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.