The Big Ten has announced the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket, with Illinois earning the No. 1 seed after clinching its 30th conference championship. [ MORE: View the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket ] The tournament is a double-elimination format that will begin on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn, with the title contest slated for Sunday afternoon. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. First pitch of the tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, when No. 3 Michigan takes on No. 6 Indiana. BTN will provide live
The Big Ten released the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket on Saturday, with Illinois securing the top seed after winning the program’s 30th Big Ten title.
It was quite a busy day of Big Ten baseball, including four conference games and one non-conference matchup. Michigan took on Oklahoma State in a game that aired live on BTN. Watch the replay on BTN2Go. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten baseball action below. Michigan 6, Oklahoma State 2 The University of Michigan baseball seniors drove in five of the Wolverines’ six runs on Senior Day, and the U-M pitchers struck out 15 in a 6-2 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon (May 16) in the regular-season finale at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray
The Iowa Hawkeyes have been one of the best fielding teams throughout all of college baseball this season. The highlight plays continued on Saturday, but it was one play in particular that really stole the show. With the game scoreless and one out in the bottom of the first inning, Rutgers’ Joe D’Annunzio stepped to the plate and drilled a line shot, which looked like a clear single into right-center. However, Iowa second baseman Jake Mangler leaped up and made an incredible diving catch over his shoulder, robbing D’Annunzio of a hit. That’s what we like to call “flashing the
Illinois’ magic number was two heading into Thursday. Following an Iowa loss at Rutgers and a 6-3 win over Nebraska on Thursday evening, the Fighting Illini have reached that magic number.
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!
Three more games. That’s all that remains in Illinois’ historic 2015 regular season. Winners of a program-record 24 consecutive games, including six straight Big Ten series sweeps, the Illini (43-6-1, 19-1) host Nebraska on the season’s final weekend. Illinois’ magic number is two, so it could clinch the Big Ten title as early as Thursday night, with a victory and an Iowa (37-12, 18-3) loss at Rutgers. Before the Illini open up their final series, BTN.com caught up with Illinois beat writer Scott Richey, of The News-Gazette, to get his take on the special season. Follow Richey on Twitter (@srrichey)
When you score 28 runs in a game, you need to do something special to commemorate it. The Illinois baseball team did just that with this video.
With only one series left for Big Ten baseball teams, the 2015 Big Ten tournament bracket is starting to come into focus. [ MORE: View Big Ten baseball tiebreaker rules ] Illinois (19-1), Iowa (18-3), Ohio State (13-8), Maryland (13-8), Michigan State (13-8) and Michigan (14-10) have clinched Big Ten tourney berths, meaning we know six of the eight teams in the double-elimination bracket. The other two teams will come from the group of Indiana (9-10), Nebraska (9-11), Minnesota (7-14) and Penn State (6-14). The Hoosiers, who host Ohio State, and the Cornhuskers, who play at Illinois, each only has to
Illinois is the hottest team in the nation, and it's finally a top 5 team, according to the latest USA Today Sports Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday.