Purdue’s Kyle Johnson had himself a day on Thursday. The Boilermakers’ junior center fielder had two hits, one of which was a two-run single in a 8-2 win over Penn State. However, it was his highlight-reel catch in the top of the fourth inning that really caught everyone’s attention. With Purdue holding onto a 3-0 lead, Johnson made an incredible diving catch, ranging to his right and robbing Penn State’s Tyler Kendall of an extra-base hit. Check out the video of Johnson’s great catch. This is what we call a true #BTNStandout!
This shouldn’t be the last time you see Alec Olund’s diving catch from Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] Olund robbed Michigan State of a extra bases and a likely insurance run with a highlight-reel diving grab on the warning track, right before the hill in front of the fence, in right-center field. With the Boilermakers trailing 9-7 in the bottom of sixth, Olund sprinted to his left and laid out to end the inning. Best of all: The dust. Look at the cloud of dust Olund found himself in after making the grab. Good stuff.
Cody Strong is becoming a #BTNStandout regular. Earlier this week, the Purdue second baseman went horizontal for this catch in short right field. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] In Friday’s doubleheader loss to Maryland, Strong was at it again, this time making a great barehanded play on a dribbler up the middle. The ball had a lot of English on it, but Strong was able to pick it up cleanly and throw across his body, despite all of his momentum heading toward the third base dugout. Making the play even better, Kyle Wood made a nifty scoop
Big Ten fans have seen a number of outstanding plays on the diamond this season. On Wednesday, it was Cody Strong’s turn to join the fun. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] With Purdue holding onto a 6-0 lead and one out in the ninth inning, Strong tracked down a fly ball to shallow right field and made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch to help preserve the shutout. Check out the highlight in the video above. Can you say, “Web Gem!”
Former Purdue standout and 2012 Big Ten Baseball Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki made his much-anticipated MLB debut Tuesday night.
Lefties, today is your big day! Aug. 13, 2014 marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the special day, I created a list of some of my favorite left-handed Big Ten athletes. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here goes: Morten Andersen, K, Michigan State Jim Abbott, P, Michigan Baseball Calbert Cheaney, G, Indiana Basketball Mike Conley Jr., G, Ohio State Basketball Kirk Gibson, Michigan State Baseball/Football Mark Mulder, P, Michigan State Baseball Glen Perkins, P, Minnesota Baseball Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State Basketball Zach
CHICAGO – BTN’s coverage of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament begins at 6 PM ET on Wednesday with No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Iowa from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series. The network will also carry games 6, 7 and 8 on Thursday, each game Friday and Saturday and the Big Ten Baseball Tournament Championship Game, which will air at 2 PM ET on Sunday. Kevin Kugler and Scott Pose have the call for Wednesday and Thursday games. Eric Collins and Danan Hughes will call games 9-12 on Friday and Saturday, with Lisa
The Big Ten on Tuesday announced the 2014 baseball All-Big Ten Teams and individual award winners, as voted by the conference’s coaches. Indiana’s Sam Travis was the unanimous choice for Player of the Year, teammate Joey DeNato garnered Pitcher of the Year accolades and Tracy Smith was tabbed Coach of the Year, while Ohio State’s Tanner Tully took home Freshman of the Year honors. The complete list of All-Big Ten teams and award winners can be found below. — BigTen.org [ MORE: Read full release at BigTen.org ] ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM C – KYLE SCHWARBER, IND 1B – SAM
Looking for the top plays from Saturday’s Big Ten baseball action? We clipped all of the highlight packages from Saturday’s games and posted them here. Check out all the highlights in this post. [ MORE: Get Big Ten baseball recaps ] Ohio State 5, Northwestern 2 Indiana 8, Minnesota 0 Nebraska 7, Illinois 4 Kansas 8, Michigan 2 Other Big Ten baseball scores Purdue 6, Iowa 4 Michigan State 7, Penn State 6
Looking for the top plays from Sunday’s Big Ten baseball action? We clipped all of the highlight packages from Sunday’s games and posted them here. Watch the highlights in this post. [ MORE: Get Big Ten baseball recaps | Get Big Ten softball recaps ] Michigan 4, Ohio State 1 Minnesota 4, Purdue 3 Other Big Ten baseball scores *Indiana 9, Penn State 2 Nebraska 4, Michigan State 1 Illinois 4, Iowa 2 Northwestern 4, SIU Edwardsville 1 * With its 9-2 victory over Penn State on Sunday, Indiana (35-12, 19-2 Big Ten) claimed at least a share of the