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.
The Big Ten softball season came to a close Sunday, and for the sixth consecutive season it was Michigan claiming the Big Ten crown. How much will the Wolverines’ dominance impact the All-Big Ten teams and superlative winners? That’s to be determined, but BTN analysts Garland Cooper and Tammy Williams offered their predictions on Sunday’s “Big Ten Diamond Report.” See the analysts’ winners in the video here.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third, junior Caitlin Blanchard crushed a two-run homer to put No. 10 Michigan on top for good in a 9-3 victory over Northwestern on Sunday at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Blanchard swung at the first pitch she saw and drove in freshman Sierra Romero, who had reached after being hit by a pitch. Read full MGoBlue.com recap and get all of Sunday’s scores and stats in this post.
Minnesota shut out Indiana, 8-0, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Watch the video highlights from the Gophers’ win and our interviews with Erica Meyer and Jessica Allister here. Also, in this post, get links to all of Saturday’s Big Ten softball scores, stats and recaps.
The Michigan softball team (42-9, 18-2 Big Ten) secured the outright Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 overall seed in the 2013 Big Ten Softball Tournament with its 2-1 victory over Northwestern on Friday. The victory clinches the 16th conference championship in program history and sixth consecutive.
The 16th-ranked Nebraska softball team scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 7-4 victory over No. 9 Michigan on a warm Senior Day at Bowlin Stadium on Sunday.