Here’s a feature story from BTN that may make you stop, think and then decide you’re going to go out today and just make someone’s day. Northwestern’s baseball team hosts a group of friends to play “Buddy Ball” at the baseball field on the Evanston campus each spring. What is “Buddy Ball” exactly? For starters, it’s a day when local children with special needs get the chance to play a couple innings of baseball with the Wildcats.Watcy the video here to see what it’s all about.
It’s another busy Sunday of Big Ten baseball. No. 11 Purdue baseball exploded for 10 runs in the ninth inning, recording 12 consecutive productive plate appearances in the frame, to overcome a five-run deficit and stun No. 14 UCLA, 15-11. Look back at all the games on the live national scoreboard, and read this post for recaps, videos and links.
Penn State baseball (24-22, 10-7) clinched its fourth-straight Big Ten series on Saturday evening, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 5-1 at Target Field. Penn State is a season-high three games over .500 in Big Ten play and two games over .500 overall. Read the full recap at GoPSUsports.com. For all of Saturday’s Big Ten baseball action, we’re posting results and video as it comes in. Also, get the latest Big Ten baseball standings and Big Ten baseball statistics at BigTen.org.
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).
Several Big Ten teams took to the diamond Tuesday night for some non-conference action. Watch highlights of Michigan’s exciting nine-inning win over Eastern Michigan now and jump inside for more, including baseball wrap-ups from Illinois and Iowa.
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Sunday’s series finale between the Nebraska baseball team and Cal State Bakersfield was canceled following a long delay. But that doesn’t mean the teams didn’t face off. No, instead of competing inside the lines, the Huskers and Roadrunners used the space between their respective dugout and baseline to host a dance-off and trade creative improvisations. Watch the highly entertaining video in this post.
First-year Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad is as polished and decorated as college coaches come. Let’s list a handful of the accolades: No. 1 pick in the 1995 MLB First-Year Player Draft; 2002 MLB champion; two-time MLB All-Star; three-time Gold Glove winner; .339 lifetime hitter in playoffs. And the list goes on. So, why did Erstad, a two-sport star during his time at Nebraska, decide to start coaching college baseball? “It’s in the blood,” Erstad told BTN.Watch our feature with the former Husker now.