BTN Communications, May 20, 2014
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.
Kevin Kugler and Scott Pose have the call for Wednesday and Thursday games. Eric Collins and Danan Hughes will call games 9-12 on Friday and Saturday, with Lisa Byington reporting from the field. Kugler, Hughes and Byington will announce games 13 and 14, if necessary, and will also be the crew for Sunday?s championship game.
In addition, a nightly episode of the Big Ten Diamond Report will air following the last game of the day throughout the tournament. Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will host the shows, along with analyst Cal Eldred.
The team that wins the tournament will receive an automatic bid for the NCAA Championship. The Hoosiers claimed the No. 1 seed for the second straight season after going 21-3 in Big Ten play, while Nebraska and Illinois earned the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.
The complete Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket is available here.
2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Schedule:
|Game||Dates||Air Time (ET)|
|No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Iowa||Wednesday, May 21||6 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 5 Michigan||Wednesday, May 21||10 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser||Thursday, May 22||2 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Game 1 winner vs Game 2 winner||Thursday, May 22||6 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Game 3 winner vs Game 4 winner||Thursday, May 22||10 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 loser||Friday, May 23||4:30 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Game 6 winner vs. Game 8 loser||Friday, May 23||8:30 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Game 7 winner vs. Game 10 winner||Saturday, May 24||10 AM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner||Saturday, May 24||2 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11 (if necessary)||Saturday, May 24||6 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
|Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12 (if necessary)||Saturday, May 24||10 PM- BTN/BTN2Go|
|Championship||Sunday, May 25||2 PM – BTN/BTN2Go|
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