Baseball America Saturday Roundup: Stock Report by Aaron Fitt
Nebraska won two games Saturday, beating second-seeded Ohio State in the elimination game, then knocking off top-seeded Indiana 7-6 on Tanner Lubach's walk-off homer in the 12th. Nebraska is an outstanding defensive team with a dangerous lineup - the Huskers are definitely a regional-caliber team, with a regional-caliber RPI (No. 28). But they are just 29-29 overall, and teams must have winning records to be eligible for at-large bids, so Sunday's game is win-or-go-home for the Cornhuskers. If they do beat Indiana, the Big Ten could become a three-bid league, because we still like Illinois' case (No. 40 in the RPI). But if enough bids disappear, the Illini could wind up getting squeezed out, if Nebraska wins Sunday. We don't expect that to happen, however. The math doesn't work out for Ohio State (No. 64 in the RPI) or Michigan State (No. 43 in the RPI, but seventh place in the Big Ten).