May 2011 Archives

ROW: CRCA Honors 18 From Big Ten

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Big Ten rowing is well-represented on the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's All-Region teams as two coaches and 16 student-athletes were honored. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found below.

All-Central Region First Team
Asja Zero, IND
Natalie Eisermann, MICH
Felice Mueller, MICH
Stephanie Bochenek, MSU
Laura Cowal, MSU
Kellie Lapointe, MSU
Amanda McGeachie, MSU (coxswain)
Ulrike Denker, OSU
Claudia Schiwy, OSU
Vanessa Kleiss, WIS

All-Central Region Second Team
Julia Darnton, MICH
Jennifer Entin, MICH (coxswain)
Alex Maibusch, MSU
Claire-Louise Bode, OSU
Carolin Helmholz, OSU
Rachel Buchholtz, WIS

Central Region Head Coach of the Year
Andrew Teitelbaum, OSU

Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Kate Strum, MICH

Day 4 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Illinois won its fourth Big Ten Tournament Championship with a 9-1 win over Michigan State on Saturday.

#2 MICHIGAN STATE def. #5 MINNESOTA, 6-3
Michigan State's four-run sixth pushed the Spartans to a 6-3 win over Minnesota on Saturday, giving the Spartans a spot in the night's championship game against Illinois. Torsten Boss went 3-for-4 with a run, and Tony Wieber drove in two and picked up the save, while freshman David Garner tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless, four-hit relief.
Game 9 Box Score - Postgame Quotes

#1 ILLINOIS def. #2 MICHIGAN STATE, 9-1
Illinois won the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Championship with a 9-1 win over Michigan State on Saturday. The tournament title is Illinois' fourth and first since 2000. Corey Kimes tossed a complete game, while Adam Dittman hit his sixth homer of the year, a grand slam in the third. With the win, Illinois earns the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, their first appearance in the tournament since 2000.

Game 10 Box Score

FINAL TOURNAMENT BRACKET

2011 Big Ten Baseball All-Tournament Team

P - John Anderson, ILL
P - Corey Kimes, ILL
P - Kurt Wunderlich, MSU
P - Tom Windle, MINN
C - Adam Davis, ILL
1B - Matt Dittman, ILL
2B - Matt Puhl, MINN
3B - Torsten Boss, MSU
SS - AJ Pettersen, MINN
OF - Willie Argo, ILL
OF - Justin Gominsky, MINN
OF - Brian DeLucia, OSU
OF - Tyler Spillner, PUR
DH - Justin Parr, ILL

Most Outstanding Player: Adam Davis, C, ILL

*Additional honorees at P and OF due to tie

WTEN: NCAA Round of 16 Matchups

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Stanford, Calif.

SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND OF 16

#10(9-16) Maria Mosolova (NU) vs. #3(3) Hilary Barte (Stanford) - 11:30 a.m. PT

#63 Leslie Hureau (IND) vs. #17 Lauren Embree (Florida) - 1 p.m. PT

DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND OF 16

#12 Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton (NU) vs. #23 Dolehide/Remynse (UCLA) - 2:30 p.m. PT

MTEN: NCAA Round of 16 Matchups

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
NCAA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Stanford, Calif.

SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND OF 16

#4(5) Blaz Rola (OSU) vs. #21 Evan King (MICH) - 10 a.m. PT

#15(9-16) Dennis Nevolo (ILL) vs. #8(8) Henrique Cunha (Duke) - 10 a.m. PT

DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND OF 16

#29 Jason Jung/Evan King (MICH) vs. #5(5-8) Maytin/Peers (Baylor) - 4 p.m. PT

#11 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) vs. #18 Childs/Maksimcuk (Louisville) - 4:30 p.m. PT

SB: Northwestern's Thompson Named Academic All-America

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Northwestern senior Robin Thompson was named third team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. She becomes the fifth Wildcat in program history to win the award. A human development and psychological services major, Thompson was named a second-team All-Big Ten performer after batting .426 in conference play.

Northwestern Release

Day 3 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Illinois earned a trip to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, while Michigan State and Minnesota will play in tomorrow's semifinal for the right to face the Illini. All tournament games are broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

UPDATED TOURNAMENT BRACKET

#5 MINNESOTA def. #4 OHIO STATE, 9-4
A six-run sixth inning, fueled by two home runs and a triple, propelled Minnesota to a 9-4 win over Ohio State in Game 6 of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, eliminating the Buckeyes from tournament play. Matt Puhl led the Gophers, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, hitting his second home run of the season.
Game 6 Box Score
Postgame Quotes

#5 MINNESOTA def. #3 PURDUE, 1-0
Minnesota came out on top of a classic pitchers' duel, edging Purdue, 1-0, in Game 7 of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Freshman Tom Windle tossed five shutout innings in the start after throwing three relief innings the previous game, and AJ Pettersen drove in the game's only run with a single in the seventh. With the win, Minnesota advances to tomorrow's semifinals, while Purdue is eliminated. The game marked the first 1-0 Big Ten Tournament game since 1983 and just the second in the event's history.
Game 7 Box Score
Postgame Quotes

#1 ILLINOIS def. #2 MICHIGAN STATE, 4-1
Illinois punched its ticket to the championship game of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament with a 4-1 win over Michigan State on Friday night. Adam Davis led the Illini, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, while John Anderson earned the win, allowing one run on six hits and four walks, and Chris Pack picked up the save with 1.2 scoreless frames. The Spartans will now face Minnesota for a trip to championship game.
Game 8 Box Score - Postgame Quotes

NCAA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Stanford, Calif.

SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - Second Round

#21 Evan King (MICH) vs. #26 Gonzalo Escobar (Texas Tech) - 10 a.m. PT

#4(5) Blaz Rola (OSU) vs. #43 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine) - 10 a.m. PT

#15(9-16) Dennis Nevolo (ILL) vs. #44 Daniel Nguyen (USC) - 1:30 p.m. PT

DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP - First Round

#29 Jason Jung/Evan King (MICH) vs. #32 Puget/Brigham (UCLA)
3 p.m. PT

#21 Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (OSU) vs. #1(1) Conkic/Smith (Tennessee)
3 p.m. PT

#11 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) vs. #25 Johnson/Sarmiento (USC)
4 p.m. PT

NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Stanford, Calif. 
Live Scoring/Video

SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - Second Round

#8(8) Denise Muresan (MICH) vs. #25 Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia) - 10 a.m. PT

#63 Leslie Hureau (IND) vs. #33 Anouk Tigu (Arkansas) - Noon PT

#10(9-16) Maria Mosolova (NU) vs. #35 Irene Rehberger (South Florida) - 1 p.m. PT

DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP - First Round

#35 Sonja Molnar/Jessica Young (IOWA) vs. #14 Paulson/Tigu (Arkansas)
5:30 p.m. PT

#12 Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton (NU) vs. #26 Sanchez-Quintanar/Sanford (Maryland)
6 p.m. PT

#8 (5-8) Brooke Bolender/Denise Muresan (MICH) vs. #9 Fuller/Gullickson (Georgia)
6:30 p.m. PT

Day 2 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Minnesota, Michigan State and Illinois all picked up wins on Day 2 of the Big Ten Tournament.

UPDATED TOURNAMENT BRACKET

#5 MINNESOTA def. #6 PENN STATE, 8-2
Nick O'Shea's two-run home run sparked an eight-run Minnesota fourth, lifting the Gophers to an 8-2 win over Penn State in Game 3 of the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota advances to play tomorrow, while the Nittany Lions are eliminated from tournament contention.
Game 3 Box Score
Postgame Quotes

#2 MICHIGAN STATE def. #2 PURDUE, 7-1
Michigan State scored two in the first and four in the second before a two-hour and fifteen-minute rain delay, eventually earning a 7-1 win over Purdue in Game 4 of the Big Ten Tournament. Ryan Jones led the Spartans, going 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI.
Game 4 Box Score
Postgame Quotes

#1 ILLINOIS def. #4 OHIO STATE, 5-4
Illinois scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying back from a 4-1 deficit, to beat Ohio State, 5-4, in Game 5 of the Big Ten Tournament. Davis Hendrickson drove in Willie Argo to complete the comeback.
Game 5 Box Score
Postgame Quotes

MTEN: NCAA Singles First-Round Matchups

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
NCAA MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round - Stanford, Calif.

Matt Allare (OSU) vs. Costin Paval (Oklahoma) - 10 a.m. PT

Evan King (MICH) vs. #9-16 Tim Puetz (Auburn) - 11 a.m. PT

Jason Jung (MICH) vs. #9-16 Bradley Klahn (Stanford) - Noon PT

Marek Michalicka (WIS) vs. Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) - Noon PT

#5 Blaz Rola (OSU) vs. Ryan Thacher (Stanford) - 1:30 p.m. PT

#9-16 Chase Buchanan (OSU) vs. Ray Sarmiento (USC) - 3 p.m. PT

#9-16 Dennis Nevolo (ILL) vs. Ivan Salec (Radford) - 3:30 p.m. PT

WTEN: NCAA Singles First-Round Matchups

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round - Stanford, Calif.

#8 Denise Muresan (MICH) vs. Martina Pavelec (Wake Forest) - 10 a.m. PT

#9-16 Maria Mosolova (NU) vs. Anna Bartenstein (Miami) - 11:30 a.m. PT

Leslie Hureau (IND) vs. Brynn Boren (Tennessee) - 5 p.m. PT

Day 1 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Ohio State and Purdue both picked up wins on Day 1 of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. The Buckeyes will face No. 1 Illinois Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET, while the Boilermakers will take on No. 2 Michigan State. Minnesota and Penn State open tomorrow's action at 12:05 p.m. in an elimination game.

UPDATED TOURNAMENT BRACKET

#4 OHIO STATE def. #5 MINNESOTA, 5-3
Ohio State scored five runs in the eighth inning to win Game 1 of the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, 5-3 over Minnesota.
Game 1 Box Score
Postgame Quotes

#3 PURDUE def. #3 PENN STATE, 7-2
Purdue overcame an early 2-0 deficit and scored seven unanswered runs to win Game 2 of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, 7-2, over Penn State.
Game 2 Box Score
Postgame Quotes

WGOLF: Six Big Ten Golfers Earn NGCA Awards

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Six Big Ten women's golfers earned recognition from the National Golf Coaches Association, including three on the All-America teams. Purdue's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon and Numa Gulyanamitta received second-team All-America laurels after helping the Boilermakers finish second at the NCAA Championships, while Michigan State's Caroline Powers reeled in honorable mention accolades.

Gonzalez-Escallon and Powers also took home All-East Region honors while Minnesota's Teresa Puga and Samantha Sommers and Ohio State's Rachel Rohanna received the same awards in the Central Region.

The complete list of award winners can be found here.
The Big Ten finished second among all conferences in average attendance during the 2010-11 women's basketball season, according to the national attendance report released by the NCAA last week. Averaging 4,161 fans per contest last season, the Big Ten was just one of two conferences (Big 12) to average more than 4,000 patrons per game.

Purdue and Michigan State finished among the top 10 in average attendance. The Boilermakers finished eighth at 7,628 fans per game, followed immediately by the Spartans with 7,388. Iowa was 13th at 5,823, Wisconsin was 19th at 4,664 and Penn State was 22nd with an average of 4,305. Ohio State (26th, 3,849) and Minnesota (30th, 3,540) also appeared among the top 50 in attendance last season.

The Big Ten will send 181 student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Round, set for May 26-28. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue will each send competitors to the East Preliminary in Bloomington, Ind., while Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will represent the Big Ten at the West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore.

In order to qualify for the NCAA Championships, two preliminary rounds will narrow the field to the 24 that will advance to the NCAA Championships. At each preliminary site, 48 individuals and 24 relays will compete in each event. The top 12 individuals and relay teams from each preliminary will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 8-11, in Des Moines, Iowa.

