Finally, at long last, the powers that be in the Big Ten decided that we should know when baseball season starts and, wildly enough, how it goes afterward. On Wednesday, just days before many other teams and conferences open play, the Big Ten announced its conference-only 2021 baseball schedule.
IU’s schedule will see the Hoosiers play 44 games, including 20 home contests at Bart Kaufman Field. Before the Hoosiers retake the field in Bloomington for the first time in roughly a year, though, they’ll open the season on the road. On Friday, March 5 they’ll play a doubleheader in Minneapolis against rutger and Minnesota at U.S Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings. IU’s first home series will come a week later with the Hoosiers hosting Penn State for a four-game weekend slate.
When that series takes place, there likely won’t be any fans in the stands. Per IU’s release, the stands will be empty indefinitely because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond the opening road weekend there aren’t any specific dates and times yet, just matchups, weekends and numbers of games to be played. There also won’t be a Big Ten Baseball Tournament this season, adding some flexibility to the regular-season schedule.
Looking down the road a bit, May could be a bit of a grind for the Hoosiers, even without non-conference games in the middle of the week. Not only will they have trips to Ann Arbor and College Park, taking on two of the conference’s major contenders in the final month of the regular season, they’ll also host a tough Ohio State team, play four games against Nebraska and travel all the way to Piscataway, as well.
Here’s the full schedule:
Weekend of March 5 (U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.)
- Friday, March 5 vs. Rutgers – 4 PM ET
- Friday, March 5 vs. Minnesota – 8 PM ET
- Saturday, March 6 vs. Rutgers – 10 PM ET
- Sunday, March 7 vs. Minnesota – 7 PM ET
Weekend of March 12 (Bloomington, Ind.)
- Four games vs. Penn State
Weekend of March 19 (Bloomington, Ind.)
- Three games vs. Purdue
Weekend of March 26 (East Lansing, Mich.)
- Three games at Michigan State
Weekend of April 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
- Four games at Ohio State
Weekend of April 9 (Bloomington, Ind.)
- Three games vs. Illinois
Weekend of April 16 (Evanston, Ill.)
- Three games at Northwestern
Weekend of April 23 (Bloomington, Ind.)
- Three games vs. Minnesota
Weekend of April 30 (Bloomington, Ind.)
- Three games vs. Iowa
Weekend of May 7 (Piscataway, N.J.)
- Two games vs. Rutgers
- Two games vs. Nebraska
Weekend of May 14 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
- Three games at Michigan
Weekend of May 21 (Bloomington, Ind.)
- Two games vs. Nebraska
- Two games vs. Ohio State
Weekend of May 28 (College Park, Md.)
- Three games at Maryland