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B1G Baseball Update 5/12 - 5/17

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Break out the Europe because its the final countdown on the B1G baseball regular season. See what each team needs to do in the final push toward the B1G tournament.

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STANDINGS CONF. PCT. OVERALL PCT. HOME AWAY NEUTRAL LAST 10 STREAK
Minnesota 14-6-0 .700 32-17-0 .653 16-12-0 16-5-0 0-0-0 7-3-0 W2
Nebraska 14-6-1 .690 32-17-1 .650 17-6-0 12-5-1 3-6-0 8-2-0 W2
Michigan 14-7-0 .667 40-12-0 .769 22-5-0 12-5-0 6-2-0 8-2-0 W4
Maryland 15-9-0 .625 33-17-0 .660 20-3-0 8-12-0 5-2-0 5-5-0 L2
Iowa 13-8-0 .619 32-18-0 .640 19-4-0 7-11-0 6-3-0 7-3-0 W2
Indiana 12-8-1 .595 30-19-2 .608 15-8-1 12-9-1 3-2-0 7-3-0 W3
Purdue 10-11-0 .476 27-24-0 .529 10-10-0 16-14-0 1-0-0 4-6-0 W1
Northwestern 10-11-0 .476 21-28-0 .429 9-12-0 12-16-0 0-0-0 5-5-0 W2
Michigan State 9-12-0 .429 28-21-0 .571 9-7-0 14-12-0 5-2-0 6-4-0 W1
Illinois 8-13-0 .381 22-26-0 .458 11-9-0 10-15-0 1-2-0 6-4-0 L1
Rutgers 7-13-0 .350 19-31-0 .380 8-10-0 11-21-0 0-0-0 3-7-0 L2
Ohio State 7-14-0 .333 21-32-0 .396 8-15-0 8-12-0 5-5-0 4-6-0 W1
Penn State 3-18-0 .143 17-35-0 .327 9-11-0 6-21-0 2-3-0 3-7-0 W1

So it comes down to this. The final week of the B1G baseball season is upon us and there are several races going on right now across the board. At the top Minnesota holds an ever so slight lead over Nebraska after they swept a mid-week doubleheader with Rutgers. Both teams will have to play perfectly in their upcoming series to give themselves a shot at the regular season crown. The race for the final spots in the B1G tourney is also heating up in that both Purdue/Northwestern are trying to stay above the cut line and MSU/Illinois/Rutgers are trying to get in. Should be great baseball all around the next few days. RPI as of 5/17/17

Illinois 22-26 (8-13) RPI: 129

05/12/17 at Rutgers L 3-8
05/12/17 at Rutgers W 7-5
05/14/17 at Rutgers L 7-8

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 Iowa

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 10th
Dropped an important series with Rutgers which puts the Illini's hopes for the B1G tourney in jeopardy. They'll need to get the series win or sweep against Iowa and hope some breaks go their way to head to Bloomington.

Indiana 30-19-2 (12-8-1) RPI: 29

05/12/17 PENN STATE L 2-5
05/13/17 PENN STATE W 5-2
05/14/17 PENN STATE W 10-2
05/16/17 LOUISVILLE W 4-3

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 @aOSU

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 6th
No movement on their seed for the B1G tournament so as long as Indiana gets the series win against the Buckeyes the Hoosiers will be heading home to their home field for the tournament.

Iowa 32-18 (13-8) RPI: 108

05/12/17 OHIO STATE W 9-5
05/13/17 OHIO STATE L 7-12
05/14/17 OHIO STATE W 11-10
05/16/17 OMAHA W 9-8

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 @Illinois

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 5th
With the series win against aOSU the Hawkeyes should be in although they'll try and improve their seed against a desperate Illinois squad.

Maryland 33-17 (15-9) RPI: 34

05/12/17 NORTHWESTERN W 7-1
05/13/17 NORTHWESTERN L 3-11
05/14/17 NORTHWESTERN L 5-6

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 @High Point

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 4th
After back to back series losses the Terps are out of contention for the B1G regular season title but will still be able to redeem themselves in the B1G tournament. What their seed will be depends on what the Hawkeyes/Hoosiers do since Maryland will finish up the regular season out of conference at High Point.

#16 Michigan 40-12 (14-7) RPI: 33

05/12/17 at Purdue W 2-0
05/13/17 at Purdue W 9-4
05/14/17 at Purdue W 5-1
05/16/17 EASTERN MICH. W 12-4

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 @MSU/MSU

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 3rd
Michigan had a huge weekend in sweeping Purdue which keeps their regular season title hopes alive albeit its a tight window of opportunity. The Wolverines will need to sweep a desperate Spartan team looking for one of the final spots in the tourney as well as having both Minnesota and Nebraska drop a game in their final series.

Michigan State 28-21 (9-12) RPI: 82

05/12/17 at Nebraska W 6-3
05/13/17 at Nebraska L 2-5
05/14/17 at Nebraska L 7-8
05/16/17 at Central Mich. W 7-0

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 Michigan/@Michigan

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 9th
With the series loss to Nebraska the Spartans fell on the wrong side of the cut line although they are still in the mix. MSU needs to get as many wins as they can against the Wolverines and hope some breaks go their way.

Minnesota 32-17 (14-6) RPI: 69

05/12/17 LONG BEACH ST. L 2-3
05/13/17 LONG BEACH ST. W 12-6
05/14/17 LONG BEACH ST. L 1-9
05/16/17 RUTGERS W 6-2
05/16/17 RUTGERS W 6-0

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 Purdue

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 1st
Minnesota got the two makeup wins against Rutgers which gives them a small lead in the standings currently. If they can win out against Purdue the Gophers can take the regular season due to the tie Nebraska has on their record.

