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Big Ten baseball tourney expands to eight teams

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

Big Ten releases All-Big Ten baseball teams

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

Video: McLane Baseball Stadium under water

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

Who was taken in 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft?

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

Fresno State eliminates Michigan State, 8-2

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]  

Spartans fall in NCAA Tourney Opener

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.

Big Ten releases Baseball All-Tournament Team

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

Indiana outlasts Michigan State in 11 innings

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

Michigan State advances with 6-2 win

Needing a win to stay alive in the Big Ten Tournament, the Michigan State baseball team defeated Ohio State, 6-2, Friday afternoon in an elimination game at Huntington Park. The Spartans (37-20) will now play on Saturday at 3:35 p.m. against the loser of the Purdue-Indiana game, which is being played Friday night. [Read more at MSUSpartans.com and follow @statebaseball on Twitter] The No. 6 seed Ohio State baseball team topped No. 4 seed Nebraska, 6-2, in the first game of the day but fell to No. 5 seed Michigan State, 6-2, in an elimination game Friday afternoon at Huntington

Indiana Rallies to Beat Michigan State, 6-4

Indiana opened the Big Ten Tournament in thrilling fashion, plating four runs in the bottom of the eighth to turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead as the Hoosiers completed a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Michigan State. Michael Basil’s two-run double to deep right center lifted IU past the Buckeyes in the bottom of the eighth. A gutty performance from starter Joey DeNato, multiple clutch hits and a roller-coaster final frame from Jonny Hoffman combined to secure Indiana’s triumph. [Read more at IUHoosiers.com and follow @hoosierbaseball on Twitter] Second-seeded Indiana used a four-run eighth inning to rally past the Michigan