CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 220 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and BTN.com for the 2013 season. BTN will air at least 84 conference matchups, including the entire Big Ten Baseball Tournament, which will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis.
BTN's television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with the third game of a three-game series between Indiana and Penn State. Coverage begins at Noon ET on Sunday, March 24, from Bloomington. Purdue finished atop the 2012 Big Ten regular-season standings, and capped off the season by winning the Big Ten Tournament title. It marked the third-consecutive season in which a team won both the regular season and tournament titles. The tournament victory was the first in Purdue's history and helped the Boilermakers secure their first bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship since 1987.
BTN's television coverage of Big Ten softball begins by airing a doubleheader between Wisconsin and Northwestern on Thursday, March 28, with games at 6 PM ET and 8 PM ET. Last season ended with Michigan capturing its conference-record fifth-straight regular-season Big Ten title, and 15th in the last 21 seasons. Michigan and Northwestern both earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2012.
Highlights and coverage of Big Ten baseball and softball will be featured on the Diamond Report, which airs Sunday nights during the season beginning in April. Hosts Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and various analysts will discuss Big Ten matchups and breakout performances from the weekend's games.