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Early January recruiting wrap

Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad picked up another class of 2016 commitment.

Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad picked up another class of 2016 commitment.

Opening the new year, Big Ten programs Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska have new commitments to celebrate. Each of the three adding a member to its 2016 recruiting class, here’s a look at the latest baseball players to pledge to a Big Ten program, as well as news stories on two committed prospects.

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Wisconsin: “Baseball hasn’t been revisited”

Four years is a lot of time. One can graduate from high school or obtain a bachelor’s degree in four years.  America votes on a president every four years. Leap years, the Olympics and World Cups happen every fourth year.

And over the course of four years the Big Ten has added three institutions, Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers, swelling to 14 universities, 13 with baseball programs.

But four years hasn’t prompted changed in the status of the lone university without a varsity baseball program. Nearly four years after the University of Wisconsin stating they have no plans to revival its dormant baseball program, the university’s athletic department reaffirmed its stance, there are no plans on bringing baseball back to the Madison campus.

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Collegiate Baseball’s Big Ten predictions

Holding onto its annual position as the first outlet to release preseason polls, All-America teams and conference predictions, Collegiate Baseball’s preseason edition is now out. A release date of Jan. 2, while the preseason poll and All-America teams have been known since mid-December, here’s a comprehensive look at how the publication views players and programs within the Big Ten.

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Michigan State’s Jake Lowery to miss 2015 season

Michigan State sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Lowery will miss the 2015 season, Spartan head coach Jake Boss informed Thursday afternoon. Lowery will undergo Tommy John surgery within the next couple of weeks.

“(It’s) tough because he is a good player,” Boss said. “But an even better kid.”

A native of Howell, Mich.,  Lowery went 3-1 in 2014, carrying a 2.94 ERA over 33.2 innings.

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Wisconsin baseball not an option under Alvarez

Hired prior to the 1982 season, with 1,151 wins in 1,926 games, it’s an understatement to say Minnesota head coach John Anderson has seen a lot of baseball.

While not as voluminousness, the dean of Big Ten baseball coaches has witnessed quite the change within the landscape of Big Ten baseball. In his time while leading the Golden Gophers, the Big Ten’s footprint has seen it’s eastern boundary expand from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border to the Atlantic Ocean, it’s western edge colliding with the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. A ten-team league has jumped to 11, to 13 in the 2015 season, with four universities joining the conference.

Unless the Big Ten takes on another round of expansion, it appears the 14-team conference will continue to field 13 baseball teams during Anderson’s career, holdout Wisconsin having no interest to reviving its baseball program.

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Early December recruiting wrap


Bakich (L) looks to add more Freshman All-Americans as Travis Maezes (M) and Evan Hill (R) were.


Rounding up the latest commitments to Big Ten programs, Michigan and Ohio State opened December with two commitments while Penn State received a flip from a top in-state pitcher.

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