The Ohio State bats were on fire Thursday, and no bat was hotter than Erika Leonard's. The catcher went 4-for-4, including a pair of grand slams, and drove in an Ohio State-record 10 runs.
The first day of the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament featured four games on the BTN family of networks. Catch up on all of Thursday's action in this post.
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
The Big Ten on Sunday announced the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament bracket, with Michigan earning the No. 1 seed after clinching its 19th conference championship.
No. 3 Michigan put the finishing touches on its eighth straight Big Ten championship, cruising to a 10-2, five-inning decision to claim the outright title Sunday afternoon. Junior leftfielder Kelly Christner wrapped up her near-perfect weekend at the plate with a 2-for-2, three-RBI effort. She went 8-for-9 over the series. Junior second baseman Sierra Romero also tallied two hits, while junior designated player Kelsey Susalla, senior catcher Lauren Sweet and sophomore third baseman Lindsay Montemarano drove in two runs apiece. Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa (24-4) tossed her second one-hitter of the weekend, striking out seven through four innings of work.
With its 9-1 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon, the Michigan softball team (47-6, 20-2 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines secure the 19th conference championship in program history and eighth consecutive title. Sophomore leftfielder Kelly Christner registered her second straight three-hit performance, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, to headline the Wolverine offense. Junior centerfielder Sierra Lawrence and sophomore third baseman Lindsay Montemarano both connected on two-run homers. Montemarano went 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch; she
It was all Megan Betsa in Michigan's 1-0 victory Sunday at Maryland. The Michigan sophomore twirled the first 7-inning no-hitter of her career, to go along with 15 strikeouts.
Welcome to Big Ten softball, Lea Foerster! [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] The Spartans’ freshman outfielder turned heads with an outstanding diving catch on Friday against Indiana. It all happened with two outs in the third inning, and Indiana holding onto a 7-4 lead over MSU. Foerster tracked down a ball hit to deep left, laid out and made an incredible catch. Check it out on top of this post.
BTN is the home for complete coverage of Big Ten spring championships in May and will televise events in the sports of baseball, softball, rowing, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, tennis and outdoor track and field.
Michigan shut out in-state rival Michigan State 10-0 in a Big Ten softball game on Wednesday at Ole College Field. However, this wasn’t any ordinary college softball game. Michigan sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa struck out six MSU batters on her way to pitching a no-hitter against the Spartans. Betsa (18-4) allowed one walk on her way to completing her second collegiate no-hitter. The Wolverines return home for their next five games, kicking off the homestand with a three-game weekend set against Indiana, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday.