Huskers Lock Up Top 3 Seed Heading Into Big Ten Tournament
With a sweep of Michigan State, Nebraska's baseball team can now finish no lower than third in the Big Ten heading into the conference tournament. The final 3-game home stand against Illinois will determine who's second and who's third. The two teams are currently tied at 16-5 in conference play, three games behind likely top seed Indiana (19-2).
The Huskers lead the league in hitting and are middle of the pack in pitching. Indiana is the best pitching team and is second in hitting. The Illini are third in pitching just a hair behind Michigan State, who they also are only slightly better than at hitting.
NU's pitching has been hot lately as they've given up an average of just 2.7 runs per game over the last ten games. Meanwhile the bats have stayed hot as they've averaged 6.1 runs a game over that span.
The Illini have been hot as well, winning 8 of their last 9. In their last ten games they've yielded 4.3 runs per game and scored 5.1 per contest. Those numbers are skewed a bit by a tough 3-game stretch versus the Hoosiers where they lost 2 of 3.
There's a game at Creighton tonight (the second half of a doubleheader for the Bluejays) for the Huskers before the series with Illinois that begins Thursday. Then the conference tournament starts the following Wednesday. The question no longer seems whether Nebraska will be a part of the regional tournaments that follow but rather where they will go and who they will play. Some think Stillwater and that perhaps the Bluejays would join them.