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Corn Flakes: Big Ten Baseball Weekend May Determine Conference Winner

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David McGee

It's an old pun, but it's a really B1G weekend in Big Ten baseball. Nebraska travels to Maryland for a three-game series, a series that may determine the regular season conference. Both teams are ranked.

Nebraska tops the conference in both team pitching (2.30 ERA) and fielding (.983 percentage), but the Huskers are ranked 5th in team batting (.278). Maryland is third in team batting (.285), 7th in pitching (3.95 ERA) and 5th in fielding (.973).

Here's your schedule for the weekend.

All times (Eastern) and dates subject to change

Friday, April 3

Minnesota at Rutgers - 3 p.m.
Illinois at Northwestern - 4 p.m.
Iowa at Purdue - 5:30 p.m.
Michigan at Indiana - 6:05 p.m.
Nebraska at Maryland - 7 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State at Oregon - 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 4

Minnesota at Rutgers - 1 p.m.
Illinois at Northwestern - 2 p.m.
Iowa at Purdue - 2 p.m.
Nebraska at Maryland - 2 p.m.
Michigan at Indiana - 2:05 p.m.
Penn State at Ohio State - 3:05 p.m.
Michigan State at Oregon - 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 5

Nebraska at Maryland - 12:05 p.m. (BTN - Tape Delay, BTN Plus - Live)
Iowa at Purdue - 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Rutgers - 1 p.m.
Michigan at Indiana - 1:05 p.m.
Penn State at Ohio State - 1:05 p.m.
Illinois at Northwestern - 2 p.m.
Michigan State at Oregon - 5 p.m.

Monday, April 6

Penn State at Ohio State - 1:05 p.m.

Maryland baseball: Terps start off critical stretch with series against Nebraska - Testudo Times
ver the next few weeks Maryland will have a chance to prove that it is an elite team, as the next three weekend foes are all top-50 RPI teams: Nebraska, Iowa, and Cal State Fullerton.

Weekend Preview: April 2-5 - D1Baseball.com
Anyone who watched Darin Erstad during his playing career should not be surprised by his coaching philosophy. The consummate hard-nosed, blue-collar grinder, Erstad was famous for running into walls and playing the game at full speed every single day. His focus on the little details was unwavering.

D1Baseball Pick'em: Week 8 Predictions - D1Baseball.com

Another exciting weekend of college baseball action is here, and our staff puts their reputation on the line by picking the winners of the 10 best series.

Three of the four pick Maryland with Eric Sorenson being the only Nebraska-loving dude amongst them.

Nebraska's Darin Erstad: "Just go out and do our thing"
It’s all coach Silva," Erstad clarified. "He just is tremendous with the pitching staff, and he understands from a recruiting standpoint what we are looking for, and how to develop them. He’s had a great year on the west coast developing pitchers, and I was fortunate enough to convince him to come to Lincoln. Pitching and defense gives you a chance to win, if you can throw strikes, make those pitches and take care of the baseball you got a chance, and we are doing those things right now."

And your current Big Ten Standings


Overall
Conference
W-L-T % W-L %
1. Nebraska 23-7-0 .767 3-0 1.000
Iowa 18-7-0 .720 3-0 1.000
3. Maryland 19-7-0 .731 4-2 .667
Ohio State 19-7-0 .731 4-2 .667
Illinois 21-6-1 .768 2-1 .667
Northwestern 8-19-0 .296 2-1 .667
7. Rutgers 8-18-0 .308 3-3 .500
Penn State 8-15-0 .348 1-1 .500
9. Michigan 16-12-0 .571 2-4 .333
Michigan State 12-14-0 .462 2-4 .333
Purdue 10-18-0 .357 1-2 .333
12. Indiana 17-8-0 .680 1-4 .200
13. Minnesota 9-15-0 .375 1-5 .167

Ohio State's Cardale Jones is actually here to play school - Land-Grant Holy Land
And now, let us all officially retire this meme.

Critical mass - TheGazette
Via a Freedom of Information Act request, The Gazette received more than 250 emails fans sent to Barta in the week after the Nebraska game.

What Jake Rudock's Transfer Means for Michigan - Maize n Brew
Michigan's quarterback situation has been full of questions but has had few answers. Michigan just found a huge answer in Jake Rudock.

Free Throws May Be the Biggest Liability Saturday for the Michigan State Spartans - BT Powerhouse
Free throws may be the biggest liability this Saturday for the Spartans.

Five reasons why the Wisconsin Badgers will win the national championship - BT Powerhouse

The No. 1 seeded Badgers have conquered the Midwest and are two just wins away from immortality.

America needs a hero named Frank.