Big Ten Softball tourney: Gophers take home title

Sam Macken had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh to lead No. 3 Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over No. 1 Michigan in the Big Ten Softball Tournament championship game. The victory marked the second Big Ten softball title in program history, and the first since 1999.

Minnesota kicked off the day with a 9-0 shutout win over Ohio State in a tournament semifinal matchup. Michigan followed with an impressive 4-3 win over Wisconsin in the second semifinal game, which set up the championship matchup.

Catch up on Saturday’s action, get the best video highlights and view the complete Big Ten Softball Tournament schedule in this post.

2014 BIG TEN SOFTBALL TOURNEY (ALL TIMES CT) HOW TO WATCH LIVE LIVE STATS
Thursday, May 8
Game 1: No. 6 Purdue 4, No. 11 Indiana 2 Live stream – BTDN RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 2: No. 7 Ohio State 6, No. 10 Penn State 2 Live stream – BTDN RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 3: No. 9 Illinois 6, No. 8 Iowa 0 Live stream – BTDN RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 4: No. 5 Northwestern 10, No. 12 Michigan State 4 Live stream – BTDN RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Friday, May 9
Game 5: No. 3 Minnesota 6, No. 6 Purdue 3 BTN TV & BTN2Go RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 6: No. 7 Ohio State 7, No. 2 Nebraska 5 (8) BTN TV & BTN2Go RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 7: No. 1 Michigan 8, No. 9 Illinois 2 BTN TV & BTN2Go RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 8: No. 4 Wisconsin 5, No. 5 Northwestern 4 BTN TV & BTN2Go RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Saturday, May 10
Game 9: No. 3 Minnesota 9, No. 7 Ohio State 0 BTN TV & BTN2Go RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 10: No. 1 Michigan 4, No. 4 Wisconsin 3 BTN TV & BTN2Go RECAP | BOX | VIDEO
Game 11: No. 3 Minnesota 3, No. 1 Michigan 2 BTN TV & BTN2Go RECAP | BOX | VIDEO

MINNESOTA 9, OHIO STATE 0

Tyler Walker crushes a home run for Minnesota:

MICHIGAN 4, WISCONSIN 3

Caitlin Blanchard’s game-winning RBI:

MINNESOTA 3, MICHIGAN 2

Sam Macken’s game-winning RBI:

 

 

 

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bob jones on 5/10/2014 @ 4:30pm EST Said:

Just a comment on a Friday game, the Nebraska Huskers basically beat themselves, but they had an extraordinary amount of brutal calls by the home plate ump to overcome. It was as bad as I’ve ever seen. There must have been 7 or 8 Huskers heading to first base on ball four on a pitch at least a foot or more wide of home plate only to be called back because the pitch was called a strike. These were not borderline pitches, clearly well wide of the plate, funny they weren’t called that way when the Buckeyes batted. Exceptionally poor ball and strike calls for that game against the Huskers.

Charles Sheaffer on 5/10/2014 @ 10:12pm EST Said:

I’m not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask this question, but I don’t understand why Michigan, as the number 1 seed in the Big 10 softball tournament, is not the home team? Why is Minnesota, the #3 seed, batting last?

Lisa on 5/10/2014 @ 11:48pm EST Said:

I could be wrong but I believe a coin toss determines who is home team during the NCAA playoffs. It doesn’t matter if you are a higher seed or not.

negele on 5/11/2014 @ 4:24pm EST Said:

Charles, I wondered the same thing.
The higher seed should have had the last at bat.

negele on 5/11/2014 @ 4:30pm EST Said:

@ lisa, this wasn’t the NCAATournament.