The start lists for those student-athletes who have qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships has been released by the NCAA. Click here to check out the complete lineups for the national meet, which will be held June 9-12 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.
May 2010 Archives
At the conclusion of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, the Big Ten announced the All-Tournament Team:
2010 ALL-BIG TEN BASEBALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER:
Minnesota won its Big Ten-leading ninth conference tournament title with a 15-5 win over Iowa on Saturday. The tournament championship is the Gophers' first since 2004 and gives them the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Iowa trailed by as many as seven runs, but clawed back to win Game 9 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, 11-8, earning the right to advance to tonight's championship contest. The Hawkeyes advance to the championship game for the second time in program history and the first since 1983. Iowa's rally began in with a four-run sixth inning that included a two-run double by Ryan Durant. A four-run eighth capped the comeback, led by a two-run double by Kurt Lee. The Hawkeyes advance to face Minnesota at 7:05 p.m.
Michigan Game Recap
Saturday features two Big Ten Baseball Tournament games, beginning at 3:35 p.m. ET as No. 2 Michigan takes on No. 4 Iowa. The Wolverines and Hawkeyes are playing for the second spot in the tournament championship game, the first of which was clinched by Minnesota last night.
Game 9 - 3:35 p.m. ET
Game 10 - 7:05 p.m. ET
Minnesota fell into an early hole in Game 8 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, but dug out with one run in the seventh and two in the eighth, tying the game at 3-3 through nine innings. Gophers catcher Kyle Knudson came through in the 11th with an RBI single to give Minnesota the 4-3 win, advancing his team to tournament's championship game for the second straight year.
Led by a record-breaking day from outfielder Kurtis Muller, Iowa advanced in the Big Ten Tournament with an 8-3 win over Purdue on Friday afternoon. Muller tied a tournament record with three stolen bases in the game, increasing his tournament total to five, which also ties a tournament mark. The Hawkeyes scored a season-high seven first-inning runs to earn the win.
The Big Ten's remaining student-athletes were eliminated from their respective draws during the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.
For a complete wrapup of the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, click here.
The 2010 Big Ten women's tennis season came to an end Friday afternoon in the NCAA Singles Championships round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.
Northwestern's Maria Mosolova, who was the final remaining singles player in the draw, saw her run for a national championship come to an end as she fell to Jana Juricova of California, 6-3, 7-6(8). The Wildcat junior was one of three conference singles players and three doubles teams that were selected to the annual tournaments.
Freshman Kevin Plawecki had three hits and three RBI, while Drew Madia hit his ninth homer of the season, leading Purdue to a 15-5 win over Indiana in Game 6 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. With the loss, Indiana is eliminated from tournament play.
Purdue Game Recap
Day 3 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament features three games, including two elimination contests. The day begins with a matchup of in-state rivals as No. 5 Purdue takes on No. 6 Indian at 12:05 p.m. ET. The winner of that game advances to play No. 4 Iowa at 3:35 p.m. ET. The day wraps up with a primetime contest between the tournament's top two seeds as No. 1 Minnesota faces No. 2 Michigan at 7:05 p.m. ET. All games are broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 6 Indiana - 12:05 p.m. ET
No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 5 Purdue/No. 6 Indiana - 3:35 p.m. ET
No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 2 Michigan
The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced on Thursday the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class with three members of this year's class tied to Big Ten universities.
Former Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann, former Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard and former Wisconsin coach and current Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, 2010, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and will officially be enshrined in 2011.
Click here for more information on this year's Big Ten inductees.
The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament continues Thursday with three games. No. 3 Northwestern and No. 5 Purdue open with an elimination contest at 12:05 p.m. ET, followed by No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 4 Iowa at 3:35 p.m. ET and No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Indiana at 7:05 p.m. ET.
No. 3 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Purdue - 12:05 p.m. ET
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 4 Iowa - 3:35 p.m. ET
No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Indiana - 7:05 p.m. ET
Indiana center fielder Tyler Rogers and Iowa second baseman Mike McQuillan earned the No. 1 and No. 2 top plays on ESPN's SportsCenter. Click HERE to watch!
Click HERE for the Big Ten Network's recap of Day 1 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament.
A pair of Northwestern student-athletes moved on to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships after posting wins during Wednesday's first round at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.
For a complete recap of Wednesday's first round at the NCAA Singles Championships, click here.
Four Big Ten men's tennis standouts advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships with wins during round one on Wednesday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.
To find out which Big Ten student-athletes advanced in the draw, click here.
The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament begins today from Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio!
Can't join us in person? Be sure to catch all the action live on the Big Ten Network!
No. 6 Indiana at No. 3 Northwestern - 3:35 p.m. ET
The 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams were announced today. Congratulations to the two Big Ten Softball student-athletes who earned the distinction.
Michigan's Angela Findlay (Sr., Psychology) earned second-team honors while Penn State's Ashely Griffith (Sr., Kinesiology and Movement Science) was named to the third team.
On the evening before the start of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, the Big Ten Conference announced the season's All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, recognizing Indiana's Alex Dickerson as the Player of the Year, Ohio State's Alex Wimmers as Pitcher of the Year, Michigan State's Ryan Jones as Freshman of the Year and Minnesota's John Anderson as Coach of the Year.
Click here for the complete list of All-Big Ten honorees and individual award winners.
Michigan junior Jason Jung was named the winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Tuesday afternoon. The award is given to the player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
For complete information on the award, follow this link on the University of Michigan Web site.
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced the 2010 All-Region Teams on Tuesday with 17 Big Ten student-athletes comprising the 20-woman All-Central Region Team. It was also announced Wisconsin's Bebe Bryans was named Central Region Coach of the Year and assistant Karen Kraft Rigsby was named Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The association also announced its Scholar-Athlete award winners.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday the pairings for the annual ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge, which is in its fourth year of what began as a four-year agreement and has been extended until 2012.
The 2010 Challenge will take on a two-day format again this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Dec. 1, as Illinois and Michigan host ACC opponents, and Michigan State and Northwestern go on the road for their Challenge contests. On Thursday, Dec. 2, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will host Challenge games, while Indiana, Iowa and Penn State will be on the road.
Click here for the complete release.
The Ohio State Buckeyes' season came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to Southern California in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Ohio State ends the season with a 35-2 record.
For a complete recap of the Big Ten in the NCAA Championships, click here.
Illinois and Penn State qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships, scheduled to be held June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., by finishing in the top five of their respective regionals on Saturday afternoon.
For a complete recap from the final day of the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships, click here.
ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 17-12
IOWA def. PURDUE, 7-2
IOWA def. PURDUE, 5-1
PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 6-5
MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 2-1
MINNESOTA at OHIO STATE
The Purdue women's golf team won the first national championship in program history on Friday night at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Boilermakers finished one-over par to stave off a strong charge from Southern California, which finished one stroke behind at two-over par. It is the first NCAA Women's Golf Championship for any Big Ten school.
For complete coverage of Purdue's championship, click here.
After helping Michigan to its first Big Ten Championship since 1997, Denise Muresan led the Wolverines to the NCAA Championships Round of 16 this season. The junior, who was also named Big Ten Player of the Year, spoke with USTA.com about the Wolverines success this year.
The NCAA announced on Friday the qualifiers for the 2010 Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field East and West Preliminary Rounds, scheduled for May 27-29. The East Region Preliminary Round will take place in Greensboro, N.C., while the West Region will compete in Austin, Texas.
The top 48 competitors in each event and 24 relay teams from each region will compete at their respective site. The top 12 finishers in each event from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for June 9-12 at the University of Oregon.
INDIANA def. ILLINOIS, 11-5
PURDUE at IOWA
MICHIGAN def. PENN STATE, 6-3
MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 16-2
NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 2-1
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region teams, honoring the top student-athletes from each region. Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned the distinction.
GREAT LAKES REGION
Jordan Taylor, P, MICH
Dorian Shaw, 1B, MICH
Maggie Viefhaus, 3B, MICH
Nikki Nemitz, UT/P, MICH
Michelle Batts, UT/DP, NU
Bree Evans, OF, MICH
Angela Findlay, OF, MICH
Emily Allard, SS, NU
Molly Spence, UT/DP, WIS
Second-ranked Michigan was the only team on this year's list to place all six of its nominees on the first team.
Melanie Nichols, P, OSU
Sam Marder, C, OSU
Meredith Hackett, 1B, ILL
Danielle Zymkowitz, 2B, ILL
Molly Garst, 3B, PUR
Alicia Herron, SS, OSU
Hope Howell, OF, ILL
Lindsey Digmann, UT/DP, IOWA
Indiana's Alex Dickerson, Ohio State's Alex Wimmers and Penn State's Ben Heath have been named to the list of 25 semifinalists for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
Three Big Ten backstops are among the 16 semifinalists for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced. Michigan's Chris Berset, Ohio State's Dan Burkhart and Penn State's Ben Heath remain in the running for the award that honors college baseball's top catcher. COMPLETE RELEASE
Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes were named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams for the at-large division, it was announced Thursday by the Academic All-America Committee.
To be nominated for Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or a key reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and must be a sophomore in both athletic and academic standing. All First Team Academic All-District honorees from each of the eight districts will be placed on the national ballot and are eligible to be selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team.
The complete list of Big Ten CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District members include:
The 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Regional Championships are underway as six conference squads hope to be one of the 30 teams advancing to the NCAA Championships by weekend's end
For a complete preview of the men's golf regionals, click here.
Players of the Week Named. Illinois' Howell and Michigan's Nemitz earn the final honors of the season.
Keep On Playing...Three Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA Tournament Regional this weekend. Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State will represent the Big Ten this weekend.
Check back later this week for NCAA Tournament Release.
