Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third, junior Caitlin Blanchard crushed a two-run homer to put No. 10 Michigan on top for good in a 9-3 victory over Northwestern on Sunday at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Blanchard swung at the first pitch she saw and drove in freshman Sierra Romero, who had reached after being hit by a pitch. Read full MGoBlue.com recap and get all of Sunday’s scores and stats in this post.
Darius Paul, the younger brother of Illini product Brandon Paul, tweeted late Saturday night that he is transferring to Illinois. Paul, who must sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman at Western Michigan.
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The 2013 NBA Draft isn’t until Thursday, June 27, but our “Journey” producers have compiled several of the show’s best feature stories on the Big Ten’s top draft eligible players. From Illinois’ Brandon Paul to Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, check out all of the well-done stories on the Big Ten players who are now preparing for the draft.
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There’s no more talked-about position than quarterback, and for obvious reasons. The quarterback, more times than not, is the face of the team, and has his hands on the ball every snap. That being the case, fans love to follow a good quarterback battle.
Minnesota shut out Indiana, 8-0, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Watch the video highlights from the Gophers’ win and our interviews with Erica Meyer and Jessica Allister here. Also, in this post, get links to all of Saturday’s Big Ten softball scores, stats and recaps.
Ronnie Muck worked four scoreless innings out of the bullpen and Illinois plated four runs in the eighth inning to lead the Illini to a 7-3 victory at Michigan State on Saturday. Muck allowed four hits and walked zero en route to moving to 3-0, while Michael Hurwitz and David Kerian each knocked in two runs. See the box score and get all of Saturday’s scores in this post.
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What to do on a cold, wet May day? How about answering some reader mail. Lots of nice emails this week, including a bunch of good questions on the Big Ten Conference’s announcement to have new football divisions in 2014. Remember that you can always email me on this page, or find me on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Keep those cards and letters coming, America! And be safe out there.
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