September 30, 2013 Leave a comment
The 2013 season showed the Big Ten’s promise. From Indiana becoming the conference’s first team to reach the College World Series since 1984, Illinois becoming the second consecutive fifth-place finisher to receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, and Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State each possibly a mere game away from the field of 64, it was an exciting spring in the Midwest.
Going forward coaches within the conference feel in any given year five, possibly six, seven teams will head into the season with reasonable expectations to play in a regional. In addition to the five mentioned, Minnesota is consistently tough, Michigan looks to take off under the guidance of Erik Bakich, Purdue showed in 2012 they’re capable of a strong season which includes hosting a regional.
For Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State, the summer provided each with an opportunity to grow. New coaches are in place in Iowa City and State College, while the Wildcats received a pledge of $5 million to kickstart fundraising for improvements at Rocky Miller Park.
Focusing on the Hawkeyes, a public records request was submitted for materials transmitted during the coaching to replace Jack Dahm’s whose contract was non-renewed. The result of the search sheds some light into Iowa baseball.