March 14-17 weekend wrap

The final weekend of games before Big Ten play was a mixed bag for a conference where consistency has been a struggle throughout. The marquee matchup of the weekend did fall in the Big Ten’s favor, Nebraska knocking off a ranked UC-Irvine club. But a second pairing between Midwest program and SoCal club did not bare favorable results, Long Beach State defending their home turf with a series win over Indiana as the Hoosier offense did not travel to California. Ohio State swept a struggling Siena club while the struggling Boilermakers were swept by San Diego State. Minnesota captured a NorCal  series win over Sacramento State, but Penn State lost two of three to Santa Clara.

Before attention is turned to a few intriguing midweek pairings, with Nebraska’s Tanner Lubach taking home conference player of the week honors, Indiana’s Kyle Hart the Big Ten’s top pitcher and Buckeye Travis Lakins the top rookie, here’s a look at how the Big Ten’s 11 clubs fared over the ides of March.

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Around the web on Big Ten baseball

Combing the Internet to find the latest news and notes on Big Ten baseball, here is what was found.

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Breakout players

The first three weeks of the college season have provided a few surprises around the Big Ten. From Iowa’s 9-1 start to Illinois sweeping both Florida and Florida Gulf Coast, unexpected team success has garnered attention for several clubs. Not surprisingly, the teams performing bettering than expect, the Hawkeyes, Illini, along with Ohio State and Minnesota, are spurred by stand out performances. Some of which are players emerging as all-conference possibilities.

Here’s a look at which players have enjoyed the best breakout seasons so far.

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