Columbia Regional - May 21-23 at Columbia, Missouri
No. 9 seed Missouri* (46-11) vs. Creighton (37-21)
DePaul (38-16) vs. ILLINOIS (43-6)
Columbus Regional - May 21-23 at Columbus, Ohio
No. 11 seed California (41-17) vs. Bucknell (28-18-1)
Kentucky (31-25) vs. OHIO STATE.* (37-12)
Ann Arbor Regional - May 21-23 at Ann Arbor, Michigan
Notre Dame (45-10) vs. Illinois State (32-18)
Wright St. (30-28-1) vs. No. 2 seed MICHIGAN* (46-6)
The Purdue Boilermakers will represent the Big Ten at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Country Club of Landfall Pete Dye Course in Wilmington, N.C. Purdue finished third in the Central Regional Championships on May 8, and will be making its 11th-straight appearance at the national championships.
For a complete preview and PDF notes of the NCAA Championships, click here.
The final day of the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University saw the Minnesota men and Penn State women successfully defend their championships from a year ago.
More information and complete results can be found here.
ILLINOIS def. PURDUE, 7-0
MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 10-4
IOWA def. OHIO STATE, 4-3
NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN, 10-8
MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 5-1
PURDUE def. ILLINOIS, 8-2
MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 9-8
IOWA def. OHIO STATE, 7-5
MICHIGAN def. NORTHWESTERN, 4-3
MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 12-7
Friday and Saturday mark the final two days of the 2010 regular season. Michigan controls its own destiny for a Big Ten title when they travel to Iowa for a two-game series.
FRIDAY, MAY 14
PENN STATE at INDIANA 4 p.m.
PSU Game Notes | IND Game Notes
Indiana leads the series, 27-22
NORTHWESTERN at #19/22 OHIO STATE 5 p.m. Big Ten Network
NU Game Notes | OSU Game Notes
Northwestern leads the series , 56-29-3
#2/2 MICHIGAN at IOWA 7 p.m. Big Ten Network
MICH Game Notes | IOWA Game Notes
Iowa leads the series, 52-49-1
MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN 7 p.m.
MSU Game Notes | WIS Game Notes
Michigan State leads the all-time series, 22-10
MINNESOTA at #18/18 ILLINOIS 7 p.m.
MINN Game Notes | ILL Game Notes
Illinois leads the all-time series, 13-4
SATURDAY, MAY 15
MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN 1 p.m.
PENN STATE at INDIANA 1 p.m.
MINNESOTA at #18/18 ILLINOIS 2 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at #19/22 OHIO STATE 3 p.m. Big Ten Network
#2/2 MICHIGAN at IOWA 3 p.m.
A Little Perspective: The final two weeks of Big Ten play are set up for a wild conference race to unfold. Heading into the final week, there are only two games separating first place and last in the Big Ten. Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue are in a four-way tie for first at 10-8, while Indiana and Ohio State are tied for fifth at 9-9. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Penn State are also in a four-way tie for seventh place at 8-10.
Outside of the Big Ten, the closest race nationally this year came in the Red Rolfe Division of the Ivy League (with four teams) where first-place Dartmouth was only five games ahead of last-place Yale. Conference USA and the WAC are the next closest with six games separating first and last place.
Most recently, the closest Big Ten race at the conclusion of the season in non-divisional play came when only 5 1/2 games separated first and last place in a 10-team conference in 1963. The only times first and last place have been separated by four or less games in the final standings came in 1897 (four games w/ four teams), 1914 (3 1/2 games w/ nine teams and 1938 (four games with 10 teams). (Courtesy Minnesota Sports Information)
PURDUE at ILLINOIS
INDIANA at MICHIGAN STATE
OHIO STATE at IOWA
NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN
PENN STATE at MINNESOTA
The Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships are set to begin Friday morning and will run through Sunday afternoon. The Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the Indiana University campus will serve as the host site for both the men's and women's championships.
The Minnesota men eye their second straight Big Ten title, while the Penn State women look to make it three in a row this weekend.
A complete preview of this weekend's championships can be found here.
First and second round play of the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships begins this weekend at various campus sites with six Big Ten squads as part of the 64-team field. The 16 regional winners will advance to the championships host site at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.
For more information on the opening rounds of play of the NCAA Championships, click here.
Five Big Ten men's tennis teams begin competition at the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, two of which will be serving as hosts during the first and second rounds beginning this weekend. Sixteen teams will advance out of the regionals to the championships site at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia.
Click here for complete information on the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships.
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced the 18 athletes who have been selected for the 2010 USA Softball Women's Futures National Team.
Michigan's Jordan Taylor has been selected as a member of the 2010 team. Taylor is a junior right-handed pitcher for the Wolverines.
Northwestern head coach Kate Drohan will serve as the head coach of the USA Futures National Team. Drohan is in her ninth season at the helm of the Wildcat program.
The Futures Team will kick off the season with exhibition games against the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team in Canton and Ashland, Ohio, June 16-17.
History was made 75 years ago in what was called the finest hour in Big Ten Championships history. An Ohio State sophomore was the talk of the record-setting crowd of more than 10,000 spectators who came out to see the 1935 championship meet. They collectively hoped for a Buckeye to flash his brilliance in front of a packed house at Ferry Field, in of all places, Ann Arbor, Mich., on the University of Michigan campus.
In the span of 45 minutes, Jesse Owens delivered four world-performances, dazzling the crowd in Ann Arbor and putting the entire world on notice. At 3:15 p.m., he tied the world record in the 100-yard dash at 9.4 seconds. Ten minutes later, he set the world standard in the broad jump at 26-8.25 inches. At 3:34 p.m., he rushed through the 220-yard dash in 20.3 seconds, and then took a breather before breaking the world mark in the 220-yard low hurdles with a time of 22.6 at 4 p.m.
That performance set Owens on pace to become one of the most celebrated track and field athletes of all time.
Click HERE to see where your favorite Big Ten teams and players rank among the NCAA's stat leaders.
Notable (top 25):
Indiana is 21st, averaging 1.49 home runs per game.
Illinois ranks 14th with 101 stolen bases this season.
The Spartan defense is 11th with a .976 fielding percentage.
Penn State (1.11) and Michigan (1.09) rank 16th and 21st, respectively, in double plays turned per game.
Indiana's Alex Dickerson is third in home runs (20) and total bases (158), fourth in slugging percentage (.827), 16th in RBI (63), 19th in hits (81) and 25th in average (.424).
The Hoosiers' Jerrud Sabourin ranks 24th with 80 hits.
Purdue's Tyler Spillner is eighth with seven triples, while Michigan's Patrick Biondi is 17th with six.
Penn State's Ben Heath has 17 home runs to rank 11th.
Illinois' Willie Argo is sixth with 37 stolen bases.
Ohio State's Alex Wimmers ranks fifth win an ERA of 1.61 and sixth with nine wins.
Purdue's Matt Bischoff has eight victories, coming in at No. 21.
Northwestern's Paul Snieder is 11th with 10 saves, while Illinois' Bryan Roberts is 14th with nine.
Minnesota's Seth Rosin continues to lead the nation, averaging 0.6 walks per nine innings. Northwestern's Francis Brooke is fourth (0.84), and Purdue's Bischoff is 25th (1.41).
Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports has several Big Ten players among his latest power rankings:
Alex Dickerson, Indiana: No. 4 outfielder
The reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, Minnesota's Scott Matyas is one of the many Faces of the Big Ten.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week:
Bridget Franek, Penn State
Sr., Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood
Franek wins the second Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor of her career and first of the 2010 season. The senior recorded the nation's best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn State Outdoor Open this weekend, setting the track's top time in the process. She crossed the line in 9:54.70, an effort that is best in the NCAA Eastern standings by nearly 10 seconds and the fastest conference time by almost 11 seconds.
Last Penn State Track Athlete of the Week: Shavon Greaves (April 7, 2010)
Women's Field Athlete of the Week:
Sherrill earns her first career Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor after scoring two first-place finishes and a school record over the weekend at the Billy Hayes Invitational. The junior topped the field in the hammer throw with a toss of 58.46 meters (191-9) to set the Indiana record in the event. She also finished first in the discus with an effort of 46.50 meters (152-7). Her day ended with a second-place effort, first among collegians, in the shot put with a throw of 15.38 meters (50-5.5).
Last Indiana Field Athlete of the Week: Stephanie Chin (April 15, 2009)
Men's Track Athlete of the Week:
Gavin Robertson, Wisconsin
Fr., Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet
Robertson takes home his first Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor after finishing as the top collegian in the 200-meter dash at the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational over the weekend. The freshman clocked a personal-best time in the race, finishing in 21.34. The time was good enough for second place overall, but was the top mark among collegians and is fourth-fastest in the Big Ten this season.
Last Wisconsin Track Athlete of the Week: Jack Bolas (April 22, 2009)
Men's Field Athlete of the Week:
Fritz claims his second career Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor and first of the 2010 season after tying a career-best in the high jump at the Penn State Open last weekend. The senior finished the meet with a winning leap of 2.20 meters (7-2.5), a mark which ranks 10th best in the nation and third in the Big Ten this year.
Last Penn State Field Athlete of the Week: Joe Kovacs (April 21, 2010)
Big Ten Network analyst Cal Eldred breaks down the Big Ten standings and talks equipment differences between the college and professional ranks.
The Hawkeyes talk about having the opportunity to play against the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
Go behind the scenes with Minnesota's John Anderson and see how the Hall of Fame coach runs his practices.
Indiana's Alex Dickerson and Iowa's Kurtis Muller were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week on Tuesday, while Minnesota's Scott Matyas earned Pitcher of the Week accolades. All three played important parts in helping their teams to series victories over the weekend. Matyas also closed out the Gophers' win over No. 20 Kansas State last week. FULL STORY
The Michigan Wolverines check in at No. 2 in the latest USA Today/ NFCA poll--a spot that they have occupied for eight straight weeks beginning on March 23. Michigan is 44-6 overall and 16-1 in the Big Ten to lead the conference race.
Illinois is ranked 18th this week and Ohio State 19th. The Fighting Illini and Buckeyes.
The NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee selected six Big Ten teams and three individuals to participate in the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, the group announced on Monday night. In total, 81 teams and 45 individuals will head to one of six, 54-hole regional championships sites, scheduled for May 20-22.
For more information on the participating teams, click here.
MICHIGAN STATE def. PURDUE, 5-4
TOURNAMENT IMPLICATIONS: Michigan State's win on Monday dropped Purdue into a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are knotted with Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern, all at 10-8. The Spartans jumped into a four-way tie for seventh at 8-10, tied with Illinois, Iowa and Penn State, just two games back of the leaders. Indiana and Ohio State are tied for fifth at 9-9. With two series left to play, the Big Ten title and all six spots in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament are wide open. FULL STANDINGS
Indiana's Jerrud Sabourin was named to the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. The Olerud Award recognizes a player who makes an impact both on the mound and at the plate. The first baseman/pitcher ranks among the Big Ten's top 10 in average (.408), slugging (.582) and on-base percentage (.454) and is 1-0 in eight appearances with 11 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. COMPLETE RELEASE
Michigan sweeps weekly honors as Amanda Chidester is named Player of the Week and Nikki Nemitz is Pitcher of the Week. Complete Release
Sunday's games at Michigan State and Penn State marked the end of an era for the fields they call home.
The Spartans say goodbye to Old College Field
On May 10th, a day after the final home game of the 2010 season, construction crews will take to Old College Field to begin renovations of the new Spartan softball stadium. Completion of the stadium is expected for December of 2010, just in time for the first pitch of the 2011 season. The new 1,100-seat stadium will feature 120 chair back seats, a new press box, backstops, and handicap-accessible seating with brick accents to architecturally match the façade of historic Jenison Field House and the indoor hitting and pitching facility. Prior to the start of the 2010 season, home and visiting dugouts were constructed in-ground with each featuring an added restroom at the end of each dugout.
Penn State bids adieu to Nittany Lion Field
The 36-year history of Nittany Lion Field will ended on Sunday with the last pitch against Ohio State. Opened in 1974 after serving as the home to Penn State freshman baseball, Nittany Lion Field has seen 499 games over its time.Penn State is 265-234 (.531) all-time at the field, including 11 seasons of double digit wins. Friday,May 7, 2010 began a new era in Penn State softball history as the groundbreaking for the $10.2 million Nittany Lion Softball Park. The new 1,084-seat facility is slated for a March 2011 opening day and will feature state-of-the-art features that will make it one of the finest softball complexes in the country.
Nittany Lion Park
OHIO STATE def. ILLINOIS, 8-4
INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 1-0
IOWA def. PENN STATE, 13-9
MICHIGAN def. MINNESOTA, 2-1
PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 6-5
ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE, 5-2
NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 11-4
IOWA def. PENN STATE, 9-3
MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 5-4
PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 8-5
The gang's all back! May 8. Deadline day to withdraw from the NBA Draft. Illinois' Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey will return to Champaign for the 2010-11 season. Penn State's Talor Battle and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will all return next season. Michigan's Manny Harris has elected to remain in the draft and will not return to Ann Arbor for his senior campaign. Ohio State's Evan Turner will also remain in the NBA draft.
With the return of those five rising seniors, 10 All-Big Ten selections will return to the court next season, including four first-team members. In addition, eight student-athletes who earned honorable mention will return for 2010-11.
What they are saying about the Big Ten for 2010-11...
Check back later next week for complete updated rosters for all 11 teams.
SATURDAY, MAY 8
WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN 2 p.m. BigTenNetwork.com
It's Senior Day in Evanston as the Northwestern Wildcats welcome Wisconsin. The 'Cats are currently in fourth place at 9-5 in Big Ten play. Overall, NU leads the teams' all-time series with a 22-8 margin, including a 9-5 advantage in Evanston. The Badgers are looking to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Wildcats, having last won a game in the series in 2004. NU took both games last season in Madison by scores of 3-1 and 2-0. Northwestern faces the Badgers coming off of a 4-2 loss at DePaul on Wednesday, snapping a five-game winning streak NU. The Wildcats have won six of their last eight games though, and hold a 24-19 record overall and a 9-5 Big Ten mark. Wisconsin enters the game winners of seven of their last nine games, as the Badgers look to continue their winning ways and extend last week's conference sweep of Indiana.
IOWA at MINNESOTA 2 p.m. Big Ten Network
It's a border battle as Iowa travels to Minnesota this weekend for a two-game series. Iowa leads the all-time series, 51-37. The Hawkeyes have won eight of the 10 previous meetings, with their only losses coming in 2004 (2-0) and 2008 (1-0 in 13 innings) over the 10 game stretch. The Gophers dropped a pair of games last weekend and fall to 15-33 overall, with a 1-13 mark in Big Ten action. Their conference record leaves them alone in 11th place in the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes have lost a season high seven straight to sit at 23-21 on the year and 8-7 in conference play. In the Big Ten, Iowa currently sits in fifth place.
OHIO STATE at PENN STATE 2 p.m.
The No. 19 Ohio State softball team (33-12, 12-2 Big Ten) will pack its bags for its second-consecutive Big Ten road series, this time facing Penn State. The Scarlet and Gray are 12-1 in their last 13 games after recording a 10-game winning streak, including a 5-3 victory over the second-ranked Wolverines April 28 at Buckeye Field. OSU's run was snapped with a 4-3 loss to Michigan in game two of a doubleheader. Penn State will play its final games at Nittany Lion Field this weekend as construction continues on a new facility--Nittany Lion Softball Park to open for the 2011 season. The Nittany Lions are currently on a four-game losing skid after dropping two games each to Northwestern and Syracuse (April 27). Penn State broke its last four-game losing streak with a series sweep of Iowa, 7-1 and 5-3, at home April 24-25. Ohio State leads the all-time series record vs. Penn State, 41-25. The Buckeyes are 6-1 vs. the Nittany Lions in the last three seasons.
INDIANA at PURDUE 4 p.m. Big Ten Network (tape delay airing at 7 p.m. ET)
It's rivalry weekend on the softball diamond as in-state foes meet up. Purdue (26-24, 7-7 Big Ten) looks to add to its four game-win streak and continue to move up the Big Ten rankings when they face off against in-state rival Indiana this weekend.The Boilermakers went 4-0 last week against Michigan State and Minnesota. Purdue swept the Spartans 2-0 and 10-2 (6) in a doubleheader on Wednesday and downed the Golden Gophers 7-0 and 11-2 (6) in Minneapolis over the weekend. Indiana looks to snap a seven-game losing streak this weekend. The Hoosiers have lost their last seven games, all in Big Ten Conference play. The team went 0-4 against No. 18 Illinois and Wisconsin last week. IU fell to the Fighting Illini 5-4 and 9-0 (6) on Wednesday, before dropping 4-1 and 8-0 (5) decisions on the road in Madison last weekend. Purdue leads the all-time series 20-12 that began in 1994.Purdue was won the last six contests, including a pair of extra-inning wins last season. The Boilermakers are 11-5 against the Hoosiers when playing in West Lafayette.
MICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGAN 7 p.m. BigTenNetwork.com
In-state rivals will meet this weekend in a home-and-home series. Michigan State (20-28, 4-12) travels to No. 2 Michigan (42-6, 15-1) for the first game of the series. The Wolverines are looking to clinch at least a share of the conference crown this weekend. The Spartans are coming off two losses to then-No. 18 Illinois last weekend. Michigan rides a three-game win streak as the Wolverines downed two non-conference foes during the week and rebounded after its first conference loss of the season vs. then-No. 19 Ohio State. Michigan leads the all-time series 67-27. Last season the two teams split with U-M winning the first game and the Green and White taking the second.
SUNDAY, MAY 9
INDIANA at PURDUE 1 p.m.
MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE 1 p.m.
OHIO STATE at PENN STATE 1 p.m.
WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN 2 p.m. BigTenNetwork.com
IOWA at MINNESOTA 2 p.m. Big Ten Network
ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE, 6-3
INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 11-9
PENN STATE def. IOWA, 6-2
MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 14-7
ILLINOIS at OHIO STATE
INDIANA at NORTHWESTERN
IOWA at PENN STATE
MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA
MICHIGAN STATE at PURDUE
The first round of play is in the books for the Big Ten's five women's golf teams at the NCAA Regional Championships as Purdue leads the charge in the team standings in the Central Regional at Otter Creek Golf Club in Columbus, Ind. The Boilermakers are third in the team standings at 15-over par, six strokes back of first-place Arizona State.
In the West Regional in Stanford, Calif., Ohio State is eighth in the team standings after finishing with a 12-over par 296.
For more information on round one results from the NCAA Regionals, click here.
Congratulations to the 10 softball student-athletes who were named to the 2010 Softball Academic All-America Team presented by ESPN The Magazine as selected by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA) announced today.