For a full list of the qualifiers in both the East and West Regions, click here.

MTEN: NCAA Championships Semifinals Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINALS - Stanford, Calif.

#4 OHIO STATE (34-2) vs. #1 Virginia (33-0) - Noon PT

BASE: Saturday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 7-5
Casey McMurray drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the ninth and Matt Dittman crushed a two-run, opposite-field walk-off home run to complete a three-game sweep of Indiana with a 7-5 victory on Saturday, giving Illinois a share of the Big Ten championship, its first Big Ten title since 2005. The Illini finish the Big Ten season 15-9 and share the title with Michigan State after the Spartans dropped a 6-5 decision to Northwestern on Sunday, but Illinois will be the No. 1 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament because of its series victory over MSU earlier in the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 11-8
The University of Michigan baseball team concluded its 2011 season with an 11-8 loss to Penn State on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The game was televised on the Big Ten Network. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 6-5
Although the Michigan State baseball team fell to Northwestern in the regular-season finale, 6-5, Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium, the Spartans (34-19, 15-9) still claimed a share of the Big Ten Championship and will be a No. 2 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE def. MINNESOTA, 3-0
In its final game of the regular season, Minnesota (22-22, 13-11) dropped a 3-0 fight to Ohio State (25-25, 13-11) to go 1-2 in the series.

Minnesota was led by AJ Pettersen who went 3-for-4 with a triple. Andy Henkemeyer added a double and went 1-for-4 on the day. Kyle Geason, Dan Olinger and Justin Gominsky also went 1-for-4. As a team, Minnesota left six on base. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE def. IOWA, 5-2
Purdue baseball took advantage of four free passes in the first inning, scoring four times on just one hit during the rally and rode the early lead to 5-2 victory against Iowa Saturday afternoon in the regular season and home finale at Lambert Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

BASE: Friday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 13-12
Davis Hendrickson knocked a two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth after Willie Argo reached on a bad throw by the pitcher on his sacrifice bunt attempt, and Illinois held on for a 13-12 win over Indiana in front of 1,138 fans at Illinois Field on Friday. Designated hitter Justin Parr went 3-for-6 with five RBIs and first baseman Matt Dittman was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Illini won their fourth-straight game, their longest winning streak since a five-game string from March 19-April 1. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. PENN STATE, 5-4 (11)
Junior John Lorenz singled with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to score freshman Michael O'Neill  and give the University of Michigan baseball team a 5-4, walk-off win over Penn State on Friday night at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 10-1
The Michigan State baseball team clinched a share of its first Big Ten title since 1979 with an emotional 10-1 victory over Northwestern Friday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. After the final strikeout by Tony Bucciferro, the entire team rushed the field and celebrated with a dogpile on the infield before a standing ovation from the crowd. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE at MINNESOTA - Postponed
Tonight's baseball game versus Ohio State has been postponed due to rain. The game is now scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday at Target Field. All tickets which had already been purchased for tonight's game will be honored.

PURDUE def. IOWA, 6-2
Purdue baseball scored five runs in an inning for the second day in a row, overcoming a two-run deficit entering the bottom of the sixth on the way to defeating Iowa, 6-2, Friday afternoon at Lambert Field to clinch a series victory over the visiting Hawkeyes. RECAP & BOX SCORE

BIG TEN STANDINGS

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TIEBREAKING PROCEDURES

Three BIg Ten teams opened NCAA Regional action on Friday, with Michigan beginning the regional round with a 5-0 win over Western Kentucky, Penn State dropping a 2-0 contest to Fordham, and Indiana's contest being postponed until Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. For recaps and box scores from Friday's games, log on to the Big Ten NCAA Championship page, here.

WTEN: NCAA Championships Round of 16 Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
#10 MICHIGAN (24-4) vs. #7 Miami (Fla.) (20-6) - Noon PT

#16 NORTHWESTERN (21-7) vs. #1 Stanford (25-0) 4 p.m. PT

WRES: 23 Wrestlers Named NWCA All-Academic Honorees

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Twenty-three Big Ten wrestlers have received NWCA All-Academic honors as announced on Thursday. Ten of the 11 conference teams are represented by at least one wrestler on the list, led by Purdue with four honorees. Four Big Ten squads also earned All-Academic Team recognition as Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State each finished with top-30 team grade-point averages. The complete list of All-Academic wrestlers can be found below.

B.J. Futrell, Illinois
Ricky Alcala, Indiana
Matt Powless, Indiana
Luke Lofthouse, Iowa
Anthony Biondo, Michigan
Brandon Zeerip, Michigan
Justin Zeerip, Michigan
Curran Jacobs, Michigan State
Zach Sanders, Minnesota
Kevin Steinhaus, Minnesota
Mike Thorn, Minnesota
Levi Mele, Northwestern
Andrew Nadhir, Northwestern
Cody Magrum, Ohio State
Ian Paddock, Ohio State
Colt Sponseller, Ohio State
David Taylor, Penn State
Cameron Wade, Penn State
Quentin Wright, Penn State
Logan Brown, Purdue
Camden Eppert, Purdue
A.J. Kissel, Purdue
Luke Manuel, Purdue

MGOLF: NCAA Regional Championships Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The NCAA Men's Golf Regionals are now underway. Click the links below for live scoring and updates throughout the regionals.

Arizona Regional: Live Scoring
Big Ten teams: Purdue

Colorado Regional: Championships Central | Live Scoring
Big Ten teams: Northwestern

Indiana Regional: Championships Central | Live Scoring
Big Ten teams: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan

San Diego Regional: Championships Central | Live Scoring
Big Ten teams: Ohio State
Big Ten individuals: Donald Constable (Minnesota), Erik Van Rooyen (Minnesota)

Virginia Tech Regional: Live Blog | Live Scoring
Big Ten individuals: T.J. Howe (Penn State)

WGOLF: NCAA Championships Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The NCAA Women's Golf Championships are now underway. Click the link below for live scoring and updates throughout the tournament.


Twenty-two Big Ten student athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District honors as announced on Thursday. Ten student-athletes received first-team recognition while 12 picked up second-team honors. The first-team honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

MEN'S AT LARGE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

District II - First Team
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (gymnastics)

District IV - First Team
Sean Duddy, Ohio State (ice hockey)
Justin Farra, Ohio State (swimming and diving)
Brad Smith, Ohio State (golf)

District IV - Second Team
Carl Hagelin, Michigan (ice hockey)

District V - Second Team
Abe Souza, Illinois (tennis)
Eric Ress, Indiana (swimming and diving)
Ivan Gutesa, Minnesota (swimming and diving)
Matt Stewart, Purdue (swimming and diving)

WOMEN'S AT LARGE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

District IV - First Team
Sarah Curtis, Michigan (gymnastics)

District IV - Second Team
Samantha Cheverton, Ohio State (swimming and diving)
Carolin Helmholz, Ohio State (rowing)

District V - First Team
Melissa Fernandez, Illinois (gymnastics)
Kaylee Jamison, Minnesota (swimming)
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Northwestern (golf)
Allie Smith, Purdue (swimming)
Becca Ruegsegger, Wisconsin (ice hockey)

District V - Second Team
Allison Buckley, Illinois (gymnastics)
Margaux Farrell, Indiana (swimming)
Lauren Gustafson, Purdue (swimming)
Maggie Meyer, Wisconsin (swimming)
Carolyne Prevost, Wisconsin (ice hockey)

BASE: Thursday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 4-3
Senior left-fielder Casey McMurray made his first home run of 2011 count as he ripped a one-out blast in the bottom of the ninth to give Illinois a 4-3 win over Indiana on Thursday and move into sole possession of second place in a hotly contested Big Ten race. Matt Dittman and Brandon Hohl also belted solo homers - the third time this season that Illinois has hit three long balls in a single game - and Kevin Johnson posted his second-straight quality start, allowing two earned runs in 8 2/3 innings. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 1-0
A fourth-inning Penn State run held up as the University of Michigan baseball team ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 score on Thursday night (May 19) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
Taking the mound at McLane Baseball Stadium for the final time, senior Kurt Wunderlich pitched his best career game as a Spartan, throwing his first complete game shutout as Michigan State defeated Northwestern, 3-0, Thursday afternoon. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 3-2
Minnesota walked off with a 3-2 victory over Ohio State in the first game of today's doubleheader at Target Field.

Minnesota (21-20, 12-9) was led by Nick O'Shea (Blaine, Minn.), who went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI. O'Shea was the first Gopher batter to hit a home run at Target Field this season. Matt Puhl also went 1-for-3 with a double and one run. AJ Pettersen and Troy Larson each notched an RBI for the Gophers, with Larson's RBI single scoring Justin Gominsky with the winning run. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE def. MINNESOTA, 5-1
Minnesota's baseball team fell 5-1 in the second game of a doubleheader versus Ohio State on Thursday at Target Field.

Minnesota (22-21, 13-10 Big Ten) was led by Dan Olinger, who went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored the Gophers' lone run. Andy Henkemeyer  added two hits, going 2-for-4, while Nick O'Shea and Matt Puhl each went 1-for-4 with O'Shea driving in Minnesota's run. Troy Larson went 1-for-1 as Minnesota's designated hitter, but the Gophers left nine men on base in the loss. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE def. IOWA, 6-3
Frustrated for seven innings by Iowa ace Jarred Hippen, Purdue baseball erupted for five runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a three-run triple from Andrew Dixon, to rally for a thrilling 6-3 victory Thursday afternoon in the opener of the final Big Ten Conference series of the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

BIG TEN STANDINGS

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TIEBREAKING PROCEDURES

The Big Ten will be well represented at the NCAA East and West Preliminary Rounds, scheduled for May 26-28. The conference will send 139 women track and field athletes to the following sites: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue travel to Bloomington, Ind., for the East Preliminary Round, while Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin head to Eugene, Ore., for the West Preliminary Round.

In order to qualify for the NCAA Championships, two preliminary rounds will narrow the field to the 24 that will advance to the NCAA Championships. At each preliminary site, 48 individuals and 24 relays will compete in each event. The top 12 individuals and relay teams from each preliminary will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 8-11, in Des Moines, Iowa.

For a full list of the qualifiers in both the East and West Regions, click here.

Six Big Ten players have been named to the 2011 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List as announced on Thursday. Named after Nebraska offensive lineman Dave Rimington, the trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding center in the country. The six watch list members put the Big Ten in a tie with the SEC for the most of any conference.

Four Big Ten players have taken home the trophy since its inception in 2000 - Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley in 2001, Michigan's David Baas in 2004, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger in 2005 and Penn State's A.Q. Shipley in 2008. Nebraska's Dominic Raiola won the inaugural trophy in 2000.

The list of Big Ten players on the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List can be found below.

James Ferentz, Iowa
David Molk, Michigan
Mike Caputo, Nebraska
Ben Burkett, Northwestern
Mike Brewster, Ohio State
Peter Konz, Wisconsin

SB: NFCA All-Region Teams List 17 Big Ten Standouts

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Thursday that 17 Big Ten softball standouts have been named All-Region performers, including 10 first team honorees. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Great Lakes Region
First Team
Amanda Chidester, MICH
Bree Evans, MICH
Ashley Lane, MICH
Jordan Taylor, MICH
Lindsey Hansen, MSU
Adrienne Monka, NU

Second Team
Dorian Shaw, MICH
Brett Williams, MSU
Sara Moulton, MINN
Emily Allard, NU
Jennifer Krueger, WIS

Midwest Region
First Team
Danielle Zymkowitz, ILL
Morgan Melloh, IND
Sara Olson, IND
Andie Varsho, PUR

Second Team
Jessica Davis, ILL
Meredith Hackett, ILL

MTEN: NCAA Championships Round of 16 Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND OF 16 - Stanford, Calif.

