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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

Video: Watch Big Ten baseball, softball highlights

Looking for the top plays from this weekend’s Big Ten baseball and softball action? We clipped all of the highlight packages from both Saturday and Sunday’s games and posted them here. Watch the highlights in this post. [ MORE: Get Big Ten baseball recaps | Get Big Ten softball recaps ] Sunday Indiana 12, Purdue 3 – Baseball Nebraska 8, Penn State 4 – Baseball Iowa 17, Ohio State 2 – Baseball Illinois 10, Michigan State 9 – Baseball Illinois 6, Penn State 1 – Softball Saturday Indiana 7, Purdue 3 – Baseball Illinois 5, Michigan State 4 – Baseball

Video: Michelle Mueller makes incredible grab

Wisconsin third baseman Michelle Mueller made a catch worthy of inclusion on all the highlight shows Saturday afternoon at Penn State. In the second inning of a scoreless game, Mueller ended the frame with an impressive catch against the railing of her team’s dugout. Mueller reached her glove over the fence, and her momentum forced her into the railing, causing her to leave her feet. Mueller caught her balance to avoid tumbling into the dugout and calmly flipped the ball back to the pitcher’s circle. Here’s a picture of the catch:

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

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

Big Ten softball tournament: Badgers win B1G title

For the first time since 2005, Wisconsin is headed to the NCAA softball tournament. The fourth-seeded Badgers dropped Minnesota, 9-3, Sunday in the Big Ten tourney title game to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAAs. Watch all of the best highlights from the title game here. Also, catch up on the entire tourney at the bottom of this post. [ RELATED: Darrah, Badgers highlight 2013 Big Ten Softball All-Tournament Team ] Badgers talk Big Ten tourney title: Whitney Massey squeezes home late run: Shannel Blackshear ropes a two-run single: Michelle Mueller solo home run to left-center: Marissa Mersch

Darrah, Badgers highlight softball tourney team

Wisconsin is headed to its fourth NCAA softball tournament, and its first since 2005, thanks to Sunday’s 9-3 victory over rival Minnesota in the Big Ten tourney title game. See the 2013 Big Ten Softball All-Tournament Team and catch up on all the tourney action from the four-day event in this post. [ VIDEO: Watch all of the Big Ten title game’s highlights ] 2013 Big Ten Softball All-Tournament Team Sara Driesenga, Michigan Ashley Lane, Michigan Alex Davis, Minnesota Sara Moulton, Minnesota Tatum Edwards, Nebraska Emily Lockman, Nebraska Amy Letourneau, Northwestern Cassidy Bell, Penn State Andie Varsho, Purdue Cassandra Darrah,

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