June 2010 Archives

The University of Michigan coaching staff has been named the Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, on Wednesday. Honored were head coach Carol Hutchins, associate head coach Bonnie Tholl, assistant coach Jennifer Brundage and volunteer coach Marx Keogh.

The staff guided the Wolverines to their third straight Big Ten Championship in 2010, marking the 13th time in 18 years they have won the conference crown, and advanced to the super regionals in the NCAA Championships. Under their guidance, four Wolverines were named Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans, including second-team members Nikki Nemitz, Dorian Shaw, Jordan Taylor and Maggie Viefhaus.

M GYM: JD Reive Hired As New Iowa Coach

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Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced last week that Stanford assistant JD Reive has been hired as the new Iowa men's gymnastics coach. Reive assumes the role after long-time head man Tom Dunn retired following the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Reive served as an assistant coach at Stanford for the past seven seasons. There he help guide the Cardinal to four top-three team finishes as well as the 2009 national championships.

For more information on Reive, click here.

Michigan State rower Laura Cowal recently was selected to the Canadian U-23 National Team that will compete in Belarus this summer. She will compete with the U-23 eight team and updates msuspartans.com with her training thus far.
Michigan State rower Laura Cowal recently was selected to the Canadian U-23 National Team that will compete in Belarus this summer. She will compete with the U-23 eight team and updates msuspartans.com with her training thus far.

T/F: Three Qualify for World Junior Championships

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At the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend, Michigan's Erin Pendleton and Penn State's Evonne Britton and Casimir Loxsom qualified for the 2010 World Junior Track and Field Championships, scheduled for July 19-25 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Britton qualified for two events in the world championships after winning the 400-meter hurdles (57.99) and claiming runner-up honors in the 100-meter hurdles (13.37). Classmate Loxsom took first place in the 800-meter run (1:47.45), while Pendleton won the junior discus throw with a toss of 52.54 meters.

Meanwhile, former Purdue All-American Kara Patterson shattered the American record in the javelin. Her throw of 66.67 meters (218-08) is third in the world in 2010 and breaks the United States mark by more than two meters.

M Golf: Illinois' Langley helps USA to Palmer Cup Win

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The successful summer continued over the weekend for Illinois golfer Scott Langley as he helped the United States defeat Europe, 13-11, to win the Palmer Cup at Royal Porthush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Langley earned the match-clinching point for the United States, finishing 1-up.

"I knew it was close and I knew that I had to play 17 well. I didn't know that I didn't need to play 18 well, but I still tried to do my best and hit two solid shots and I was able to do that."

To read more about Langley's effort in the Palmer Cup, click here.

BASE: He's Got CLASS

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Ohio State's Cory Kovanda was named a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award first-team All-American. COMPLETE RELEASE

Rock the Vote!

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Big Ten Athletes of the Year Evan Turner (Ohio State basketball) and Megan Hodge (Penn State volleyball) have been nominated for ESPY awards, ESPN announced on Thursday. Click HERE for more information.

XC/T&F: Six Named Academic All-Americans

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Six Big Ten student-athletes were selected to the 2009-10 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Teams, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced on Thursday morning.

Two conference athletes were named to the first team, including Illinois' Angela Bizzarri and Minnesota's Heather Dorniden. Gopher teammate Megan Duwell was selected to the second team and is joined by Penn State's Bridget Franek. Two other conference standouts were selected to the third team, including Michigan's Kaitlyn Peale and Indiana's Wendi Robinson.

Ohio State basketball player Evan Turner and Penn State volleyball player Megan Hodge were named the Jesse Owens Male and Suzy Favor Female Big Ten Athletes of the Year, respectively, the conference office announced on Wednesday. The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.

To read more information on this year's winners, click here.

Although the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded earlier this month, many Big Ten student-athletes will be back on the track this weekend at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet will run June 23-27 at Drake University and will feature more than 40 Big Ten student-athletes

For complete information on the USA Track and Field Championships, click here.

