CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 240 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for the 2014 season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with the third game of a three-game series between Indiana and Michigan. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday from Bloomington. Last season, Indiana won both the Big Ten Championship and Tournament, and advanced to the College World Series, becoming the first Big Ten squad to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten softball
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.
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
The Big Ten announced Tuesday its 2013 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners. Big Ten champion Indiana was well represented, as it took home Pitcher of the Year (Aaron Slegers) and Coach of the Year (Tracy Smith). Illinois’ Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors. See the teams in this post. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament homepage ] ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM* C – KYLE SCHWARBER, IND 1B – David Kerian, ILL 2B – Pat Kelly, NEB SS – Thomas Lindauer, ILL SS – Kirby
It’s a good thing the Michigan State baseball team wasn’t scheduled to play at home this weekend, because McLane Baseball Stadium was under water. That’s right, Mother Nature flooded the Spartans’ entire complex. Turns out, snow and unplayable field conditions wiped out Michigan State’s three-game series at Minnesota, so it didn’t really matter after all. Watch a quick video of the scene at the stadium here. Got to hand it to Cal Eldred with the spot-on “Ducks on the pond” analysis of the scene. There was a duck in the water. Literally. About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina
The 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft wrapped up Wednesday, with Rounds 16-40, and a total of 30 Big Ten products were selected during the three-day event. You can relive the entire draft with MLB.com’s Draft Tracker. On Monday, Purdue catcher and Big Ten Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki was taken with the 35th pick by the New York Mets. See all the Big Ten selections in this post, along with tweets and video. Also, visit MLB.com’s Draft Central for all your draft needs. Big Ten Players Selected 35. C Kevin Plawecki, Jr., Purdue – New York Mets Plawecki is 3rd
A historic season for the Michigan State baseball team ended Saturday afternoon as the Spartans were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with an 8-2 loss to Fresno State in the Stanford Regional at Sunken Diamond. The Spartans finish the year with a 37-23 record, marking the third-most wins in program history. Read full recap at MSUSpartans.com. [View the interactive NCAA bracket]
Pepperdine starter Jon Moscot threw his sixth complete game of the season and the second-seeded Waves used a four-run sixth inning to defeat third-seeded Michigan State in the first round of the Stanford Regional Friday afternoon at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Spartans (37-22) now fall into the consolation bracket in the four-team, double elimination regional and face Fresno State at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. More at MSUSpartans.com.
Following the completion of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Saturday night, the Big Ten office released the all-tournament team. Purdue won the school’s first Big Ten tourney, thanks to an exciting 6-5 victory over heated rival Indiana, and it had five players earn honors, headlined by Most Outstanding Player Kevin Plawecki. Watch one of Plawecki’s two home runs from the tournament now and see the entire team in this post. [Purdue named one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts] 2012 Big Ten Baseball All-Tournament Team P: Jonny Hoffman, Indiana P: Tony Bucciferro, Michigan State P: Lance Breedlove, Purdue C: Kevin
No. 2 Indiana outlasted No. 5 Michigan State, 4-3, in 11 innings Saturday afternoon to advance to the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship at Huntington Park. The Hoosiers eventually lost to heated rival and No. 1 Purdue, 6-5, in the title game. Michael Basil provided the game-winning RBI to lift Indiana past Michigan State in the 11th and Ryan Halstead retired the Spartans in order to pick up the win. [Read more at IUHoosiers.com and follow @hoosierbaseball & @KKatIU on Twitter] The Michigan State baseball team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament after falling to Indiana, 4-3 in 11