Michigan shut out in-state rival Michigan State 10-0 in a Big Ten softball game on Wednesday at Ole College Field.
It’s Super Regional time for softball, and three Big Ten teams are one best-of-3 series away from advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Michigan and Nebraska open Super regional action Thursday night, at No. 8 Florida State and No. 2 Alabama, respectively. Minnesota, making its Super Regional debut, opens Saturday night at No. 1 Oregon.
Five Big Ten softball teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, led by Minnesota, which won the Big Ten Tournament championship and earned the No. 16 overall seed. The other Big Ten teams include Big Ten regular-season co-champs Michigan and Nebraska, plus Northwestern and Wisconsin. The five teams mark the conference’s most since 2009. See each team’s draw in this post.
Sam Macken had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh to lead No. 3 Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over No. 1 Michigan in the Big Ten Softball Tournament championship game. The victory marked the second Big Ten softball title in program history, and the first since 1999.
Day 2 of the 2014 Big Ten Softball Tournament ended with No. 1 Michigan, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 7 Ohio State, which upset co-champ and No. 2 Nebraska, all advancing to Saturday’s semifinals.
Day 1 of the Big Ten softball tourney is in the books. Here are the results: No. 6 Purdue topped No. 11 Indiana, No. 7 Ohio State dropped No. 10 Penn State and No. 9 Illinois ousted No. 8 Iowa and No. 5 Northwestern put away No. 12 Michigan State. See the full schedule and watch Thursday’s top highlights in this post.