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April 8 Big Ten Softball Roundup

The Boilermaker bats were hot on Sunday as Purdue down Indiana softball 11-2 in the final game of the series. Purdue posted 17 hits in the game, including multi-hit efforts by six players. Molly Garst, Lindsey Rains and Tori Chiodo tallied three hits apiece, while Ashley Courtney, Maia Monchek and Ashley Burkhardt each chipped in two. Lexy Moore (16-4) allowed just two runs on six hits. Lora Olson was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs in three innings of work. Meaghan Murphy threw four innings of relief. Read full recap at PurdueSports.com and see all of Sunday’s

April 7 Big Ten Softball Roundup

Iowa and Northwestern split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, with the Hawkeyes taking the first game, 5-2, and the Wildcats claiming the second game, 7-6. Northwestern scored four run in the fourth to rally from a 2-0 deficit in Game 2 to avoid the doubleheader sweep. In Game 1, Iowa pushed five runs across the plate in the second inning to bury Northwestern. The Wildcats did score single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but it wasn’t enough. Watch highlights now and see Saturday’s other Big Ten scores in this post. See Saturday’s other Big Ten scores, courtesy of BigTen.org:

Who took home softball laurels?

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for March 26-April 1 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post. Player of the Week: Evelyn Carrillo, Ohio State, So., 1B, Corona, Calif./Eleanor Roosevelt Hit .917 in Ohio State’s three-game sweep of Michigan State over the weekend, combining for an OPS of 2.167 Was 11-for-12 during the three-game set, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate in Games 2 and 3 of the series Drove in eight runs, including a career-high six RBI in the

April 1 Big Ten Softball Roundup

Northwestern unleashed a six-run fifth inning Sunday at Wisconsin on its way to an 8-3 win and the series win. Leadoff hitter Emily Allard recorded her second four-hit game of the season, while also adding two runs and an RBI. Northwestern moves to 14-18 overall on the season with its win, 2-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin now is 14-12 on the year with its loss, 3-3 in the conference. Read full recap at NUSports.com. And don’t forget to watch our Northwestern-Wisconsin highlights now and get video and recaps from all of Sunday’s games in this post. Michigan 7, Indiana

March 31 Big Ten Softball Roundup

Iowa posted a doubleheader sweep over Illinois on Saturday at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes won 5-1 in the opener before downing the Fighting Illini, 9-1, in six innings in game two. “I am proud of the kids for how they came out, took this week of practice and really implemented it in the ball game,” Iowa head coach Marla Looper said. Read the HawkeyeSports.com recap. Also, watch our highlights now and get scores and recaps from all of Saturday’s action in this post. BigTen.org: Saturday’s Big Ten results

Softball opens Big Ten slate this weekend

After six weeks of non-conference play, the Big Ten softball schedule opens this weekend for all 12 teams. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue all host conference-opening series this weekend. [View Big Ten standings and stats] Entering Big Ten play, conference squads have combined for more than 30 victories against teams ranked in the top 50 of the final 2011 RPI and more than 60 triumphs against top 100 clubs. Michigan appears at No. 20 in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls, while Nebraska is receiving votes in the USA Softball rankings. Boasting the most nationally distributed

Big Ten hands out weekly softball honors

The Big Ten Conference announced its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for Feb. 20-26 action on Monday. See the winners and what they did to earn the distinctions in this post. Player of the Week: Molly Garst, Purdue, Sr., SS, Webb City, Mo./Webb City Hit .667 and combined for an OPS of 1.895 to help Purdue to a perfect 5-0 record last weekend Was 12-for-18 from the plate and had three three-hit games, including a 5-for-5 outing against Troy to conclude the weekend Scored 10 runs on the weekend, crossing the plate two or more times in four

Who took home softball honors?

The Big Ten Conference released its latest Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for Feb. 13-19 action on Monday. See who was honored and find out what they did to earn the distinction in this post. Player of the Week: Lindsey Rains, Purdue, So., OF, Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union Hit .556 and combined for an OPS of 1.603 to help Purdue to a perfect 4-0 start to its season last weekend. Was 5-for-9 from the plate, had multi-hit efforts against Northern Colorado and New Mexico and had a perfect on-base percentage in Purdue’s season opener against Bryant Finished the weekend

TV times, dates for 2012 Big Ten Softball

At least 27 Big Ten softball games will be broadcast on BTN this season, with a minimum of 66 additional games streamed on the digital network. A select number of streamed baseball and softball games will be televised on delay through BTN’s Student U initiative. Here’s the BTN TV softball schedule: 2012 Softball (all times ET) | Find schedule for all Big Ten Digital Network web-streaming events Date Away Home Time Airs Sun., April 1 Nebraska at Minnesota 1 p.m. LIVE Sun., April 1 Northwestern at Wisconsin 3 p.m. LIVE Fri., April 6 Michigan at Ohio State 5:30 p.m. LIVE

Big Ten softball season opens Thursday

The 2012 Big Ten softball season is set to begin this week with 10 teams taking to the diamond on the opening weekend of play. Nebraska opens the season on Thursday, while Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State begin on Friday, and Minnesota opens its season on Saturday. Wisconsin begins the new year on Feb. 17, and Purdue opens its season on Feb. 18. Four conference teams received votes in one or both national preseason polls. Reigning Big Ten Champion Michigan appears at No. 15 in the NFCA poll and No. 16 in the