Indiana is the unanimous choice by conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the Big Ten Championship, it was announced Wednesday.
The Hoosiers were followed in the preseason poll by Nebraska, Ohio State and Michigan State with Illinois and Michigan tied for fifth.
Indiana returns seven of their nine All-Big Ten honorees from last year’s College World Series squad, including third baseman Dustin DeMuth, catcher Kyle Schwarber and first baseman Sam Travis.
The Huskers are picked to finish second after advancing to the Big Ten Tournament championship game last season. Starting pitcher Aaron Bummer, second baseman Pat Kelly and outfielder/designated hitter Michael Pritchard were named Big Ten Players to Watch. Kelly was a 2013 All-Big Ten first-team pick and Pritchard was a second-team choice.
Nebraska opens the 2014 season Friday against Pacific in Tempe, Arizona.