BASE: Final Countdown

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Ohio State's Alex Wimmers has been named one of three finalists for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Award. COMPLETE RELEASE

WBB: Preseason Pairings

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Purdue will participate in the 2010 Preseason WNIT, it was announced on Wednesday. The Boilermakers look to become the second straight Big Ten team to win the event title, following Ohio State in 2009. COMPLETE RELEASE

BASE: Making History

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Purdue junior Sean Collins tossed the first no-hitter in Prospect League history. FULL STORY

XC/T&F: Three Named Academic All-Americans

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Three Big Ten student-athletes were selected to the 2009-10 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Teams, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

After finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships, Wisconsin's Jack Bolas was selected a first-team member, having been chosen for the second team in 2009. A pair of Minnesota student-athletes made the teams as Mike Torchia earned a spot on the second team, while teammate Aaron Studt was a third-team selection.

Big Ten Athlete of the Year Emily Regan is training with US Rowing this summer with the hopes of earning a spot on the US U-23 national team that will compete in Belarus in August. She checks in with msuspartans.com to give her reactions to the first two weeks of workouts with the national squad.

M Golf: Illinois' Langley Finishes 16th at U.S. Open

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After an incredible season that saw him win medalist honors at the NCAA Championships, Illinois' Scott Langley continued his string of impressive performances by finishing tied for 16th place at the U.S. Open on Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif. The Illinois junior fired an 8-over par for the tournament, finishing as the top amateur at the championship. He finished ahead of several successful professionals, including Sergio Garcia, Tom Watson and Vijay Singh.

Click here to get Langley's insights on his successful showing at the 110th United States Open, click here.

A pair of Big Ten men's tennis players were named to the 2010 USTA Summer Collegiate Team, administered by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, on Thursday. Michigan freshman Evan King, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Ohio State's Chase Buchanan, the 2010 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, were selected to the 13-member team.

The USTA Summer Collegiate Team is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players, and provides the players with exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit. The top six American players from the season-ending ITA national singles rankings are eligible for automatic selections. The remaining players on each team were selected by USTA Player Development staff in conjunction with USTA National Coaches, and current collegiate coaches.

To read the complete release from the ITA, click here.

BASE: Everybody's All-American

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Indiana outfielder and Big Ten Player of the Year Alex Dickerson was named an All-American by Baseball America. COMPLETE RELEASE

BASE: American Boys

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Indiana's Alex Dickerson earned first-team All-America accolades by the NCBWA, while Ohio State's Alex Wimmers was named to the second team and Penn State's Ben Heath took home third-team honors. COMPLETE RELEASE

W T&F: Minnesota's Anderson 'Pushed to be Her Best'

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Minnesota track and field standout Gabriele Anderson finished second in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week, culminating a career that has endured more challenges than most.

Read about Anderson's success in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

T&F: Big Ten FInishes With 37 All-America Honors

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A total of 37 Big Ten student-athletes, 17 men and 20 women, were named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Americans on Tuesday as a result of top-eight finishes at last weekend's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Iowa led all men's honorees with five, thanks in part to its top-eight finish in the 4x400 meter relay on the final night of competition. The Penn State women were awarded nine All-America certificates, the most of any women's team in the Big Ten. Iowa's Steven Willey, along with Penn State's Aleesha Barber, Fawn Dorr and Shavon Greaves each earned two All-America honors at the championships.

For a complete list of the 2010 honorees, click here.

BASE: Freshmen Earn More Awards

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Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki and Michigan outfielder Patrick Biondi were named to the Ping!Baseball Freshman All-America second team on Monday, while Michigan State second baseman Ryan Jones was named to the third team. COMPLETE RELEASE

BASE: Fresh Faces

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Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki named to the NCBWA Freshman All-America first team, while Michigan outfielder Patrick Biondi is a second-team selection. COMPLETE RELEASE
Two Big Ten student-athletes won national championships on Saturday, bringing the conference total to three, during the final day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Hayward Track on the University of Oregon campus. In total, the conference saw 15 All-America efforts during the final day of competition.

Penn State's Bridget Franek crossed the tape first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:38.36, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field, to claim her first NCAA championship. Illinois' Andrew Riley became the first national champion for the Illini since 1997 after winning the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.45.

For more information on the Big Ten at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, click here.

BASE: The Best Around

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Indiana's Alex Dickerson was named the District V Player of the Year, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America announced on Friday. COMPLETE RELEASE

BASE: American Boys

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Five Big Ten players earned All-America honors from Ping!Baseball:

First Team
Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State

Second Team
Ben Heath, C, Penn State
Michael Kvasnicka, C, Minnesota
Alex Dickerson, OF, Indiana

Third Team
Paul Snieder, UT, Northwestern

T&F: Three Named All-Americans on Day 2 at NCAAs

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On the second day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Track in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, three student-athletes earned All-America honors, while 10 student-athletes and two relays advanced to their respective event finals.