#23 Nebraska 32-17-1 (14-6-1) RPI: 37

05/12/17 MICHIGAN STATE L 3-6
05/13/17 MICHIGAN STATE W 5-2
05/14/17 MICHIGAN STATE W 8-7

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 @PSU

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 2nd
After a hard fought series win against MSU the Huskers are still in good position to take the regular season. Nebraska will need to sweep PSU and hope Minnesota drops a game against the Boilers since that tie is still holding them back.

Northwestern 21-28 (10-11) RPI: 200

05/12/17 at Maryland L 1-7
05/13/17 at Maryland W 11-3
05/14/17 at Maryland W 6-5

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 Rutgers

Bloomington Bound? Current position: two way tie for 7th
The Wildcats got a huge series upset win over Maryland which now puts Northwestern above the cut line going into the final weekend. To stay they'll have to get at least a series win against equally desperate Rutgers.

Ohio State 21-32 (7-14) RPI: 150

05/12/17 at Iowa L 5-9
05/13/17 at Iowa W 12-7
05/14/17 at Iowa L 10-11
05/16/17 TOLEDO W 11-8

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 Indiana

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 12th
With the series loss to Iowa the Buckeyes still have a very slim mathematical shot of going to the B1G tournament but it will take some monumental effort and a lot of scenarios to take place.

Penn State 17-35 (3-18) RPI: 207

05/12/17 at Indiana W 5-2
05/13/17 at Indiana L 2-5
05/14/17 at Indiana L 2-10
05/16/17 VILLANOVA W 11-5

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 Nebraska

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 13th
PSU's season will end this weekend regardless of what happens so now they are just playing for pride.

Purdue 27-24 (10-11) RPI: 126

05/12/17 MICHIGAN L 0-2
05/13/17 MICHIGAN L 4-9
05/14/17 MICHIGAN L 1-5
05/16/17 vs. IPFW W 9-7

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 @Minnesota

Bloomington Bound? Current position: two way tie for 7th
After getting swept by Michigan the Boilermakers are barely hanging on and will have to face off against a Gopher squad that is gunning for the top. Purdue will need to get as many wins as it can to try and stay in the top eight.

Rutgers 19-31 (7-13) RPI: 106

05/12/17 ILLINOIS W 8-3
05/12/17 ILLINOIS L 5-7
05/14/17 ILLINOIS W 8-7
05/16/17 at Minnesota L 2-6
05/16/17 at Minnesota L 0-6

Up next:
5/18 - 5/20 @Northwestern

Bloomington Bound? Current position: 11th
Picked up a series win against Illinois but followed that up with dropping a doubleheader to the Gophers. Rutgers still has a shot but will face off with a Northwestern team that needs the wins as well.

Wisconsin -
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Field Of 64 Projection: May 16 - d1baseball.com

Corvallis, OR

(1) 1 Oregon St. vs. 4 Marist
3 BYU vs. 2 Michigan

Louisville, KY

(5) 1 Louisville vs. 4 Tennessee Tech
3 UCLA vs. 2 Maryland

Lexington, KY

(6) 1 Kentucky vs. 4 Kent State
3 FSU vs. 2 Indiana

Norman, OK

1 Oklahoma vs. 4 Oral Roberts
3 McNeese St. vs. 2 Nebraska

Players of the Week

May 15th 2017

Player of the Week -

Jake Adams Jr. Iowa

Had a .500 AVG with 6 hits, 5 RBIs, and 3 HRs. This is his second player of the week award.

Pitcher of the Week -

Oliver Jaskie Jr. Michigan

In an outing versus Purdue had 6.2 scoreless innings striking out a career high 6 batters and only allowing 4 hits. Oliver certainly has a knack for this award considering its the 5th of his career.

Freshman of the Week -

Cal Krueger Indiana

In a game against PSU pitched 6 innings striking out 4 and only allowing 1 run on 5 hits. This is his first freshman of the week award.

I Want My BTN

All times EST

BTN/ BTN2Go 2017 Baseball Schedule

Thursday May 18th

Michigan - MSU 4pm

Purdue - Minnesota 7:30pm

Friday May 19th

Purdue - Minnesota 7:30pm

Saturday May 20th

Michigan - MSU 1pm

B1G Softball Update

Minnesota took home the B1G tournament title after grabbing the regular season crown. The Gophers will join four other B1G teams in the NCAA tournament which starts Thursday on the ESPN family of networks.

EUGENE REGIONAL May 19-21

Game 1: Wisconsin vs. Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Illinois-Chicago vs. (3) Oregon, 11:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

SEATTLE REGIONAL May 19-21

Game 1: Fresno State vs. Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 2: Montana vs. (6) Washington, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

KNOXVILLE REGIONAL May 19-21

Game 1: USC Upstate vs. Ohio State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 2: Longwood vs. (8) Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

LEXINGTON REGIONAL May 19-21

Game 1: Marshall vs. Illinois, noon (ESPN2)
Game 2: DePaul vs. (14) Kentucky, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL May 19-21

Game 1: Louisiana Tech vs. Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 2: Albany vs. (16) Alabama, 5 p.m. (SEC Network)

Schedules and players of the week courtesy of bigten.org

RPI courtesy of Boyd's World (http://www.boydsworld.com/baseball/rpi/currentrpi.html)