less streak with a memorable run to Omaha last summer. The encore season came

IU's season ends with walk-off loss to Stanford

Indiana’s 2014 baseball season came to a close on Monday night as Stanford’s Tommy Edman hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Cardinal to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Hoosiers in a NCAA Regional championship game. Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBIs for Indiana. The Hoosiers finished the season with a final record of 44-15. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Stanford 5, Indiana 4 | RECAP | BOX With one swing of the bat, the 2014 Indiana (44-15) baseball season came to a close

Stanford tops IU to force winner-take-all game

Stanford scored three runs in the eighth inning, and then three more in the ninth to get past Indiana, 10-7, in a NCAA Regional game at Bart Kaufman Field. The two teams will meet again on Monday at 5:35 p.m. ET in a winner-take-all game to determine the NCAA Bloomington Regional champion. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Stanford 10, Indiana 7 | RECAP | BOX Stanford (33-24) came from behind on Sunday to score six runs in the final two innings to get past Indiana (44-14) in Game 6 of the Bloomington Regional at Bart Kaufman Field,

Nebraska's baseball season ends with 4-3 loss

Nebraska’s 2014 baseball season came to a close on Sunday with a 4-3 loss to Cal State Fullerton in a NCAA Regional game. The Huskers finished this season with a final record of 41-21. With the loss, Indiana is the only Big Ten team remaining in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers are currently taking on Stanford with a chance to advance to the Super Regionals. Catch up on today’s NCAA Baseball Tournament action here: [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Cal State Fullerton 4, Nebraska 3 | RECAP | BOX Playing in a NCAA Regional for the

Indiana wins again, Nebraska rallies to stave off elimination

Day 2 of NCAA regional baseball action Saturday saw Indiana down Stanford, 4-2, and Nebraska rally in the ninth inning to beat Binghamton, 8-6, in an elimination game. The Hoosiers will play the winner of the Stanford-Youngstown State game at 6:05 p.m. ET Sunday. Win, and Indiana is off to the Super Regionals. The Huskers will play at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in an elimination game. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] INDIANA 4, STANFORD 2 | RECAP | BOX Big Ten Player of the Year Sam Travis went 3-for-5, including a home run, and Big Ten

Indiana wins, Nebraska loses NCAA regional openers

NCAA regional baseball action got underway Friday. Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Indiana downed Youngstown State, 10-2, while Nebraska lost a 5-1 decision to Cal State Fullerton. Up next: Indiana takes on Stanford at 6:05 p.m. ET Saturday in the Bloomington Regional winner’s bracket, and Nebraska plays Binghamton in the Stillwater loser’s bracket. Catch up on all the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] INDIANA 10, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 2 | RECAP | BOX Indiana (43-13) won its opening game of the NCAA Bloomington Regional with a 10-2 triumph over Youngstown State

NCAA regional preview: Beat writers' take

Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Indiana and Nebraska open NCAA regional play Friday. The Huskers kick things off for the Big Ten vs. Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m. ET, while the Hoosiers host Youngstown State at 7 p.m. ET. Before the games begin, BTN.com conducted an email Q&A with a beat writer from each school to preview the action. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] BLOOMINGTON REGION: No. 1 INDIANA, No. 2 Indiana State, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Youngstown State 5 Questions with Indy Star’s Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) BTN.com: What’s the biggest difference