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The week that was B1G Baseball, July 4


Former Ohio State catcher Eric Fryer (2005-07) will be on the U.S. roster for the Pan American Games

A special Independence Day edition of the week that was in Big Ten baseball is highlighted by a pair of products from Big Ten schools selected to Team USA in the Pan Am games.

From those two former sluggers to a pair of future Big Ten players as one program has a banner day on the recruiting trail, he’s the latest regarding Big Ten programs.

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Maryland extends Szefc, Reynolds joins NU staff

Two Big Ten programs announced news relating to their coaching staffs on Thursday.

In a mid-morning release, Maryland announced head coach John Szefc agreed to a five-year extension, lengthening the commitment the university has with the coach who led them to back-to-back 40-win seasons.

Shortly after noon Central, Northwestern announced Kansas State pitching coach Josh Reynolds will serve as associate head coach and pitching on the staff led by first-year head coach Spencer Allen.

Their futures in the Big Ten announced on the same day, Szefc and Reynolds are familiar with each other.

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B1G League Report, June 28

Former Gopher Glen Perkins leads Major League Baseball with 24 saves. (Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Gopher Glen Perkins shares the MLB lead with 24 saves. (Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY)

It’s time to catch up with alums of Big Ten programs in the big leagues, highlighted by a pair of past Big Ten Pitcher of the Year standouts.

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Northwestern names Spencer Allen head coach

It’s been quite a year for Spencer Allen.

In his return to the Big Ten, joining the staff of Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb last July, Allen helped guide the Illini to a school-record 50-win season, a consensus top ten ranking, a Big Ten championship, NCAA regional championship and NCAA Tournament national seed. Less than a week after Illinois fell two wins shy of advancing to the College World Series, Allen says goodbye to Champaign, heading up the road to Evanston as the next head coach for Northwestern University.

On Sunday, June 14, 2015, Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced, that Allen will take over the Wildcat program as its 26th head coach.

“To be named the head baseball coach and join the Northwestern University family is a tremendous honor and opportunity,” said Allen. “The combination of a highly regarded athletic department and a prestigious academic institution was very appealing to me. My family and I are extremely excited for this new opportunity at Northwestern.”

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Conference-record 5 teams in NCAA Tournament field

The 2015 season began with Baseball America and D1Baseball each predicting four Big Ten teams to reach the NCAA Tournament. An expected banner season, the Big Ten exceeded all expectations.

Led by Illinois, the No. 6 tournament national seed makingĀ a fourth consecutive year with a Big Ten program hosting a regional, five Big Ten teams will play in an NCAA regional, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and joining the conference champion Illini. Five teams nearly doubles the Big Ten’s best prior output when the conference sent three teams into the field of 64 in 1999, 2000 and 2007.

Now the road to Omaha begins, the five teams looking to reach the College World Series, to play for a national championship. The last Big Ten team to play in the College World Series was Indiana in 2013, the Hoosiers ending a 30-season dry spell for the conference, Michigan in 1984 the last team prior. The last national championship for a Big Ten program came in 1966, Ohio State

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