Two to the WCWS: Michigan and Nebraska each earned berths in the 2013 Women's College World Series, marking the first time since 2001 a pair of Big Ten teams advanced to the even in the same season. The No. 8 seed Wolverines defeated Louisiana-Lafayette in the Ann Arbor Super Regional to earn their 10th appearance all-time in the event. The No. 14 seed Cornhuskers went on the road to knock off third-seeded Oregon to win the Eugene Super Regional, advancing to their seventh Women's College World Series in program history. For complete round-by-round coverage of the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament, click HERE
All-Tournament Taylor: Nebraska's Taylor Edwards was named one of 13 players named to the 2013 Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team on Tuesday night. She is the 11th Husker to earn the honor in program history. Edwards was 4-for-9 at the Women's College World Series with three runs scored, two RBIs and one home run. She hit a clutch game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against No. 2 Florida in a memorable game Nebraska went on to lose by one in 15 innings.
Where We Rank: The Michigan and Nebraska softball teams finished among the top eight nationally in the final polls released by the NFCA and USA Softball, after the two programs advanced to the Women's College Series this season. Michigan finished the year ranked sixth in both polls and Nebraska appeared at No. 8, climbing as many as nine spots since the previous set of rankings were released prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champion, was among the teams also receiving votes in both polls.
Four in NCAA Tournament: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin represented the Big Ten in this year's NCAA Tournament field, marking the most teams in the field since 2009. Michigan and Nebraska each received national seeds heading into the field, with the Wolverines at No. 8 and the Huskers at No. 14, and hosted opening-round regionals. Michigan has appeared in 19 straight tournaments and 21 overall, Minnesota earned a tournament berth for the first time since 2003 and its eighth overall, Nebraska appeared in the event for the 21st overall and Wisconsin advanced to its fourth NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Click HERE for more information.
We Are the Champions: Michigan was the top seed in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament after winning its sixth consecutive Big Ten Championship this season. The Wolverines won their 16th conference title after finishing the Big Ten slate with a 20-2 mark. Wisconsin, however, would earn the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Tournament title. The Badgers, who were the No. 4 seed in the tournament, knocked off Northwestern in the quarterfinals before taking down the top-seeded Wolverines in the semifinals. Wisconsin then defeated third-seeded Minnesota to win its first tournament crown. Click HERE for more information on Michigan's Big Ten Championship. Click HERE for complete information on the 2013 Big Ten Tournament.
Earning Accolades: Michigan's Sierra Romero and Carol Hutchins and Nebraska's Tatum Edwards were among those honored when the conference announced the 2013 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners following the conclusion of the regular season. Romero was named Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year, Hutchins was named Coach of the Year and Edwards garnered Pitcher of the Year accolades. Click HERE for more information on the end of the year honors.
Primetime Performers: Five Big Ten softball standouts were named NFCA Division I All-Americans, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. Penn State's Cassidy Bell was named a first-team honoree, Michigan's Sierra Romero and Nebraska's Tatum Edwards garnered second-team All-America accolades and Michigan's Ashley Lane and Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson earned third-team laurels. The five standouts were also named first-team All-Conference performers this past year, while Richardson was recently honored as an Academic All-American. In addition, 20 were named to the NFCA All-District teams and a complete list can be found HERE.
They're Academic: Three Big Ten softball standouts were named 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, it was announced on Thursday. Northwestern's Marisa Bast was named to the second team, while Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson and Purdue's Andie Varsho were both third-team selections. Richardson is one of two sophomores named among the Academic All-Americans while Bast and Varsho are two of 11 juniors making up the 33-player squad. The three were among a group of 94 Big Ten softball standouts to earn Academic All-Conference honors in May. For more information on Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click HERE.
The Big Ten recorded 40 top-eight finishes at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., highlighted by individual titles from Illinois' Ashley Spencer (400) and Indiana's Derek Drouin (high jump). Nebraska's Chad Wright and Penn State's Casimir Loxsom placed second in the discus and 800-meter run, respectively, while Michigan State's Beth Rohl (discus), Ohio State's Mike Hartfield (long jump), Penn State's Brannon Kidder (800) and Purdue's Geoff Davis (high jump) finished third in their respective events. In the team standings, the Illini women and Nittany Lion men both placed 14th overall. For a complete recap, click HERE.Elite Status:
Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor
Track & Field Championships with the NCAA Elite 89 Award.
