May 2012 Archives

Northwestern's Bast Named Third Team All-American

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Northwestern third baseman Marisa Bast earned third-team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday. The sophomore was voted a first-team All-Big Ten performer this season after ranking among the nation's top 10 in runs batted in per game, driving in 68 on the season, which ranked second in Wildcat single-season history.

Complete Northwestern Release

Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as announced on Thursday. The teams are selected to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined athletic and academic performances.

First team honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team Ballot, which will be selected in June.

The list of Big Ten honorees is below.

Andy Bayer, Indiana*
Chelsea Blanchard, Indiana*
Breanne Ehrman, Indiana*
Samantha Ginther, Indiana
McKenzie Melander, Iowa*
Erik Sowinski, Iowa*
Rebecca Addison, Michigan*
Jillian Smith, Michigan
Kiley Tobel, Michigan
Rebecca Buchholtz, Michigan State*
Quentin Mege, Minnesota*
Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska*
Brett Grieb, Nebraska*
Cami Jiskra, Nebraska
Ashley Miller, Nebraska
Nate Polacek, Nebraska*
Elliot Krause, Wisconsin*

*First Team Honoree

Five Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers Return Specialist Award, awarded to the nation's top return specialist. The award, now in its second year, is named after former Nebraska player Johnny Rodgers. Big Ten student-athletes on the preseason watch list are Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Northwestern's Venric Mark, Ohio State's Jordan Hall, Purdue's Raheem Mostert and Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis. To be eligible, a player must be a primary return specialist (punt and/or kickoff), be ranked among the national leaders in return and display "leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline." A list of 12 semifinalists will be selected in late October, and four finalists will be announced in November. The winner will be selected in December.

Plawecki Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist

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Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki was named one of 30 finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. Plawecki was named the Big Ten's Player of the Year and the Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and is also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Player of the Year Trophy and the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award. COMPLETE RELEASE
The Big Ten will be well-represented at the 2012 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as 96 individual qualifiers and 12 relay squads travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the national event, scheduled for June 6-9. The participants qualified based on their finish at the preliminary championships, which were held May 24-26.

For a complete list of qualifiers, select the links below.

Men

Women
 

Purdue Selected to Host NCAA Regional

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Purdue baseball has been selected as one of the 16 programs nationally to host an opening-weekend Regional in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. U.S. Steel Yard ballpark in Gary, Ind., will serve as the host venue for the four-team Regional, set for June 1-4. Purdue is the first Big Ten team to host a Regional since Michigan in 2008.

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Six Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football. The Big Ten's list of nominees includes Illinois' Graham Pocic, Indiana's Will Matte, Iowa's James Ferentz, Northwestern's Brandon Vitabile, Penn State's Matt Stankiewitch and Wisconsin's Travis Frederick. Big Ten players have claimed two of the last four Rimington Trophies, with the Nittany Lions' A.Q. Shipley honored in 2008 and the Wolverines' David Molk chosen in 2011.


Super Regional Schedule

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Tuscaloosa Super Regional
Hosted by the University of Alabama

Michigan vs. Alabama
Game 1: Thursday, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 2: Friday, 4:30 p.m., ESPNU
Game 3: Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN (if necessary)

All times are ET

Weekly Rankings

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Illinois and Ohio State appear in the 2012 USTFCCCA National Rankings.The Fighting Illini are No. 19 while the Buckeyes sit at No. 22 in the latest rankings.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten squads appear in the 2012 USTFCCCA National Rankings, led by No. 3 Indiana. Nebraska appears at No. 10, followed by No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 19 Penn State, No. 23 Iowa and No. 25 Ohio State.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Sunday's NCAA Schedule

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Michigan and Northwestern each need one win on Sunday to advance to the Super Regional.

Austin Regional
NORTHWESTERN vs. Texas, 1 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN vs. Texas, 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Louisville Regional
Game(s) to be televised by ESPN2
MICHIGAN vs. Louisville, 1 p.m.
MICHIGAN vs. Louisville, 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Saturday's NCAA Schedule

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Austin Regional
NORTHWESTERN vs. Houston, 1 p.m.
Auburn vs. Texas, 4 p.m.
Game 2 winner vs. Loser Game 1, 7 p.m.

Louisville Regional
Games televised by ESPN

MICHIGAN vs. Louisville, 3 p.m.
Valparaiso vs. Kentucky, 5:30 p.m.
Game 2 winner vs. Loser Game 1, 8 p.m.

All times are ET

Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. MINNESOTA, 3-2
RECAP & BOX SCORE (coming soon)

INDIANA def. OHIO STATE, 5-0
Indiana Baseball (29-26, 15-8 Big Ten) claimed its sixth Big Ten series in eight tries this season on Friday, blanking the Buckeyes (31-24, 11-12) in a 5-nil game two victory. Kyle Hart carved up Ohio State for eight strikeouts in eight shutout innings to earn his fifth win of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.16. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. #13 PURDUE, 6-1
A four-run fourth inning propelled the University of Iowa baseball team to a 6-1 triumph over No. 13 Purdue. Tonight's game was played in front of a season-high 1,260 fans at Duane Banks Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. NEBRASKA, 6-5
Behind senior Brandon Sinnery's (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) fifth complete game of the season -- in his final start as a Wolverine -- and three runs in the seventh inning, the University of Michigan baseball team picked up a 6-5 win over Nebraska on Friday night (May 18) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 6-5
For the second straight day, Penn State hit a game-winning home run in the late innings to defeat the Michigan State baseball team. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. Saint Louis, 3-1
Freshman right-hander Brandon Magallones faced the minimum through the first seven innings and two-thirds innings and Paul Snieder hit a two-run triple as Northwestern evened up its series with Saint Louis by posting a 3-1 win Friday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki has been named a semifinalst for the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award and the Dick Howser Player of the Year Trophy. Plawecki is one of just two players to appear among the semifinalists for the Bench Award for two straight years and is one of just three players to appear on both lists.

Friday's NCAA Regional Schedule

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NCAA Regional Schedule

Austin Regional
Northwestern vs. Texas, 5 p.m. ET

Louisville Regional
Michigan vs. Kentucky, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. MINNESOTA, 7-5
Illinois scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and Reid Roper slammed the door with a perfect ninth inning as the Illini stayed alive in the hunt for the postseason with a 7-5 win over Minnesota at Illinois Field on Thursday. The Orange and Blue got a run when Gopher reliever Tom Windle threw a pitch to the backstop on an attempted intentional walk, then Jordan Parr drove home Willie Argo with a safety squeeze bunt. It was only the Illini's second win in their last at bat this season and first since a 9-8 victory at Lamar on Feb. 26, the seventh game of the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. OHIO STATE, 10-8
Two days after the fourth walk-off this season at Sembower Field, the Hoosiers were at it again with another drama-filled, come-from-behind victory. Indiana Baseball ripped off nine unanswered runs in the late innings to climb out of an 8-1 hole and top Ohio State by the final score of 10-8. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#13 PURDUE def. IOWA, 11-8
The University of Iowa baseball team dropped an 11-8 decision to 13th-ranked Purdue Thursday night. The two conference foes combined for 19 runs and 29 hits. The game is the first in a three-game set at Duane Banks Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NEBRASKA def. MICHIGAN, 15-2
The University of Michigan baseball team fell to Nebraska, 15-2, in the opener of a three-game Big Ten set Thursday night (May 17) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan had a 2-1 lead after the first frame, but the Cornhuskers scored multiple runs in three innings to take the first game. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
Penn State first baseman Jordan Steranka hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to push the Nittany Lions past Michigan State, 3-2, Thursday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Saint Louis def. NORTHWESTERN, 6-4
Northwestern raced out to an early three-run lead, but errors eventually cost the Wildcats as they dropped the opening game of their three-game series with Saint Louis 6-4 Thursday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NCAA Track & Field Preliminary Field Announced

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The NCAA announced today the participants for the 2012 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championship competition, scheduled for May 24-26. The East Region will be held at North Florida in Jacksonville, while the West Region is at Texas in Austin.

Qualifiers can be found by selecting the links below

Men: East - West

Women: East - West


Nine Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team, as announced on Thursday. The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found below.

Field Hockey
Eileen Brandes, Michigan (Biology, 3.92)
Kelsey Amy, Penn State (Fine Arts, 3.79)

Gymnastics
Michael Newburger, Ohio State (Mathematics, 3.94)
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (Biology, 3.98)

Rowing
Ulrike Denker, Ohio State (Business/Master of Accounting, 3.93)

Swimming
Andrew Elliott, Ohio State (Marketing, 3.85)
Lauren Roth, Purdue, (Psychology, 3.93)

Tennis
Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois (Mechanical Engineering, 3.96)
Garret Dunn, Iowa (Finance Accounting, 4.00)

2012 Men's Gymnastics Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's gymnastics season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Illinois claimed the team title. The national victory came after the Illini won their fourth straight Big Ten Championship at the annual conference meet.

