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David McGee

Another Big Ten baseball weekend.

This weekend Nebraska is set to battle Purdue... AT Haymarket Park! Yesterday, Haymarket was flooded!

Haymarket Park at Nebraska flooded
After six inches of rain fell overnight, Hawks Field looks more like Hawks Lake.
Nebraska Athletic Department

But today:

The weekend weather forecast shows no rain Friday, 20% Saturday, and 50% Sunday.

Purdue is at the far bottom of the conference, having only won two games. Nebraska, at 8-10, needs the wins to make the NCAA tournament. Boyds World shows Nebraska's RPI at #27. (Purdue is at #195. Even with wins, Nebraska's RPI will drop. It might have been better had this game been played at Hastings, which could count as a neutral site game and weigh 1.0, instead of at home, which weighs .7)

Unfortunately, RPI doesn't matter much if Nebraska is below .500 in conference play. They're only going to take so many Big Ten teams, and it's coming down to who's winning these last few to get in.

Nebraska's RPI dropped pretty substantially playing Northwestern last weekend.

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Purdue is at the bottom of the conference in team batting (.250), second to last in team pitching (5.61 ERA), and 8th in fielding (.968).

The Boilers' starting pitchers have ERAs of 4.99, 7.41, and 7.45.

Illinois, the conference leader, plays at home against Rutgers while Iowa gets Minnesota at home - don't expect any changes in the top of the conference. Maryland and Ohio State will play a crucial series this weekend.

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All times (Eastern) and dates subject to change

Friday, May 8

  • Penn State at Michigan State - 12:05 p.m.
  • Northwestern at Michigan - 6 p.m. (BTN Plus)
  • Long Beach State at Indiana - 6:05 p.m.
  • Maryland at Ohio State - 6:35 p.m.
  • Minnesota at Iowa - 7:05 p.m. (BTN Plus)
  • Rutgers at Illinois - 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 9

  • Northwestern at Michigan - Noon (BTN)
  • Penn State at Michigan State - 12:05 p.m.
  • Minnesota at Iowa - 3 p.m. (BTN Plus)
  • Maryland at Ohio State - 3:05 p.m.
  • Purdue at Nebraska - 3:05 p.m. (BTN Plus)
  • Long Beach State at Indiana - 4 p.m.
  • Rutgers at Illinois - 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 10

  • Rutgers at Illinois - Noon
  • Penn State at Michigan State - 12:05 p.m.
  • Northwestern at Michigan - 1 p.m. (BTN Plus)
  • Long Beach State at Indiana - 1:05 p.m.
  • Maryland at Ohio State - 1:05 p.m.
  • Minnesota at Iowa - 2 p.m. (BTN)
  • Purdue at Nebraska - 2:05 p.m.

Monday, May 11

  • Purdue at Nebraska - 2:05 p.m.

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