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.
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Nebraska is on pace to never miss the Big Ten baseball tournament. OK, to be fair, it’s a modest 2-for-2 when it comes to making the conference’s annual six-team, double elimination tourney. Nonetheless, it’s an impressive feat, especially when one considers all the factors a team faces when it changes conferences. All-Big Ten honoree Michael Pritchard is a big reason for Nebraska’s early Big Ten success, and we featured him in this video.
Fresh off its first outright Big Ten title since 1932, Indiana will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten baseball tournament Wednesday-Saturday (Sunday, if necessary) at Target Field. The Hoosiers, along with Ohio State, earned a first-round bye in the six-team, double-elimination tourney that opens at 1:05 p.m. ET Wednesday. All 10 games will air live on BTN/BTN2Go.
A trio of Nebraska pitchers combined for the team’s first no-hitter since 1993 in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of No. 12 Arkansas. Kyle Kubat, in his first appearance of the season, went five innings, while relievers Tyler Niederklein and senior Dylan Vogt combined to throw the final four innings en route to a 3-0 victory.
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.
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.