March 18, 2014 Leave a comment
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.