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Big Ten Softball All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners

The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen captured Player of the Year honors, Michigan’s Megan Betsa was named the Pitcher of the Year and Northwestern’s Sabrina Rabin was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her sophomore campaign, Groenewegen led the Gophers with a .435 batting average, six home runs and a .524 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, while also recording a 12-2 record with 155 strikeouts and four shutouts. She is the third Gopher to be

Michigan rolls Penn State, claims outright Big Ten softball crown

No. 3 Michigan put the finishing touches on its eighth straight Big Ten championship, cruising to a 10-2, five-inning decision to claim the outright title Sunday afternoon. Junior leftfielder Kelly Christner wrapped up her near-perfect weekend at the plate with a 2-for-2, three-RBI effort. She went 8-for-9 over the series. Junior second baseman Sierra Romero also tallied two hits, while junior designated player Kelsey Susalla, senior catcher Lauren Sweet and sophomore third baseman Lindsay Montemarano drove in two runs apiece. Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa (24-4) tossed her second one-hitter of the weekend, striking out seven through four innings of work.

Big Ten softball: Michigan tops Penn State, clinches share of Big Ten title

With its 9-1 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon, the Michigan softball team (47-6, 20-2 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines secure the 19th conference championship in program history and eighth consecutive title. Sophomore leftfielder Kelly Christner registered her second straight three-hit performance, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, to headline the Wolverine offense. Junior centerfielder Sierra Lawrence and sophomore third baseman Lindsay Montemarano both connected on two-run homers. Montemarano went 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch; she

Big Ten softball: Michigan's Megan Betsa throws no-hitter vs. MSU

Michigan shut out in-state rival Michigan State 10-0 in a Big Ten softball game on Wednesday at Ole College Field. However, this wasn’t any ordinary college softball game. Michigan sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa struck out six MSU batters on her way to pitching a no-hitter against the Spartans. Betsa (18-4) allowed one walk on her way to completing her second collegiate no-hitter. The Wolverines return home for their next five games, kicking off the homestand with a three-game weekend set against Indiana, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Michigan, Nebraska ousted in Super Regionals

Michigan and Nebraska were eliminated from the NCAA tourney in Super Regional action Friday night. The Wolverines, who won Game 1 on Thursday, lost two games at Florida State, including a 4-2 extra-inning loss in the winner-take-all game, while the Huskers dropped another one-run game at Alabama. Catch up on both games in this post. Florida State wins two to eliminate Michigan Courtney Senas hit a two-run walk-off home run to give No. 3 Florida State a 4-2 win over the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan softball team in the decisive game three of the Tallahassee Super Regional on Friday

Michigan rolls, Nebraska falls in Super Regional play

Michigan and Nebraska opened Super Regional action Thursday night, with the former cruising to a 17-3 run-rule victory at No. 3 Florida State and the latter dropping a 6-5 extra-inning affair at No. 1 Alabama. Minnesota, the Big Ten’s third and final Super Regional team, opens play Saturday night at No. 1 Oregon. Catch up on the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] MICHIGAN 17, FLORIDA STATE 3 (6) | RECAP | BOX The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan softball team pounded out 15 hits and put up innings of seven runs and

Super Regional Preview: Garland Cooper sets stage

It’s Super Regional time for softball, and three Big Ten teams are one best-of-3 series away from advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Michigan and Nebraska open Super regional action Thursday night, at No. 8 Florida State and No. 2 Alabama, respectively. Minnesota, making its Super Regional debut, opens Saturday night at No. 1 Oregon. To preview the three series, BTN.com tracked down BTN analyst Garland Cooper, the Big Ten’s all-time home run leader and lone three-time conference player of the year. The former Northwestern star played in two WCWS, so she knows what Super Regional

Three Big Ten teams advance to Super Regionals

Big Ten regular season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Minnesota and Nebraska all advanced to Super Regionals over the weekend. Here are the teams’ Super Regional best-of-3 matchups: Michigan vs. No. 8 Florida State; No. 16 Minnesota vs. No. 1 Oregon; Nebraska vs. No. 2 Alabama. Winners of the Super Regionals move on to the College World Series in Oklahoma City. [ MORE: VIDEO: Watch Lyndsay Doyle’s Super Regional-clinching catch ] With its regional title, Minnesota advances to its first Super Regional. Michigan now owns 16 regional titles, while Nebraska has eight. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA