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Michigan, Nebraska fall in WCWS openers

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).

Ready for WCWS? BTN re-airs two games tonight

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

Nebraska tops Oregon, makes first WCWS since 2002

It’s official: Nebraska is headed to its first Women’s College World Series since 2002. The 14th-seeded Huskers went into Eugene, Ore., and took two of three from No. 3 seed Oregon in the Eugene Super Regional to advance to Oklahoma City. Nebraska, which won Game 1 on Saturday, lost Game 2 in 11 innings Sunday afternoon before winning the decisive Game 3. Read Huskers.com recap. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BABY!!!! pic.twitter.com/qzatq1gOWk — Nebraska Softball (@HuskerSoftball) May 27, 2013 Catch up on all the Nebraska news with the team’s Twitter handle (@HuskerSoftball).

Photo: Huskers surprise coach with Gatorade bath

Nebraska sat through three weather delays before claiming the NCAA Lincoln Regional championship Sunday. So, what was a little more water following the historic 10-5 victory over Stanford? While celebrating the program’s first Super Regionals berth – Super Regionals were adopted in 2005 – the Huskers soaked coach Rhonda Revelle with a bucket of water. [ NCAA.com: View the interactive NCAA bracket ] Nothing says big win quite like a Gatorade bath. Especially when it’s a well-executed one that leaves the coach both drenched and surprised.

Huskers, Wolverines advance to Sunday regional finals

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

Four Big Ten softball teams make NCAA tourney

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

Saturday's catch of the day: Mueller or Edwards?

Saturday’s Big Ten softball tournament semifinals featured a pair of highlight catches. The first one came in the first game, when Wisconsin third baseman Michelle Mueller battled the sun, wind and fence down the left-field line to make the grab; the second one happened in the second game, when Nebraska catcher Taylor Edwards went to her knees to record the out near the backstop. Which catch was better? Watch both here and vote in this post. Mueller battles elements, fence for grab in foul territory: Edwards runs it down behind home plate: Now that you’ve seen both, vote for the

Big Ten Softball Tournament: Day 3

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

Video: Nebraska's Tatum & Taylor Edwards profile

It’s always a good thing when a pitcher and catcher are on the same page. Nebraska’s main battery, it seems, was born to think along the same wavelength. After all, Tatum and Taylor Edwards are twins. The former is the pitcher, the latter the catcher, and they almost always know what pitch the other wants to throw or call. Watch our Big Ten tournament feature on the twins now and catch up on all the tourney action in this post. Get scores, stats and recaps for all the game below: Thursday, May 9 Gm 1 Northwestern 6, Indiana 3 BOX

Michigan sweeps All-Big Ten softball individual honors

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.,