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
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face
Are you a fan of Big Ten football in-game video highlights? How about interviews from your favorite Big Ten basketball coaches? If so, we’ve got you covered, with our new BTN YouTube page. In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights, interviews and features on our YouTube page, which can be seen here! When a huge play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com video editors will post and share the video right after they happen. Looking for your favorite play from Week 1 of the season, but don’t want to scroll
The national runner-up Michigan softball team returned home Thursday afternoon to a welcome back celebration at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field.