#4 OHIO STATE (32-2) vs. Tulsa (21-7) - 3 p.m. PT

ILLINOIS (18-10) vs. #1 Virginia (31-0) - 6 p.m. PT

BASE: Weekend Capsules

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

INDIANA (11-10) at ILLINOIS (12-9)
Indiana Notes - Illinois Notes

Thursday, May 19 - 6:05 p.m. CT
Indiana: LHP Joey DeNato (7-3, 2.61 ERA)
Illinois: RHP Kevin Johnson (2-6, 4.54 ERA)

Friday, May 20 - 6:05 p.m. CT
Indiana: LHP Blake Monar (6-3, 3.12 ERA)
Illinois: RHP John Anderson (6-6, 4.09 ERA)

Saturday, May 21 - 1:05 p.m. CT
Indiana: TBA
Illinois: LHP Corey Kimes (3-4, 5.85 ERA)

IOWA (9-12) at PURDUE (11-10)
Iowa Notes - Purdue Notes

Thursday, May 19 - 4 p.m. ET
Iowa: LHP Jarred Hippen (4-5, 3.12 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Matt Morgan (5-2, 4.37 ERA)

Friday, May 20 - 4 p.m. ET
Iowa: LHP Matt Dermody (4-5, 3.99 ERA)
Purdue: TBA

Saturday, May 21 - 2 p.m. ET
Iowa: RHP Patrick Lala (2-5, 3.55 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Joe Haase (5-3, 3.73 ERA)

PENN STATE (10-11) at MICHIGAN (6-14)
Penn State Notes - Michigan Notes

Thursday, May 19 - 6:05 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Penn State: RHP Steven Hill (5-4, 2.36 ERA)
Michigan: RHP Brandon Sinnery (2-4, 3.15 ERA)

Friday, May 20 - 6:05 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Penn State: RHP: John Walter (6-3, 2.65 ERA)
Michigan: LHP Matt Broder (1-3, 5.64 ERA)

Saturday, May 21 - 4 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
Penn State: LHP Mike Franklin (3-1, 4.63 ERA)
Michigan: TBA

NORTHWESTERN (9-11) at MICHIGAN STATE (13-8)
Northwestern Notes - Michigan State Notes

Thursday, May 19 - 3:05 p.m. ET
Northwestern: RHP Luke Farrell (6-2, 3.58 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Kurt Wunderlich (8-2, 3.72 ERA)

Friday, May 20 - 3:05 p.m. ET
Northwestern: RHP Michael Jahns (2-4, 3.68 ERA) or LHP Matt Gailey (2-4, 4.50 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Tony Bucciferro (7-2, 3.56 ERA)

Saturday, May 21 - 1:05 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
Northwestern: RHP Michael Jahns (2-4, 3.68 ERA) or LHP Matt Gailey (2-4, 4.50 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Andrew Waszak (4-3, 4.56 ERA)

OHIO STATE (11-10) at MINNESOTA (12-9)
Ohio State Notes - Minnesota Notes

Thursday, May 19 - 3:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State: RHP Drew Rucinski (5-2, 2.82 ERA)
Minnesota: RHP TJ Oakes (5-5, 3.53 ERA)

Thursday, May 19 - approx. 6:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State: RHP Brett McKinney (2-3, 5.16 ERA)
Minnesota: LHP Phil Isaksson (3-4, 2.97 ERA)

Friday, May 20 - 6:05 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network
Ohio State: RHP Greg Greve (2-2, 5.43 ERA)
Minnesota: RHP Austin Lubinsky (4-5, 4.43 ERA)

The Big Ten Conference office announced the rowing individual award winners as chosen by the conference coaches, on Wednesday afternoon. Michigan State's Laura Cowal was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Michigan's Chrissy Holm won Freshman of the Year laurels. Ohio State's Andy Teitelbaum was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten Championship since 2006.

Click here for the complete release.

MGOLF: Big Ten Heads to NCAA Regionals

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Seven Big Ten teams and three individual golfers hailing from conference schools travel to NCAA Men's Golf Regionals this weekend. The Big Ten contingent kicks off competition on Thursday and concludes the three-round tournaments on Saturday at five of the six regional sites.

The first round will begin at 8 a.m. local time on Thursday, with Friday's second round also getting underway at 8 a.m. Saturday's third round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. The top five teams and top individual not on an advancing team will move on to the NCAA Championships.

Click here to see where the Big Ten will be competing this weekend.

MTRK: National Polls

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released week seven national computer rankings for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field on Tuesday. After winning the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Iowa Hawkeyes appeared at No. 21 in this week's rankings.  Iowa jumped 15 spots to make its first appearance in the poll this season. With a few weeks remaining before the NCAA Championships, Penn State takes the No. 24 spot.

Click here for all the rankings.

 

ROW: Final Regular Season National Rankings

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The Division I and Division II USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Polls presented by Pocock Racing Shells announced the final regular season polls on Wednesday. Four Big Ten teams appeared in the top 20 list, including Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin.

After winning their third Big Ten title, Ohio State lead the conference contingent at No. 8, while Michigan State finished the season ranked No. 10. Michigan and Wisconsin head into the 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships as the No. 14 and No. 15 ranked teams, respectively. Minnesota and Indiana also received votes.

Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin will also compete in the national event, beginning May 27-29 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Click here for the complete coaches poll.

SB: Taylor Named NFCA National Player of the Week

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan senior pitcher Jordan Taylor was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Player of the Week on Tuesday

Taylor helped lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten title and sweep over arch-rival Michigan State last week with two commanding performance in the circle. On the week, Taylor allowed no runs off of just one hit with 19 strikeouts and only two walks over 11 innings of work. She finished the week with 0.00 ERA, while limiting the Spartans to a microscopic .027 batting average.

Michigan Release

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, announced today the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision class. Michigan State's Gene Washington, Minnesota's Sandy Stephens, Ohio State's Eddie George and former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr were on the list of honorees.

At his time at Michigan State, Washington earned two-time All-America honors and Academic All-America accolades while helping the Spartans to winning consecutive national championships in 1965 and 1966. Washington is Michigan State's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown grabs and chosen eighth overall in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's Stephens is the 18th Golden Gopher to enter the College Football Hall of Fame after being a consensus First Team All-American in 1961 and finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Stephens is a member of Minnesota's All-Century Team, making him one of five Golden Gophers to have his jersey retired by the university.

Eddie George of Ohio State ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. During his senior season, George won the Heisman Trophy en route to becoming the fourteenth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.

During his 13-year tenure at Michigan, former head coach Lloyd Carr captured five Big Ten Championships including the Wolverines' first national championship team in nearly half a century. Carr's players won 14 national awards and 23 players earned First Team All-America honors.

Nebraska's Will Shields was also included on the 14-player list, after leading the Cornhuskers to back-to-back Big Eight crowns, a unanimous All-American honoree and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award.

For the complete release, click here.

At the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Lake Lilly at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., Ohio State won its third Big Ten title off the strength of two first-place efforts. With wins in the second varsity eight and second varsity four, the Buckeyes totaled 142 points, ahead of second-place Michigan (124) and third-place Wisconsin (121). Michigan State was fourth with 111 points followed by Minnesota (68), Indiana (53) and Iowa (25).

Click here for the entire recap.

WGOLF: NCAA Championships Preview

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Three Big Ten teams and one individual golfer travel to Bryan, Texas, this week to compete in the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue each qualified for the championships by virtue of their top-eight regional finish, while Michigan State's Caroline Powers made the cut based on her individual finish at regionals.

The championships, hosted by Texas A&M University, will be held at the Traditions Club. The par-72, 6,260-yard course will host 24 teams and six individuals during the tournament, which begins on Wednesday and runs through Saturday. All participants will compete through all four rounds.

Click here to see the complete preview on the Big Ten website.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that Ohio State's Eddie George, will be a member of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Class from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

George was a running back for the Buckeyes from 1992-95, and ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards (3,768), rushing touchdowns (44), 100-yard games (20) and holds school records with five 200-yard outings and 12 consecutive 100-yard games. George was also the winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy.

The entire class will be unveiled tomorrow during a press conference at the NASDAQ OMX MarketSite in Times Square in New York City. To watch tomorrow's announcement at 11:30 a.m. EDT, please visit http://www.footballfoundation.org/nff/home.

 

SB: Three Big Ten Teams Selected to NCAA Tournament

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Three Big Ten softball teams were selected Sunday night to participate in the 2011 NCAA Championship. Indiana, Michigan and Penn State each earned berths into the field of 64, with the Wolverines and NIttany Lions hosting NCAA Regional action this weekend.

For more information on the selections, click here.

BASE: Sunday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

INDIANA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 13-12 (15)
Indiana Baseball came out victorious, 13-12, over Michigan State in 15 innings. The official game duration was four hours and 46 minutes, but lasted nearly 24 hours in real time spanning two different days. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 7-4
The Indiana University baseball team completed a weekend sweep of the conference-leading Michigan State Spartans on Sunday. Day three began with the conclusion of a suspended game two and ended with a 7-4 Hoosier victory in the series finale. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN - Cancelled
Persistent rains throughout the overnight and into the day on Sunday have forced the cancellation of Sunday's series finale between Northwestern and Michigan at Rocky Miller Park.

OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 10-4
Mothers and fathers and family and friends were a big part of Senior Day at Bill Davis Stadium Sunday, but Mother Nature played an even bigger role. In a game delayed nearly two hours because of rain, Ohio State defeated Iowa, 10-4, before a crowd that was as large as 1,617 before the rain hit. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 4-2
Mario Eramo launched a pair of home runs and Sean Deegan chipped in with his league-leading 10th blast of the season as the Penn State baseball team used a quick-strike offense and some strong pitching to win its series against Minnesota with a 4-2 victory on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

ILLINOIS def. PURDUE, 7-5
A two-out error in the ninth inning helped Illinois score twice, including the go-ahead run, lifting the Fighting Illini past Purdue baseball, 7-5, in the rubber game of the Big Ten Conference series Sunday afternoon at Lambert Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WTEN: NCAA Championships Second Round Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Tulsa (26-2) at #10 MICHIGAN (23-4)
Ann Arbor, Mich. - 1 p.m. ET

BASE: Saturday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA, 12-12 (12th)
Game suspended due to darkness - will resume at Noon ET.

NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN, 11-6
Chris Lashmet, Jack Livingston and Paul Snieder had three hits apiece as Northwestern pounded out 20 hits as a team in defeating Michigan 11-6 Saturday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. OHIO STATE, 9-8
Iowa tied the score with a four-run ninth inning and then added a run in the 10th to stun the Buckeyes, 9-8, in the second game of this three game series. Iowa improves to 20-27 overall and 9-11 in the Big Ten while Ohio State falls to 22-24 overall and 10-10 in the Big Ten. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 3-2
Mario Eramo gave the Penn State baseball team an early lead with a two-run blast in the bottom of the second, but Minnesota slowly chipped away and eventually overcame its deficit in the top of the seventh to even the series with a 3-2 victory on a cloudy Saturday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

ILLINOIS def. PURDUE, 7-4
Purdue baseball was able to record multiple hits in an inning only twice on the day and the lackluster offensive production coupled with an early deficit cost the Boilermakers in a 7-4 loss to Illinois Saturday afternoon at Lambert Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

SB: Sunday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan 8, Michigan State 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Senior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) registered her eighth career no-hitter to lead the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team to an 8-0, five-inning win at Michigan State on Saturday afternoon (May 14) at Secchia Stadium. With the victory, the Wolverines captured outright ownership of their fourth straight Big Ten Conference title with an 18-2 league record. For the second consecutive day, Taylor dominated the Spartan lineup, striking out six batters while allowing just three base runners on two walks and a late fielding error. The no-hitter was Taylor's second on the year, while her complete-game shutout effort was her 11th and second in as many games. She improved to 29-3 on the season. RECAP

Wisconsin 8, Ohio State 0
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin softball team closed out its best season since 2005 with a dominant performance over Ohio State on Saturday at Goodman Diamond. A six-run third inning propelled the Badgers to an 8-0, six-inning win over the Buckeyes (14-37, 3-17). In the field, Wisconsin tied a school record with three double plays turned en route to finishing the year with a 30-23 record overall and a 9-11 mark in conference play. The Badgers reached the 30-win plateau for the sixth time in school history and the first since winning 31 games in 2005. In addition, with the win the Badgers went 4-3 in the month of May. After posting winning records in February, March and April, this marks just the second time in school history that the team finished each month with a record above .500. RECAP

Penn State 3, Northwestern 2
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Nittany Lion softball team pulled off a historic sweep of Northwestern with a 3-2 victory on Saturday at Beard Field. Lauren Rossi's (Yardley, Pa.) fourth-inning bomb, which bounced off the top of the wall in leftfield, was the difference to give PSU its fifth straight victory to end the regular season. On a day where Penn State (29-22-1, 11-8-1 Big Ten) celebrated the careers of seniors Desi Giordano (West Caldwell, N.J.), Jackie Hill (San Jose, Calif.) and Mary Ostman (Northbrook, Ill.), it was the sophomore Rossi, who provided the heroics. Rossi has been given the start at third base for most of the 2011 season after Giordano went down with an ankle injury in February, and it was Rossi's first home of the year that may catapult the Nittany Lions into the NCAA Tournament. RECAP

Minnesota 3, Illinois 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- A walk-off single by Alex Davis gave the Minnesota softball team a 3-2 win over Illinois in the regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Freshman pitcher Sara Moulton took sole ownership of Minnesota's season win record with her 28th victory of the year after allowing just two runs on five hits. Moulton struck out 10 in the win, increasing her season total to 327 - the second most in a season at Minnesota. The Gophers end the 2011 regular season having nearly doubled their win total from 2010. RECAP

Indiana 4, Purdue 0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers (37-16, 17-3 Big Ten) completed the regular season on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over in-state rival Purdue (30-18-2, 8-9-1 Big Ten) at the IU Softball Field. The Hoosiers finish the regular season in second place in the Big Ten Conference, its highest finish since winning the conference title in 1994. The Hoosiers now must wait for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show that airs on ESPNU at 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Hoosiers will find out which of the 16 regional sites they will be sent to with games to be played May 19-22. It is expected to be the first postseason appearance for the Hoosiers since 2006 and the seventh appearance all-time. Once again, the story of the game was the dominant pitching of senior left-handed pitcher Morgan Melloh (32-15). She tossed her 13th shutout of the season, surrendering just four hits and two walks to go with seven strikeouts. Those seven strikeouts gives her 221 in Big Ten play this season, setting a new conference record for strikeouts in a season in Big Ten play. RECAP

WTEN: NCAA Championships First/Second Round Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Akron (20-4) at #10 MICHIGAN (22-4)
First Round - Ann Arbor, Mich. - 1 p.m. ET

Notre Dame (16-7) at #16 NORTHWESTERN (21-7)
Second Round - Evanston, Ill. - Noon CT

MTEN: NCAA Championships Second Round Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Notre Dame (18-11) at #4 OHIO STATE (31-2)
Columbus, Ohio - 1 p.m. ET

#16 North Carolina (16-7) at ILLINOIS (17-10)
Champaign, Ill. - 2 p.m. CT

ROW: Big Ten Rowing Championships Release

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The Wisconsin Badgers look to defend their 2010 conference title this weekend at the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 15, on Lilly Lake at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Badgers won their first conference championship last year, winning four races with one runner-up finish and a third-place showing. The 11th-ranked Badgers have one top seed, the first novice eights, heading into this year's championships.

For the entire release, click here.

SB: Saturday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Saturday is the final day of the Big Ten regular season ahead of the NCAA Tournament field being announced on Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Three of the five matchups this afternoon will be available to a national audience, including the Michigan-Michigan State contest, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Saturday's complete schedule can be found below.

OHIO STATE at WISCONSIN, 1:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
#2 MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE, 1:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
PURDUE at INDIANA (rv), 1:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN at PENN STATE, 1:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
ILLINOIS at MINNESOTA, 2:00 PM ET

SB: Friday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Wisconsin 11, Ohio State 3
MADISON, Wis. -- Jennifer Krueger is closing out her Badger career in style. Playing in her final series at Wisconsin, the senior was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate on Friday night in leading the Badgers to an 11-3, six-inning victory over Ohio State at Goodman Diamond. The 11 runs scored by UW set a season high and the victory snapped a four-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. RECAP

Penn State 6, Northwestern 3
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State used a big six-run rally to down Northwestern, 6-3, at Beard Field on Friday evening. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Nittany Lions sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run, four-hit inning for a lead they would never relinquish. RECAP

Illinois 2, Minnesota 0
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Entering the final series of the 2011 regular season, the Fighting Illini and the Minnesota Gophers softball teams opened their two-game series with an extra-innings pitcher's duel on the Big Ten Network. Illinois starter Pepper Gay held Minnesota to three hits while walking eight and striking out nine in the complete-game effort. Gophers starting pitcher Sara Moulton also went the distance, answering Gay over the first eight frames before the Illini offense created the difference at the plate. Meredith Hackett broke the scoreless tie in the ninth inning with an RBI-double down the left field line - the eventual game-winning run. Jessica Davis followed with an RBI-single to double the lead and reach the final score, 2-0. RECAP

Michigan 8, Michigan State 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Headlined by dominant pitching and explosive hitting, the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team clinched at least a share of its fourth consecutive Big Ten Conference title with an 8-0, six-inning decision over intrastate rival Michigan State on Friday evening (May 13) in front of 2,522 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. RECAP

Indiana 2, Purdue 1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After having its winning streak snapped at Northwestern on Sunday, the Hoosiers (36-16, 16-3 Big Ten) returned home to host in-state rival Purdue (30-17-2, 8-8-1 Big Ten) and used a trio of errors in the bottom of the fifth inning to score two runs and take the 2-1 decision. Indiana starting pitcher Morgan Melloh (31-15) kept the second-best hitting lineup in the conference to just four hits and registered 12 strikeouts in the contest. Her season total now stands at 470, setting a new Big Ten record for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Lisa Ishikawa's previous record of 469 set in 1984. Melloh also has 214 strikeouts in Big Ten play, just five away from the Big Ten single-season record for strikeouts in conference games. RECAP

BASE: Friday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

INDIANA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 8-6
Jerrud Sabourin and Micah Johnson drove in three runs apiece as the Hoosiers out-slugged Michigan State in an 8-6 victory that included a total of 28 hits. A six-run third inning for Indiana (28-21, 9-10 Big Ten) propelled IU past the first-place Spartans (31-16, 13-6) in the series opener on Friday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN, 7-1
Paul Snieder's grand slam highlighted a six-run seventh inning by Northwestern to break open a pitcher's duel as the Wildcats defeated Michigan 7-1 in the series opener between the teams Friday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. OHIO STATE, 7-0
Ohio State dropped a 7-0 decision to Iowa Friday evening in the first game of a three-game set at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, Ohio State drops to 22-23 overall, 10-9 in the Big Ten Conference, while Iowa improves to 19-27, 8-11 in the conference. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 7-0
In just a shade under two hours, Steven Hill carved up the Minnesota batting order and tossed his second career nine-inning shutout as the sophomore ace fired a four-hitter while leading the Penn State baseball team to a 7-0 victory during a critical Big Ten battle on a hazy Friday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE def. ILLINOIS, 3-1
Stephen Talbott threw out a runner at the plate, homered and scored a key insurance run, backing up another quality start at home from Matt Morgan and leading Purdue baseball to a 3-1 series-opening victory against Illinois Friday afternoon at Lambert Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Two Big Ten volleyball student-athletes were named to the USA Volleyball Women's Junior National Team, the organization announced on Thursday. Illinois' Jennifer Bonilla and Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus were selected to the 12-player roster that will represent the United Stats at the FIVB Women's Junior World Championship this summer in Peru. Incoming Illinois freshman Liz McMahon was selected as an alternate.

Bonilla and Holthus are two of the six returning standouts from the 2010 junior national team that won gold at the NOCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship in Mexico. This year's world championship is scheduled for July 20-31.

USA Volleyball Release

SB: Friday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The final weekend of the regular season gets underway this afternoon as all five conference matchups will be available to a national audience. A Big Ten Network tripleheader highlights the action on Friday as Indiana hosts Purdue at 4 p.m. ET, Wisconsin welcomes Ohio State at 6 p.m., and Minnesota hosts Illinois at 8 p.m. In addition, Northwestern at Penn State and Michigan State at Michigan will be streamed online at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

PURDUE at INDIANA (rv), 4:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
NORTHWESTERN at PENN STATE, 5:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
OHIO STATE at WISCONSIN, 6:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
MICHIGAN STATE at #2 MICHIGAN, 7:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
ILLINOIS at MINNESOTA, 8:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network

BASE: Weekend Capsules

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

ILLINOIS (10-8) at PURDUE (10-8)
Illinois Notes - Purdue Notes

Friday, May 13 - 4 p.m. ET
Illinois: RHP Kevin Johnson (2-5, 4.72 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Matt Morgan (4-2, 4.70 ERA)

Saturday, May 14 - 2 p.m. ET
Illinois: RHP John Anderson (5-6, 4.09 ERA)
Purdue: TBA

Sunday, May 15 - 3 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
Illinois: LHP Corey Kimes (3-4, 5.52 ERA)
Purdue: RHP Joe Haase (5-3, 3.52 ERA)

MICHIGAN STATE (13-5) at INDIANA (8-10)
Michigan State Notes - Indiana Notes

Friday, May 13 - 3:05 p.m. ET
Michigan State: RHP Kurt Wunderlich (8-1, 3.13 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Joey DeNato (6-3, 2.52 ERA)

Saturday, May 14 - 3:05 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
Michigan State: RHP Tony Bucciferro (7-2, 3.38 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Drew Leininger (4-3, 4.94 ERA)

Sunday, May 15 - 1:05 p.m. ET
Michigan State: RHP Andrew Waszak (4-2, 4.01 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Blake Monar (5-3, 3.24 ERA)

IOWA (7-11) at OHIO STATE (10-8)
Iowa Notes - Ohio State Notes

Friday, May 13 - 6:35 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Iowa: LHP Jarred Hippen (3-5, 3.48 ERA)
Ohio State: RHP Drew Rucinski (5-1, 2.54 ERA)

Saturday, May 14 - 3:05 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Iowa: LHP Matt Dermody (4-5, 4.07 ERA)
Ohio State: RHP Brett McKinney (2-3, 5.05 ERA)

Sunday, May 15 - 1:05 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Iowa: LHP Patrick Lala (2-4, 2.91 ERA)
Ohio State: RHP Greg Greve (1-2, 5.98 ERA)

MICHIGAN (6-12) at NORTHWESTERN
Michigan Notes - Northwestern Notes

Friday, May 13 - 3 p.m. CT
Michigan: RHP Brandon Sinnery (2-3, 2.68 ERA)
Northwestern: RHP Luke Farrell (5-2, 3.82 ERA)

Saturday, May 14 - 1 p.m. CT
Michigan: LHP Matt Broder (1-2, 5.72 ERA)
Northwestern: RHP Michael Jahns (1-4, 3.91 ERA)

Sunday, May 15 - 1 p.m. CT
Michigan: TBA
Northwestern: TBA

MINNESOTA (11-7) at PENN STATE (8-10)
Minnesota Notes - Penn State Notes

Friday, May 13 - 6:35 p.m. ET
Minnesota: RHP TJ Oakes (5-4, 3.15 ERA)
Penn State: RHP Steven Hill (4-4, 2.62 ERA)

Saturday, May 14 - 2:05 p.m. ET
Minnesota: LHP Phil Isaksson (3-4, 2.90 ERA)
Penn State: RHP John Walter (6-3, 2.60 ERA)

Sunday, May 15 - 12:05 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
Minnesota: TBA
Penn State: TBA

WTEN: NCAA Championships First Round Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Friday, May 13
IPFW (27-3) at #16 NORTHWESTERN (20-7)
Evanston, Ill. - 1 p.m. CT

Saturday, May 14
Akron (20-4) at #10 MICHIGAN (22-4)
Ann Arbor, Mich. - 1 p.m. ET

MTEN: NCAA Championships First Round Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
MICHIGAN (13-10) vs. Maryland (12-12)
Durham, N.C. - 10 a.m. ET

INDIANA (23-7) vs. LSU (11-13)
College Station, Texas - 11 a.m. CT

MINNESOTA (19-5) vs. Fresno State (16-8)
Berkeley, Calif. - 11 a.m. PT

Ball State (15-14) at #4 OHIO STATE (30-2)
Columbus, Ohio - 1 p.m. ET

Drake (21-2) at ILLINOIS (16-10)
Champaign, Ill. - 3 p.m. CT

BASE: National Recognition

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan State's Jeff Holm and Minnesota's Nick O'Shea, reigning Big Ten Co-Players of the Week, were named to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup. COMPLETE RELEASE

BASE: Required Reading

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Persistence paid off for Illinois starting pitcher John Anderson, who originally came to the school as a walk-on kicker.

The Indiana baseball team tells funny stories from on the road and more in the latest edition of Skip's Scoop.

Former Hawkeye and current Big Ten Network analyst Danan Hughes had the chance to play for not only one, but two legendary coaches as a two-sport athlete at Iowa.

Thirteen-year MLB veteran and former Michigan standout Mike Matheny talks about his experience as a Wolverine.

Michigan State's Brandon Eckerle was named the Michigan Male College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club.

The Spartans' Jeff Holm is enjoying a breakout year thanks to his time spent in the Prospect League last summer, writes Mike Helfgot of the Chicago Tribune.

Penn State's Sean Deegan has a new approach at the plate, and it's paying off.

Big Ten institutions released game times and television plans today for seven home football contests to appear in prime time on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. This schedule includes games for each of the three teams that shared the conference title last season, the first night contest at Michigan Stadium and Nebraska's first two Big Ten matchups. In all, six Big Ten schools will play in prime time on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, featuring games for Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Additional prime time contests to appear on the Big Ten Network will be announced at a later date. For the full list of Big Ten prime time games to appear on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 in the 2011 season, click on this link.

Big Ten women's tennis reeled in five regional awards on Wednesday, with three student-athletes and two coaches receiving recognition. The complete list of Big Ten regional honorees can be found below.

WILSON/ITA COACH OF THE YEAR
Ronni Bernstein, Michigan - Midwest Region

ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
Jackie Holden, Northwestern - Midwest Region

SENIOR OF THE YEAR
Maria Mosolova, Northwestern - Midwest Region

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Brooke Bolender, Michigan - Midwest Region

CISSIE LEARY AWARD FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
Mariana Spilca, Minnesota - Central Region

MTEN: Big Ten Takes Home Eight Regional Awards

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Eight Big Ten men's tennis student-athletes or coaches earned ITA regional awards as announced on Wednesday. Two head coaches were tabbed Regional Coach of the Year, while six student-athletes also received individual awards. The complete list of Big Ten regional award winners can be found below.

WILSON/ITA COACH OF THE YEAR
Gene Orlando, Michigan State - Midwest Region
Geoff Young, Minnesota - Central Region

ARTHUR ASHE LEADERSHIP & SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Abe Souza, Illinois - Midwest Region
Santiago Gruter, Indiana - Ohio Valley Region

SENIOR OF THE YEAR
Matt Allare, Ohio State - Midwest Region

PLAYER TO WATCH
Evan King, Michigan - Midwest Region

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Blaz Rola, Ohio State - Midwest Region

ITA/RAFAEL OSUNA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Jason Jung, Michigan - Midwest Region

MBB: Four Accept Invitations from USA Basketball

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Illinois' Meyers Leonard, Iowa's Melsahn Basabe, Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michigan State's Keith Appling are among the list of seventeen players that have accepted invitations from the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp. FULL STORY

SB: Wednesday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Game 1: Penn State 10, Ohio State 2; Game 2: Penn State 4, Ohio State 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Penn State softball team swept Ohio State 10-2 and 4-3 (9 inning) in a doubleheader on Wednesday night at muggy Buckeye Field. PSU crushed the Buckeyes in the opener before coming back from a two-run deficit to take the nightcap, completing a historic sweep of OSU, the first in Columbus. Penn State improves to 27-22-1, 9-8-1 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State falls to 14-35 overall with a 3-15 mark in Big Ten play. RECAP

Michigan State 3, Purdue 2
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State softball team (27-25, 6-11 Big Ten) used a spark from junior Lori Padilla in game two to split its doubleheader with Purdue at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing on Wednesday, May 11. After dropping game one, 5-0, the Spartans rallied for a 3-2 win in the second game, after trailing 2-0 early on. RECAP

Purdue 5, Michigan State 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Boilermaker softball team's midweek trek to East Lansing ended in a draw as Purdue and Michigan State split the Wednesday doubleheader. Purdue took the first game 5-0 as senior Suzie Rzegocki struck out nine batters in a six-hit shutout victory, picking up her record-tying 26th win of the season, RECAP

Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor was named one of 10 finalists for the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday. Three finalists for the list of 10 will announced on May 25, and the winner will be honored on May 31 at the NCAA Women's College World Series banquet.

This season, the senior boasts a 27-3 record with a 1.36 ERA in 41 appearances. She is also tied for the national lead in saves with eight. She ranks 17th in the nation with 282 strikeouts on the year, and is allowing just 1.09 walks per seven innings, which ranks 14th in the country. She has earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors five times this season.

Release from USA Softball

BASE: Where They Rank

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Big Ten Among NCAA Leaders
Big Ten teams/players among NCAA top 25 through May 8
COMPLETE NCAA RANKINGS

TEAM LEADERS
Batting Average
   7. Michigan State (.320)
   13. Purdue (.316)
Runs Scored per Game
   13. Purdue (7.5)
Hits
   13. Purdue (518)
Doubles per Game
   18. Purdue (2.24)
Sacrifice Bunts
   3. Iowa (71)
Hit by Pitch
   5. Purdue (86)
Sacrifice Flies
   7. Purdue (32)
Walks Allowed per 9.0 IP
   25. Purdue (2.75)
Double Plays per Game
   5. Penn State (1.23)
   12. Northwestern (1.12)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Runs Scored per Game
   18. Ryan Jones, MSU (1.14)
Hits
   21. Brandon Eckerle, MSU (74)
Doubles per Game
   13. Joey DeBernardis, PSU (.45)
Triples per Game
   12. Trevor Willis, IOWA (.16)
Stolen Bases
   22. Patrick Biondi, MICH (24)
Hit by Pitch per Game
   23. Kevin Plawecki, PUR (.36)
Most At-Bats per Strikeout (toughest to strike out)
   6. Casey McMurray, ILL (28.0)
   16. Ryan Jones, MSU (20.5)
   20. Kevin Plawecki, PUR (19.4)
Sacrifice Bunts per Game
   16. Zach McCool, IOWA (.33)
Sacrifice Flies
   T23. Torsten Boss, MSU (6)
   T23. Barrett Serrato, PUR (6)
Victories
   19. Kurt Wunderlich, MSU (8)
Walks Allowed per 9.0 IP
   17. Steven Hill, PSU (.98)
Complete Games
   23. John Anderson, ILL (4)

The conference office announced on Wednesday the weekly men's outdoor track and field awards. Indiana's Kind Butler was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Penn State's Sean Reilly and Wisconsin's Dan Block received Co-Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

2011 Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

March 23    T: No selection; F: Micah Hegerle, So., MINN
March 30    T: Thomas Murdaugh, Jr., OSU; F: Derek Drouin, Jr., IND
April 6        T: Chris DeSilva, Jr., ILL; F: Michael Hartfield, Jr., OSU
April 13      T: Erik Sowinski, Jr., IOWA; F: Cody Riffle, Fr., MICH
April 20      T: Elliot Krause, So., WIS; F: Brock Spandl, Sr., MINN; F: Joe Kovacs, Jr., PSU
April 27      T: Casimir Loxsom, So., PSU; F: Ben Peterson, Sr., MINN
May 4        T: Ryan Foster, Sr., PSU; F: Michael Hartfield, Jr., OSU
May 11      T: Kind Butler, Jr., IND; F: Sean Reilly, So., PSU; F: Dan Block, Fr., WIS

 

For the complete release, click here.

The conference office announced on Wednesday the weekly women's outdoor track and field awards. Indiana's Jordan Gray was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Minnesota's Samantha Sonnenberg garnered Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

2011 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

March 23      T: Chimerem Okoroji, Jr., MINN; F: Allison Liske, Jr., MICH
March 30      T: Letecia Wright, Sr., OSU; F: Vera Neuenswander, Sr., IND
April 6          T: Letecia Wright, Sr., OSU; F: Karlee McQuillen, Sr., PSU
April 13        T: Kelsey McHugh, Sr., OSU; F: Vera Neuenswander, Sr., IND
April 20        T: Jillian Smith, So., MICH; F: Jessica Flax, Jr., WIS
April 27        T: Christina Manning, Jr., OSU; F: Erin Pendleton, So., MICH
May 4          T: Letecia Wright, Sr., OSU; F: Faith Sherrill, Sr., IND
May 11         T: Jordan Gray, Jr., IND; F: Samantha Sonnenberg, Sr., MINN

Click here for the entire release.

SB: Wednesday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Wednesday's slate of Big Ten contests features two doubleheaders previously postponed due to weather. Purdue travels to MIchigan State, while Penn State is on the road at Ohio State.

PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE 2:00 PM ET
PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE 4:00 PM ET
PENN STATE at OHIO STATE 5:00 PM ET
PENN STATE at OHIO STATE 7:00 PM ET

Ohio State has named Rustam Sharipov its head men's gymnastics coach as announced on Wednesday. Sharipov joins the Buckeyes after spending the the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma. The Kharkov, Ukraine, native also has three Olympic medals, including two golds, to his credit.

Click here for more information on Sharipov.

BASE: National Recognition

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan State's Jeff Holm was named National Player of the Week by the NCBWA and by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper after hitting .538 and slugging 1.385 with five runs scored and nine RBI in the Spartans' weekend sweep.

SB: Two Teams Appear in Weekly Softball Polls

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan and Indiana once again appeared in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and USA Softball polls, which were released on Tuesday. The Wolverines are ranked second in both polls and boast a 49-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in conference play. Indiana, 35-16 overall and 15-3 in Big Ten play, is receiving votes in both polls.

BASE: Baseball I.Q.

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Four Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Teams, CoSIDa announced last week:

Kurt Lee, IOWA - First Team, District VII
Brandon Eckerle, MSU - First Team, District IV
Nick O'Shea, MINN - First Team, District V
AJ Pettersen, MINN - First Team, District V

MTRK: National Rankings

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released week six national computer rankings for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field on Tuesday. With a few days remaining before the Big Ten Championships, Penn State remained at No. 19 in this week's national poll.