For more information on the Big Ten on Day 2 at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, click here.

ROW: Five Earn All-America Honors By CRCA

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The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced earlier this week the 2010 All-America teams, with five student-athletes earning selections.

Three Big Ten rowers were chosen on the first team, including Michigan's Ashley Kroll, Michigan State's Emily Regan and Wisconsin's Vicky Opitz. Iowa's Jessica Novak and Ohio State's Chorlott Goldstein were voted to the second team.

To read the complete release from the CRCA, click here.

Major League Baseball teams selected 26 Big Ten baseball players in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, held June 7-9. Highlighting the field, Ohio State's Alex Wimmers went in the first round to the Minnesota Twins, while Minnesota's Michael Kvasnicka was drafted by the Houston Astros in the supplemental first round.

For the complete release, click here.

Four Selected to Women's All-America At-Large Team

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Four Big Ten women's student-athletes were selected to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday morning.

Ohio State diver Chelsea Davis and Penn State gymnast Brandi Personett were named to the second team, while Purdue swimmer Christine Inman and Indiana rower Emily Kasavana earned spots on the third team.

To be eligible for Academic-All-America consideration, student-athletes must be a starter or a key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA on a 4.00 scale, must be at least sophomore athletically and academically at his/her institution and must be nominated by his/her sports information director.

To read the complete release from CoSIDA, click here.

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BASE: Draft Tracker

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Four Big Ten players were taken in the final 10 rounds of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, giving the conference 26 draftees this year

Round 41
#1226 Kevin Cahill, RHP, Purdue - Washington Nationals

Round 45
#1375 Heath Johnson, OF, Penn State - New York Yankees

Round 46
#1395 A.J. Achter, RHP, Michigan State - Minnesota Twins

Round 49
#1478 Pat Schatz, RHP, Iowa - Chicago White Sox

 

Big Ten Medal of Honor Award Winners Announced

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The Big Ten Conference office announced on Wednesday the 2010 Medal of Honor winners. The award was established in 1914 when the Big Ten endowed a Medal of Honor to be given annually to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics. In 1982, the Medal of Honor was expanded to include a senior female athlete from each institution.

Click here to read the complete release.

BASE: Draft Tracker

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Three Big Ten players are selected in rounds 31-40 of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, upping the conference's number of draftees to 22.

Round 37
#1120 Chad Noble, C, Northwestern - Chicago Cubs
#1127 Chris Squires, RHP, Indiana - Florida Marlins

Round 40
#1209 Scott Matyas, RHP, Minnesota - Milwaukee Brewers

BASE: American Boys

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Five Big Ten players were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Wednesday. COMPLETE RELEASE

Micah Johnson, 3B, Indiana
Patrick Biondi, OF, Michigan
Ryan Jones, 2B, Michigan State
Cameron Perkins, 3B, Purdue
Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue

 

BASE: Semi-Final Countdown

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Ohio State's Alex Wimmers has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Award.

Northwestern sophomore Paul Snieder has been tabbed one of 10 semifinalists for the College Baseball Foundation's John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

BASE: Draft Tracker

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Five Big Ten players were taken in rounds 21-30 of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, bringing the total number of conference draft picks to 19 at the conclusion of Day 2.

Round 22
#667 Kurtis Muller, OF, Iowa - Cincinnati Reds

Round 25
#758 Ethan Wilson, SS, Indiana - Chicago White Sox

Round 29
#875 Zach Hurley, RF, Ohio State - Oakland Athletics
#878 Michael Earley, OF, Indiana - Chicago White Sox

Round 30
#917 Zach Robertson, LHP, Iowa - Florida Marlins

BASE: Draft Tracker

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Three more Big Ten players are taken in rounds 11-20 of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, bringing the conference's total to 14.

Round 11
#340 Eric Jokisch, LHP, Northwestern - Chicago Cubs

Round 20
#607 Chris Berset, C, Michigan - Cincinnati Reds
#612 Matt Bischoff, RHP, Purdue - Seattle Mariners

T/F: NCAA Outdoor Championships Preview

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The Big Ten Conference will be well represented when the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin on Wednesday, June 9, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The four-day meet will be hosted by the University of Oregon, and all 10 conference squads will send student-athletes to compete for national prominence.

