Day 3 of the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament featured three outstanding games, but in the end, it was the Michigan Wolverines who took home the conference tournament crown.
Iowa pitcher Shayla Starkenburg threw a gem on Friday night in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Minnesota. The Hawkeyes’ redshirt sophomore held the No. 2-seeded Gophers to just two hits and struck out four in a 2-0 win over Minnesota. The victory marked the first time Iowa has beaten Minnesota since back on May 12, 2012. Starkenburg now improves to 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA on the mound in the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa advances to play No. 3-seeded Nebraska in a semifinal game at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Well done, Shayla!
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 Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen captured Player of the Year honors, Michigan’s Megan Betsa was named the Pitcher of the Year and Northwestern’s Sabrina Rabin was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her sophomore campaign, Groenewegen led the Gophers with a .435 batting average, six home runs and a .524 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, while also recording a 12-2 record with 155 strikeouts and four shutouts. She is the third Gopher to be
Day 1 of the Big Ten softball tourney is in the books. Here are the results: No. 6 Purdue topped No. 11 Indiana, No. 7 Ohio State dropped No. 10 Penn State and No. 9 Illinois ousted No. 8 Iowa and No. 5 Northwestern put away No. 12 Michigan State. See the full schedule and watch Thursday’s top highlights 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 Game 2: No. 7
On Wednesday, the Big Ten softball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media as their teams prep for the 2014 Big Ten Softball Tournament in Evanston. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. You can watch the opening round games live on the Big Ten Digital Network and catch all of Friday and Saturday’s action live on BTN and BTN2Go. Listen to Illinois Coach Terri Sullivan: Listen to Indiana Coach Michelle Gardner: Listen to Iowa Coach Marla Looper: Listen to Michigan Coach Carol Hutchins: Listen to Michigan State Coach Jacquie Joseph: Listen
The Big Ten announced the 2014 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Michigan’s Sierra Romero captured Player of the Year honors for the second straight season, while Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen became the first Golden Gopher to collect both Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season. Nebraska’s Rhonda Revelle was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year. [ MORE: Watch the 2014 B1G softball tourney on BTN/BTN2Go & BTDN ] 2014 All-Big Ten Softball Honors PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sierra Romero, So., MICH PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Sara Groenewegen, Fr., MINN FRESHMAN OF THE
The Big Ten conference announced the 2014 Big Ten Softball Tournament bracket on Sunday, with Michigan earning the No. 1 seed after clinching a share of its 18th conference championship. Nebraska, which secured the No. 2 seed in the tournament, also earned a share of its first Big Ten title after completing a three-game sweep of Indiana on Sunday. The tournament will begin on Thursday with the title contest slated for Saturday night at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Check out the complete 2014 Big
Looking for the top plays from this weekend’s Big Ten baseball and softball action? We clipped all of the highlight packages from both Saturday and Sunday’s games and posted them here. Watch the highlights in this post. [ MORE: Get Big Ten baseball recaps | Get Big Ten softball recaps ] Sunday Indiana 12, Purdue 3 – Baseball Nebraska 8, Penn State 4 – Baseball Iowa 17, Ohio State 2 – Baseball Illinois 10, Michigan State 9 – Baseball Illinois 6, Penn State 1 – Softball Saturday Indiana 7, Purdue 3 – Baseball Illinois 5, Michigan State 4 – Baseball
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 240 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for the 2014 season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with the third game of a three-game series between Indiana and Michigan. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday from Bloomington. Last season, Indiana won both the Big Ten Championship and Tournament, and advanced to the College World Series, becoming the first Big Ten squad to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten softball