Double Champions: For the second straight year, Indiana met Nebraska for the Big Ten Tournament title with the Hoosiers claiming their second straight championship. The Hoosiers earned an 8-4 victory over the Huskers, giving Indiana its fourth tournament title and becoming the first conference team to win consecutive tournament titles since Ohio State in 2002 and 2003. Indiana's Kyle Schwarber was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after hitting two home runs and driving in five. The complete All-Tournament Team can be found below, while a complete game by game recap of the Big Ten Tournament can be found HERE.
2014 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
P - Christian Morris, Indiana
P -Aaron Bummer, Nebraska
P - Kyle Kubat, Nebraska
C - Joel Fisher, Michigan State
1B - Dan Olinger, Minnesota
2B -Casey Rodrigue, Indiana
2B - Pat Kelly, Nebraska
SS - Travis Maezes, Michigan
3B - Dustin DeMuth, Indiana
DH -Scott Donley, Indiana
OF - Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
OF - Cam Gibson, Michigan State
OF - Ryan Boldt, Nebraska
Tournament Attendance Records: The Big Ten established new attendance records during the 2014 tournament, held May 21-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Sunday's attendance of 19,965 ranks as the largest single-game conference tournament attendance in NCAA history, breaking the previous mark set by Florida State and North Carolina in 2005 with a crowd of 17,860. Including Sunday's championship final, the five-day total tournament attendance of 62,020 shattered the previous Big Ten tournament mark of 12,219 set in 2009. Four days of the tournament featured attendance of more than 10,000, including Wednesday (10,400) Thursday (11,756) and Saturday (12,319). The previous NCAA record for conference tournament attendance was established by Florida State and North Carolina in 2005 with a crowd of 17,860.
All-Big Ten Honors: The Big Ten announced the 2014 baseball All-Big Ten Teams and individual award winners, as voted by the conference's coaches. Indiana's Sam Travis was the unanimous choice for Player of the Year, teammate Joey DeNato garnered Pitcher of the Year accolades and Tracy Smith was tabbed Coach of the Year, while Ohio State's Tanner Tully took home Freshman of the Year honors. Travis is the second Indiana player to win the honor in the last five seasons, following Alex Dickerson in 2010. Overall, he is just the fourth Hoosier to win the award. DeNato gives Indiana its second straight Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolade, following Aaron Slegers from a season ago, and its third in program history. Smith wins his second straight Coach of the Year award, claiming the third such honor in Indiana history. Indiana finished the season 21-3 in conference play, making their .875 Big Ten winning percentage the highest since Ohio State's .893 percentage (25-3) in 1999. Tully is the second Buckeye in four seasons to be named Freshman of the Year, following teammate Josh Dezse in 2011. Overall, he is the 11th player in Ohio State annals to win the award. For the complete All-Big Ten release, click HERE.
All-Americans: Six Big Ten standouts earned All-America honors from various accolades this season. Indiana's Dustin DeMuth and Kyle Schwarber each garnered first team honors from Baseball America and Perfect Game, while also being named All-Americans by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Indiana's Sam Travis was named a second-team honoree from Perfect Game, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Magazine, while Joey DeNato was named a second-team pick from NCBWA and a third-team selection from Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Michigan State's Blaise Salter was named a third-team selection by the NCBWA, while Nebraska's Chance Sinclair garnered third-team accolades by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Meanwhile, six conference newcomers garnered Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, including Illinois' Adam Walton, Michigan's Brett Adcock and Carmen Benedetti, Nebraska's Ryan Boldt and Ohio State's Ronnie Dawson and Tanner Tully.
All-Region: Ten conference standouts were named ABCA All-Region honorees, including eight All-Mideast Region performers and two Nebraska standouts who appeared on the All-Midwest Region squad. Indiana's Joey DeNato, Dustin DeMuth, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis and Iowa's Jake Mangler and Jake Yacinich were each first-team All-Mideast Region selections, while Illinois Tyler Jay and Michigan State's Blaise Salter were second-team selections. Nebraska's Pat Kelly was selected to the All-Midwest Region first team, while teammate Chance Sinclair was a second-team honoree.
Showing Their Smarts: The Big Ten recognized 1,216 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, a list that includes 96 baseball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For more information on the 2014 spring and at-large Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click HERE.
Academic All-District: Three Big Ten baseball student-athletes were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, it was announced on Thursday. Penn State's Steve Snyder was named to the District 2 All-Academic Team, Northwestern's Jack Quigley garnered All-District 5 honors and Minnesota's Ben Meyer was picked the District 6 All-Academic squad. The trio is now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be announced later this month. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution.Two to the Postseason: Indiana, which earned the No. 4 national seed, and Nebraska were selected to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, marking the third straight year multiple Big Ten teams appeared in the postseason. The Hoosiers became the first Big Ten team to earn a national seed since the NCAA began seeding the top eight in 1999. Indiana made its fourth appearance in the NCAA field and second consecutive, while Nebraska advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2008 and made its 13th overall appearance. Both the Hoosiers and Huskers were eliminated in the regional round. For a complete recap of Indiana and Nebraska in the postseason, click HERE.
Final Rankings: Indiana and Nebraska each appeared in the final polls released the NCBWA, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America, with the Hoosiers garnering top-20 rankings in each. Indiana appeared at No. 16 in Perfect Game's listing, No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball standings, No. 20 in the NCBWA poll and No. 21 in the Baseball America ranking, while Nebraska appeared at No. 30 by the NCBWA.
Twenty-One Players Selected in Annual MLB Draft: Twenty-one Big Ten players were selected during the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, held Thursday through Saturday. Indiana led all programs with five players selected, while Iowa and Nebraska each had three standouts chosen. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue each had two players selected, while Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State each had one player chosen in the annual draft. A full list of the drafted Big Ten standouts can be found below.
1 (4). Kyle Schwarber, C, IND (Chicago Cubs)
2 (67). Sam Travis, 1B, IND (Boston)
5 (146). Dustin DeMuth, 3B, IND (Milwaukee)
8 (239). Jake Yacinich, SS, IOWA (Los Angeles Angels)
12 (350). Pat Kelly, 2B, NEB (Minnesota)
14 (435). James Bourque, RHP, MICH (Washington)
15 (455). Jimmy Pickens, OF, MSU (Cincinnati)
18 (532). Sean McHugh, C, PUR (Philadelphia)
19 (558). Aaron Bummer, LHP, NEB (Chicago White Sox)
19 (562). Joey DeNato, LHP, IND (Philadelphia)
19 (566). Zach Hirsch, LHP, NEB (Milwaukee)
20 (610). Trent Szkutnik, LHP, MICH (Detroit)
22 (662). Jake Kelzer, RHP, IND (New York Yankees)
23 (682). Joel Fisher, C, MSU (Philadelphia)
25 (743). Alec Crawford, RHP, MINN (Colorado)
29 (857). Greg Greve, RHP, OSU (Miami)
30 (899). Ronnie Muck, RHP, ILL (Los Angeles Angels)
35 (1039). Jordan Minch, LHP, PUR (Chicago Cubs)
38 (1131). Taylor Zeutenhorst, OF, IOWA (Seattle)
38 (1155). Sasha Kuebel, LHP, IOWA (St. Louis)
39 (1185). Kyle Ruchim, 2B, NU (St. Louis)