The Big Ten conference announced the 2014 Big Ten Softball Tournament bracket on Sunday, with Michigan earning the No. 1 seed after clinching a share of its 18th conference championship. Nebraska, which secured the No. 2 seed in the tournament, also earned a share of its first Big Ten title after completing a three-game sweep of Indiana on Sunday. The tournament will begin on Thursday with the title contest slated for Saturday night at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Check out the complete 2014 Big
Looking for the top plays from this weekend’s Big Ten baseball and softball action? We clipped all of the highlight packages from both Saturday and Sunday’s games and posted them here. Watch the highlights in this post. [ MORE: Get Big Ten baseball recaps | Get Big Ten softball recaps ] Sunday Indiana 12, Purdue 3 – Baseball Nebraska 8, Penn State 4 – Baseball Iowa 17, Ohio State 2 – Baseball Illinois 10, Michigan State 9 – Baseball Illinois 6, Penn State 1 – Softball Saturday Indiana 7, Purdue 3 – Baseball Illinois 5, Michigan State 4 – Baseball
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 240 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for the 2014 season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with the third game of a three-game series between Indiana and Michigan. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday from Bloomington. Last season, Indiana won both the Big Ten Championship and Tournament, and advanced to the College World Series, becoming the first Big Ten squad to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten softball
Michigan, the Big Ten’s final softball team standing, was eliminated from the Women’s College World Series on Sunday afternoon. Washington, which knocked off Nebraska in the WCWS opener, took down Michigan, 4-1, in Oklahoma City. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] The Wolverines were limited to four hits, two from nine-hole hitter Jaclyn Crummey, who also drove in the team’s lone run. Catch up on all the action right here.
Sierra Romero hit a two-run shot for her 23rd home run of the season, Sara Driesenga threw a seven-hit shutout and eighth-seeded Michigan beat Arizona State 2-0 Sunday night in a Women’s College World Series elimination game. Romero’s third-inning smash against starter Dallas Escobedo (30-6) landed on a walkway at the front of the right-field bleachers. Arizona State, the 2008 and 2011 national champions, was shut out for the first time all season. Driesenga (31-8) allowed seven singles and walked three as Michigan (51-12) advanced to another elimination game on Sunday against Washington. The fifth-seeded Sun Devils (50-12) failed to
Big Ten-regular season champion Michigan and Nebraska both lost Thursday at the Women’s College World Series. The Wolverines were no-hit en route to a 7-1 defeat to No. 1 seed Oklahoma, while the Huskers lost 4-3 in extra innings to Washington. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] The two teams play elimination games Saturday in Oklahoma City, as Nebraska battles No. 2 seed Florida (noon ET) and Michigan takes on No. 5 seed Arizona State (2:30 p.m. ET).
The Big Ten makes up 25 percent of the 2013 Women’s College World Series field. And to get Michigan and Nebraska fans ready for the WCWS, starting Thursday afternoon, BTN/BTN2Go will re-air two games tonight from this season featuring the two Big Ten teams playing each other. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] At 7 p.m. ET, BTN will show Michigan defeats Nebraska (read the full game recap at MGoBlue.com). Watch the highlights below. Then, at 9 p.m., BTN will show a second Nebraska-Michigan game (read the full recap at Huskers.com). Watch the highlights below. The 14th-seeded Huskers
After being shut out, 5-0, in game two of its NCAA Super Regional series with Louisiana-Lafayette hours earlier, Michigan clinched a spot in the Women’s College World Series with a 2-1 comeback victory in game three Saturday at the Wilpon Complex. [ Huskers.com: Nebraska takes Game 1 at Oregon ] A day after bashing a walkoff home run in game one, senior Ashley Lane roped a go-ahead, two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the fifth of the deciding game, before Sara Driesenga shut the door in the final two innings. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket
Two of the Big Ten’s four NCAA softball tourney teams advanced to Sunday’s regional finals. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan and Nebraska, both regional hosts, are still alive following wins over Cal and Stanford, respectively; the two teams are another win vs. the same teams away from advancing to the second weekend. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten NCAA action in this post. [ NCAA.com: View the interactive NCAA bracket ] Driesenga, No. 7 Michigan shut out No. 18 California For the second consecutive day, sophomore Sara Driesenga tossed a complete-game shutout as the No. 7 University of Michigan
A quartet of Big Ten softball teams were selected to the NCAA tourney, it was announced late Sunday night. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan earned the No. 8 national seed and Nebraska the No. 14, while Minnesota and Big Ten tourney champ Wisconsin also made the field. The 64-team tourney is divided into 16, four-team double elimination regionals, which begin Thursday. The 16 regional winners advance to super regionals, where eight will emerge as Women’s College World Series participants. [ NCAA.com: View the interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] MICHIGAN The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan softball team will enter play