Can the Big Ten reverse its fortune against ranked teams? Eight more opportunities, highlighted by a Sooner State showdown and Texas-sized tournament, are on deck as the pre-conference season is on the downhill.
The NCAA Division I baseball contact period began March 1, a period in the recruiting calendar until July 31, with the exception of the Easter weekend, where college coaches can evaluate players, make contact and recruit players off campus.
As coaches take to the road in-between games and practices looking for the the wave of talent, here’s a recap of recent commitments to Big Ten programs.
The third weekend of the season was a so-so affair for the Big Ten.
Big sweeps were garnered by Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota, Maryland and Nebraska took care of business in three-game sets away from home, too. But Michigan State and Ohio State saw big opportunities fall by the wayside, dropping road contests against quality clubs which could have been resume enhancers come May. Northwestern, Purdue and Rutgers suffered losing weekends while Illinois, behind continued stellar pitching, and Indiana split weekend showings in South Carolina.
The calendar may have turned over to March but winter’s grip is still firmly on most of the nation.
For a third consecutive weekend to start the season several Big Ten programs were forced into scramble mode, trying to find games, change game locations and opponents. Most were able to amend their schedule, Iowa and Maryland found the artificial surfaces in Emerson, Georgia, home of Perfect Game’s Lake Point playing fields, favorable, leaving the weekend with neutral-site series victory. Unfortunately Penn State saw its weekend completely wiped from the books, unable to find a location and opponent after the Cary, N.C. hosted USA Baseball-Irish Classic, which the Hawkeyes were also set to participate in, was cancelled.
For the games that were played, it was an even split weekend for the Big Ten. Five teams enter the work week with winning weekends, five with losing showings and two with weekend splits.
Here’s a look at what occurred over the weekend for the Big Ten.