Illini Take Home National Title: Trailing by more than two points with two rotations to go, Illinois rallied to finish atop the team standings at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Illini claimed their 10th national championship, but first since 1989, after posting a final team score of 358.850. The Illini are the third Big Ten program in the last six years to win the national championship (Penn State in 2007 and Michigan in 2010). Penn State finished third and Michigan was sixth in the team finals. RECAP

Three Win Individual National Championships: Illinois' C.J. Maestas and Paul Ruggeri and Michigan's Sam Mikulak each claimed individual titles at the NCAA Championships. Maestas came away with the still rings crown, teammate Ruggeri won the vault title, and Mikulak took home the high bar championship. It marked the fourth straight year Big Ten gymnasts combined for three or more individual crowns at the national meet. RECAP

Ruggeri Claims Nissen-Emery Award: Illinois senior gymnast Paul Ruggeri won the 2012 Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior male gymnast, becoming the fourth Illinois gymnast to win the honor. The award honors career excellence in gymnastics along with good sportsmanship and high academic performance. RECAP

Illini Win Big Ten Championship: Totaling a team score of 352.950 points, Illinois held off the field at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships to take home the team title. The Illini claimed their fourth straight conference championship, becoming the first conference program to win four in a row since Minnesota achieved the feat from 1977-1980. The win gave Illinois its 27th team championship in program history. RECAP

Maestas Leads Crop of All-Big Ten Honorees: Illinois' C.J. Maestas won Big Ten Gymanst and Freshman of the Year honors following his performance at the Big Ten Championships. The 2012 all-around champion was part of an Illinois sweep of the major awards as Justin Spring was named Coach of the Year. First team All-Conference honorees included Maestas and Paul Ruggeri of Illinois, Broderick Shemansky of Iowa, Sam Mikulak and Adrian de los Angeles of Michigan, Ty Echard of Ohio State and Felix Aronovich, Craig Hernandez and Scott Rosenthal of Penn State. RECAP

2012 Season in Review

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Two conference teams advanced to the NCAA Championships, while six individuals competed at the national meet in April to complete the 2012 season.

Nebraska Claims First Big Ten Championship: Nebraska earned its first Big Ten Championship after tallying a team score of 197.100 at the conference meet. The Huskers finished nearly one point ahead of second-place Ohio State, which concluded with a total of 196.225. Minnesota (195.950) was third, followed by Michigan (195.975), Illinois (195.850), Penn State (195.700), Iowa (195.425) and Michigan State (194.675). RECAP

Earning Conference Honors: At the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships, the conference awarded its Gymnast, Freshman and Coach of the Year winners. Penn State's Sharaya Musser took home Gymnast of the Year accolades, the third time in four seasons a Nittany Lion has won the honor, Nebraska's Jessie DeZiel claimed Freshman of the Year honors, and Husker mentor Dan Kendig was named Coach of the Year. In addition, 12 gymnasts were selected to the All-Championships Team based on their performances at the conference meet. RECAP

All Eight Compete in Regional Events: Each Big Ten women's gymnastics squad took part at NCAA Regional competitions, with Nebraska and Ohio State earning berths to the national championship meet. Also, Illinois' Alina Weinstein, Michigan's Katie Zurales and Joanna Sampson, Minnesota's Dusti Russell and Kayla Slechta, and Penn State's Sharaya Musser advanced to the NCAA Championships based on their individual finishes. RECAP

All-Big Ten Seasons: The Big Ten Conference announced its women's gymnastics All-Big Ten squads, with seven members on the first and second teams. The All-Conference teams featured the top-six performers in the all-around and the top six in each of the four events, based on the student-athletes' regional qualifying average. Illinois' Kelsey Joannides, Nebraska's Jessie DeZiel, Lora Evenstad, Janelle Giblin and Emily Wong, Ohio State's Sarah Miller and Penn State's Sharaya Musser earned first-team status. Student-athletes from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State were also represented on the second team. RECAP

Illini's Spencer added to The Bowerman Watch List

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Illinois freshman Ashley Spencer has been added to The Bowerman Watch list, an award given annually to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athlete, joining Ohio State's Christina Manning for the prestigious honor.

Spencer recorded three first-place finishes at the Big Ten Championships last weekend, including the 200- and 400-meter dash events and 4x400-meter relay.

For the complete release, click here.

Eleven Named NFCA All-Region Performers

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Eleven Big Ten softball players were selected as All-Region performers by the National Fastpitch coaches association, it was announced on Thursday.

