Michigan State Spartans
2008 overall record 24-29, Big Ten record 12-18, eighth.
With a new coaching staff in place and a newly upgrade stadium the Michigan State Spartans approach the 2009 with optimism in the air and new beginnings abound. As the youngest team in the Big Ten, the Spartans are out to prove being green isn’t a bad thing, especially when it serves as your school’s color.
University of Iowa Hawkeyes
2008 overall record 22-33, Big Ten record 10-22, 10th.
If head coach Jack Dahm had his way, coming off of a 4th place conference finish in 2007, 2008 would have been the year his Iowa Hawkeyes showed they have what it takes to be an elite champion contender team. Sometimes in life reality gives you a hard slap in the face, and for the Hawkeye baseball program, falling from 4th to last isn’t exactly a pleasurable experience. Continue reading
Indiana 2008 Overall record 31-30, Big Ten record 15-17
In 2009 Indiana will be celebrating its 60th anniversary of its 1949 Big Ten Championship team. Unfortunately for the Hoosier the ’49 Championship is always the school’s last. Coming off of a breakout season that caught the eye of the traditional Big Ten powers, if Indiana led by Coach Tracy Smith is to break the drought, it won’t come as a surprise. After finishing last in four consecutive seasons from 2004-2007, Indiana finished 6th in the conference, securing the last Big Ten Tournament bid. Continue reading
Coach Hartleb hopes to lead Illini to 2009 Big Ten Title
Illinois 2008 overall record: 30-23, Big Ten record 16-15
The University of Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off of a 4th place finish in the 2008 Big Ten regular season, qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament where the top six finishers play, before falling to Indiana 14-7 in the double elimination tournament.
It’s no surprise Illinois’ season ended in a high scoring game, as they finished second in the conference in batting with a .335 team average in 56 games. In fact, Illinois was quite the offensive team, finishing in the top 4 in numerous offensive categories including 3rd in runs at 405, 3rd in hits at 630, 3rd in doubles with 111, 3rd in RBI with 366, t-3rd in BB with 251, 1st in OBP at .412, 2nd in stolen bases with 101, while finishing 3rd in stolen base attempts with 133. Continue reading