Ashley Griffith, Penn State -- Sr., OF -- Kinesiology & Movement Science
Danee Collett, Penn State -- So., C -- Elementary Education
Angela Findlay, Michigan -- Sr., OF -- Psychology
Alicia Herron, Ohio State -- So., SS - Nursing
Audrey Gallien, Illinois -- Jr., C -- Anthropology
Liane Horiuchi, Purdue -- Sr., SS -- Movement & Sport Science
Hope Howell, Illinois -- Sr., OF -- Journalism
Nicole Pauly, Northwestern -- Sr., 2B -- Human Development & Psychological Services
Sara Olson, Indiana -- Jr., DP -- Recreation & Sport Management
Katie Brown, Iowa -- Sr., 1B -- Elementary Education
Several Big Ten players rank among the nation's best in the latest Rivals.com Power Rankings:
Alex Dickerson, IND, #4 Outfielder
On Wednesday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the 74 members of the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team, which included 17 Big Ten student-athletes. The team is comprised of wrestlers who have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and was either an NCAA qualifier or won at 60 percent of his duals. Wrestlers could also earn a spot on the team with a 3.0 GPA and was named an NCAA All-American.
Additionally, six conference squads were a part of the association's Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams. Northwestern was the conference leader and was ranked seventh, followed by Penn State at No. 15. Purdue and Michigan State were 25th and 26th, respectively, while Ohio State was No. 28 and Michigan was No. 29.
The complete list of Big Ten wrestlers that are a part of the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team can be found below.
Clint Arlis, ILL
Michigan State's Brandon Eckerle, Minnesota's Kyle Knudson, Nick O'Shea and AJ Pettersen and Penn State's David Lutz have been named Academic All-District first-team selections, CoSIDA announced on Thursday. Each player is now eligible for Academic All-America selection. COMPLETE RELEASE
Six Big Ten men's tennis singles standouts were selected among the 64-player field, and four conference doubles teams earned berths in the 32-team draw that will compete at the 2010 NCAA Division I Championships, the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee announced on Thursday.
To see which Big Ten teamw will be represented at the men's singles and doubles draw, click here.
A trio of Big Ten singles players advanced to the 64-woman field, and three doubles pairs earned berths in the 32-team doubles draw at the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced on Thursday.
For complete information on the singles and doubles draw, click here.
Dave Winfield (Minnesota, 1973) and Steve Arlin (Ohio State, 1965-66) were named to the College World Series Legends Team, announced on Thursday.
Winfield was the second-leading vote getter, leading Minnesota in the 1973 College World Series as an outfielder and a pitcher. He earned Most Outstanding Player honors that year for his performance on the mound.
Arlin led Ohio State in the 1965 and '66 College World Series, taking home All-Tournament Team accolades in '65. In 1966, he led the Buckeyes to the CWS title and earned Most Outstanding Player honors.
Women's Co-Track Athletes of the Week:
Angela Bizzarri, Illinois
Sr., Mason, Ohio/Mason
Bizzarri wins Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors for the third time in her career and first time of the 2010 season. She recorded the nation's second-fastest time in the 5,000 meters this year at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational over the weekend, clocking in at 15:37.21 to finish sixth overall in the race and second among collegians. The reigning NCAA Champion in the event, Bizzarri was four seconds off her school record.
Last Illinois Track Athlete of the Week: Angela Bizzarri (April 22, 2009)
Betsy Flood, Iowa
Flood wins Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors for the first time after taking first place in the 3,000 meters at the Musco Twilight over the weekend. She crossed the tape with a personal-best time of 9:22.63, which ranks as the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season and the third-fastest in program history. She takes home Iowa's first Track Athlete of the Week honor in over two years.
Last Iowa Track Athlete of the Week: Diane Nukuri (April 8, 2008)
Women's Field Athlete of the Week:
Pendleton wins her second straight Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor, claiming the award off the strength of the nation's best throw in the discus her last time out. At the Jesse Owens Classic over the weekend, Pendleton recorded the NCAA's top toss of the season with an effort of 186-7 (56.87 meters), which also set a new Michigan record, winning the event for her second straight meet.
Last Michigan Field Athlete of the Week: Erin Pendleton (April 28, 2010)
Five Big Ten women's golf teams and two individuals will begin the march toward national preeminence on Thursday when they begin play at the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships. The three-day event gets underway Thursday morning and will conclude on Saturday. Four squads will play in the Central Region, which will be held at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., while the fifth will compete into the West Regional, which will be held at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.
For complete information on the NCAA Regional Championships, click here.
The Big Ten Conference office announced the rowing individual award winners and seven sportsmanship honorees, as chosen by the conference coaches, on Wednesday afternoon. Michigan State's Emily Regan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Wisconsin's Mollie Kryka won Freshman of the Year laurels. Badger leader Bebe Bryans was named conference Coach of the Year after guiding Wisconsin to its first Big Ten Championship.
For complete information on the award winners and the list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.
Men's Track Athlete of the Week:
Casimir Loxsom, Penn State
Fr., New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross
Loxsom wins his second consecutive Track Athlete of the Week honor after recording the nation's top time in the 800 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational over the weekend. Loxsom stopped the clock at 1:46.74, which is third-fastest in the Penn State records book and the eighth-fastest ever by an American 19 or younger. His time is 10th fastest in the world this year, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Last Penn State Track Athlete of the Week: Casimir Loxsom (April 28, 2010)
Men's Field Athlete of the Week:
Hegerle wins his first Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week distinction after posting first- and second-place efforts at the Musco Twilight over the weekend at Iowa City, Iowa. The freshman finished on top in the hammer throw with a toss of 211-5 feet, a mark that is 18th in the nation this year and second in the Minnesota record book. He also finished second in the discus with a throw of 175-5, one inch shy of his personal best.
