Big Ten baseball is coming off its best season ever, and the nation is taking notice. A few months after sending a conference-record five teams to the NCAA tournament, D1baseball.com placed nine Big Ten programs on its list of the top 100 programs of the current era in college baseball. How does that compare to the nation’s premier conferences? It’s just one fewer team than both the ACC and the Big 12; the SEC featured 13 teams. Indiana (No. 23) paced the Big Ten, while Vanderbilt (No. 1) and Virginia (No. 2), the participants in the last two College World
It’s time to celebrate, lefties! Today, Aug. 13, 2015, marks the 23rd annual International Left-Handers Day. Last year, I put together a list of our favorite Big Ten lefties, which consisted of names like Kirk Gibson, Calbert Cheaney and Morris Peterson. Today, I dug into the archives and put together a great list of my favorite highlights from left-handed Big Ten athletes over the past season. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here we go! Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell drops an incredible pass to Sam Thompson for the
Ohio State pitcher Zach Farmer has died after his battle with leukemia, the school announced Tuesday. Farmer, 21, passed away Tuesday at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University. Farmer, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia as a freshman on April 28, 2014, went into remission on June 6, 2014. He announced July 15 that the disease returned. “Today is a sad day but also a day of peace for Zach and his family,” Ohio State coach Greg Beals said. “We will dearly miss our fellow Buckeye, teammate and friend Zach Farmer. I feel blessed to have
Kyle Schwarber is showing the baseball world what the Big Ten knew years ago. The former Indiana star catcher and 2014 Big Ten tourney MVP can swing it, mash, rake, whatever you want to call it. Schwarber hit the game-tying and game-winning home runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 5-4 extra-inning marathon win Tuesday night at Cincinnati. Watch both longballs in the GIF above. He finished the night 4-for-6 – a triple shy of the cycle – with four RBI. Impressive stuff. Even more impressive: Schwarber, in his first 11 games, is hitting .410 with three home runs, 10 RBI, 10
Mike Thomas has announced that Dan Hartleb has agreed to a five-year contract extension, keeping him at Illinois through the 2020 season. The contract is pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.
Former Rutgers standout Todd Frazier won the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
Jim Harbaugh has yet to coach at game at the University of Michigan, but that doesn't mean he isn't one of biggest names in his home state.
When Northwestern hired Spencer Allen, he became the first African American Big Ten baseball coach, in addition to the first at a Power 5 conference school since 1983.
It isn't as easy as Kyle Schwarber is making it look. The former Indiana catcher went 4-for-5 in his first MLB start Wednesday night, and he followed that up by belting his first home run Thursday night.
With just under a month until the MLB All-Star Game, it's time to check in on how former Big Ten players are performing.