Seven players were chosen as first- or second-team All-Great Lakes Region standouts, including first teamers Marisa Bast of Northwestern, Cassidy Bell of Penn State and Whitney Massey of Wisconsin. Michigan's Amanda Chidester, Sara Driesenga and Haylie Wagner, and Michigan State's Kylene Hopkins were named second-team honorees.

Ohio State's Alicia Herron headlined the Big Ten contingent on the All-Midwest Region squad, earning first-team honors. Illinois' Pepper Gay, Iowa's Megan Blank and Nebraska's Ashley Hagemann were named to the region's second team.

Weekend Preview

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The final weekend of the Big Ten baseball regular season begins on Thursday with spots in the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament still up for grabs.

MINNESOTA at ILLINOIS
Minnesota Notes - Illinois Notes

Thursday, May 17
6:30 p.m. CT, BTN
RHP TJ Oakes (7-3, 1.94 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Johnson (7-5, 3.64 ERA)

Friday, May 18
6:05 p.m. CT
LHP DJ Snelten (4-3, 3.15 ERA) vs. RHP John Kravetz (7-3, 5.02 ERA)

Saturday, May 19
12:05 p.m. CT
RHP Drasen Johnson (1-0, 5.66 ERA) vs. RHP Austin Lubinsky (3-4, 4.02 ERA)


OHIO STATE at INDIANA
Ohio State Notes - Indiana Notes

Thursday, May 17
3 p.m. ET, BTN.com
RHP Jaron Long (6-2, 1.85 ERA) vs. LHP Joey DeNato (7-2, 2.70 ERA)

Friday, May 18
3 p.m. ET
LHP Brian King (4-4, 4.33 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (4-4, 3.52 ERA)

Saturday, May 19
3 p.m. ET, BTN
RHP Greg Greve (3-2, 5.10 ERA) vs. RHP Chad Martin (2-3, 5.43 ERA)


#13 PURDUE at IOWA
Purdue Notes - Iowa Notes

Thursday, May 17
6:05 p.m. CT
RHP Joe Haase (8-1, 3.09 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Dermody (1-6, 3.68 ERA)

Friday, May 18
6:30 p.m. CT, BTN
RHP Lance Breedlove (7-4, 2.68 ERA) vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (5-0, 2.86 ERA)

Saturday, May 19
1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Connor Podkul (2-2, 4.19 ERA) vs. LHP Jarred Hippen (3-7, 5.00 ERA)


NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN
Nebraska Notes - Michigan Notes

Thursday, May 17
6:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
LHP Kyle Kubat (4-0, 2.14 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Ogden (3-3, 3.11 ERA)

Friday, May 18
6:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
RHP Ryan Hander (2-0, 2.35 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Sinnery (4-5, 3.80 ERA)

Saturday, May 19
1:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
TBA vs. RHP Ben Ballantine (2-3, 4.10 ERA)


PENN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE
Penn State Notes - Michigan State Notes

Thursday, May 17
3:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
LHP Joe Kurrasch (3-2, 2.05 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Bucciferro (5-3, 3.05 ERA)

Friday, May 18
3:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
RHP Steven Hill (5-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (4-3, 2.44 ERA)

Saturday, May 19
Noon ET, BTN
RHP John Walter (2-7, 4.44 ERA) vs. RHP David Garner (4-3, 3.52 ERA)


Saint Louis at NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern Notes

Thursday, May 17
3 p.m. CT
RHP Clay Smith (6-2, 2.71 ERA) vs. RHP Francis Brooke (2-6, 2.66 ERA)

Friday, May 18
3 p.m. CT
RHP Alex Alemann (7-0, 2.36 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Magallones (6-5, 4.60 ERA)

Saturday, May 19
1 p.m. CT
RHP Nick Bates (5-1, 3.63 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Morton (1-9, 3.70 ERA)

Tuesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Evansville, 5-4

IOWA def. Creighton, 5-4

Western Michigan def. MICHIGAN, 13-6

MICHIGAN STATE def. Central Michigan, 5-2

Wichita State def. NEBRASKA, 13-2

Notre Dame def. NORTHWESTERN, 9-4

OHIO STATE def. Toledo, 10-1

#13 PURDUE def. Indiana State (rv), 2-1
Former Purdue All-American Otis Armstrong has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced on Tuesday. The former halfback, who starred from 1970-72, is the 13th Boilermaker to be chosen for enshrinement after finishing his career with a then-Big Ten career rushing yards record of 3,315. Some of his career achievements rank in the top 10 in program history, including his record 670 rushing attempts.

