Nebraska vs. Creighton, 4/18/17

Nebraska's Jake McSteen (33) pitches against Creighton during the eighth inning in April 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

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Indiana has been tabbed the preseason favorite in the Big Ten baseball poll as voted on by the league's coaches.

Nebraska, the defending regular-season champion, was picked to finish second.

The Hoosiers finished 34-24-2 last season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. Indiana returns Luke Miller and Logan Sowers, two big parts of the team's lineup.

Minnesota was picked third, Maryland fourth, Michigan fifth and Iowa sixth. Only the top six teams in the preseason poll were revealed.

Nebraska landed three players on the Big Ten preseason watch list: pitchers Luis Alvarado and Jake McSteen, and outfielder Scott Schreiber.

Nebraska begins its season Friday in Arizona against UC Riverside.

Big Ten preseason players watch list

Michael Massey, INF, so., Illinois

Zac Taylor, OF, jr., Illinois

Jack Yalowitz, OF, jr., Illinois

Matt Lloyd, INF, jr., Indiana

Luke Miller, INF, so., Indiana

Logan Sowers, OF, sr., Indiana

Tyler Cropley, C/OF, sr., Iowa

Zach Daniels, RHP/INF, jr., Iowa

Robert Neustrom, OF, jr., Iowa

Tyler Blohm, SP, so., Maryland

Marty Costes, OF, jr., Maryland

Nick Dunn, INF, jr., Maryland

Jonathan Engelmann, OF, jr., Michigan

Miles Lewis, OF, jr., Michigan

Ako Thomas, INF, jr., Michigan

Riley McCauley, RHP, jr., Michigan State

Bryce Kelley, OF/LHP, so., Michigan State

Jake Lowery, RHP, sr., Michigan State

Micah Coffey, INF, sr., Minnesota

Toby Hanson, INF/OF, sr., Minnesota

Luke Pettersen, INF, sr., Minnesota

Luis Alvarado, RHP/OF, sr., Nebraska

Jake McSteen, SP, jr., Nebraska

Scott Schreiber, OF, sr., Nebraska

Hank Christie, SP, so., Northwestern

Jack Dunn, INF, jr., Northwestern

Alex Erro, INF, so., Northwestern

Dominic Canzone, OF, so., Ohio State

Ryan Feltner, SP, jr., Ohio State

Seth Kinker, RHP, sr., Ohio State

Jordan Bowersox, OF, jr., Penn State

Justin Hagenman, SP, jr., Penn State

Mason Nadeau, OF, so., Penn State

Tanner Andrews, SP, sr., Purdue

Ross Learnard, RP, sr., Purdue

Harry Shipley, INF, sr., Purdue

Jawuan Harris, OF, jr., Rutgers

Nick Matera, C, jr., Rutgers

John O’Reilly, SP, sr., Rutgers

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