The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 69th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on Sunday, and Illinois will play host to a regional for the first time. Illinois Field will welcome three additional NCAA Tournament teams for a four-team, double-elimination competition. The rest of the tourney field will be announced at noon ET Monday on ESPNU. Michigan, the Big Ten tourney champ, earned the conference’s automatic berth with its 4-3 victory over Maryland in the Big Ten tourney final Sunday. Regional play begins Friday, May 29 and runs through Monday, June 1 (if
No. 3 Michigan held off No. 4 Maryland, 4-3, to claim the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Sunday at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
It was an entertaining five days at the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] Eight teams competed, 13 games were played, and there were a whole lot of fun outtakes along the way at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. Miss any of the fun? If so, we have you covered. Watch our always-popular Big Ten baseball tourney montage in the video above or the tweet below.
To say Big Ten teams have struggled with the bullpen doors at Target Field during the five-day Big Ten tourney is an understatement. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] It happened again in Sunday morning’s tourney final, as Michigan reliever Mac Lozer struggled to open the door on his way to entering the game vs. Maryland. Lozer and the Wolverines finally solved the door, but not until left fielder Kevin White came to the rescue. White, from his left field position, ran into the door, which unjammed it and allowed Lozer to run
Another day, another highlight-reel catch at the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] The latest entrant came via Michigan first baseman Carmen Benedetti on Sunday morning, and it might have been the best of the bunch. Not only did Benedetti’s catch occur in the Big Ten final, it came in incredible fashion, as he reached into the stands to retire Maryland in the top of the fifth inning. To no surprise, pitcher Brett Adcock loved the play, as well as the entire Michigan dugout. Watch the play in
Day 4 of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament featured two outstanding games. In the first game of the day, No. 4 Maryland used a great pitching performance and timely hitting to get by No. 6 Indiana, 4-2. No. 3 Michigan followed that with an impressive 5-3 victory over No. 1 Illinois. The Terps and Wolverines will meet in Sunday’s Big Ten championship game at 2 p.m. ET on BTN. Get caught up on the first three days of the tournament here: Day 1 results/video | Day 2 results/video | Day 3 results/video. Also, don’t forget about our Big Ten
Big Ten fans have been treated to plenty of outstanding individual plays in the first three days of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] One day after a go-ahead grand slam and an unbelievable catch in the stands, we saw some incredible heroics in Friday’s two elimination games. Like, a catcher turning an incredible double play. Or, another grand slam, which landed in the 200 level seats at Target Field. See our favorite plays from an entertaining Day 3 below. *** *** *** ***
It was just over 24 hours ago that Michigan State’s Ryan Krill demolished a go-ahead grand slam to deep right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to help No. 5 Michigan State rally past No. 8 Nebraska, 9-7. [ MORE: Watch #BTNStandout plays ] On Friday, it was Indiana freshman Logan Sowers’ turn. Leading Iowa 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Sowers blasted a grand slam to deep left field, which landed in the 200 level seats at Target Field. The blast, which was Sowers’ second grand slam of the season, gave the Hoosiers a commanding
We have seen several impressive double plays turned during this year’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament. However, the one Indiana catcher Brad Hartong made on Friday is best of the bunch up to this point. [ MORE: Watch #BTNStandout plays ] Leading 3-0 in the top of the third inning with two men on, Hartong made an incredible diving catch on a bunt attempt from Iowa. Following the great grab, he popped up and had the presence of mind to throw a strike to first base to double up the runner. The Hoosiers went on to hold Iowa scoreless in the
We had a pair of outstanding games in Day 3 of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Target Field.