The Class of 2012 will be inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They inductees will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2, 2013, and will be officially enshrined in the summer of 2013.

Purdue Release

Sunday's Results

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PENN STATE def. ILLINOIS, 3-2
Penn State baseball (27-24, 13-8) completed a weekend sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Penn State currently sits in a tie for second place in the Big Ten with the Indiana Hoosiers. If the Hoosiers were to lose to Northwestern today (3 p.m. ET), the Nittany Lions would sit in sole possession of second. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 2-1
Northwestern pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth inning but had another called out at the plate as the Wildcats' late rally came up just short in their Big Ten finale Sunday, falling 2-1 to Indiana at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. IOWA, 7-3
Sophomore right-hander David Garner allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings to lead Michigan State past Iowa, 7-3, Sunday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium, securing the series win for the Spartans. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. #14 PURDUE, 4-3
No. 14 Purdue baseball had the potential tying run in scoring position with less than two outs in each of the final three innings, but was unable to plate that runner on all three occasions, losing to Michigan, 4-3, Sunday afternoon in the finale of the final Big Ten Conference series in the 48-year history of Lambert Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NEBRASKA def. MINNESOTA, 6-5
Behind three solo home runs, including back-to-back homers by Austin Darby and Kale Kiser in the second inning and a homer by Chad Christensen in the third, the Nebraska baseball team (32-19, 12-9 Big Ten) completed a sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers (28-23, 10-11 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field with a 6-5 win. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE def. Seattle, 7-2
The Ohio State baseball team defeated Seattle, 7-2, Sunday on Senior Day at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, Ohio State moves to 30-22 on the season while Seattle falls to 22-24. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Saturday's Results

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Michigan 8, Purdue 5 (Game 2); Michigan 8, Purdue 0 (Game 3)
The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan swept a doubleheader from Purdue, 8-5 and 8-0 in five innings, to win its fifth consecutive and 15th overall Big Ten championship on Saturday afternoon (May 12) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Iowa 1 (Game 2); Iowa 5, Minnesota 4 (Game 3)
Game 1: The bottom of the Golden Gopher lineup came up big in the first game of the doubleheader as both Alex Davis and Erika Smyth knocked in runs to help Minnesota pull off a 4-1 victory over Iowa. Sara Moulton had a good day in the circle as she held the Hawkeyes to only six hits while striking out the same amount. RECAP
Game 2: Senior Liz Watkins' fourth inning grand slam propelled the University of Iowa softball team to a 5-4 victory over Minnesota in game two of the Saturday doubleheader at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers won the opener, 4-1, but the Hawkeyes claimed their fifth straight series, taking 2-of-3 games on the weekend. RECAP

Indiana 6, Michigan State 5 (Game 2); Indiana 6, Michigan State 5 (Game 3)
Game 1: It took extra innings but the Indiana Hoosiers (29-25, 13-10 Big Ten) extended their win streak to five games with a 6-5 victory over the Michigan State Spartans at Secchia Stadium on Saturday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader. Shannon Cawley's deep sac fly to center field plated the eventual winning run in the eighth inning for the Hoosiers. RECAP
Game 2: The Indiana Hoosiers finished the regular season with a 6-5 victory over the Michigan State Spartans at Secchia Stadium in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers picked up its second three-game sweep in as many weekends in Big Ten play. By reaching 30 wins, it is the first time since 1989 and 1990 that the Hoosiers have posted back-to-back 30-win seasons (37 wins in 2011). Indiana has also won the last six games in East Lansing against the Spartans. RECAP

Nebraska 4, Wisconsin 1
The Nebraska softball team earned a third-place finish in the final Big Ten Conference standings with a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin in front of the third-largest crowd in school history on Saturday at Bowlin Stadium. The Huskers unofficially set a new record for the World's Largest Softball Tailgate on Saturday, drawing 1,752 fans to the event. Illinois held the record with 1,445 fans in attendance at its 2007 World's Largest Softball Tailgate. Saturday's Husker crowd was the third-largest in school history. With the win, Nebraska ended the season with a 33-22 record, including a 15-1 record at Bowlin Stadium. The Huskers finished 14-9 in conference play, finishing third in the league standings. RECAP

Northwestern 10, Illinois 2
Trailing by a run entering the fourth inning Saturday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, Northwestern sent its senior class out on top with a nine-run Armageddon in the frame, eventually defeating Illinois, 10-2 (6), on Senior Day. Northwestern finishes the regular season on a six-game winning streak and with wins in eight of its last nine games. The Wildcats are 27-27 on the year, 14-10 in the Big Ten. RECAP

