Wisconsin held off Iowa, 5-4, Sunday in the rubber game of this weekend’s Big Ten-opening series. Marissa Mersch went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs to pace the Badgers’ eight-hit attack. Cassandra Darrah (9-5) earned the win for Wisconsin, scattering 10 hits and allowing four earned runs en route to the complete game victory. Iowa’s Katie Kiem blasted a home run and drove in a game-high three runs. Chelsea Lyon (5-10) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Get all of Sunday’s results.
After six weeks of non-conference play, the Big Ten softball schedule opens this weekend for all 12 teams. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue all host conference-opening series this weekend. [View Big Ten standings and stats] Entering Big Ten play, conference squads have combined for more than 30 victories against teams ranked in the top 50 of the final 2011 RPI and more than 60 triumphs against top 100 clubs. Michigan appears at No. 20 in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls, while Nebraska is receiving votes in the USA Softball rankings. Boasting the most nationally distributed
At least 27 Big Ten softball games will be broadcast on BTN this season, with a minimum of 66 additional games streamed on the digital network. A select number of streamed baseball and softball games will be televised on delay through BTN’s Student U initiative. Here’s the BTN TV softball schedule: 2012 Softball (all times ET) | Find schedule for all Big Ten Digital Network web-streaming events Date Away Home Time Airs Sun., April 1 Nebraska at Minnesota 1 p.m. LIVE Sun., April 1 Northwestern at Wisconsin 3 p.m. LIVE Fri., April 6 Michigan at Ohio State 5:30 p.m. LIVE
The Big Ten Conference announced the season’s first Softball Players of the Week for action Feb. 6-12. See all the winners and what they did to earn the recognition in this post. Player of the Week: Ashley Guile, Nebraska, Sr., 1B, Olathe, Kan./Olathe East Hit .550 and combined for an OPS of 1.459 to help Nebraska to three victories in its season opening tournament, highlighted by a win over No. 8 Arizona Was 11-for-20 from the plate, with multi-hit games against Arizona, Idaho State and Cal State Northridge, finishing with eight RBI and eight runs scored Homered against Cal State
The 2012 Big Ten softball season is set to begin this week with 10 teams taking to the diamond on the opening weekend of play. Nebraska opens the season on Thursday, while Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State begin on Friday, and Minnesota opens its season on Saturday. Wisconsin begins the new year on Feb. 17, and Purdue opens its season on Feb. 18. Four conference teams received votes in one or both national preseason polls. Reigning Big Ten Champion Michigan appears at No. 15 in the NFCA poll and No. 16 in the