Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, May 13, 2016
The semifinals of the 2016 Big Ten Softball Tournament are set.
It will be the top four seeds Saturday, as No. 2 Minnesota will face No. 3 Northwestern and No. 1 Michigan will take on No. 4 and host Penn State with a berth in Saturday night's tourney final on the line.
Catch up on all of Friday's quarterfinal action below.
NORTHWESTERN 3, OHIO STATE 1
No. 3 seed Northwestern scored three runs in the first inning Friday in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal against No. 6 seed Ohio State, then got great pitching and defense to make that total hold up in a 3-1 victory against the Buckeyes. Read full NUSports.com recap.
MINNESOTA 2, ILLINOIS 0
Sara Groenewegen pitched a complete game one-hit shutout and Kayla Wenner came across home plate for both of the Gophers runs to lead Minnesota to a 2-0 victory over Illinois in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals Friday afternoon. Minnesota will play Northwestern in the first game of the semifinals Saturday. Read full GopherSports.com recap.
PENN STATE 8, NEBRASKA 7
Penn State advanced to the Big Ten tourney semifinals after an exciting 8-7 victory Friday night over Nebraska. Sophomore Alyssa VanDerveer smacked a grand slam in the win, and the host Nittany Lions will play top-seeded Michigan with a berth in the title game on the line. Read full GoPSUsports.com recap.
MICHIGAN 10, INDIANA 0 (5)
Top-seeded Michigan cruised in its Big Ten tournament opener, scoring multiple runs in each of the opening three frames to defeat Indiana, 10-0, in five innings in the quarterfinal round Friday evening. Read full MGoBlue.com recap.