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.
When a tornado touched down in Harrisburg, Ill., on Feb. 29, it ripped through much of the city and left seven people dead. However, the destruction was deemed too small for federal assistance. Good thing for Harrisburg, the Illinois baseball team has a proud native, Reid Roper, who wanted to lend a helping hand. Roper, with the help of his coaches and teammates, delivered 32,000 pounds of food and supplies to Harrisburg and presented a $10,319 check to the mayor during its spring trip to Carbondale in mid-March. Watch the entire touching feature now.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for March 26-April1 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.
Andrew Waszak allowed two hits and one run and Tony Wieber drove home the game-winning run and set the program record for all-time saves as Michigan State nipped Ohio State, 2-1, in the rubber game of the series Sunday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich. Wieber’s perfect ninth inning marked the 15th save of his career. Read full recap at MSUSpartans.com. Also, watch our video wrap-up now and see all of Sunday’s Big Ten results in this post.
Jaron Long came out on top in a pitcher’s duel with Michigan State’s Tony Bucciferro as Ohio State nipped the Spartans, 1-0, in Game 1 of a three-game set Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 14-10 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State falls to 15-8, 0-1 in conference play. Read the OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap. Also, watch analysis from the game now and see other video in this post.
Illinois centerfielder Willie Argo became the program’s all-time stolen base leader in Tuesday night’s 16-7 defeat to Illinois State. Argo wasted no time breaking the nearly 30-year-old record, stealing his 84th career bag in the first inning. With the steal, Argo, a senior, supplanted Todd Schmitke (1983) atop the program’s record book.
For most baseball games, the introduction of the starting line-up is unremarkable. But last Friday, Illinois freshman infielder Michael Hurwitz and senior pitcher Nick Chmielewski had a little fun on camera. The duo donned a couple of mustaches and got into character as they introduced the starting line-up for their game against Nebraska. Watch the entertaining video now and see another memorable lineup rendition from last season in this post. Which one is better? Cast your vote.