For the complete NCAA Track and Field Championships preview, click here.

BASE: Draft Tracker

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Five Big Ten players were taken in rounds 6-10 of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, bringing the Big Ten's total to 11 draftees through the first 10 rounds:

Round 8
#256 Jonathan Roof, SS, Michigan State - Texas Rangers
#257 Alan Oaks, RHP, Michigan - Florida Marlins

Round 9
Kyle Knudson, C, Minnesota - Minnesota Twins

Round 10
Tyler Burgoon, RHP, Michigan - Seattle Mariners
Dan Burkhart, C, Ohio State - San Francisco Giants

BASE: Draft Tracker

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Four Big Ten players were taken in Rounds 2-5 of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft:

Round 2
#62 Ryan LaMarre, OF, Michigan - Cincinnati Reds

Round 4
#138 Seth Rosin, RHP, Minnesota - San Francisco Giants

Round 5
#153 Ben Heath, C, Penn State - Houston Astros
#159 Matt Miller, RHP, Michigan - Milwaukee Brewers

It was announced on Tuesday that four Big Ten men's student-athletes were named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

First-team members included Iowa wrestler Brent Metcalf and Ohio State swimmer Stefan Sigrist. Penn State men's volleyball player Max Lipsitz was named to the second team, while Indiana tennis player Lachlan Ferguson earned third-team status.

To be eligible for Academic-All-America consideration, student-athletes must be a starter or a key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA on a 4.00 scale, must be at least sophomore athletically and academically at his/her institution and must be nominated by his/her sports information director.

To read the complete release from CoSIDA and for the full list of 2010 At-Large Academic All-Americans, click here.

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BASE: Draft Tracker

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Ohio State's Alex Wimmers and Minnesota's Michael Kvasnicka were selected on Day 1 of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday.

Wimmers went in the first round to the Minnesota Twins with the 21st overall pick. The right-hander is the Big Ten's highest draft selection since former Buckeye Nick Swisher went 16th overall in 2002.

Kvasnicka was the first pick in the supplemental first round, going to the Houston Astros with the No. 33 selection. He is the highest Gopher taken in the draft since Glenn Perkins went 22nd overall in 2004.

This marks the second consecutive year that the Big Ten has had multiple players taken in the first or supplemental first rounds. Last year, Indiana's Eric Arnett went 26th overall, while the Hoosiers' Josh Phegley and Matt Bashore were compensation selections. This year also marks the first time since the 1990 and 1991 drafts that the Big Ten has had a first-round picks in back-to-back seasons.

More on Wimmers:
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BASE: Minnesota's Season Comes to an End

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Minnesota's season came to an end on Monday with a 9-5 loss to Cal State Fullerton in the championship game of the Fullerton Regional.

Michael Kvasnicka led the Gophers, going 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI, also knocking a run-scoring double that helped Minnesota jump out to an early lead. AJ Pettersen and Nick O'Shea had two hits each for the Gophers, while Pettersen also scored twice and O'Shea drove one in.

With the championship game appearance, Minnesota became one of just 19 programs to reach a regional final in each of the last two seasons. On Friday, the Gophers became the only No. 4 seed to knock of a No. 1 seed on the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Baseball Championship.

Kvasnicka, Kyle Knudson and Seth Rosin earned spots on the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. Kvasnicka batted .421 with two runs, a homer, two doubles and four RBI over four games, while Knudson hit .444 with three runs, a homer and three RBI. Rosin held Cal State Fullerton to just one run on three hits and struck out seven in Friday night's opening-round game.

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M/W TEN: Three Named ITA All-Americans

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Three conference tennis standouts earned All-America status by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Monday.

Ohio State's Chase Buchanan, Michigan's Denise Muresan and Northwestern's Maria Mosolova were named singles All-Americans. Buchanan finished the season having been named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, and was ranked sixth in the final ITA Rankings. Muresan, who was named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year, finished the season ranked 18th, while Mosolova was ranked 12th at season's end following a run to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships.

To be selected as an All-American, a singles player must be a top 16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championships, reach the round of 16 in the singles championships, or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA Rankings. To earn All-America honors in doubles, teams must be a top eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championships, reach the quarterfinals of the postseason tournament, or finish in the top 10 of the final ITA Rankings.

BASE: Gophers are Golden

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Minnesota's Seth Rosin is named among the best draft-eligible arms playing in NCAA Regionals. (subscription required)

Minnesota's Michael Kvasnicka has a high appeal as a catcher, writes FanGraphs.

BASE: Mock Draft

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Baseball America's latest mock draft has Ohio State's Alex Wimmers going to the Cincinnati Reds with the No. 12 pick.

Keith Law of ESPN.com has Ohio State's Alex Wimmers going to the Minnesota Twins with the No. 21 pick and Minnesota's Michael Kvasnicka going to the Tampa Bay Rays at No. 32. (subscription required)

BASE: Where They Rank

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Baseball America ranks the following Big Ten players among its top 200 prospects:
No. 21 Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State
No. 32 Ryan LaMarre, OF, Michigan
No. 63 Michael Kvasnicka, C/OF, Minnesota
No. 158 Tyler Burgoon, RHP, Michigan
No. 181 Seth Rosin, RHP, Minnesota

On the day of the draft, Baseball America amends its top 50, placing Ohio State's Alex Wimmers at No. 17 and Michigan's Ryan LaMarre at No. 31

Keith Law of ESPN.com ranks Ohio State's Alex Wimmers the No. 12 prospect available in this year's draft, followed by Minnesota's Michael Kvasnicka (No. 49) and Seth Rosin (No. 96). (subscription required)

BASE: Position-by-Position

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Baseball America ranks the following Big Ten players among the best at their respective positions:

An outfielder for most of this season, Minnesota's Michael Kvasnicka still ranks as the sixth-best catching prospect in this year's draft.

Michigan's Ryan LaMarre is listed as the second-best prospect among center fielders.

BASE: Top Prospects

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Highlights from Baseball America's state-by-state top prospects:

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Northwestern's Eric Jokisch and Chad Noble are notable prospects from the state of Illinois.

Purdue's Matt Bischoff and Matt Jansen and Indiana's Chris Squires and Jerrud Sabourin represent four of the top prospects from the state of Indiana.

Iowa's Kurtis Muller is listed one of the top 10 prospects in that state.

Players from Michigan and Michigan State represent the top nine prospects out of the state of Michigan, led by the Wolverines' Ryan LaMarre (No. 1) and Tyler Burgoon (No. 2).

Michael Kvasnicka leads a group of Golden Gophers that are among the best prospects from the state of Minnesota.

Projected first-rounder Alex Wimmers leads a group of four Buckeyes that rank among Ohio's top prospects.

Penn State catcher Ben Heath is listed as the seventh-best prospect out of the state of Pennsylvania.

BASE: Big Life. Big Stage. Big Ten. Big Leagues.

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The first 50 picks of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com tonight at 7 p.m. ET. FULL STORY

BASE: Road to Omaha

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Minnesota fell into an early hole was unable to mount a comeback, falling 7-2 to Cal State Fullerton in NCAA Regional action. The Gophers and Titans will meet again on Monday at 8 p.m. PT to play for the regional title.

AJ Pettersen led Minnesota on offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kyle Knudson also had a 2-for-4 night, while Michael Kvasnicka was 1-for-4 with his eighth homer of the year. Phil Isaksson was tagged with the loss.

Recap and Box Score

Monday's Live Stats

BASE: Road to Omaha

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Minnesota overcame an early 3-0 deficit and trailed late, 4-3, before pulling out a 10-inning win against New Mexico in NCAA Regionals on Saturday. With the win, the Golden Gophers will play on Sunday for the right to advance to Super Regionals.

With the game tied, 4-4, in the 10th, Kyle Knudson knocked a leadoff single, followed by another base hit from Nick O'Shea. Matt Puhl came through with an RBI single to make it a 5-4 game, followed by Kyle Geason who hit a one-run single to put the game at the final 6-4 tally.

The Golden Gophers will play for the Regional title on Sunday at 8 p.m. PT. They will face the winner of the New Mexico vs. Cal State Fullerton contest, which will be played at 4 p.m. PT. All games will be broadcast live on ESPNU. A win would put Minnesota into Super Regionals for the first time in school history. A loss would force a decisive game on Monday.

