Zach Mezger is not your typical Indiana baseball fan. The Bloomington High School North student is known as the “No. 1 IU baseball fan,” is a close friend with head coach Tracy Smith’s family, and has delivered a couple postgame speeches. Sunday, he had the honor of throwing out the first pitch in the Hoosiers’ inaugural home finale at Bart Kaufman Field.
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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.
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.
Michigan State baseball defeated Iowa on Mother’s Day at Duane Banks Field, 4-2. The Spartans (29-16, 10-8 Big Ten) got an outstanding performance out of sophomore Mick VanVossen on the mound. He allowed just two runs, one earned in the win. Blaise Slater and Justin Hovis both notched RBIs for the Spartans. Read full MSUSpartans recap and get all of Sunday’s scores, stats and recaps in this post.
After a 6-0 loss to Nebraska on Friday, Minnesota tied up the series with a 4-3 victory Saturday at Siebert Field. With the win, the Gophers (29-17, 12-5) return to the top of the Big Ten standings after Indiana lost, 12-1, to Northwestern. Nebraska falls to 22-26 in the season and 13-7 in the conference. Read full GopherSports.com recap and get all of Saturday’s scores, stats and recaps in this post.
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.