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
Nebraska shut out Ohio State, 5-0, to advance to the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game vs. Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1-seed Indiana (8:05 p.m. ET tonight). The Huskers must win two straight over the Hoosiers, who haven’t lost in the tournament, to claim the title and the Big Ten’s automatic NCAA berth. Read full Huskers.com recap and catch up on all the tourney action in this post. ** ** ** Wednesday, May 22 Gm 1: 1:05 p.m. ET No. 4 Minnesota 3, No. 5 Illinois 2 BOX SCORE | RECAP | VIDEO Gm 2: 4:35 p.m.
CHICAGO – For the fifth straight year, BTN will televise live every game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Coverage begins Wednesday and continues until Saturday, with a game on Sunday if necessary. The entire tournament will take place at Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Purdue won the tournament title last year, earning the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship. A nightly episode of the Big Ten Diamond Report will air following the last game of each day throughout the tournament. Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will host the shows, along with analyst
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
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. Throughout the tourney, we’ll update all the action on our 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament page. You’ll find all of the stats, recaps and video highlights there. Download 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket Wednesday, May 22 Gm 1: 1:05
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
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
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
Ohio State built a 3-0 lead before Nebraska answered with two runs in the sixth inning, but the Buckeyes held on to eliminate the Huskers with a 6-2 win in Friday’s first game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Ohio State must now turn around quickly and play Michigan State in the next game. Track it here. [Read more at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and follow @ohiostate_base on Twitter] Nebraska (35-23, 14-10 Big Ten) out hit the Buckeyes, 9-8, but NU stranded 10 runners on the afternoon and committed three errors in the field. Josh Scheffert, Kash Kalkowski and Rich Sanguinetti each had two