BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face
A profile of Wisconsin head softball coach Yvette Healy and her assistant Randy Schneider – who have transformed the Wisconsin offense into a high-powered unit.
As part of its partnership with the Chicago Cubs, the Northwestern baseball team hosted Michigan on Saturday night at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats shut out the Wolverines, 6-0, behind Luke Farrell’s three-hit complete game gem. Read the full NUSports.com recap and view the box score. Watch our feature on the game at Wrigley Field now. The Wildcats will be back in an MLB ballpark very soon, as they play Milwaukee on Wednesday at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
It’s a good thing the Michigan State baseball team wasn’t scheduled to play at home this weekend, because McLane Baseball Stadium was under water. That’s right, Mother Nature flooded the Spartans’ entire complex. Turns out, snow and unplayable field conditions wiped out Michigan State’s three-game series at Minnesota, so it didn’t really matter after all. Watch a quick video of the scene at the stadium here. Got to hand it to Cal Eldred with the spot-on “Ducks on the pond” analysis of the scene. There was a duck in the water. Literally. About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina
Dave Brandon announced Wednesday that Maryland’s Erik Bakich has been hired as Michigan’s new baseball coach. Bakich, the 19th head coach in program history, spent the past three seasons at Maryland, where he compiled a 70-90 record. [MGoBlue.com: Bakich named Michigan head coach] “My wife, son and I could not be more excited to join the Michigan Athletics family and the Ann Arbor community,” Bakich said in a release. “The University of Michigan represents a standard of academic and athletic excellence which will be upheld by our coaches and players every day. Michigan baseball has a storied tradition and I
Big Ten softball’s regular-season champion Michigan and Northwestern play their NCAA Tournament openers on Friday. The Wolverines open at 4:30 p.m. ET in the Louisville regional against Kentucky, and yopu can find lot of good softball stuff on the team’s page at MGoBlue.com. Meanwhile, NUsports.com has you covered as the Wildcats face Texas in Austin regional Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The first-round regionals are double elimination and a great way to track all games is on the NCAA.com interactive bracket. The B1G Diamond Report show will cover both of these teams on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.
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. [Find complete info on the Big Ten Baseball Tournament at BigTen.org.] Purdue clinched a share of the Big Ten baseball title last weekend, its first conference championship since 1909. The
All 12 Big Ten softball teams are in action Sunday with a number of games airing live on the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN’s “B1G Diamond Report” will break down all the games on our 5 op.m. ET TV show. Click inside for links to GameTrackers or go to the national softball scoreboard for all the games. Also, get the latest Big Ten softball standings and Big Ten softball statistics at BigTen.org. Sunday’s Games (all times ET) Illinois 3, Penn State 2: The Penn State softball team looked for another comeback victory on Sunday at muggy Eichelberger Field, but two
Minnesota and Penn State will be the latest Big Ten baseball teams to play in a MLB stadium when the Gophers and Nittany Lions open a three-game series in Minneapolis. They’ll play indoors at the Metrodome on Friday and Sunday but Saturday’s game airs at 3 p.m. ET on BTN live from Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.Earlier this season, Illinois faced Missouri at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (see video in this post). GopherSports.com tells us this is the third straight year Minnesota has played at Target Field. The Gophers played in the first-ever game at Target Field
Last week we posted a list of Big Ten players in Major League Baseball, but we’re posting it here again as most MLB teams officially open their seasons today. Big Ten teams have been active already and BTN’s “Big Ten Diamond Report” covers it Sundays at 6 p.m. ET where we air highlights and analysis of the weekend’s baseball and softball games. If you’re a baseball fan, here are a few more helpful links. Find softball and baseball highlights like the one is this post here. Check out BTN’s TV schedule for baseball games and find even more games online