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Photos: Rain, Mother Nature bring nice view

Weather has pounded much of the Midwest lately, and it’s impacted plenty of Big Ten sporting event schedules. If April showers truly bring May flowers, Big Ten country is in for some pretty big blossoms. Here’s a look at two images you may have missed. They were captured by BTN’s camera’s during Wednesday’s softball doubleheader between Michigan State and Ohio State in Columbus. First, check out the downpour as the Ohio State batter stands ready at the plate. And then, during the second game our BTN camera caught this shot over the outfield fence. See more moments captured by BTN’s

Michigan sweeps All-Big Ten softball individual honors

The Big Ten Conference announced the 2012 All-Big Ten Softball Teams on Wednesday afternoon, and five-time reigning champ Michigan dominated the honors. The Wolverines swept all of the individual laurels, with first baseman Amanda Chidester taking home Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. See all the teams and the superlative winners in this post. FIRST TEAM C – Liz Watkins, Sr., IOWA 1B – Amanda Chidester, Sr. MICH 2B – Whitney Massey, Jr., WIS SS – Megan Blank, Fr., IOWA 3B – Marisa Bast, So., NU OF – Kylene Hopkins, Jr., MSU OF – CASSIDY BELL, Jr.,

Saturday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

We’ve posted results for Saturday’s Big Ten softball games as well as a link to the national scoreboard for softball. Also, get the latest Big Ten softball standings and Big Ten softball statistics at BigTen.org. Click the game links below to go directly to those GameTrackers. Michigan at Wisconsin Game 1: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 1. Game 2: Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5. The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a four-run third inning in a 5-1 win against Wisconsin in the first game before recording 14 hits in a 7-5 victory to sweep a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (May 5)

Sunday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

The University of Iowa softball team won its third straight Big Ten series, downing Indiana, 10-0, in five innings on a soggy Sunday afternoon at Pearl Field. Following the game, the Hawkeyes recognized seniors Katie Keim and Liz Watkins for Senior Day. The victory improves Iowa’s record to 23-24 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten, while Indiana falls to 24-25 overall and 8-10 in conference play. Watch our highlights from Iowa’s easy win, read full recap at HawkeyeSports.com and see our Sunday softball roundup in this post. NORTHWESTERN 3, OHIO STATE 1; NORTHWESTERN 8, OHIO STATE 5 Senior Adrienne

Saturday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

Illinois softball used a disciplined approach at the plate to secure a 5-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan in eight innings at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. While the Illini lineup worked eight walks over the contest, the most issued by the UM pitching staff on the season, Illinois broke through for five runs in the top of the eighth to earn the win against the Big Ten-leading Wolverines, who entered the day with a 12-3 conference record. Watch our highlights from the game and read the full recap at FightingIllini.com. INDIANA 1, IOWA 0 – 9 Innings; IOWA 4,

Sunday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

With the wind howling in Sunday in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, Northwestern showed its power prowess with a pair of deep home runs and seven total extra base hits that aided an 8-3 Wildcats’ win at the IU Softball Field. In the second game, it was all Indiana en route to an 11-3 win in six innings. The win gave Indiana two wins over Northwestern in the same season for the first time since 1997. The Hoosiers connected for three home runs, matching a season high. Watch our highlights from the Northwestern-Indiana doubleheader now

Sunday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

A two-run home run by Erika Petruzzi in the fifth inning was all the offense Purdue needed to take a 2-1 win over the Ohio State in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and in Game 2, the Boilermakers capitalized on five Buckeyes miscues to post the doubleheader sweep in an 8-3 win. Watch our highlights from Purdue’s sweep now, plus check out our interview with Lexi Moore and get our Sunday Big Ten roundup in this post. Lexi Moore interview: Iowa 6, Nebraska 4 Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a four all tie and

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 BigTen.org 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

Baseball & Softball Video Roundup

Several Big Ten teams took to the diamond on Wednesday, including the Ohio State softball team, which snapped a three-game skid with a narrow 3-2 victory over instate foe Dayton. Watch our Student U team wrap up the Buckeyes’ win now and jump inside for a wrap-up of the Michigan State baseball team’s 13-5 defeat against Eastern Michigan. It was all about the third inning for the Spartans, as they allowed 12 runs in the frame en route to the lopsided loss.

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 PurdueSports.com and see all of Sunday’s