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
No. 4 Wisconsin upset No. 1 Michigan, 9-3, and No. 3 Minnesota blanked No. 2 Nebraska, 1-0, in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday in Lincoln. Neb. The Badgers and Gophers meet in the championship game at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. MINNESOTA 1, NEBRASKA 0: Junior Sara Moulton threw her second complete game shutout in as many days, and Kari Dorle’s one-out line drive single off the wall in left center drove in the game’s lone run in the bottom of the sixth, as Minnesota advanced to the Big Ten Tournament title game with a 1-0 win against
The Michigan softball team (42-9, 18-2 Big Ten) secured the outright Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 overall seed in the 2013 Big Ten Softball Tournament with its 2-1 victory over Northwestern on Friday. The victory clinches the 16th conference championship in program history and sixth consecutive. [ RELATED: MGoBlue.com recap | MGoBlue.com box score ] Michigan scored once in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Sierra Romero, but Northwestern tied the game when Andrea DiPrima drove in Amy Letourneau in the top of the fourth. The game-winning run came in the bottom of
The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan softball team jumped out to a 3-1 lead after two innings, but No. 3 Alabama scored three unanswered runs to win the second game of the NCAA Super Regional, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. The loss eliminated Michigan from the NCAA Tournament. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner picked up the loss after hurling all 7.0 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. [Read full recap at MGoBlue.com and see the interactive NCAA bracket]
Freshman pitcher Haylie Wagner hurled a complete game behind a defense that turned three double plays to lift No. 21 Michigan to a 4-0 victory over host and No. 9 Louisville in the NCAA Regional final on Sunday at Ulmer Stadium. U-M will face the winner of the Tuscaloosa regional, which slated No. 2 Alabama and South Alabama in the final Sunday. Read full recap at MGoBlue.com and view the interactive NCAA bracket.
Sophomore catcher Caitlin Blanchard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to push the winning run across as the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan softball team defeated No. 9-ranked Louisville, 2-1, in eight innings in the NCAA Regional on Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. It is Michigan’s second consecutive walk-off win of the regional. Read full recap at MGoBlue.com and view the interactive NCAA bracket.
Five-time reigning Big Ten champ Michigan and Northwestern won their opening NCAA games Friday to advance to the winner’s bracket Saturday. The Wolverines got a walk-off win against Kentucky, 3-2, and the Wildcats shut out No. 6 Texas, 2-0. Up Saturday: Michigan plays Louisville and Northwestern takes on Houston. View the interactive NCAA bracket and read recaps in this post. MICHIGAN 3, KENTUCKY 2 Facing a 3-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, freshman RHP Sara Driesenga doubled down the left-field line to score two runs as the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan softball team rallied
Big Ten softball’s regular-season champion Michigan and Northwestern play their NCAA Tournament openers on Friday. The Wolverines open at 4:30 p.m. ET in the Louisville regional against Kentucky, and yopu can find lot of good softball stuff on the team’s page at MGoBlue.com. Meanwhile, NUsports.com has you covered as the Wildcats face Texas in Austin regional Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The first-round regionals are double elimination and a great way to track all games is on the NCAA.com interactive bracket. The B1G Diamond Report show will cover both of these teams on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2012 All-Big Ten Softball Teams on Wednesday afternoon, and five-time reigning champ Michigan dominated the honors. The Wolverines swept all of the individual laurels, with first baseman Amanda Chidester taking home Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. See all the teams and the superlative winners in this post. FIRST TEAM C – Liz Watkins, Sr., IOWA 1B – Amanda Chidester, Sr. MICH 2B – Whitney Massey, Jr., WIS SS – Megan Blank, Fr., IOWA 3B – Marisa Bast, So., NU OF – Kylene Hopkins, Jr., MSU OF – CASSIDY BELL, Jr.,
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for May 7-13 on Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post. Player of the Week: Brooke Thomason, Nebraska, Jr., OF, Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest Hit .571 (4-for-7) and combined for an OPS of 1.524 in Nebraska’s series win over Wisconsin Smacked two doubles, drew two walks and swiped one base in the series, recording three RBI and scoring one run over the weekend Recorded at least one hit in all three games, including a 2-for-2