B1G Baseball weekend preview March 6-8

Minnesota returns to TD AmeriTrade Park Omaha to take on Creighton.

Minnesota returns to TD AmeriTrade Park Omaha this weekend to take on Creighton.

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.

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Early March recruiting wrap

Purdue tapped into Chicagoland for its latest commitment.

Purdue tapped into Chicagoland for its latest commitment.

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.

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B1G Baseball weekly roundup

Michigan sophomore left-hander Brett Adcock was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

Michigan sophomore left-hander Brett Adcock was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

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 weekend’s recap here and top prospect review here, the weekly roundup ties up loose ends on the weekend before looking ahead to the fourth week of action.

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B1G Baseball week three top prospect review

Michigan junior shortstop Travis Maezes returned to the Wolverine lineup over the weekend.

Michigan junior shortstop Travis Maezes returned to the Wolverine lineup over the weekend.

A statistical roundup of the performances from the Big Ten’s top prospects.

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B1G Baseball Feb. 26-March 1 weekend recap

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Weather wiped away Penn State’s weekend, forcing the Nittany Lions to stay home, practice indoors.

 

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.

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