Former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber had so much to look forward to heading into the 2016 MLB season. Not only was it going to be his first full season in the bigs, but he was expected to be one of the key cogs in helping the Chicago Cubs end their much-talked-about and historic run of futility. Sadly, in just the third game of the season last week, the slugger tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee in a scary outfield collision at Arizona. Schwarber won’t play again this season, instead spending the summer and fall rehabbing the knee.
Nothing was going to keep Austin Cangelosi from recording the out. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section ] Not even the fence down the first base line. The Indiana first baseman recorded a highlight out Saturday afternoon vs. rival Purdue, hauling in a foul ball before falling over the fence and into the visitor’s dugout. What a catch, huh? Also, how about the hustle and effort out of the umpire? Watch the impressive grab in the video above.
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It’s MLB Opening Day, and that means it’s time to take a quick look at the Big Ten names on the league’s official 25-man rosters. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Thirteen former Big Ten stars will be suited up on MLB Opening Day, which this year includes Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, headlined by ex-Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber and former Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins. Four schools have multiple players (Indiana; Michigan; Northwestern; Ohio State), paced by the Buckeyes and Wolverines’ three apiece. Here’s a look at the complete list, listed in alphabetical order of Big
Tony Butler came to the plate in extra innings Sunday afternoon as the owner of zero career home runs. [ MORE: BigTen.org: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] The former Virginia and Madison College infielder changed that with one powerful swing in Indiana’s 5-3 extra-inning win over instate foe Indiana State at Bart Kaufman Field. After bunting two balls foul, while attempting to advance the leadoff runner to second base, Butler faced a 1-2 count in the bottom of the 10th inning. No worries, the second baseman roped a shot into the Indiana bullpen over the left-field wall
Down to its last out, Ohio State needed some kind of heroics to stay alive. [ MORE: BigTen.org: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] Two-hole hitter Jacob Bosiokovic had some heroics up his sleeve, all right, drilling a mammoth two-run walk-off home run to send Ohio State to a 5-4 victory over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon. The home run was Ohio State’s third long ball of the day, the first two of the solo variety, and it helped the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten-opening series. Watch Bosiokovic’s long blast and the Ohio State celebration in the video above.
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face
Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners
Wisconsin will be the next Big Ten school to make a major apparel move. The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a long-term partnership with Under Armour during a press conference on Friday afternoon. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced a new 10-year partnership, which is set to begin July 1, 2016. Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel and accessories for training and game-day uniforms for all 23 of the University’s men’s and women’s varsity athletics teams. “The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence,
Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber made quite a splash on Wednesday night when he crushed a two-run home run into the river during Chicago’s 4-0 wildcard win over Pittsburgh. He also had an RBI single, and it all brought back memories of Schwarber’s career at Indiana, where he starred at the plate and behind it. In 2012 BTN featured Schwarber and teammate Sam Travis, then known as the latest version of the “Bash Brothers.” “I’m going to crush the ball,” Schwarber told us then about his approach to hitting. “And that’s all you can really think when you’re up there.”