Nick Day and No. 2 Iowa were down to their final strike. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] That’s how close the Hawkeyes were to losing their Big Ten tournament opener to No. 7 Ohio State and facing the prospect of having to win five consecutive games to take the tourney crown. Day had other ideas, blasting the two-strike pitch over the left field wall for a dramatic two-run, walk-off home run to stun the Buckeyes, 3-2. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Look at how excited the
ROSEMONT, Ill. – A global education experience. That’s a mouthful. And that’s also the goal of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for every student-athlete. Live it, learn it, know it. A procession of league athletic directors paraded in front of the media the last two days at the Big Ten’s headquarters and was peppered with myriad questions. What’s going on with the upcoming TV contract negotiations? Are there too many hoops games? Did the College Football Playoff work? Is the graduate transfer rule flawed? [ MORE: Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at AD meetings ] And on it went,
ROSEMONT, Ill. — During the recent meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, many topics were discussed. And one of the more prominent issues was that of graduate transfers. [ MORE: Q&A: Ohio State AD Gene Smith touches on several hot topics ] Is the concept working as intended? It’s a unique rule that has become a major part of the college sports landscape in recent years. A player earns his degree and still has a year of eligibility left. He then has the option to transfer to finish his athletic eligibility at another school. The catch: The athlete must be
The 2015 Big Ten baseball season has been filled with plenty of outstanding moments. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] Fans have been treated to everything from diving catches to over-the-shoulder grabs. With the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament set to kick off Wednesday morning at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, we decided to hit the rewind button and take a look back at our 10 favorite plays from the season. Of course, we weren’t able to capture every play that happened, but these are the 10 plays from this season that really stood out to
The Big Ten on Tuesday announced the 2015 Baseball All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners, as selected by the conference coaches.
The regular season complete, it’s time to take a look at where Big Ten teams land on the final USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday. [ MORE: View our 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament page ] Illinois, despite a pair of wins to close out the season on a 26-game winning streak, stayed at No. 5, while Iowa dropped four spots to No. 21. The Illini claimed the Big Ten regular-season title, their 30th in program history, and the top overall seed in the Big Ten tournament with its win over Nebraska on Thursday, coupled with Iowa’s loss at
The Big Ten has announced the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket, with Illinois earning the No. 1 seed after clinching its 30th conference championship. [ MORE: View the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket ] The tournament is a double-elimination format that will begin on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn, with the title contest slated for Sunday afternoon. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. First pitch of the tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, when No. 3 Michigan takes on No. 6 Indiana. BTN will provide live
The Big Ten released the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket on Saturday, with Illinois securing the top seed after winning the program’s 30th Big Ten title.
It was quite a busy day of Big Ten baseball, including four conference games and one non-conference matchup. Michigan took on Oklahoma State in a game that aired live on BTN. Watch the replay on BTN2Go. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten baseball action below. Michigan 6, Oklahoma State 2 The University of Michigan baseball seniors drove in five of the Wolverines’ six runs on Senior Day, and the U-M pitchers struck out 15 in a 6-2 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon (May 16) in the regular-season finale at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray
The Iowa Hawkeyes have been one of the best fielding teams throughout all of college baseball this season. The highlight plays continued on Saturday, but it was one play in particular that really stole the show. With the game scoreless and one out in the bottom of the first inning, Rutgers’ Joe D’Annunzio stepped to the plate and drilled a line shot, which looked like a clear single into right-center. However, Iowa second baseman Jake Mangler leaped up and made an incredible diving catch over his shoulder, robbing D’Annunzio of a hit. That’s what we like to call “flashing the