Big Ten Baseball Weekly Release - April 1

Illinois' Ryan Castellanos leads in the nation in fewest walks per nine innings, having not allowed a free pass in 27 innings this season.

Illinois' Ryan Castellanos leads in the nation in fewest walks per nine innings, having not allowed a free pass in 27 innings this season.

April 1, 2014

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Big Ten Medal of Honor 100th Anniversary Spotlight: Minnesota's Paul Giel
A two-sport standout, Giel won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1954 after claiming All-America accolades as both a junior and a senior. Having also been named a College Football Hall of Famer, Giel spent six seasons in the majors, despite serving two years in the military during the 1956 and 1957 seasons. He still ranks second in school history in career strikeouts (243), fifth in complete games (21) and seventh in ERA (2.16). On the gridiron, Giel finished in the top three in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1952 (third) and 1953 (second) and would later become Minnesota's director of athletics from 1971-89.

Entering the third weekend of conference action, Penn State holds a 2-0 mark and is atop the standings, with Indiana second at 5-1 and Illinois third with a 2-1 ledger. Last weekend, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State each earned wins in their respective series.

This week, 13 matchups will be streamed by BTDN or televised by BTN, including a doubleheader on Sunday. Numerous Big Ten teams and student-athletes rank among the NCAA's statistical leaders; a listing can be found on the Big Ten Baseball Blog on bigten.org.

Indiana appears in the latest national rankings released by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Hoosiers are also the conference's top rated squad in the RPI, debuting at No. 16 in the official NCAA standings.