Northwestern freshman Brooke Marquez probably thought she had a hit in her first at-bat in the Big Ten tournament Friday. [ MORE: View our 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament homepage ] Purdue centerfielder Kristen Hoppman had other ideas, however. Hoppman, on a line drive hit right back up the middle, sprinted in a few steps and dove to rob Marquez of a base hit, perhaps an extra-base knock. The play wasn’t nearly as easy as the centerfielder made it look. The ball was drilled and likely knuckling on its way out to her. The winner of the Purdue-Northwestern game advances
Iowa used a pair of long balls to erase a 3-1 deficit in its Big Ten tourney opener vs. Rutgers on Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio. [ MORE: View our 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament homepage ] First, it was Kaitlyn Mullarkey blasting a two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning to tie the score. An inning later, Sammi Gyerman stepped to the plate and followed with another two-run homer, this one to put the Hawkeyes ahead 5-3, which proved to be the final ledger. Gyerman and the 10th-seeded Hawkeyes will face No. 2-seed Minnesota in the quarterfinals
The Ohio State bats were on fire Thursday, and no bat was hotter than Erika Leonard's. The catcher went 4-for-4, including a pair of grand slams, and drove in an Ohio State-record 10 runs.
In case you missed this, Athlon ranked Big Ten coaches. Who is No. 1? Do you have to ask? A hint: His initials are U.M. Mike Riley No. 7? Kirk Ferentz No. 8? *** The preseason honors will be thick for Michigan State QB Connor Cook. Here is a nice one to add to the pile: NFL.com lists him No. 1 in the nation among senior quarterbacks. The NFL.com article referenced Cook throwing for more than 6,000 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the past two seasons. “He has the prerequisite size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Keeping worms in a bin under your bed certainly doesn’t sound glamorous, but it’s what got Elizabeth Brajevich, a junior at Michigan State, named as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2015. Worm composting, a.k.a. vermicomposting, may have started in her dorm room, but it became a campus-wide initiative called Worms Eat My Garbage. “Vermicomposting is something that’s simple
Lincoln, Nebraska, was hit hard by rain Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Up to eight inches fell, according to estimates, leading to flooding and some very soggy conditions at the Nebraska baseball and softball fields. Check out all of the standing water on both fields, in the tweets below. The Nebraska baseball team is supposed to host Purdue in a three-game series, its final home stand of the 2015 season, Saturday-Monday. @Husker_Baseball, the team’s official Twitter account, tweeted that it isn’t sure how the water will impact the series. Follow that handle for all updates. Luckily, the softball team
Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, fans can’t help but switch their attention to the way-too-early mock drafts for the following season. [ MORE: View McShay’s full 2016 mock draft ] Just last week, we put together a list of several publications that have already released their 2016 mock drafts. Now, other big-name publications are publishing their mock drafts, including ESPN. NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay released his way-too-early 2016 first-round NFL mock draft today, which includes nine Big Ten stars. In fact, three Big Ten players land in the first three picks of the mock
The first day of the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament featured four games on the BTN family of networks. Catch up on all of Thursday's action in this post.
The Big Ten Conference announced its first-ever volleyball foreign tour roster on Thursday, with one volleyball student-athlete representing each of the conference’s 14 schools. The tour will take place June 13-25, with the team traveling to Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The Big Ten Foreign Tour Team includes Illinois’ Jocelynn Birks, Indiana’s Megan Tallman, Iowa’s Jess Janota, Maryland’s Hailey Murray, Michigan’s Adeja Lambert, Michigan State’s Halle Peterson, Minnesota’s Alyssa Goehner, Nebraska’s Justine Wong-Orantes, Northwestern’s Maddie Slater, Ohio State’s Taylor Sandbothe, Penn State’s Aiyana Whitney, Purdue’s Annie Drews, Rutgers’ Meme Fletcher and Wisconsin’s Kelli Bates. Northwestern’s Keylor Chan will serve as the
The 2015 NFL draft is history. But, the analysis continues. I caught up with Charles Davis of the NFL Network to get his views on the 2015 draft from a Big Ten angle, while also looking ahead to 2016.