Around the Big Ten this past week.....
Iowa 8-1 – Swept Southern, South Alabama and Pepperdine. Not overly tough competition but solid start for Iowa. They are now ranked #23 in d1baseball poll. Big 3 game series @ Texas Tech next weekend
Purdue 8-4 – Took 3 out of 4 from Akron. I’ll say it again, Boilers have played NOBODY. Definitely take their record with a grain of salt. They have 3 at Ole Miss next weekend. We’ll see what happens then.
Penn State 6-3 – Took 2 of from Dartmouth, Wagner and Holy Cross. Rematch with Holy Cross tonight, midweek game at North Carolina (tough) and then 4 game series against Brown. I still like their start but the competition is pretty weak right now (UNC is the exception)
Illinois 6-4 – Took 2 of 3 form Sam Houston State. Sam Houston is decent. They beat Iowa and K-State. Nice weekend from Illinois
Nebraska 5-4-1 – 2 out of 3 at Cambria Classic with big wins over Vandy and Hawaii. Gotta say I was surprised at that outcome. 5 games this week against Northern Colorado and Illinois State. Time to pad the W/L record a bit.
Michigan State 5-5 – Lost 2 to Charleston and beat Charleston Southern. I think Sparty is destined to hover around the .500 mark all season.
Ohio State 5-6 – Beat Miss State and Oklahoma but got obliterated by Cal 19-1. I have no read on the Buckeyes. They’ve had some good wins and some bad losses. Without knowing further, I’d attribute it to a lack of depth. That’s what it sounds like to me.
Indiana 5-6 – Lost to East Carolina and Long Beach but beat G-town. Give the Hoosiers credit as they’ve played a very tough schedule. They’ll be a tough out in the Big Ten but I don’t think they are quite an NCAA tournament contender this year .
Michigan 4-7 – Went 0-5 with that brutal schedule. Losses to Irvine, UCLA, TCU, Texas Tech and Louisville.
Maryland 4-7 – Went 0-3 at the Cambria Classic. After starting the year ranked #15 they’ve fallen out. I’m sure they’ll still be a Big Ten contender but they’ve really underachieved so far. Terps have to be disappointed.
Rutgers 3-7 – Midweek win against St Joe’s followed by a sweep to UNC-Greensboro. The disappointing start continues for the Scarlet Knights.
Northwestern 0-9 – Swept by Louisiana Tech. It would figure that the only other winless team in the Big Ten wouldn’t be on the Gophers schedule this year. Sigh.
Minnesota 0-11 – 5 games this week. Midweek games against Northern Illinois and South Dakota State followed by a 3 game series at West Virginia.