Martin and Welk earned the honor for being the male and female
student-athletes with the highest GPA at the championships. For the complete release, click HERE.All-Americans:
Over 100 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors
following their performance at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field
Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. For the complete list, click HERE.Regional Honorees:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Penn State were awarded Regional
Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. For the complete list, click HERE.Big Ten Individual Honors:
On the men's side, Iowa senior Justin Austin
was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Indiana senior Derek Drouin
was tabbed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Ohio State senior Michael Hartfield
earned Field Athlete of the Championships accolades. Ohio State's Bill Stanley
was named Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin
was tabbed Coach of the Year by his peers. On the women's side, Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer
was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Nebraska senior Mara Griva
earned the nod as Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships. Ohio State's Alexis Franklin
was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nittany Lions' head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan
was named Coach of the Year by her peers. The men's release can be found HERE
, while the women's release can be seen HERE.
Nebraska Men, Penn State Women Take Home Big Ten Title:
The Nebraska men and Penn State women won the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. To read about Nebraska, click HERE
. The Penn State release can be found HERE
The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 men's golf campaign, highlighted
by Illinois placing second at the NCAA Championships.All-American Golfers:
Big Ten Player of the Year Thomas Pieters and freshman Charlie Danielson claimed All-America honors. Pieters was an honorable mention selection by Golfweek, while Danielson earned the honor by finishing in the top 15 of stroke-play competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships. For the full release, click HERE.Illini Place Second at NCAA Championships:
Illinois placed second at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, falling
to Alabama in the match play finals. The Illini's Thomas Pieters secured
a victory over Alabama's Justin Thomas (1 UP), but the Crimson Tide won
4-1 to clinch the title. The finish was the highest in
program history, besting the 1941 team's tie for fourth place. It also
is the highest finish by a northern school at the NCAA Championships
since Minnesota won the 2002 NCAA title. For the full release, click HERE.See you at Regionals:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern were selected to the 2013 Men's Golf Regionals on May 6. Additionally, Michigan State's Matthew Moseley, Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyen and Purdue's Adam Schenk competed as individuals. For the full release, click HERE.All-Conference & Individual Honors:
The Big Ten announced on May 1 the men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners with Illinois' Thomas Pieters taking home the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Teammate Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Illini head coach Mike Small was tabbed Coach of the Year. For the full release, click HERE.Take Five:
Illinois won the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Sunday, shooting an
11-over 1,163 to clinch its fifth-straight, and 12th overall,
conference title. The Illini bested second-place Minnesota (1,172) by
nine strokes to win the crown. The Illini and Gophers were followed by
third-place Iowa (1,186), while Indiana and Ohio State (1,190) tied for
fourth. For the full release, click HERE.
The Michigan and Nebraska softball teams finished among the top eight nationally in the final polls released by the NFCA and USA Softball on Tuesday. The two programs advanced to the Women's College Series, giving the Big Ten two teams in the eight-team field for the first time since 2001. Michigan finished the year ranked sixth in both polls and Nebraska appeared at No. 8, climbing as many as nine spots since the previous set of rankings were released prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champion, was among the teams also receiving votes in both polls.
Illinois' Kevin Duchene and Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth were named to the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-America Team, it was announced on Monday. Cronenworth received first-team honors, while Duchene received second-team accolades.
Three Big Ten players were taken in the 26th through 40th rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, bringing the conference's total to 23.
Ryan Halstead, Indiana (Minnesota Twins)
Matt Dermody, Iowa (Toronto Blue Jays)
Zach Morton, Northwestern (Houston Astros)
Eight Big Ten players were taken in the 11th through 25th rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on Saturday, bring the conference' total to 18.
Jordan Parr, Illinois (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Brett McKinney, Ohio State (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Andrew Hanse, Iowa (Tampa Bay Rays)
Andrew Waszak, Michigan State (Atlanta Braves)
Thomas Lindauer, Illinois (Houston Astros)
Kevin Johnson, Illinois (Oakland Athletics)
Chad Christensen, Nebraska (Minnesota Twins)
Drew Ghelfi, Minnesota (Milwaukee Brewers)
Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Martin and Welk earned the honor for being the male and female student-athletes with the highest GPA at the championships.
For the complete release, click HERE.
Nine Big Ten players were taken in the third through 10th rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on Friday, bring the conference's total to 10.
Michael O'Neill, Michigan (New York Yankees)
Aaron Slegers, Indiana (Minnesota Twins)
Luke Farrell, Northwestern (Kansas City Royals)
David Garner, Michigan State (Chicago Cubs)
Dustin DeMuth, Indiana (Minnesota Twins)
Justin Parr, Illinois (Philadelphia Phillies)
Patrick Biondi, Michigan (New York Mets)
DJ Snelten, Minnesota (San Francisco Giants)
Brad Goldberg, Ohio State (Chicago White Sox)
Iowa's Megan Blank, Michigan alum Amanda Chidester and Penn State alum Cassidy Bell were selected to participate in the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp from June 10-12. The three will compete for a spot on the 17-member USA National Team, which will be announced on June 14. The team will take part in three separate events during the course of the summer, including the 2013 World Cup of Softball, held July 11-14 in Oklahoma City.