Two of the Big Ten’s four NCAA softball tourney teams advanced to Sunday’s regional finals. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan and Nebraska, both regional hosts, are still alive following wins over Cal and Stanford, respectively; the two teams are another win vs. the same teams away from advancing to the second weekend. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten NCAA action in this post.
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Driesenga, No. 7 Michigan shut out No. 18 California
For the second consecutive day, sophomore Sara Driesenga tossed a complete-game shutout as the No. 7 University of Michigan softball team blanked No. 18-ranked California, 5-0, Saturday in an NCAA Regional game at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The Wolverines move into the final day of competition with a 2-0 record in the double-elimination tournament. Read full MGoBlue.com recap.
No. 14 Nebraska takes down Stanford
The 14th-seeded Nebraska softball team clinched a spot in Sunday’s NCAA Lincoln Regional final with a 7-1 victory over Stanford in a winner’s bracket matchup Saturday at Bowlin Stadium. Taylor Edwards had two hits and two RBIs, while Courtney Breault added three RBIs. Read full Huskers.com recap.
No. 20 Hawai’i eliminates Minnesota
Minnesota’s season came to an end on Saturday night, as No. 20/23 Hawai’i defeated the Gophers, 3-0, eliminating them from the Seattle Regional despite a 10-strikeout performance by junior pitcher Sara Moulton. Read full GopherSports.com recap.
No. 3 Oregon ousts Big Ten tourney champ Wisconsin
It was a pair of long balls that did the Badgers’ season in Saturday afternoon, as No. 3 Oregon hit two home runs to defeat No. 25 Wisconsin 3-0 in the NCAA regional finale at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. The loss ended the Badgers’ season and advanced Oregon to Super Regional action. Read full UWBadgers.com recap.