Six Big Ten softball teams made the NCAA tournament, it was announced late Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Big Ten regular season champ Michigan highlights the Big Ten participants, earning the No. 2 national seed and hosting the Ann Arbor Regional. Illinois, Big Ten tournament champ Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State round out the Big Ten contingent. See how Big Ten teams celebrated the good news in the tweets below. WE'RE IN!!!!!!! #Illini #D1softball #RoadtoWCWS pic.twitter.com/erfbqwt7N5 — Illini Softball (@IlliniSB) May 16, 2016 Wolverines will host Valpo, Notre Dame, Miami (OH) in the
They didn't play in the regular season, but Michigan and Minnesota were the Big Ten's two top teams. Saturday night, in the Big Ten tourney final, it was No. 2 seed Minnesota topping No. 1 seed Michigan, 4-3, in a 10-inning marathon.
If you know softball, you know Sierra Romero’s name well. The star Michigan 2B is about to become a four-time All-American, and her all-around dominance makes her one of those “once-in-a-generation players.” “She’s going to go down as, arguably, the best player not just at the University of Michigan but in NCAA history,” Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said. BTN recently profiled Romero as part of its coverage of the 2016 Big Ten Softball Tournament. Learn more about Romero and her influence in the Mexican community in the feature above. *** And here are a couple Romero highlights from the 2015
The semifinals of the 2016 Big Ten Softball Tournament are set. It will be the top four seeds Saturday, as No. 2 Minnesota will face No. 3 Northwestern and No. 1 Michigan will take on No. 4 and host Penn State with a berth in Saturday night's tourney final on the line.
This morning, 12 of the Big Ten softball coaches held a Big Ten softball tournament teleconference with reporters from around the country. We posted the audio for each segment of the call here.
The top 12 teams make the tournament, held at Penn State, and all 11 games air live on BTN/BTN2Go, starting with No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Rutgers at noon ET Thursday. View the complete tournament schedule and get links to watch each game on BTN2Go.
Michigan claimed its ninth straight Big Ten regular-season softball crown Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of Michigan’s win vs. Rutgers on BTN2Go ] The Wolverines run-ruled Rutgers, 11-1, in five innings to seal their latest conference championship. Sierra Romero went 1-for-1 with four RBI, including a two-run home run, while Tera Blanco, Aidan Falk and Faith Canfield all added two hits and three RBI apiece. Sara Driesenga allowed three hits and one unearned run en route to earning the victory. With the win, Michigan seals the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament Friday at Penn State. The
No. 1 Michigan lost its series opener in heartbreaking fashion Friday night at Nebraska. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Michigan-Nebraska game on BTN2Go ] The Wolverines, however, bounced back to claim the final two games of the series, including an exciting 8-6 victory in the rubber game Sunday. Sierra Lawrence’s two-run home run to left field in the top of the seventh inning allowed Michigan to claim the series and improve to 7-2 in Big Ten play. Lawrence finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Watch the game-winning blast in the video above. View the
Here’s something you don’t see every day: Kelly Christner broke her bat Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The Michigan outfielder snapped the bat in two pieces, leaving only the handle in her hands, on a routine fly out to the shortstop in short left field in the top of the second inning at Indiana. Best part: Christner’s reaction as she looks at the bat, before running to first, only to find the handle remaining. Watch the bat break in the video at the top of this post. *** Here it
It was only a matter of time before it happened, and it became reality Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Read MGoBlue.com’s full game recap ] Longtime Michigan coach Carol Hutchins broke the NCAA softball wins record in an 8-0 run-rule victory at Indiana. The victory marked Hutchins’ 1,458th career win, and it’s one she’ll likely never forget. The Wolverines made sure of that, dominating on the diamond and then celebrating their coach’s achievement following the final out (not the best day for an ice bath) and on the team bus. Watch Hutchins set the record in the video above, and check