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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

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.,

Friday Softball & Baseball Roundup

Several Big Ten teams took to the diamond Friday as the Big Ten softball regular season comes to a close this weekend. Illinois softball suffered a pair of losses against Northwestern, falling in game one, 3-2, before dropping the second contest, 7-3. Watch highlights of that game now and jump inside for more, including baseball wrap-ups from Seattle University vs. Ohio State where Aaron Craft made a cameo visit. The Ohio State baseball team opened its three-game set with Seattle with a 4-1 victory Friday evening: Penn State baseball coach Robbie Wine talks after the Nittany Lions picked up its

Saturday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

We’ve posted results for Saturday’s Big Ten softball games as well as a link to the national scoreboard for softball. Also, get the latest Big Ten softball standings and Big Ten softball statistics at BigTen.org. Click the game links below to go directly to those GameTrackers. Michigan at Wisconsin Game 1: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 1. Game 2: Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5. The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a four-run third inning in a 5-1 win against Wisconsin in the first game before recording 14 hits in a 7-5 victory to sweep a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (May 5)

Sunday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

The University of Iowa softball team won its third straight Big Ten series, downing Indiana, 10-0, in five innings on a soggy Sunday afternoon at Pearl Field. Following the game, the Hawkeyes recognized seniors Katie Keim and Liz Watkins for Senior Day. The victory improves Iowa’s record to 23-24 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten, while Indiana falls to 24-25 overall and 8-10 in conference play. Watch our highlights from Iowa’s easy win, read full recap at HawkeyeSports.com and see our Sunday softball roundup in this post. NORTHWESTERN 3, OHIO STATE 1; NORTHWESTERN 8, OHIO STATE 5 Senior Adrienne

Saturday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

Illinois softball used a disciplined approach at the plate to secure a 5-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan in eight innings at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. While the Illini lineup worked eight walks over the contest, the most issued by the UM pitching staff on the season, Illinois broke through for five runs in the top of the eighth to earn the win against the Big Ten-leading Wolverines, who entered the day with a 12-3 conference record. Watch our highlights from the game and read the full recap at FightingIllini.com. INDIANA 1, IOWA 0 – 9 Innings; IOWA 4,

Sunday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

With the wind howling in Sunday in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, Northwestern showed its power prowess with a pair of deep home runs and seven total extra base hits that aided an 8-3 Wildcats’ win at the IU Softball Field. In the second game, it was all Indiana en route to an 11-3 win in six innings. The win gave Indiana two wins over Northwestern in the same season for the first time since 1997. The Hoosiers connected for three home runs, matching a season high. Watch our highlights from the Northwestern-Indiana doubleheader now

Penn State, Michigan claim Big Ten softball honors

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for April 9-15 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post. Player of the Week: Kasie Hatfield, Penn State, So., C, Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain Had at least one hit and scored at least one run in every game, recording seven RBI and scoring four times to help Penn State to a series win over Indiana Hit .500 in Games 2 and 3, driving in five on a double and home run in the finale to improve her

Sunday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

A two-run home run by Erika Petruzzi in the fifth inning was all the offense Purdue needed to take a 2-1 win over the Ohio State in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and in Game 2, the Boilermakers capitalized on five Buckeyes miscues to post the doubleheader sweep in an 8-3 win. Watch our highlights from Purdue’s sweep now, plus check out our interview with Lexi Moore and get our Sunday Big Ten roundup in this post. Lexi Moore interview: Iowa 6, Nebraska 4 Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a four all tie and

Saturday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

Big Ten spring football games weren’t the only events affected by the inclement weather across Big Ten country Saturday. A fair share of baseball and softball games were postponed, as well. See Saturday’s softball roundup, courtesy of BigTen.org in this post. Wisconsin 8, Illinois 0 URBANA, Ill. — Timely hits, strong pitching and errorless defense led the Wisconsin softball team to an 8-0 win over Illinois Saturday night. The win was the ninth-straight for the Badgers, setting a school record for most consecutive wins. Wisconsin scored two runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and four in the