Penn State Baseball To Play Iowa In Opening Round Of Big Ten Tournament
Update, 5/24: Penn State baseball’s opening game of the Big Ten Tournament against Iowa has been pushed back to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, due to anticipated precipitation, the team announced Tuesday night. First pitch was originally scheduled for earlier that day at 10 a.m.
You can catch the game live on the Big Ten Network.
Update, 5/22: The Nittany Lions’ opponent for the Big Ten Tournament was announced Sunday morning. Penn State will play Iowa at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in the opening round live on the Big Ten Network.
Penn State (25-27, 11-13 Big Ten) enters the game as the No. 6 seed, whereas Iowa (33-17, 17-7 Big Ten) will play as the No. 3 seed. This is only the second-ever meeting between the two teams in the Big Ten Tournament, with the first coming in 2007 when the Nittany Lions won 5-3.
Original Story: For the first time since 2012, Penn State baseball is heading to the Big Ten Tournament.
Despite losing to Illinois Thursday night, Rob Cooper’s squad clinched a tournament berth thanks to losses from Nebraska and Northwestern. When the Nittany Lions head to Omaha, Nebraska, it’ll be the first time they play in the postseason with Cooper at the helm.
Penn State has put together its best full season since 2016, as the squad has posted a 25-25 overall record with an 11-11 mark within the conference. Back in 2016, the team finished with 12 conference wins, which the current team can exceed if it wins its final two games of the regular season over Illinois.
With two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, Cooper’s squad, which currently sits in sixth place in the conference, can climb as high as fifth place. Michigan holds the fifth spot as of now, and the Wolverines finish their season with two games against second-place Rutgers.
In Penn State’s last tournament appearance in 2012, it entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed but was upset in the first round by No. 6-seeded Ohio State. That was followed up by a loss to Nebraska to knock the Nittany Lions out of the tournament.
The 2022 Big Ten Tournament will kick off on Wednesday, May 25, at Charles Schwab Field Omaha.
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