Texas A&M remains the top school in the nation, followed by Florida and LSU.

Click here for the national rankings.

Seven Big Ten teams and three individual conference golfers have been selected to compete in the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. The Big Ten contingent will be spread across five of the six regional sites, with the top five teams and top individual not on one of those teams advancing from each regional to the NCAA Championships. Three regionals will host 13 teams and 10 individuals while the other three sites will welcome 14 teams and five individuals. The regionals are scheduled for May 19-21.

Click here to see which Big Ten teams and individuals were chosen to the field of competitors.

All seven conference rowing teams travel to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete in the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships on May 15. The teams will compete at Eagle Creek Park this Sunday, marking the Big Ten's first-ever neutral-site rowing championships. With a new location brings a new format of the event with a seven-lane finals-only regatta.

Ohio State boasts the top seed in three events including the first varsity eight and first and second varsity fours. Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin earn the No. 1 seed in the second varsity eight, second novice eight and first novice eight, respectively.

Click here for the full seeding results and lane assignments.

Three Big Ten women's basketball standouts have been selected to the 2011 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Trials Roster, USA Basketball announced on Monday. Iowa's Jaime Printy and Penn State's Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas will try out for the Team USA roster from May 22-25 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The initial roster will be trimmed to 12 following the team trials. Training for the World University Games will begin July 31 in preparation for the Games in Shenzhen, China, held Aug. 14-21.

Iowa Release
Penn State Release
USA Basketball Release

Illinois has named Kim Landrus head women's gymnastics coach, Director of Athletics Ron Guenther announced on Friday. Landrus has spent nine seasons on the Fighting Illini coaching staff, including serving as the interim head coach last season.

Click here for Illinois' complete release on Landrus.

WSWM: Bryant Makes USA Team for World Championships

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Minnesota's Kelci Bryant finished third in the 3-meter springboard competition at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bryant was the top USA finisher, tallying 333.60 points. She will represent the U.S. at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, in July.

 

Click here for the full release.

BASE: Sunday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE, 11-5
Illinois pounded out 16 hits to score 11 runs and Corey Kimes notched his second-straight win to lift the Orange and Blue to a series victory with an 11-5 triumph over Ohio State in front of 1,028 fans at Illinois Field. Davis Hendrickson and Justin Parr each collected three hits and Willie Argo drove in a season-high four runs as Illinois won its third-straight Big Ten series. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 8-2
Indiana Baseball's 8-2 victory on Sunday over Northwestern earned the squad its fourth series win out of six Big Ten weekends. The Hoosiers 27th win overall and eighth in conference play paired with a Penn State loss, puts them in a tie for the ever-important sixth place of the Big Ten standings. Only the top six teams advance to the Big Ten Tournament in two weeks. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. PENN STATE, 8-2
The Iowa baseball team defeated Penn State Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field in walk-off fashion, 2-1 in ten innings. The Hawkeyes claimed two-of-three in their Big Ten home series finale, capturing their first conference series win of the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 6-2
The University of Michigan baseball team took an early lead, but a four-run Minnesota third catapulted the Golden Gophers to a 6-2 win over the Wolverines Sunday afternoon (May 8) in the series finale of a three-game Big Ten set at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. PURDUE, 6-5
The Michigan State baseball team captured its ninth straight Big Ten victory at home and completed the three-game sweep of Purdue with a thrilling 6-5 win over the Boilermakers in front of 1,682 fans at McLane Baseball Stadium Sunday afternoon. With two outs in the top of ninth, Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki tried to score from second base on a single to center field, but the Spartans threw out Plawecki at the plate on a close play for the final out of the game. RECAP & BOX SCORE

SB: Sunday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Purdue 4, Wisconsin 3
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - It may have been Senior Day at the Varsity Softball Complex on Sunday, but it was a pair of freshmen who came through in the clutch. Purdue topped Wisconsin 4-3 in nine innings thanks to a leadoff walk by Tori Chiodo and a two-out RBI single by Lindsey Rains, which sealed the come-back victory. Rains went 4-for-4 and posted a walk to lead the Purdue bats, which managed four runs on nine hits and two errors. Rookie Danielle Fletcher also had two hits in the contest. Wisconsin put up its three runs on seven hits and two errors. RECAP

Ohio State 1, Michigan State 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - On Senior Day and Mother's Day, the Ohio State softball team defeated Michigan State, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in front of its home crowd at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (14-33, 3-13 Big Ten) claimed the conference victory against the Spartans (26-24, 5-11 Big Ten) after posting seven hits, while senior pitcher Karisa Medrano threw a two-hit shutout performance in the circle for the Scarlet and Gray. RECAP

Northwestern 4, Indiana 1
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Locked in a pitcher's duel and trailing by a run against Indiana on Senior Day Sunday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, Northwestern saw freshman Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) step up big with a fifth-inning grand slam to give the Wildcats a 4-1 victory in their final home game of 2011. With the win, Northwestern now is 23-18 overall on the year, 5-11 in the conference. The Wildcats snapped the Hoosiers' 15-game winning streak with their win, the longest winning streak in the nation entering Sunday. Indiana now is 35-16 on the season, 15-3 in the Big Ten after its loss. RECAP

Michigan 8, Minnesota 1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team scored early and often to cruise to an 8-1 decision over Minnesota on Sunday afternoon (May 8) in front of 1,524 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. With the weekend sweep, the Wolverines improved to 16-2 in Big Ten Conference play and share the top spot in league standings with one more regular-season series remaining. Michigan earned extra bases in half of its 10 base hits against the Golden Gophers, accumulating four doubles and a triple. RECAP

Penn State 3, Iowa 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Penn State softball team used two-run, third-inning rally to down the Iowa Hawkeyes, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Pearl Field. Lisa Akamine (Escondido, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double at the plate, while earning her 11th win in the circle. RECAP

Completion of Saturday's game: Michigan State 12, Ohio State 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State softball team (26-24, 5-11 Big Ten) split its season series with Ohio State on Sunday, May 8 in Columbus, Ohio. After having game two halted in the top of the fourth last night with MSU leading, 7-0, the Spartans wound up concluding the game after five innings with the 12-2 advantage. Game two, the Buckeyes narrowly edged out the Green and White with a 1-0 win. RECAP

SB: Sunday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE, 12:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
PENN STATE at IOWA, 2:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
INDIANA at NORTHWESTERN, 4:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
WISCONSIN at PURDUE, 2:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN,2:00 PM ET

BASE: Saturday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

OHIO STATE def. ILLINOIS, 12-7
Illinois scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth after a 30-minute rain delay, including a brief hailstorm, but Ohio State closer Josh Dezse struck out Illini first baseman Thomas Shelton to end the game with the bases loaded as the Buckeyes evened the weekend series with a 12-7 win at Illinois Field on Saturday. DH Justin Parr stayed hot, going 3-for-5 with an RBI infield hit in the ninth and left fielder Casey McMurray was 2-for-3 with two walks, two doubles and two runs. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 9-6
Indiana Baseball's weekend series with Northwestern is headed for a rubber match on Sunday following a 9-6 Wildcat victory in the second game of the three-game stint. The Hoosiers started a rally in the late stages, but ultimately fell short Saturday after taking the series opener on Friday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. IOWA, 3-2
The University of Iowa baseball team left 13 runners on base in a 3-2 loss to Penn State Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The loss is Iowa's fifth straight one-run loss and fall to 1-6 in one-run games in conference play. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 11-10
Down 11-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the University of Michigan baseball team came up with six runs in the inning, but the furious rally fell one run short as the Maize and Blue lost to Minnesota, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon (May 7) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. PURDUE, 5-3
The Michigan State baseball team won its eighth straight Big Ten game at home as the Spartans defeated Purdue, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Spartans (29-14, 12-5 Big Ten) are now two games ahead of the Boilermakers (30-15, 10-7) in the conference standings and are assured of being in first place after the weekend series. RECAP & BOX SCORE

SB: Saturday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Big Ten Results
Ohio State-MIchigan State halted, Top 4th
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After an hour delay, the Ohio State-Michigan State softball game was postponed in the top of the fourth inning because of rain showers in the Columbus area. The game will resume at 11 a.m. Sunday at Buckeye Field. Michigan State held a 7-0 lead with two outs with runners on first and third in the top of the fourth before play was stopped at 7:15 p.m.

Wisconsin 4, Purdue 1
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Freshman Cassandra Darrah gave up just three hits and Wisconsin took advantage of four Purdue errors en route to a 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon at the Varsity Softball Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. The Badgers improve to 28-22 on the year and 7-10 in the Big Ten with the win. It's now the team's winningest season since going 31-24 overall and 11-9 in the conference in 2005. Purdue falls to 28-15-2 overall and 6-6-1 within the conference. RECAP

Indiana 1, Northwestern 0
EVANSTON, Ill. - Freshman second baseman Ashley Warrum laced a RBI triple with two outs in the third inning that proved to be the difference as Indiana claimed a 1-0 victory over Northwestern (22-18, 4-11) at Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. With the win, Indiana increases its win streak to 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the country. Indiana (35-15, 15-2 Big Ten) has also won 14 straight Big Ten games to extend its school record. The one run proved to be enough support for Morgan Melloh (30-14) in the circle, as she whiffed 13 Northwestern batters on the afternoon and allowed just two hits. It is her 12th shutout of the season and second straight shutout. She senior left-handed pitcher now has 454 strikeouts on the year to match her single-season career high that she set her freshman season at Fresno State. RECAP

Michigan 4, Minnesota 2
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team registered its eighth comeback win in Big Ten Conference play this season, using a three-run fifth inning to edge Minnesota, 4-2, on Saturday evening (May 7) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Senior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) and junior third baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) headlined the Wolverine offense, posting similar 2-for-3 efforts and driving in a run apiece in the No. 3 and cleanup spots, respectively. Shaw pushed in the go-ahead run on a run-scoring double in the fifth. RECAP

Iowa 1, Penn State 0
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Freshman Michelle Zoeller scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the University of Iowa softball team to a 1-0 victory over Penn State Saturday night at Pearl Field. Zoeller reached in the Hawkeyes' final-at bat with a single up the middle with one out. After moving to second on a Katie Keim groundout, Zoeller rounded the bases when PSU's Lauren Yao booted a hard hit Chelsey Carmody grounder at second base to send Iowa to the 1-0 win. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Illinois 2, Western Illinois 0
Illinois 3, Western Illinois 2

SB: Saturday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
This weekend's slate of games will continue to shape the race the Big Ten Championship race. Conference co-leaders Indiana and Michigan, tied at 14-2 in Big Ten play, will play in games available to a national audience on Saturday. The Wolverines host Minnesota for a 6 p.m. ET contest to be televised by the Big Ten Network, while the Hoosiers travel to Northwestern for a 2 p.m. contest to be streamed live on www.BigTenNetwork.com. Elsewhere, Purdue hosts Wisconsin, Ohio State hosts Michigan State and Iowa welcomes Penn State. Illinois takes on Western Illinois in non-conference action.

Saturday's complete schedule can be found below.

INDIANA at NORTHWESTERN, 2:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
WISCONSIN at PURDUE, 2:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE, 6:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN, 6:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
PENN STATE at IOWA, 7:00 PM ET
Western Illinois at ILLINOIS (DH), 2:00 PM ET

BASE: Friday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE, 13-9
Will Strack tossed four scoreless innings of relief and Illinois scored six runs in its final three at bats to down Ohio State, 13-9, in front of a season-high crowd of 2,019 at the third-annual Bleacher Bum Barbecue at Illinois Field. Justin Parr, Casey McMurray and Brandon Hohl all collected three hits on the night, with Parr and McMurray each driving in three runs. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 5-0
An impressive pitching performance, some timely hitting and solid, if not spectacular defense keyed the Indiana University baseball team to a 5-0 win over Northwestern in the series opener on Friday afternoon. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. PENN STATE, 11-4
The Iowa baseball team defeated Penn State, 11-4, Friday night at Duane Banks Field in the first of a three-game set. It marks Iowa's third-straight win over the Nittany Lions, dating back to last season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 4-1
Despite six strikeouts and 7.2 innings of work from junior Brandon Sinnery, the University of Michigan baseball team fell to Minnesota, 4-1, in the first game of a three-game Big Ten set on Friday night at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The game was televised on the Big Ten Network. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. PURDUE, 11-4
Jeff Holm picked a good game to have a career day at the plate.

