Sunday's Softball Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Sunday's Big Ten softball schedule features four games, with Northwestern and Purdue eyeing weekend sweeps. The finale of the Michigan-Minnesota series will be carried on BTN.

Sunday, April 20
Illinois at Purdue, Noon
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 1 p.m. (BTDN)
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 1 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State at Iowa, 2 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Indiana 2, Michigan State 1 (12)
Casey Rodrigue's single in the bottom of the 12th lifted No. 18 Indiana to a 2-1 walk-off victory over Michigan State on Saturday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. IU pitchers Christian Morris, Jake Kelzer, Scott Effross and Luke Harrison combined to give up just one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 12 innings of work. Harrison (2-0) was the winning pitcher for the Hoosiers as he pitched a perfect top of the 12th inning. Morris started for Indiana and surrendered just one earned run in 5.2 innings of work, giving up only four hits with three strikeouts. RECAP

Iowa 11, Minnesota 5
The University of Iowa baseball team scored the game's final 11 runs to rally from a 5-0 deficit for an 11-5 victory over Minnesota in front of a season-high 1,036 fans Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The win evens the weekend series at 1-1 heading into Sunday's Easter Day finale. "This was a big win for us after we were roughed up in the first inning," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "We kept battling and battling. We had great at-bats and kept fighting and it looked like we were going to leave a couple of opportunities. We had had some clutch two-out hits." RECAP

Northwestern 3, Nebraska 2 (Game 1); Nebraska 10, Northwestern 9 (Game 2)
Game 1: One day after winning a one-run game in extra innings, Northwestern returned to Hawks Field and bested the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the second game in a row, this time by a score of 3-2, to start a doubleheader. NU starting pitcher Brandon Magallones pitched perhaps his finest game of the season for the Wildcats in game one. The junior struck out a season-high seven hitters over 8.0 IP in which he allowed just two runs. RECAP
Game 2: With the tying run on third base and two down, Nebraska closer Josh Roeder slammed the door on the Wildcats to secure a 10-9 come-from-behind victory for Huskers in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Hawks Field. The Huskers trailed 8-2 after the top of the fourth, but fought back and rallied from a deficit of six or more of the first time since March 30, 2010. The Huskers improved to 26-16 on the year and 8-4 in conference play with the victory, while also avoiding a series sweep by the Wildcats. RECAP

Illinois 8, Penn State 3
Illinois used a four-run inning late in the game for the second day in a row to battle back and beat Penn State on Saturday, 8-3. Sophomore Adam Walton extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with a go-ahead two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Junior David Kerian connected on another two-run base knock in the seventh and junior Will Krug tacked on the same in the eighth. "We got a lot of clutch hitting with two outs today," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "It was good to see some guys take good swings in key situations. The one that was huge was Adam Walton taking the ball to right field with the bases loaded and two outs. Road wins aren't easy, but we found a way to win again." RECAP

Purdue 6, Michigan 2
Gavin Downs did not surrender an earned run while working seven innings of three-hit ball and his battery mate Sean McHugh led the way offensively with his fifth career four-hit game, lifting Purdue baseball to a 6-2 win against Michigan Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field. Downs (2-4) retired 14 of 15 batters from the first through fifth innings, working 1-2-3 frames in the second and fourth. The seven innings marked his longest outing as a Boilermaker. The redshirt-sophomore earned his first career victory in Big Ten play. McHugh singled in each of his first four at-bats, delivering two-out RBI hits in the second and sixth innings. He walked in his final plate appearance and the free pass also helped Purdue score an insurance run. RECAP

Non-Conference Result
Murray State 7, Ohio State 5

Saturday's Softball Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Saturday's Big Ten softball results featured Nebraska and Wisconsin picking up doubleheader sweeps, and Michigan evening the series with Minnesota in Ann Arbor.

