Five Big Ten softball teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, led by Minnesota, which won the Big Ten Tournament championship and earned the No. 16 overall seed. The other Big Ten teams include Big Ten regular-season co-champs Michigan and Nebraska, plus Northwestern and Wisconsin. The five teams mark the conference’s most since 2009. See each team’s draw in this post. [ MORE: NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] MICHIGAN (42-12) – Tempe Regional (9 Arizona State, Dartmouth, San Diego State) Michigan earns a spot in the @NCAAsoftball Tournament for the 20th consecutive season! #GoBlue #RoadtoWCWS — Michigan Softball
Sam Macken had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh to lead No. 3 Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over No. 1 Michigan in the Big Ten Softball Tournament championship game. The victory marked the second Big Ten softball title in program history, and the first since 1999. Minnesota kicked off the day with a 9-0 shutout win over Ohio State in a tournament semifinal matchup. Michigan followed with an impressive 4-3 win over Wisconsin in the second semifinal game, which set up the championship matchup. Catch up on Saturday’s action, get the best video highlights and view
On Wednesday, the Big Ten softball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media as their teams prep for the 2014 Big Ten Softball Tournament in Evanston. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. You can watch the opening round games live on the Big Ten Digital Network and catch all of Friday and Saturday’s action live on BTN and BTN2Go. Listen to Illinois Coach Terri Sullivan: Listen to Indiana Coach Michelle Gardner: Listen to Iowa Coach Marla Looper: Listen to Michigan Coach Carol Hutchins: Listen to Michigan State Coach Jacquie Joseph: Listen
The Big Ten announced the 2014 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Michigan’s Sierra Romero captured Player of the Year honors for the second straight season, while Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen became the first Golden Gopher to collect both Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season. Nebraska’s Rhonda Revelle was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year. [ MORE: Watch the 2014 B1G softball tourney on BTN/BTN2Go & BTDN ] 2014 All-Big Ten Softball Honors PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sierra Romero, So., MICH PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Sara Groenewegen, Fr., MINN FRESHMAN OF THE
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).