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Big Ten favorite Indiana sets sights higher after making 1st College World Series appearance

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Indiana's Kyle Schwarber, left, celebrates with teammate Dustin DeMuth (16) after scoring against Louisville in an NCAA College World Series game in Omaha, Neb. Indiana's rise in baseball has been no surprise to the Big Ten. After the Hoosiers' historic 2013 season, the rest of the nation is now aware of the powerful program Tracy Smith has built. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Indiana's Kyle Schwarber, left, celebrates with teammate Dustin DeMuth (16) after scoring against Louisville in an NCAA College World Series game in Omaha, Neb. Indiana's rise in baseball has been no surprise to the Big Ten. After the Hoosiers' historic 2013 season, the rest of the nation is now aware of the powerful program Tracy Smith has built. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber catches a foul ball hit by Louisville's Coco Johnson in the seventh inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb. Indiana's rise in baseball has been no surprise to the Big Ten. After the Hoosiers' historic 2013 season, the rest of the nation is now aware of the powerful program Tracy Smith has built. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk, File)

    FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber catches a foul ball hit by Louisville's Coco Johnson in the seventh inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb. Indiana's rise in baseball has been no surprise to the Big Ten. After the Hoosiers' historic 2013 season, the rest of the nation is now aware of the powerful program Tracy Smith has built. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this June 14, 2013, file photo, Indiana coach Tracy Smith talks to reporters during NCAA college baseball practice at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Indiana's rise in baseball has been no surprise to the Big Ten. After the Hoosiers' historic 2013 season, the rest of the nation is now aware of the powerful program Tracy Smith has built.(AP Photo/Eric Francis)

    FILE- In this June 14, 2013, file photo, Indiana coach Tracy Smith talks to reporters during NCAA college baseball practice at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Indiana's rise in baseball has been no surprise to the Big Ten. After the Hoosiers' historic 2013 season, the rest of the nation is now aware of the powerful program Tracy Smith has built.(AP Photo/Eric Francis)  (The Associated Press)

Big Ten favorite Indiana is looking to take another step after making its first College World Series appearance last year.

The Hoosiers are ranked as high as No. 3 in the major preseason polls and return most of the key pieces from the Big Ten's first College World Series team in 29 years. Indiana went 1-2 at the CWS.

Preseason All-America catcher Kyle Schwarber says if he and his teammates make it back to Omaha, Neb., in June, they won't be satisfied with anything less than a national championship.

Nebraska is expected to challenge the Hoosiers. Third-year coach Darin Erstad returns his entire weekend rotation and has one of the nation's top-rated freshmen in outfielder Ryan Boldt.

The Big Ten and the rest of Division I teams open the season Friday.