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.
Big Ten baseball fans came from all over to watch Sunday’s conference championship matchup between top-seeded Indiana and second-seeded Nebraska. The stands were packed as 19,965 fans filled up TD Ameritrade Park, which ranks as the largest single-game conference tournament attendance in NCAA history.
Hitting home runs has become second nature for Indiana slugger Kyle Schwarber. But hitting a go-ahead homer in the Big Ten championship game at TD Ameritrade Park probably meant a little more to the Hoosiers’ junior catcher than his previous 37 home runs.
Top-seeded Indiana defeated second-seeded Nebraska, 8-4, in Sunday’s Big Ten baseball championship game in front of an announced crowd of 19,965 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE. The victory marked the Hoosiers’ second consecutive conference championship and fourth in school history (1996, 2009, 2013, 2014).
Videobombing has become the biggest trend during this year’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament. We have seen both silly and serious videobombs from Indiana, as well as a Minnesota player getting a fake tattoo drawn on his arm in the middle of an interview. Well, Michigan State’s videobomb in Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Indiana could be the best one yet.
Day 4 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament is officially in the books. No. 2 Nebraska kicked off the action with a 6-1 win over No. 5 Michigan. No. 1 Indiana followed with an impressive 7-4 victory over No. 6 Michigan State.
Go to an MLB game, and you’re almost guaranteed to see at least one bat break into multiple pieces. A college game? Not so much. It happened, though, in Friday night’s Michigan-Iowa Big Ten tourney game. Making the super-rare event all the more impressive, Jackson Glines got an RBI single to center on the swing. Watch the play and see a picture of the bat in this post.
A steal of home is always exciting. It’s even better when the baserunner makes a ridiculous slide to avoid the tag. We saw that happen in the nightcap of the Big Ten tourney Friday night, when Iowa’s Jake Yacinich was the lead runner on a double steal attempt. Michigan, on what looked like a designed play, threw down to second and had the shortstop cut it off and toss home. The Wolverines had Yacinich dead to rights. That’s when he decided to leave his feet and dive around the tag.
We’ve gone from eight to four teams in the Big Ten tourney. Friday’s results: No. 6 Michigan State ousted No. 3 Illinois, 11-2, and No. 5 Michigan eliminated No. 8 Iowa, 7-1.
The Indiana baseball team has made a habit of standing behind Tracy Smith during each and every one of his recent BTN in-game interviews. The videobombing has been silly and serious, you name it. Well, for Thursday night’s scheduled fifth-inning interview vs. Michigan, Smith decided to take a page out of Blake Griffin’s book.
Day 2 of the Big Ten baseball tourney is in the books, and it was another day full of close games. The results: No. 3 Illinois nipped No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa dropped No. 4 Minnesota, No. 2 Nebraska edged No. 6 Michigan State and No. 1 Indiana took down No. 5 Michigan.
For the second straight day, the single-day attendance record at the Big Ten tournament was set, with 11,756 fans coming through gates at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday.
Minnesota was eliminated from the Big Ten baseball tourney Thursday afternoon, and that’s bad news for fans of entertaining dugout fun. In case you missed it late Wednesday night, Minnesota freshman pitcher Cody Campbell hijacked coach John Anderson’s BTN dugout interview by getting a fake tattoo drawn on his right arm in the background of the shot. In Thursday’s loss to Iowa, Campbell and his wild beard stole the show.
Rain delays are no fun for fans, players and coaches alike. Everyone involved has to find something to help pass the time. It can be anything, really. Just look at Illinois coach Dan Hartleb, who created a personal Twitter account during a rain delay Thursday at the Big Ten tourney.
Minnesota freshman Cody Campbell has rightfully earned the reputation of being the “team jokester.” And make no mistake, it’s not just his shaggy black beard or pair of thick black glasses with a gold plate on the top that’s grabbing all the attention.
The opening day of the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament is complete. Day 1 results: No. 6 Michigan State edged out No. 3 Illinois, No. 2 Nebraska rallied past No. 7 Ohio State, No. 1 Indiana dropped No. 8 Iowa, and No. 5 Michigan notched a come-from-behind victory over No. 4 Minnesota. Catch up on all the action in this post.
Indiana enjoys videobombing head coach Tracy Smith’s BTN dugout interviews. They did it during the season-ending series vs. Minnesota, and they did it in their Big Ten tourney opener Wednesday vs. Iowa, Smith’s first in-game interview since being named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Watch the Hoosiers look very serious behind Smith in this post.
The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament gets underway Wednesday morning at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Before your team opens the double-elmination tourney get out Day 1 preview. Reminder: this year’s field includes eight teams, two more than it has had in each of the last 14 seasons.
The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament starts Wednesday morning at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series. On Tuesday, the teams took the field for some practice. See a photo gallery from the day in this post.
CHICAGO – BTN’s coverage of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament begins at 6 PM ET on Wednesday with No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Iowa from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series. The network will also carry games 6, 7 and 8 on Thursday, each game Friday and Saturday and the Big Ten Baseball Tournament Championship Game, which will air at 2 PM ET on Sunday.
The Big Ten released the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket on Saturday evening, with Indiana securing the top seed after winning its second straight conference title. The Hoosiers claimed the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after going 21-3 in conference play.
For the first time the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature eight teams starting this season when the tourney is in Nebraska. The games will be played at May 21 to 25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the same field that hosts the College World Series.
One day after Nebraska used a walk-off blast to force Sunday’s winner-take-all game at the Big Ten tournament, Indiana walked-off to claim the tourney crown and earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tourney. Scott Donley provided the heroics Sunday, driving a liner to left-center with the bases loaded to clinch the 4-3 win.
Saturday’s two games in the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament are set after three more games at Target Field ended on Friday. Nebraska will play Ohio State, then the winner of that game will face top-seeded Indiana. The Hoosiers have yet to lose a game in this tournament. Both games will air on BTN TV and BTN2Go.
The 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament continued Thursday at Target Field with three more games. Illinois survived by eliminating Michigan, Ohio State rallied to top Nebraska, and top-seeded Indiana held off Minnesota.