The senior first baseman slugged two three-run homers and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Michigan State baseball team past Purdue, 11-4, Friday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium in a matchup of Big Ten co-leaders. RECAP & BOX SCORE

SB: Friday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Dayton 6, Ohio State 4

SB: Seven Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Seven Big Ten softball student-athletes were named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday, including three first-team honorees. Those selected as first-team All-District members will be placed on the national ballot and are eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced later this month.

Indiana's Sara Olson, Northwestern's Robin Thompson and Penn State's Lisa Akamine earned first-team All-District accolades and are eligible for All-America consideration. Earning second- or third-team All-District recognition include Michigan State's Brett Williams, Ohio State's Alicia Herron and Purdue's Shelby Krammer and Molly Garst.

To view the complete release from CoSIDA, click here.

SB: Friday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Dayton at Ohio State, 6 p.m. ET

BASE: Weekend Capsules

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

OHIO STATE (9-6) at ILLINOIS (8-7)
Ohio State Notes - Illinois Notes

Friday, May 6 - 6:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State: RHP Drew Rucinski (5-1, 2.11 ERA)
Illinois: RHP Kevin Johnson (2-5, 4.02 ERA)

Saturday, May 7 - 3:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State RHP Brett McKinney (1-3, 5.72 ERA)
Illinois: RHP John Anderson (5-5, 3.41 ERA)

Sunday, May 8 - 1:05 p.m. CT
Ohio State: RHP Greg Greve (1-1, 5.67 ERA)
Illinois: LHP Corey Kimes (2-4, 5.74 ERA)

NORTHWESTERN (6-9) at INDIANA (6-9)
Northwestern Notes - Indiana Notes

Friday, May 6 - 3:05 p.m. ET
Northwestern: LHP Matt Gailey (2-3, 4.32 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Blake Monar (4-3, 3.23 ERA)

Saturday, May 7 - Noon ET - Big Ten Network
Northwestern: RHP Luke Farrell (4-2, 3.60 ERA)
Indiana: LHP Joey DeNato (5-3, 2.96 ERA)

Sunday, May 8 - 1:05 p.m. ET
Northwestern: TBA
Indiana: LHP Brian Korte (2-2, 3.92 ERA)

PENN STATE (7-8) at IOWA (5-10)
Penn State Notes - Iowa Notes

Friday, May 6 - 6:05 p.m. CT - www.bigtennetwork.com
Penn State: RHP Steven Hill (4-3, 2.76 ERA)
Iowa: LHP Jarred Hippen (2-5, 3.39 ERA)

Saturday, May 7 - 2:05 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network
Penn State: RHP John Walter (5-3, 2.59 ERA)
Iowa: LHP Matt Dermody (4-4, 4.03 ERA)

Sunday, May 8 - Noon CT - www.bigtennetwork.com
Penn State: LHP Mike Franklin (2-1, 5.97 ERA)
Iowa: RHP Patrick Lala (2-4, 3.22 ERA)

MINNESOTA (8-7) at MICHIGAN (6-9)
Minnesota Notes - Michigan Notes

Friday, May 6 - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
Minnesota: RHP TJ Oakes (4-4, 3.36 ERA)
Michigan: RHP Brandon Sinnery (2-2, 2.54 ERA)

Saturday, May 7 - 1 p.m. ET
Minnesota: LHP Phil Isaksson (2-4, 2.73 ERA)
Michigan: RHP Kevin Vangheluwe (2-0, 2.79 ERA)

Sunday, May 8 - 1 p.m. ET - www.bigtennetwork.com
Minnesota: RHP Austin Lubinsky (3-4, 4.93 ERA)
Michigan: TBA

PURDUE (10-5) at MICHIGAN STATE (10-5)
Purdue Notes - Michigan State Notes

Friday, May 6 - 3:05 p.m. ET
Purdue: RHP Matt Morgan (4-1, 4.05 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Kurt Wunderlich (7-1, 3.01 ERA)

Saturday, May 7 - 1:05 p.m. ET
Purdue: RHP Joe Haase (5-2, 2.91 ERA)
Michigan State: RHP Tony Bucciferro (6-2, 3.42 ERA)

Sunday, May 8 - 1:05 p.m. ET
Purdue: TBA
Michigan State: RHP Andrew Waszak (3-2, 3.98 ERA)

WTRK: Weekend Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

MAY 6

Billy Hayes Invitational, All Day [1]

IOWA at Messersmith Invitational, All Day [2]

Len Paddock Invitational Day One, All Day [3]

MAY 7

Len Paddock Invitational Day Two, All Day [3]

WISCONSIN Twilight Invitational, All Day

[1] -- Bloomington, Ind.

[2] -- Cedar Falls, Iowa

[3] -- Ann Arbor, Mich.

MTRK: Weekend Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

MAY 6

Billy Hayes Invitational, All Day [1]

IOWA at Messersmith Invitational, All Day [2]

Len Paddock Invitational Day One, All Day [3]

OHIO STATE at Campbell/Wright Invitational, 3:30 p.m. ET [4]

OHIO STATE at Oregon Twilight, 9 p.m. ET

MAY 7

Len Paddock Invitational Day Two, All Day [3]

Jim Thorpe Invitational, All Day [5]

OHIO STATE at Campbell/Wright Invitational, 11 a.m. ET [4]

WISCONSIN Twilight Invitational, All Day

[1] -- Bloomington, Ind.

[2] -- Cedar Falls, Iowa

[3] -- Ann Arbor, Mich.

[4] -- Akron, Ohio

[5] -- State College, Pa.

Minnesota All-America diver Kelci Bryant will be among the 47 Olympians to compete in the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend. Bryant will compete in the 3-meter springboard competition on Friday.

For the complete release, click here.

BASE: You'd Better Watch Out

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Northwestern's Paul Snieder and Ohio State's Josh Dezse were named among the 25 players on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday. COMPLETE RELEASE

SB: Thursday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan State 9, Eastern Michigan 2
DePaul 2, Illinois 0

WTEN: Seven Players Picked for NCAA Championships

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Two Big Ten singles players and three doubles duos have been selected to the 2011 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships as announced on Wednesday. Big Ten Champion Michigan and Big Ten Tournament Champion Northwestern will each send three players to the championships, while Iowa will be represented by a doubles pair.

Click here to see which players were selected for the NCAA Championships.
Seven Big Ten singles players and three conference doubles pairs have been selected to the NCAA Championships, the selection committee announced on Wednesday. Sixteen automatic qualifiers and 48 at-large selections make up the singles field, while 13 automatic berths and 19 at-large selections comprise the doubles field.

Click here to see which Big Ten players were chosen by the NCAA selection committee.

SB: Thursday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
EMU at MICHIGAN STATE, 4:00 PM ET
DePaul at ILLINOIS, 7:00 PM ET

WGOLF: NCAA Regional Championships Links

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The NCAA Women's Golf Regionals are now underway. Click the links below for live scoring and updates throughout the regionals.


East Regional Championships | Live Scoring


SB: Wednesday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Big Ten Results
Minnesota 3, Northwestern 0; Minnesota 4, Northwestern 3
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Minnesota softball team picked up its first conference sweep of the season on Wednesday, taking a pair of games from Northwestern as Sara Moulton tied Minnesota single season records for wins and shutouts. Minnesota opened the day with its eighth-straight series opening win - a 3-0 shutout over the Wildcats - before picking up a 4-3 win in the series finale. RECAP

Michigan 9, Ohio State 1, Michigan 8, Ohio State 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team reclaimed a share of the top spot in the Big Ten Conference standings with a dominant 9-1, 8-0 doubleheader sweep -- both in six innings -- against rival Ohio State on Wednesday evening (May 4) in front of 1,377 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. RECAP

Illinois 8, Iowa 2, Illinois 6, Iowa 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa. - The Illinois Softball team used a balanced offense and complete game pitching performances from Jackie Guy and Pepper Gay to leave the University of Iowa with a doubleheader sweep of the Hawkeyes, 8-2 and 6-2. Danielle Zymkowitz finished the two-game slate with six hits in eight at bats (.750), driving in five runs and scoring four more. Guy and Gay finished with identical 2.00 ERAs on the day, allowing two runs each while throwing a combined 14 innings. With the victories, Illinois improves to 24-20 overall and 11-7 in the Big Ten, further solidifying their hold on the third spot in conference standings. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Michigan State 4, Western Michigan 0
Wisconsin 5, Green Bay 1
Green Bay 4, Wisconsin 2

SB: Wednesday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Wednesday's Big Ten softball schedule features three doubleheaders, while Wisconsin and Michigan State host non-conference foes this afternoon. No. 2 Michigan hosts Ohio State beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET with the Big Ten Network providing live coverage of the doubleheader. Elsewhere, Northwestern welcomes Minnesota and Iowa hosts Illinois.

Wednesday's complete schedule can be found below.

ILLINOIS at IOWA, 5:00 PM ET
ILLINOIS at IOWA, 7:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at NORTHWESTERN, 3:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
MINNESOTA at NORTHWESTERN, 5:00 PM ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com
OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN, 5:30 PM ET, Big Ten Network
OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN, 8:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
Green Bay at WISCONSIN (DH), 4:00 PM ET
Western Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE, 5:00 PM ET

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2011 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university, achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation. The Big Ten's 26 honorees are Illinois' Anthony Santella, Indiana's Trea Burgess, Ben Chappell, Jamie Lukaszewski, Jordan Marquette, Tyler Replogle and Jeff Sanders, Iowa's Josh Koeppel, Jeff Tarpinian and Julian Vandervelde, Minnesota's  Adam Weber, Northwestern's Stefan Demos, Aaron Nagel and Josh Rooks, Ohio State's Bryant Browning, Garrett Hummel, Chris Malone, Jake McQuaide, Andrew Miller and Scott Sika, Penn State's Brett Brackett, Chris Colasanti, Kevion Latham and Stefen Wisniewski, Purdue's Kyle Adams and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien. In addition, future Big Ten member Nebraska was represented by Thomas Grove and Adi Kunalic among the honorees. Chappell, Wisniewski and Tolzien were already honored as members of the 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete team back in the fall.

BASE: Where They Rank

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Big Ten Among NCAA Leaders
Big Ten teams/players among NCAA top 25 through May 1
COMPLETE NCAA RANKINGS

TEAM LEADERS
Batting Average
   12. Michigan State (.318)
   14. Purdue (.318)
Runs per Game
   10. Purdue (7.7)
Hits  
   11. Purdue (489)
Doubles per Game
   20. Purdue (2.28)
Sacrifice Bunts
   3. Iowa (65)
Hit by Pitch
   5. Purdue (79)
Sacrifice Flies
   9. Purdue (29)
Walks Allowed per 9.0 IP
   23. Purdue (2.76)
Double Plays per Game
   4. Penn State (1.27)
   11. Northwestern (1.18)
   24. Ohio State (1.05)
Win-Loss Percentage
   24. Purdue (.698)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Runs per Game
   13. Ryan Jones, MSU (1.18)
Hits
   18. Brandon Eckerle, MSU (69)
Doubles per Game
   8. Joey DeBernardis, PSU (.49)
Triples per Game
   7. Trevor Willis, IOWA (.17)
Stolen Bases per Game
   22. Patrick Biondi, MICH (.56)
At-Bats per Strikeout (toughest to strike out)
   9. Casey McMurray, ILL (25.3)
   14. Ryan Jones, MSU (21.4)
   20. Kevin Plawecki, PUR (18.2)
Sacrifice Bunts per Game
   14. Zach McCool, IOWA (.33)
Sacrifice Flies
   T19. Torsten Boss, MSU (6)
   T19. Barrett Serrato, PUR (6)
Saves
   20. Nick Wittgren, PUR (9)
Walks Allowed per 9.0 IP
   15. Steven Hill, PSU (.92)


 

SB: Statistically Speaking

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Numerous Big Ten teams and student-athletes rank at or near the top of many NCAA statistical categories, according to the latest set of national stats released on Tuesday. Check out where conference squads and standouts rank among the nation's statistical elite in a sampling of the national categories.

