One of the more impressive recent Big Ten streaks came to an end early Friday morning. [ MORE: FightingIllini.com: Relive Illinois’ winning streak ] With its 2-1 loss to Maryland in the second day of the Big Ten baseball tournament, Illinois had its Big Ten-record 27-game winning streak snapped. The streak started at 4:21 p.m. ET March 30, following the final out of a 13-9 win at Michigan State, and it lasted until 1:42 a.m. ET May 22, when Maryland closed out the Illini. Here’s a look at some fun numbers behind Illinois’ unforgettable 27-game streak. 3 – Months the
The first two days of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament have left little to be desired in the big-play department. Relive our favorite plays from Thursday's day full of games inside.
Maryland freshman Kevin Biondic earned himself a #BTNStandout vote after making an outstanding play in Thursday night’s Big Ten Tournament game against No. 1-seeded Illinois. [ MORE: Watch more #BTNStandout plays ] Holding onto a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs, Biondic robbed Illinois’ David Kerian of what looked like a sure-bet hit into right field. “That’s a play that can win a team a Big Ten Tournament,” said BTN’s Kevin Kugler following the grab. The incredible play stopped Illinois from getting a lead runner on base, and in return, Maryland held the Illini
Day 2 of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament was filled with excitement, highlighted by Maryland's 2-1 win over Illinois, which put an end to the Fighting Illini's 27-game winning streak.
Surely, you’ve seen the Derek Jeter play where he makes the catch in foul territory and flies into the stands. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] Michigan State third baseman Mark Weist made a Jeter-esque play Thursday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament. Only, Weist’s marked the final out of the game. In an elimination game, to boot. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, moments after the Spartans erupted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead, Weist tracked a fly ball to his
Ryan Krill had a dozen home runs entering Thursday afternoon’s elimination game in the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] No. 13 was the biggest, and arguably longest, of the season. 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. The blast, Michigan State’s first grand slam of the season, was part of a six-run eighth that saw the Spartans erase a four-deficit. Watch the video above or
What an opening day of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. We had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in the first four games, highlighted by Nick Day's walk-off home run.
Big Ten baseball players enjoy videobombing coaches during dugout interviews. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] We learned this during last year’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and now, it looks like the trend has continued. BTN’s Kevin Kugler and Danan Hughes caught up with Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. in the bottom of the fourth inning during MSU’s game against Maryland on Wednesday night. During the interview, you can see Spartan players eating bananas and making some comical facial expressions with reference to the mustaches the team is sporting. Boss Jr.’s reaction to learning his
Illinois’ 2015 season has been filled with records and historic marks. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] The Fighting Illini added a new mark to the record books on Wednesday, and it was a big mark. A 3-2 victory over Nebraska in the opening round of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament gave the Illini their 27th straight win this season, which marks the longest winning streak by a Big Ten baseball team in conference history. The record was previously held by Nebraska in 1983. Of course, the Huskers played in the Big Eight conference during that time.
Nick Day and No. 2 Iowa were down to their final strike. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] That’s how close the Hawkeyes were to losing their Big Ten tournament opener to No. 7 Ohio State and facing the prospect of having to win five consecutive games to take the tourney crown. Day had other ideas, blasting the two-strike pitch over the left field wall for a dramatic two-run, walk-off home run to stun the Buckeyes, 3-2. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Look at how excited the