Saturday, April 19
Iowa 5, Michigan State 1
#3/3 Michigan 3, #13/12 Minnesota 1
#19/20 Nebraska 8, Ohio State 0 (Game One)
#19/20 Nebraska 8, Ohio State 0 (Game Two)
rv/#25 Northwestern 4, Indiana 2
-/rv Wisconsin 4, Penn State 0 (Game One)
-/rv Wisconsin 5, Penn State 2 (Game Two)
Purdue 1, Illinois 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 40

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Purdue's Mel Garland (1964, baseball/basketball)
A three-time letterwinner in both baseball and basketball, Garland won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1964 after claiming Academic All-Big Ten honors, first-team All-Conference status in baseball and second-team designation in basketball. In 1979, Garland was named basketball coach and director of athletics at IUPUI, where he succumbed to leukemia in 1983. In his memory, the Mel Garland Memorial Scholarship is annually awarded to one IUPUI student-athlete based on the characteristics that embody Garland's spirit: athletic ability, scholarship, mental attitude, leadership and perseverance.

Saturday's Softball Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Eight games are on Saturday's Big Ten softball schedule with three contests on BTN, including the second game of the weekend showdown between Michigan and Minnesota.

Saturday, April 19    
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, Noon (BTN)
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 2 p.m.
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 2 p.m.
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State at Iowa, 3 p.m.
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 4 p.m.
Illinois at Purdue, 5 p.m. (BTN)
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 7 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin all picked up wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Gophers handing Michigan its first Big Ten loss of the season.

Friday, April 18

Michigan State 1, Iowa 0
rv/#25 Northwestern 8, Indiana 0 (6 innings)
#13/12 Minnesota 1, #3/3 Michigan 0
Wisconsin 6, Penn State 3
Purdue 11, Illinois 0 (5 innings)
#19/20 Nebraska 14, Ohio State 1 (5 innings)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Indiana 7, Michigan State 0
Joey DeNato threw eight scoreless innings as the Indiana baseball team (23-11, 9-1 Big Ten) rolled to its seventh straight conference victory and its 11th win in 12 games, 7-0, over Michigan State (20-15, 5-5 Big Ten) at Bart Kaufman Field on Friday evening. The Hoosier pitching staff has not allowed a run in its last 20 innings. Will Nolden drove in four runs, scored once and recorded a pair of hits in three at-bats. Sophomore shortstop Nick Ramos added three RBI, including a two-run homer, and added one run. Another start, another record for DeNato (8-1, 2.12 ERA), who limited the Spartans to five hits to go along with five punchouts and three walks. The senior southpaw became the program's all-time innings king (324.0), adding to his record wins (32) and strikeouts (262) totals to go along with his 32-9 record and 2.69 ERA. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Iowa 3
Michael Handel hit a two-run home run and the University of Minnesota (18-14, 5-7 Big Ten) baseball won 4-3 at Iowa on Friday. The Hawkeyes (20-15, 5-8 Big Ten) tied the game 3-all in the seventh, but the Gophers got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and scored in the ninth to take the series opener and move ahead of Iowa in the conference standings. Crawford pitched 7 1/3 innings, tying his career-long start. He allowed seven hits and three runs, striking out three and walking two. Sawyer finished the game to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the season. Hibbing (0-3) took the loss for Iowa. Mathews pitched seven innings and gave up six hits and three runs. RECAP

Illinois 6, Penn State 3
Trailing 3-2 after giving up the lead in the seventh, Illinois sent all nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the eighth as part of a 6-3 comeback victory over Penn State. Sophomore Tyler Jay improved to 2-0 and redshirt-junior Reid Roper earned his second save, as the Illini snapped a three-game skid. Illinois remained in third place in the Big Ten at 7-3 and moved to 19-14 overall. "That was a good win," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "I was pleased with our approach and I thought we played to win. We took advantage of some errors and had the big four-run inning, which was a big positive and something that will propel our offense in the future. We played hard but didn't always play clean, yet still found a way to win." RECAP

