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#BTNStandout: Purdue 2B Cody Strong makes great barehanded play

Cody Strong is becoming a #BTNStandout regular. Earlier this week, the Purdue second baseman went horizontal for this catch in short right field. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] In Friday’s doubleheader loss to Maryland, Strong was at it again, this time making a great barehanded play on a dribbler up the middle. The ball had a lot of English on it, but Strong was able to pick it up cleanly and throw across his body, despite all of his momentum heading toward the third base dugout. Making the play even better, Kyle Wood made a nifty scoop

#BTNStandout: Purdue's Cody Strong makes outstanding diving catch

Big Ten fans have seen a number of outstanding plays on the diamond this season. On Wednesday, it was Cody Strong’s turn to join the fun. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] With Purdue holding onto a 6-0 lead and one out in the ninth inning, Strong tracked down a fly ball to shallow right field and made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch to help preserve the shutout. Check out the highlight in the video above. Can you say, “Web Gem!”    

Illinois baseball team in midst of historic 2015 season

It has been 10 years since Illinois has won an outright Big Ten baseball regular season championship. That trend looks like it could come to an end this season, as the Fighting Illini are in the midst of a truly memorable 2015 season.

#BTNStandout: Jake Schleppenbach makes diving play for Nebraska

As they say, Jake Schleppenbach had himself a day Tuesday night. [ MORE: Watch more #BTNStandout plays ] The Nebraska second baseman hit a two-run double in a 10-4 win over Kansas State, which is nice, but it was his highlight play in the field that turned the most heads. It all happened with two outs in the fourth inning, and with a runner on first, when Schleppenbach ranged to his right and dove to stop a would-be hit that looked ticketed for right-center after taking a high hop. Schleppenbach stretched out to corral the ball, quickly got to his