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Saturday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

Big Ten spring football games weren’t the only events affected by the inclement weather across Big Ten country Saturday. A fair share of baseball and softball games were postponed, as well. See Saturday’s softball roundup, courtesy of in this post. Wisconsin 8, Illinois 0 URBANA, Ill. — Timely hits, strong pitching and errorless defense led the Wisconsin softball team to an 8-0 win over Illinois Saturday night. The win was the ninth-straight for the Badgers, setting a school record for most consecutive wins. Wisconsin scored two runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and four in the

Big Ten hands out softball honors

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for April 2-8 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post. Player of the Week: Stephanie Peace, Wisconsin, So., SS, New Braunfels, Texas Hit .667 and combined for an OPS of 2.033, slugging 1.333 and posting a .700 on-base percentage, helping Wisconsin to a three-game sweep of Minnesota Drove in three runs and scored four, also recording  a stolen base in Game 2 of the series Helped the Badgers rally from an eight-run deficit in Game

April 8 Big Ten Softball Roundup

The Boilermaker bats were hot on Sunday as Purdue down Indiana softball 11-2 in the final game of the series. Purdue posted 17 hits in the game, including multi-hit efforts by six players. Molly Garst, Lindsey Rains and Tori Chiodo tallied three hits apiece, while Ashley Courtney, Maia Monchek and Ashley Burkhardt each chipped in two. Lexy Moore (16-4) allowed just two runs on six hits. Lora Olson was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs in three innings of work. Meaghan Murphy threw four innings of relief. Read full recap at and see all of Sunday’s

April 7 Big Ten Softball Roundup

Iowa and Northwestern split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, with the Hawkeyes taking the first game, 5-2, and the Wildcats claiming the second game, 7-6. Northwestern scored four run in the fourth to rally from a 2-0 deficit in Game 2 to avoid the doubleheader sweep. In Game 1, Iowa pushed five runs across the plate in the second inning to bury Northwestern. The Wildcats did score single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but it wasn’t enough. Watch highlights now and see Saturday’s other Big Ten scores in this post. See Saturday’s other Big Ten scores, courtesy of

April 1 Big Ten Softball Roundup

Northwestern unleashed a six-run fifth inning Sunday at Wisconsin on its way to an 8-3 win and the series win. Leadoff hitter Emily Allard recorded her second four-hit game of the season, while also adding two runs and an RBI. Northwestern moves to 14-18 overall on the season with its win, 2-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin now is 14-12 on the year with its loss, 3-3 in the conference. Read full recap at And don’t forget to watch our Northwestern-Wisconsin highlights now and get video and recaps from all of Sunday’s games in this post. Michigan 7, Indiana

March 31 Big Ten Softball Roundup

Iowa posted a doubleheader sweep over Illinois on Saturday at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes won 5-1 in the opener before downing the Fighting Illini, 9-1, in six innings in game two. “I am proud of the kids for how they came out, took this week of practice and really implemented it in the ball game,” Iowa head coach Marla Looper said. Read the recap. Also, watch our highlights now and get scores and recaps from all of Saturday’s action in this post. Saturday’s Big Ten results

March 25 Big Ten Softball Roundup

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.

Softball opens Big Ten slate this weekend

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

TV times, dates for 2012 Big Ten Softball

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

4 players win season's first softball honors

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