For the complete list of NCAA statistics, click here.

Team
Batting Average
13. Michigan, .329
17. Purdue, .325
23. Northwestern, .318

ERA
11. Michigan, 1.59
16. Indiana, 1.70
47. Penn State, 2.17

Runs Per Game
13. Michigan, 6.44
19. Northwestern, 5.97
38. Illinois, 5.57

Stolen Bases Per Game
4. Northwestern, 2.24
6. Purdue, 2.18
15. Wisconsin, 1.91

Slugging Percentage
19. Michigan, .502
29. Purdue, .491
38. Michigan State, .470

Individual
Batting Average
2. Adrienne Monka, NU, .506
6. Emily Allard, NU, .486
11. Andie Varsho, PUR, .451
19. Malisa Barnes, MINN, .441
31. Danielle Zymkowitz, ILL, .431
36. Lindsey Hansen, MSU, .424
49. Bree Evans, MICH, .414

On Base Percentage
1. Adrienne Monka, NU, .718
6. Dorian Shaw, MICH, .579
10. Malisa Barnes, MINN, .560
44. Emily Allard, NU, .510

Home Runs
8. Lindsey Hansen, MSU, 18
31. Ashley Lane, MICH, 14
45. Jessica Davis, ILL, 13
45. Brett Williams, MSU, 13

Runs Batted In Per Game
7. Adrienne Monka, NU, 1.24
12. Amanda Chidester, MICH, 1.17
21. Lindsey Hansen, MSU, 1.11
24. Ashley Lane, MICH, 1.10
32. Brett Williams, MSU, 1.07
41. Meredith Hackett, ILL, 1.02

Stolen Bases Per Game
2. Emily Allard, NU, 1.03
4. Jennifer Krueger, WIS, 0.81
6. Molly Garst, PUR, 0.75
7. Andie Varsho, PUR, 0.73

Strikeouts
1. Morgan Melloh, IND, 441
10. Sara Moulton, MINN, 287
19. Jordan Taylor, MICH, 248

Strikeouts Per Seven Innings
8. Morgan Melloh, IND, 11.0
19. Jordan Taylor, MICH, 9.6
41. Sara Moulton, MINN, 8.3

Victories
2. Morgan Melloh, IND, 29
9. Sara Moulton, MINN, 25
13. Suzie Rzegocki, PUR, 24
15. Jordan Taylor, MICH, 23

Shutouts
3. Sara Moulton, MINN, 13
7. Morgan Melloh, IND, 11
16. Suzie Rzegocki, PUR, 9
24. Jordan Taylor, MICH, 8
34. Cassee Layne, MSU, 7
46. Jackie Hill, PSU, 6

SB: Tuesday's Result

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan 9, Eastern Michigan 7

MTEN: Five Teams Selected to NCAA Championships

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Five Big Ten men's tennis teams have been selected to the NCAA Championships, the selection committee announced today. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State have each earned berths to the national tournament, which gets underway on May 13 at campus sites. The Buckeyes received an automatic bid to the championships after winning their sixth consecutive Big Ten Tournament while the other four teams earned at-large bids.

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.

BASE: Golden Child

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
USA Baseball has selected Indiana's Alex Dickerson as one of 60 players placed on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. The Golden Spikes Award is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country. COMPLETE RELEASE
Michigan and Northwestern will represent the Big Ten at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, with both teams receiving top-16 seeds in the national tournament. The 10th-seeded Wolverines earned an at-large bid to the championships, while the 16th-seeded Wildcats received an automatic berth after winning the Big Ten Tournament.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

WGOLF: NCAA Regional Championships Preview

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Eight Big Ten teams and one individual golfer travel to NCAA Women's Golf Regionals this weekend seeking a berth to the NCAA Championships. Six Big Ten teams will compete in the Central Regional while two conference squads will travel to the East Regional. The regionals are slated to get underway on Thursday, with the third and final round taking place on Saturday. Tee times on all three days of competition begin at 8 a.m. ET.

Click here for the complete preview on the Big Ten website.

MTRK: National Polls

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released week five national computer rankings for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field on Tuesday. With two weeks left until the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Penn State remains among the nations best, currently sitting at No. 19 this week.

Texas A&M holds the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row, followed by LSU, Florida, Florida State and Texas Tech as the top five teams in the country.

Click here for the latest information regarding the rankings. 

The Badgers' first varsity eight claimed the year's final Boat of the Week distinction after defeating Minnesota in Wisconsin's first home dual race on Lake Mendota since 2002. Team members from the first varsity eight included coxswain Jane Roberts, Jacquelyn Koykkar, Hayley Leinss, Lauren Pietila, Lisa Godhardt, Anna Schettle, Katelyn Swanson, Rachel Buchholtz and Vanessa Kleiss. The eight rowed to a time of 6:10.0 in choppy water to best Minnesota's time of 6:14.40. This marks the first weekly award for Wisconsin since the 2009 season.

Click here for the entire release.

SB: Two Appear in Weekly Rankings

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
A pair of Big Ten softball teams appeared in the latest USA Softball and National Fastpitch Coaches Association polls, released on Tuesday. For the second straight week, Michigan checked in at No. 2 in both rankings, while Indiana earned top 25 status in the USA Softball rankings, appearing at No. 24. The Hoosiers are the first team receiving votes outside the NFCA top 25.

The Hoosiers are atop the conference standings with a 14-2 record, while Michigan is second in the Big Ten at 12-2.

SB: Tuesday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 6 p.m. ET
The Big Ten announced on Monday its men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners with Iowa's Vince India taking home the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Purdue's Adam Schenk was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while conference champion Illinois' head coach Mike Small was tabbed Coach of the Year.

Click here to see the complete list of All-Big Ten performers and individual award winners.

FB: NFL Selects 29 Big Ten Players in Draft

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Twenty-nine Big Ten Conference student-athletes were selected during the 2011 National Football League (NFL) Draft held from April 28-30, including six first-round picks from five different institutions. The Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC were the only conferences to produce at least six first-round selections. The Big Ten's six first-round picks were the most for the conference since six players were chosen in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. For more information, click on this link.

SB: Sunday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan 2, Wisconsin 1
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team scored two runs in the top of the fifth to secure a 2-1 comeback win and complete the series sweep at Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (May 1) at the Goodman Softball Complex. The comeback win was the Wolverines' seventh in Big Ten Conference play this season. Senior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) earned her second win of the weekend in relief, upping her season record to 23-3 with a four-hit, no-walk effort through 6.2 innings in the circle. Taylor struck out 11 Badger batters -- her ninth double-digit strikeout effort of the season and second of the weekend. RECAP

Purdue 0, Penn State 0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --Lisa Akamine (Escondido, Calif.) shut down the powerful Boilermaker offense, but Penn State couldn't solve Purdue's Suzie Rzegocki as an odd Sunday at Beard Field ended in a 0-0, eight-inning tie. The Nittany Lions and Boilers withstood a three hour, thirty-eight minute rain delay in the third inning as zeroes went across the board. Purdue had to leave Happy Valley in a hurry to catch its flight home. The tale of the game was the fantastic performance of Akamine, who threw a one-hitter along with nine strikeouts. The junior righty gave up only two walks as she baffled one Boilermaker after another. Her counterpart, Rzegocki, went eight full allowing two hits and three walks to go along with five strikeouts and a hit batter on the afternoon. RECAP

Michigan State 12, Minnesota 2
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Michigan State softball team (23-23, 4-10 Big Ten) used a powerful fifth inning to salvage a series split with Minnesota on Sunday, May 1 in Minneapolis. With the game on national television, the Spartans did not disappoint as they run ruled the Golden Gophers in five innings, 12-2. RECAP

Indiana 5, Iowa 0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite a constant mist throughout the game, Indiana senior left-handed pitcher Morgan Melloh was on top of her game Sunday at the IU Softball Field, tossing a one-hit shutout while striking out 14 to lead the Hoosiers (34-15, 14-2 Big Ten) to a 5-0 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes (26-21, 8-8 Big Ten). It is the 14th win overall and the 13th straight in Big Ten play to remain in first place in the conference with four games remaining. The 14-game win streak is still the longest since 1994 while the 13-game conference win streak is the longest in school history. Melloh (29-14) tossed her eight straight complete game victory, allowing a bloop single to center field off the bat of Stephanie Ochoa with two outs in the seventh inning as the only hit in the game for the Hawkeyes. She walked two batters and struck out 14 to give her 441 on the year and 1579 in her career. She allowed just two balls to leave in the infield in the game and had exactly two strikeouts in each of the seven innings. RECAP

Illinois 5, Northwestern 3
URBANA, Ill. - Illinois Softball claimed its third consecutive series sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday afternoon, taking the weekend finale, 5-3. Hollie Pinchback slugged her third homer in the past two contests as part of a 4-for-7, 5 RBI match up with the Wildcats' staff over both games. RECAP

BASE: Sunday's Results

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

MICHIGAN STATE def. PENN STATE, 10-5
A four-run seventh inning pushed the Michigan State baseball team past Penn State, 10-5, Sunday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium to complete its three-game sweep over the Nittany Lions. The Spartans (27-13, 10-5) finish the weekend tied for first place in the Big Ten with Purdue. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. MINNESOTA, 7-1
The Minnesota baseball team dropped a 7-1 decision to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the final game of its weekend series on Sunday at Target Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

ILLINOIS def. NORTHWESTERN, 9-4
Northwestern fell into an early hole and couldn't recover for the second straight day, dropping its series finale to Illinois 9-4 Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE def. INDIANA, 14-5
Cameron Perkins connected for a pair of home runs en route to a career-high six-RBI performance and the bullpen put together eight innings of three-run ball, leading Purdue baseball to a 14-5 victory versus Indiana Sunday afternoon that punctuated a three-game series sweep. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MGOLF: Illinois Wins Big Ten Championships

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Illinois won the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 281 to clinch its third-straight and 10th overall conference title. The Fighting Illini took the lead in the second round of the championships and remained in front through the rest of the tournament, outshooting the rest of the field by 19 strokes at 8-over par. After matching Illinois with a 7-under 281 in round four, Northwestern took second place at 27-over, followed by Iowa (+29) in third, Ohio State (+38) in fourth and Indiana (+40) in fifth.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

SB: Sunday's Schedule

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
A Big Ten Network tripleheader highlights Sunday's action of Big Ten softball, beginning at Noon ET. Purdue visits Penn State in Game 1 of the network's coverage, followed by Michigan State at Minnesota at 2 p.m., while Michigan and Wisconsin wrap up the day's action at 4 p.m. Elsewhere, Indiana hosts Iowa and Ilinois welcomes Northwestern.

Sunday's complete schedule follows below.

PURDUE at PENN STATE, 12:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
IOWA at INDIANA, 1:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at MINNESOTA, 2:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS, 3:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN at WISCONSIN, 4:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network