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Big Ten Softball All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners

The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen captured Player of the Year honors, Michigan’s Megan Betsa was named the Pitcher of the Year and Northwestern’s Sabrina Rabin was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her sophomore campaign, Groenewegen led the Gophers with a .435 batting average, six home runs and a .524 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, while also recording a 12-2 record with 155 strikeouts and four shutouts. She is the third Gopher to be

Five Big Ten teams make NCAA Softball Tourney

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

Audio: Listen to the Big Ten Softball Coaches

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

Big Ten hands out 2014 All-Big Ten Softball honors

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

2014 Big Ten softball tournament schedule

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

BTN to air record number of baseball, softball games

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

BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern's Bast striking out bullying

What began as a summer project for Northwestern senior softball star Marisa Bast has quickly become a community-changing program. During her Leadership Certificate Program field study this summer, the softball slugger teamed up with NU assistant athletic director for community relations, Maureen Palchak, to develop a program to address bullying. In the fall, Bast’s field study evolved into “Stand Up and Reach Out and Reinforce Respect” (a.k.a. Stand Up and ROARR). “Anything we’ve ever done in community outreach has always been more successful when students are leading the way,” said Palchak. “And that’s what Marisa’s been able to do.” Bast,

Big Ten Softball Tourney: Day 1

The 2013 Big Ten Softball Tournament started Thursday as four teams advanced to play again Friday. Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all won on Thursday. Reminder:  Saturday’s semifinal games and Sunday’s championship air live on BTN & BTN2Go. Northwestern 6, Indiana 3: Northwestern starter Amy Letourneau led Northwestern with a 2-for-3 performance including a double, a home run and two runs scored. Andrea DiPrima (two doubles) and Brianna LeBeau (two singles) each went 2-for-3 while Bast drove in two runs to give her a team-best 44 on the year. NU is 31-21 overall on the season while Indiana concludes 2013 with a 19-35

Texas drops NU twice, ousts Wildcats

After a furious 8-1 run to end the regular season, a huge win over No. 6 national seed Texas to start the NCAA Tournament and a gritty victory over Houston to advance to the Austin Regional final, Northwestern saw its season come to a close Sunday in a 5-0 loss to the Longhorns in a winner-takes-all game. Read full recap at NUSports.com, view the interactive NCAA bracket and read about Northwestern’s first loss Sunday in this post. TEXAS TOPS NU TO FORCE ELIMINATION GAME No. 6 seed Texas took advantage of several Northwestern miscues to plate three unearned runs in the

NU tops Houston, advances to regional final

Northwestern tied a school-single game record with 17 base hits en route to beating Houston, 13-9, Saturday in a winner’s bracket victory that sends the Wildcats to the NCAA Austin Regional championship Sunday. The Wildcats (29-27) advance to their fifth NCAA Regional championship round in the last eight years. Read full recap at NUSports.com and view the interactive NCAA bracket.