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Corn Flakes: Big Ten Baseball Weekend Preview

David McGee

Ohio State comes to Lincoln this weekend for another big series if Nebraska expects to compete for a Big Ten title. The Huskers made it over .500 with their series win over Minnesota last weekend, but can't afford a series lost to Ohio State - notice the standings.

The Buckeyes have series wins over Michigan State, Rutgers along with a sweep of Penn State. Nebraska brings their 18-2 home record, but they're clearly going to have to play better than they did mid-week.

The Buckeyes bring some darned good pitching to Hawks field this weekend. Friday starter Tanner Tully is 3-1 this year in nine starts, and has a 2.63 ERA. Travis Lakins, the Saturday starter, is 1-2 in nine starts, and has a 3.83 ERA, while Sunday starter Ryan Riga leads the team in ERA at 1.76. Riga has eight starts, and earlier this year set a school record with a scoreless streak of 30.2 innings.

The good news is that Ohio State isn't that great on the road, with a 9-5 record.

Iowa won't be dropping this weekend given they've got Northwestern at home. You might expect Indiana to do some damage against Illinois but check this out from Illinois' notes:

No. 11 Illinois is off to its best start in school history with a 30-6-1 record. The previous best UI mark after 37 games was 30-7 in 1989 under Augie Garrido. The Illini have the longest active winning streak in the country with 11 wins in a row.

Maryland is playing Cal State Fullerton out of conference, so they won't be dropping this weekend either, so (re-iterating) it's up to Nebraska to MAKE UP GROUND in the standings.

Note the time change on Friday's game:

Due to impending weather on Friday night, the Nebraska baseball team has announced that its series opener against Ohio State will now begin at 4:05 p.m. central on Friday. The game was previously scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Big Ten Baseball Weekend Schedule

All times below (Eastern) and dates subject to change

Friday, April 17
Michigan State at Rutgers - 3 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Purdue at Michigan - 4 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton at Maryland - 7 p.m. (BTN)
Indiana at Illinois - 7 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Northwestern at Iowa - 7:05 p.m.
Penn State at Minnesota - 7:05 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Ohio State at Nebraska - 5:35 p.m.

Saturday, April 18
Michigan State at Rutgers - 1 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Cal State Fullerton at Maryland - 2 p.m.
Purdue at Michigan - 2 p.m.
Northwestern at Iowa - 3 p.m.
Ohio State at Nebraska - 3:05 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Penn State at Minnesota - 3:05 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Indiana at Illinois - 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 19
Cal State Fullerton at Maryland - 1 p.m.
Michigan State at Rutgers - 1 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Purdue at Michigan - 1 p.m.
Indiana at Illinois - 1 p.m. (BTN)
Northwestern at Iowa - 2 p.m. (BTN Plus)
Ohio State at Nebraska - 2:05 p.m.
Penn State at Minnesota - 2:05 p.m. (BTN Plus)

Friday, April 17 (4:05 p.m.)
Probable Starters: RHP Sinclair (4-5) vs. LHP Tully (3-1)
TV: None
Audio Stream: | Video Stream: HuskersNSide
Radio: Husker Sports Network

Saturday, April 18 (2:05 p.m.)
Probable Starters: LHP Kubat (4-1) vs. RHP Lakins (1-2)
Audio Stream: | Video Stream: BTN Plus
Radio: Husker Sports Network

Sunday, April 19 (1:05 p.m.)

Probable Starters: RHP Burkamper (4-1) vs. LHP Riga (5-2)
TV: None
Audio Stream: | Video Stream: HuskersNSide
Radio: Husker Sports Network

Current Big Ten Standings

Overall Conference
W-L-T % W-L %
1. Illinois 30-6-1 .824 8-1 .889
Iowa 24-10-0 .706 8-1 .889
3. Ohio State 24-9-0 .727 7-2 .778
4. Maryland 25-10-0 .714 8-4 .667
5. Nebraska 28-11-0 .718 5-4 .556
6. Michigan 21-16-0 .568 6-6 .500
7. Indiana 21-13-0 .618 5-6 .455
8. Michigan State 19-16-0 .543 4-5 .444
9. Rutgers 12-23-1 .347 5-7 .417
10. Northwestern 10-24-0 .294 3-6 .333
11. Minnesota 13-19-0 .406 3-9 .250
Penn State 12-20-0 .375 2-6 .250
13. Purdue 12-24-0 .333 1-8 .111

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