Last Minnesota Field Athlete of the Week: R.J. McGinnis (April 28, 2010)
The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament is three weeks away, but you can get your single-game tickets on Monday! Click HERE for more information.
Click HERE to see where your favorite Big Ten teams and players rank among the NCAA leaders.
Six Big Ten tennis teams were awarded berths into the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced on Tuesday afternoon. Michigan and Northwestern earned top 16 seeds and host first- and second-round action. Michigan is the No. 4 overall seed and Northwestern is No. 6. Other Big Ten teams making the field included Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State.
For complete info on the NCAA Championships, click here.
The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee announced Tuesday afternoon that five Big Ten tennis teams made the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships field of 64. Ohio State and Illinois are seeded in the top 16 and will host first- and second-round matchups, which begin May 14. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin were the other conference teams to earn berths into the draw.
For detailed information on the NCAA Championships, click here.
Former University of Wisconsin standout Chris Solinsky smashed the American record in the 10,000 meters at last weekend's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., becoming the first American to break the 27-minute barrier. It was the first time he had ever competed in the 10,000 meters.
A five-time NCAA Champion while at Wisconsin, Solinsky crossed the tape in a time of 26:59.60, breaking the old record by more than 14 seconds. He covered the final 800 meters in 1:56, including a last 56-second split on the final lap.
The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday the members of the 2010 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches. Illinois' Scott Langley was named conference Player of the Year, the first time an Illinois golfer has won the award since 2003, while mentor Mike Small was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by his peers. Michigan's Jack Schultz was the coaches' unanimous choice for Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Also, the conference honored one student-athlete from each institution to receive the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
For complete information on the All-Big Ten team, click here.
The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament is right around the corner! If you can't be there in person, the Big Ten Network has you covered.
Reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week David Lutz is one of many Faces of the Big Ten.
Players of the Week
In the Polls
This week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll is out and Michigan remains at No. 2 behind the Pac-10's Washington Huskies (40-5). The Wolverines are 40-6 overall and sit in first place in the Big Ten with a 14-1 record--one game ahead of the second-place Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State is ranked 19th in this week's poll and Illinois is ranked 17th.
The ballots are in and this week's Players of the Week are...
Co-Players of the Week
Michelle Batts, Northwestern
Jr., DP, Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North
Molly Garst, Purdue
So., 3B, Webb City, Mo./Webb City
Pitcher of the Week
Suzie Rzegocki, Purdue
Jr., RHP, Lemont, Ill./Lemont
The No. 2 Northwestern Wildcats won their 12th-straight Big Ten Tournament championship with a 4-0 win over top-seeded Michigan on Sunday afternoon at the Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament at the University of Iowa. The Wildcats jumped to a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point, then wins at Nos. 1, 4 and 5 singles clinched the tournament title for Northwestern, who earns the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.
For a complete recap of the 2010 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament, click here.
The Ohio State Buckeyes won their fifth-straight Big Ten Tournament, ninth overall, by defeating No. 2 Illinois, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Indiana University and clinched the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. After Ohio State took a 1-0 lead after doubles, Illinois tied the match with a win at No. 3 singles. The Buckeyes then won three straight matches at Nos. 1, 4 and 6 singles to clinch the tournament title.
Click here for a complete recap of the 2010 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament.
Illinois maintained its 12-stroke lead after the third round of the 2010 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships at the Windsong Farm Golf Club in Maple Plain, Minn. As a team, the Illini fired a 300 in round three, moving their three-round total to 862. Michigan is second with 874 and is closely followed by Iowa (878) and Northwestern (879).
For complete round three results, click here.
At the 2010 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Lake Ovid at Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, Mich., Wisconsin won its first Big Ten title off the strength of four first-place efforts. With wins in the second varsity eight, first varsity four, first novice eight and second novice eight, the Badgers totaled 148 points, ahead of second-place Michigan State (132) and third-place Michigan (111). Ohio State was fourth with 105 points followed by Minnesota (66), Iowa (51) and Indiana (30).
For more information on the championships, click here.
Former Michigan gymnast Elise Ray will receive an Olympic bronze medal from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia after the International Olympic Committee stripped the Chinese team of the bronze on Wednesday.
Ray, along with teammates Tasha Schwikert, Jamie Dantzscher and Kristin Maloney, Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow, will receive the bronze instead.
Ray was a six-time Big Ten Champion, including four wins at the 2004 championships. She also was a three-time NCAA Champion, winning the 2001 all-around title, the 2002 balance beam crown and the 2004 uneven bars championship.
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