Recap and Box Score

Sunday's Live Stats

BASE: Survive and Advance

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Minnesota began NCAA Championship play on Friday night with a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton, becoming the only No. 4 seed to down a No. 1 seed on the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Championship. The win over the seventh-ranked Titans is Minnesota's highest since beating No. 2 Missouri on March 26, 2009. It is also the program's highest in NCAA play since defeating No. 4 San Diego on June 2, 2007.

The Gopher offense gave starter Seth Rosin an early cushion with three runs in the first. That was all breathing room the right-hander would need as he gave up just one run on three hits in eight innings. Scott Matyas worked a perfect ninth to pick up his eighth save of the year.

Minnesota advances to the winners' bracket of the Fullerton Regional and will face No. 3 New Mexico on Saturday night at 8 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Recap and Box Score

Saturday's Live Stats

BASE: Road to Omaha

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Minnesota opens NCAA play tonight at 8 p.m. PT against Cal State Fullerton in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU. The Golden Gophers are the No. 4 seed in the Fullerton Regional, while the Titans are the regional's host and the No. 1 seed. Also in the bracket are No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 New Mexico.

Big Ten Baseball Release

Minnesota Game Notes

Live Stats

T/F: USTFCCCA Announces All-Region Selections

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The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Friday the Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2010 outdoor track and field season, which will culminate next week at the NCAA Championships. In total, 10 conference student-athletes and coaches earned individual honors.

Ohio State's Thomas Murdaugh was named the Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year, while Penn State freshman Casimir Loxsom won Mid-Atlantic Region honors. Loxsom's teammate Blake Eaton was named Mid-Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year, and Indianan's Derek Drouin was named Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year. Penn State assistant coach John Gondak was named Mid-Atlantic Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.

On the women's side, Indiana's Molly Beckwith and Penn State's Fawn Dorr were named Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athletes of the Year, respectively. Nittany Lion leader Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, while assistant Chris Johnson won Women's Assistant Coach of the Year honors in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Wisconsin's Nate Davis took home Great Lakes Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.

M GOLF: Illinois' Langley Wins NCAA Championship

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Illinois' Scott Langley claimed the NCAA Men's Golf Individual Championship following the final round of stroke play at the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championship on Thursday night at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

For more information on Langley's victory at the NCAA Championships, click here.

SB: Everybody's All-Americans

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Six Big Ten softball student-athletes were named 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans.

First Team

Meredith Hackett, ILL, 1B

Second Team

Jordan Taylor, MICH, P

Dorian Shaw, MICH, 1B

Maggie Viefhaus, MICH, 3B

Nikki Nemitz, MICH, At-Large/UT/P

Third Team

Sam Marder, OSU, C

 

 

W Golf: Everybody's All-American

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Four Big Ten women's golfers earned All-America status and Purdue coach Devon Brouse was named Coach of the Year when Golfweek announced its annual award winners on Wednesday.

Three Boilermakers earned spots on the roster, including Maude-Aimee LaBlanc on the first team, Numa Gulyanamitta on the third team and Laura Gonzalez-Escallon as an honorable mention member. Michigan State's Laura Kueny was selected as a second-team member.

BASE: American Boys

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Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers and Indiana outfielder Alex Dickerson were named to the Louisville Slugger All-America first team on Wednesday, while Penn State catcher Ben Heath was named to the second team. COMPLETE RELEASE
The Big Ten announced on Thursday the 22 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2009-10 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of 276 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

For a complete list of the 2010 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners, click here.

XC/T&F: Academic All-District Teams Announced

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It was announced on Thursday that 15 Big Ten student-athletes were selected to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track/Cross Country Teams. Those earning first-team selections are now eligible for All-America consideration.

The complete list of Academic All-District members can be found below.

Division II
First Team
Bridget Franek, PSU
Tyler McCandless, PSU

Division IV
First Team

Kaitlyn Peake, MICH
Anthony Agrusa, MSU
Elon Simms, OSU

Division V
First Team

Angela Bizzarri, ILL
Heather Dorniden, MINN
Megan Duwell, MINN
Aaron Studt, MINN
Mike Torchia, MINN
Jack Bolas, WIS

Second team
Sarah Pease, IND
Alicia Rue, MINN
Chavon Robinson, WIS
Megan Seidl, WIS

BASE: Road to Omaha

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Minnesota was selected to its Big Ten-leading 30th NCAA Championship on Monday. Click HERE for more information and reaction from head coach John Anderson as well as players Kyle Knudson, Michael Kvasnicka and Seth Rosin.