The 16th-seeded Minnesota softball team fell in its first-ever NCAA super regional game Saturday night, dropping a 10-2 decision in six innings to No. 1 Oregon at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. The loss, which dropped the Gophers’ 2014 record to 44-11, occurred before a Howe Field-record 1,954 fans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.