Including a fourth career multi-homer game from Cameron Perkins, No. 13 Purdue baseball hit a season-high four home runs en route to defeating Iowa, 11-8, to clinch the Big Ten Conference title outright Thursday. The Boilermakers (41-10, 17-5 Big Ten) won the opening game of every Big Ten series this season. The four long balls were the most by the Boilers since connecting for five in an April 2010 home win against Penn State.
The tight end spot continues to evolve into a more prominent position across the football landscape, as teams are featuring them more often as vertical passing threats.
BTN will televise four conference baseball matchups over the next three days, with each game playing a large role in determining postseason seeding. Following the Ohio State at Indiana game on Saturday, Mike Hall, Cal Eldred and Tammy Williams will have highlights and analysis of the day’s baseball games, and break down the NCAA Softball Tournament on B1G Diamond Report. And the baseball blog at BigTen.org has game-by-game previews, too.
Who will be the best receiver in the Big Ten? It’s a difficult question. The position lost a lot of good talent after last season. How much?
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2012 All-Big Ten Softball Teams on Wednesday afternoon, and five-time reigning champ Michigan dominated the honors. The Wolverines swept all of the individual laurels, with first baseman Amanda Chidester taking home Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. See all the teams and the superlative winners in this post.
Next up in my schedule analysis series: Purdue. What will be the Boilermakers’ toughest non-conference and conference games? Where is the schedule seemingly easiest, and then when does it get really rugged? Go ahead and guess which game I call their “must win” game, then read the rest of this post and see what I picked. You can find all of my Big Ten schedule analysis posts here. All of the teams are included except for Wisconsin, which you can look for Thursday.
We are talking playoffs today. That’s correct, Jim Mora … playoffs. An honest-to-goodness playoff. Feel free to rub your eyes and shake your head.