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Indiana baseball coach Tracy Smith has accepted the Arizona State job, the school confirmed Tuesday night. Smith led Indiana to back-to-back Big Ten titles – regular season and tourney – and guided it to the 2013 College World Series.
Former Iowa pitcher and current BTN analyst Cal Eldred knows what it takes to make it in the MLB. Eldred, the No. 17 pick in the 1989 draft, spent 14 seasons in the bigs. So, with the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft in the books, we asked our analyst for his thoughts on the Big Ten’s 21 draft picks. Hear Eldred’s thoughts in this post.
Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Indiana and Nebraska open NCAA regional play Friday. The Huskers kick things off for the Big Ten vs. Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m. ET, while the Hoosiers host Youngstown State at 7 p.m. ET. Before the games begin, BTN.com conducted an email Q&A with a beat writer from each school to preview the action.
The NCAA baseball tourney opens Friday, and Big Ten champ Indiana and Nebraska are ready to fight for a Super Regional berth. Before the two teams open regional play, here are five facts to know about the Big Ten and the NCAA tourney.
Big Ten Player of the Year Sam Travis is the Big Ten’s lone semifinalist for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award, handed out to the nation’s top baseball player. Travis hit .342 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI to help lead Indiana (42-13, 21-3) to its second consecutive sweep of the Big Ten titles (regular season & tournament). The first baseman recorded a sparkling .998 fielding percentage, to boot.
The Big Ten and NCAA record crowds weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves at the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. No, the players had more than their share of good times throughout the five-day tourney at TD Ameritrade Park.