If you build it…

In addition to Maryland and Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana all qualified for 2015 NCAA Regionals, marking the first time the Big Ten Conference earned five such bids. Here’s a closer look at some of these programs, who have welcomed some impressive improvements to their home ballparks:

if you build it


Notable: For the first time, program earned a national seed (no. 6 overall), 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and third in the past five years. No. 1 winning percentage (0.848) in NCAA Division I Baseball and fewest losses (8); Big Ten-record 27-game winning streak from March 30-May 20, which was the longest winning streak in the country in 2015.

2015 recap: head coach Dan Hartleb led Fighting Illini to a 47-8-1 overall record and won the Big Ten regular season championship.

Facility: Illinois Field added turf in 2008, clubhouse facilities in 2010 a new video scoreboard in 2015.


Notable: Head Coach Rick Heller helped the Hawkeyes to their first Regional appearance in 25 years.

2015 recap: 39-16 overall, finished second in the Big Ten in 2015, ascended to 13th in the national polls.

Facility: Phase II of Duane Banks Field renovations included synthetic turf, padded outfield wall and videoboard installation; Phase III will include new stadium seating new press box.


Notable: Qualified for third consecutive Regional appearance for the first time in school history; made school’s first-ever appearance in College World Series in 2013.

2015 recap: First-year head coach Chris Lemonis led Hoosiers to a 34-22 overall record and went 11-3 in final 14 games leading up to Regionals.

Facility: Bart Kaufman Field is a $19.8 million complex opened in 2012; features synthetic turf field and houses players locker room, coaches locker room, training area, team room and more, including a press box that can accommodate 15 media stations and radio announcers.