Michigan 7, Purdue 6 (12)
Freshman Carmen Benedetti broke a 6-all tie in the 12th with a run-scoring double, lifting the University of Michigan baseball team to a 7-6 win at Purdue on Friday night at Alexander Field. Michigan opened the 12th with a walk from senior Cole Martin, who scampered all the way from first as Benedetti doubled down the right-field line. The Boilermakers put a runner on third with two outs after a one-out single, stolen base and groundout, but sophomore Jacob Cronenworth induced a flyout to end the game. Freshman Brett Adcock improved to 5-2 on the season, striking out six and allowing just one hit in four innings of relief. Cronenworth earned his Big Ten-leading eighth save of the season with his work in the 12th. RECAP

Northwestern 2, Nebraska 1 (12)
Northwestern picked up a pair of clutch two-out hits late Friday night and got two magnificent pitching performances on the mound to help take the series opener from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 2-1, in 12 innings at Hawks Field. Jake Straub delivered a big RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game and Cody Stevens laced a base hit up the middle with two outs in the top of the 12th to help the Wildcats beat Nebraska for the first time ever at Hawks Field. It was also Northwestern's first victory in extra innings this season. Hopfner started the game-winning rally as the first batter if the 12th inning. After singling to left field, the right fielder made it to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hoscheit. Straub grounded out to third before Stevens calmly stepped to the dish and ripped a single up the middle that allowed Hopfner to motor around from second base and score the game-winning run. Quigley picked up his second win in relief Friday. The team captain allowed just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings on the bump. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Ohio State 3, Murray State 1

NHL Update - Stanley Cup Playoffs

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

A total of 38 players from Big Ten schools are taking part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which opened on Wednesday. Representing five Big Ten schools, the players can be found on 14 of the 16 teams that qualified for the NHL postseason.

A full list of players can be found below.

Michigan (6)
Mike Brown (San Jose)
Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim)
Luke Glendening (Detroit)
Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers)
Jack Johnson (Columbus)
Max Pacioretty (Montreal)

Michigan State (10)
Justin Abdelkader (Detroit)
Adam Hall (Philadelphia)
Shawn Horcoff (Dallas)
Duncan Keith (Chicago)
Torey Krug (Boston)
Drew Miller (Detroit)
Ryan Miller (St. Louis)
Chris Mueller (Dallas)
Corey Potter (Boston)
Corey Tropp (Columbus)

Minnesota (8)
Keith Ballard (Minnesota)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas)
Erik Haula (Minnesota)
Erik Johnson (Colorado)
Nick Leddy (Chicago)
Jordan Leopold (St. Louis)
Paul Martin (Pittsburgh)
Thomas Vanek (Montreal)

Ohio State (4)
Matt Bartkowski (Boston)
Nate Guenin (Colorado)
Cal Heeter (Philadelphia)
R.J. Umburger (Columbus)

Wisconsin (10)
Rene Bourque (Montreal)
Adam Burish (San Jose)
Brian Elliott (St. Louis)
Dany Heatley (Minnesota)
Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers)
Joe Pavelski (San Jose)
Jack Skille (Columbus)
Brendan Smith (Detroit)
Derek Stepan (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota)

Weekend Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
April 18
Illinois at Minnesota - 3 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Iowa - 3 p.m. CT
Penn State at Nebraska - 3 p.m. CT

April 19
Michigan at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Michigan State at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Wisconsin - 11 a.m. CT

April 20
Illinois at Wisconsin - 11 a.m. CT
Michigan State at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Penn State at Iowa - 10 a.m. CT
Michigan at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Minnesota - 12 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Nebraska - 11 a.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
April 18
Minnesota at Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan - 4 p.m. ET
Iowa at Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan State - 4 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Penn State - 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Northwestern - 2:30 p.m. CT

April 20
Wisconsin at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Iowa at Penn State - 12 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Northwestern - 12 p.m. CT
Nebraska at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET
Multimedia Store