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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.
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.
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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.
One day after Nebraska used a walk-off blast to force Sunday’s winner-take-all game at the Big Ten tournament, Indiana walked-off to claim the tourney crown and earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tourney. Scott Donley provided the heroics Sunday, driving a liner to left-center with the bases loaded to clinch the 4-3 win.
Entering his 11th-inning at-bat late Saturday night, Tanner Lubach hadn’t gone deep since Nebraska’s season opener Feb. 15. The sophomore catcher put an end to his personal 46-game homer-less drought with a dramatic walk-off bomb that lifted the Huskers to the Big Ten tourney title game Sunday afternoon.
And we’ll have more baseball Sunday afternoon. Facing elimination for the third straight game, Nebraska outlasted Indiana, 7-6, thanks to Tanner Lubach’s walk-off homer in the 11th inning. That means the Hoosiers and Huskers will meet again at 1:05 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go in a winner-take-all game at Target Field. The victor earns the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney. Read Huskers.com recap.