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Friday's Results

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Georgia State 5, Illinois 4 (10)
Indiana 1, Texas Tech 0
Texas State 8, Michigan 7 (10)
Minnesota 3, Northern Illinois 2 (10)
Nebraska 5, Pacific 3
Ohio State 8, Connecticut 2
Washington 8, Michigan 6
USC 4, Northwestern 3

Opening Day Schedule

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The 2014 NCAA baseball season opens on Friday and numerous Big Ten programs will take to the diamond this afternoon. Inclement weather has impacted several Big Ten programs' opening-weekend lineups, and the latest Friday schedule appears below.

Note all times are ET and games are subject to change.

Illinois at Georgia State, 4 p.m.
Indiana at Texas Tech, 3 p.m.
Iowa at Austin Peay, 4:30 p.m.
Michigan at Texas State, 4:30 p.m.
Michigan vs. Washington, 8 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Northern Illinois, 3 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Pacific, 2 p.m.
Northwestern at USC, 9 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Connecticut, 5 p.m.

Four Relievers Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

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Four Big Ten pitchers were named to the National College Baseball Writers Association Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, ranking second among all conferences. Indiana's Ryan Halstead, Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth, Nebraska's Josh Roeder and Ohio State's Trace Dempsey were each named to the watch list for the award, given annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. A mid-season will be announced the week of April 21, with the finalists revealed on June 4. The winner will be announced during the 2014 College World Series.
Two Hoosiers were named to Baseball American's preseason All-America teams, the publication announced this morning. Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was named to the first-team, the third time he appears on a preseason All-America squad. Teammate Sam Travis was named to his second All-America squad of the preseason after being named Baseball America's second-team first baseman.

Indiana Ranked Third in Baseball American Preseason Poll

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Indiana checks in at No. 3 in the preseason rankings released by Baseball America on Monday, the highest preseason rating for any Big Ten team in the publication since Michigan was also No. 3 in 1988. The Hoosiers appear among the top 10 in preseason standings released by Perfect Game (No. 5) and College Baseball Newspaper (No. 7). The Hoosiers finished the 2013 season with a school record 49 victories and ranked seventh in the Baseball America poll.
Six Big Ten players were named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Indiana had four players named among the three teams, the second most of any team in the nation. Kyle Schwarber and Dustin DeMuth were named first-team catcher and third baseman, respectively, while first baseman Sam Travis was a second-team pick and pitcher Joey DeNato was a third-team choice. Two Buckeyes were named third-team All-Americans, utility man Josh Dezse, who missed all of 2013, and reliever Trace Dempsey.

In the publication's preseason poll, Indiana appeared at No. 7, while Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State are among the teams also receiving votes.

Schwarber, Dempsey Named NCBWA Preseason All-Americans

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Indiana's Kyle Schwarber and Ohio State's Trace Dempsey were named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-Americans on Wednesday. Schwarber was a first-team selection after averaging .376 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI a season ago in leading the Hoosiers to the College World Series. Dempsey a second-team choice after ending the 2013 campaign as the Buckeyes' closer. He ended the season with 17 saves in 31 appearances, carrying a 1.02 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .180 average.

2013 Big Ten Baseball Season in Review

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Historic Hoosiers: Indiana earned a spot in the College World Series after completing a two-game sweep of Florida State, defeating the Seminoles, 11-6, in Super Regional action. The Hoosiers advanced to their first season-ending event, becoming the first Big Ten team since Michigan in 1984 to advance to the College World Series. For more information, click HERE.

Two Selected to NCAA Tournament: Illinois and Indiana were selected to the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, marking the second straight season that two Big Ten teams were chosen to the field. The Hoosiers earned the Big Ten's automatic bid after winning the conference tournament and are a No. 1 seed, hosting Regional play in Bloomington, Ind. Illinois earned an at-large selection and are the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional. For complete coverage of each team in the CWS, click HERE.

Crown Em': Indiana won its first Big Ten Championship since 1949 finishing 17-7 in conference play. The Hoosiers also took home the Big Ten Tournament title, winning 4-3 against Nebraska at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. For more information on the Big Ten Tournament, click HERE.

All #B1G Performers: The Big Ten announced the 2013 baseball individual award winners and All-Conference teams on May 21. Illinois' Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors, while Indiana's Aaron Slegers was tabbed Pitcher of the Year and Tracy Smith took home Coach of the Year laurels. For the full release, click HERE.

National Recognition: Illinois' Justin Parr earned first-team All-American laurels from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and second-team accolades from Baseball America, while Indiana's Kyle Schwarber earned second-team honors from both outlets and was named the NCBWA District V Player of the Year. The Illini's Kevin Duchene, the Hoosiers' Scott Effross, Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth and Travis Maezes and Purdue's Josh Estill earned Freshman All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, while Cronenworth earned first-team honors from the NCBWA.

It's Academic: Minnesota's Troy Larson was named a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American. Larson was named to the second team and is among a group of 100 baseball standouts to earn Academic All-Conference honors. For more information on Academic All-Big Ten Honorees, click HERE.

Next Level: A total of 23 Big Ten student-athletes were chosed in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Minnesota starting pitcher Tom Windle was taken 56th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in Round 2, nine conference players were then taken in Rounds 3-10, eight went from Rounds 11-25, while three were drafted in Rounds 26-40.
Illinois' Kevin Duchene and Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth were named to the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-America Team, it was announced on Monday. Cronenworth received first-team honors, while Duchene received second-team accolades.

Draft Tracker: Rounds 26-40

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Three Big Ten players were taken in the 26th through 40th rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, bringing the conference's total to 23.

Round 26
Ryan Halstead, Indiana (Minnesota Twins)

Round 28
Matt Dermody, Iowa (Toronto Blue Jays)

Round 32
Zach Morton, Northwestern (Houston Astros)
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