Ohio State 4, Penn State 1
The Ohio State softball team finished out the 2012 campaign on a strong note, claiming a series victory at Penn State Saturday with a 4-1 victory vs. the Nittany Lions. With two wins at Penn State, the Buckeyes become the first team this season to claim a series win at Beard Field. Ohio State concludes the season with a 31-23 overall record and a 10-13 mark in Big Ten play. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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PENN STATE def. ILLINOIS, 8-6
Penn State baseball (26-24, 12-8) picked up its sixth win in its last seven Big Ten games and clinched its fifth-straight conference series, defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini by a score of 8-6 on Saturday afternoon. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 5-2
Zach Morton went 4-for-4 and drew a walk, but Northwestern dropped the middle game of its series with Indiana 5-2 Saturday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 2-1
The University of Iowa baseball team scored runs in the eighth and the ninth innings to come-from-behind and upend Michigan State, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at a soggy McLane Stadium. The start of today's game was delayed two and a half hours due to rain. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#15 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 14-3
Lance Breedlove pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, retiring the final 20 batters he faced, and No. 14 Purdue scored in seven consecutive innings to blowout Michigan, 14-3, and in the process clinch the program's first Big Ten Conference title since 1909. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NEBRASKA def. MINNESOTA, 8-7
A home run off the bat of freshman Pat Kelly propelled the Nebraska baseball team (31-19, 11-9 Big Ten) to victory for the second straight game over the Minnesota Golden Gophers (28-24, 10-10 Big Ten), as the Huskers held on to a 8-7 win at Hawks Field on Saturday afternoon. After dropping a two-run homer in the series opener last night, Kelly broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning on a solo shot into the right-field bullpen. Brandon Pierce then came into the game and retired nine straight Gophers to pick up his second save of the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Seattle def. OHIO STATE, 11-1
The Ohio State baseball team fell to Seattle, 11-1, Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 29-22 on the season while the Redhawks improve to 22-23. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Friday's Results

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Michigan 2, Purdue 1
The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan softball team broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Caitlin Blanchard in a 2-1 defeat of Purdue on Friday evening at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner went the distance in the circle, giving up one run on six hits with five strikeouts. The U-M offense generated nine hits, getting two hits each from freshman RHP Sara Driesenga sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield and junior second baseman Ashley Lane. RECAP

Wisconsin 3, Nebraska 1 (Game 1); Nebraska 6, Wisconsin 4 (Game 2)
Game 1: After two scoreless innings in the day's first game, Wisconsin (34-18 overall, 13-9 Big Ten) jumped out to a two-run led in the top of the third. A pair of singles and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Shannel Blackshear. A bloop single down the right field line was all it took to score both runners and give Wisconsin a 2-0 lead. Nebraska (32-22, 13-9) answered right back in the bottom of the inning, forcing Cassandra Darrah to work out of a bases-loaded jam. A strike out and two fly outs ended the inning and kept the Badgers' lead intact, 2-1. Powell stepped in to pinch hit for Wisconsin in the top of the seventh and chose the perfect time to hit her first home run of the season. A rocket over the left field fence gave Wisconsin the insurance run it needed. RECAP
Game 2: The Huskers fell behind 4-0 after one-half inning of play when Wisconsin scored four times in the top of the first inning on only one hit. Nebraska tied the game with four runs of its own in the bottom of the third and added two more in the bottom of the fifth to salvage a doubleheader split with the Badgers. Sophomore right-hander Tatum Edwards (9-5) rebounded from the poor start to earn the win. After the four-run first, Edwards allowed only three base runners the rest of the game, including one who reached on an error, one who reached on a passed ball after a third strike and one who drew a walk. On the game, Edwards fired a one-hitter and allowed four runs (three earned). RECAP

Northwestern 3, Illinois 2 (Game 1); Northwestern 7, Illinois 3 (Game 2)
Game 1: In a classic late-season Big Ten battle Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, Northwestern battled back twice from one run deficits against Illinois to claim a 3-2 win the first game of a doubleheader. RECAP
Game 2: Northwestern stole five bases during a four-run first inning Friday in the second game of a Big Ten doubleheader against Illinois at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, eventually breaking its program single-game record with eight steals in a 7-3 win over the Illini. RECAP

Ohio State 5, Penn State 2 (Game 1); Penn State 6, Ohio State 5 (8)
Game 1: Led by senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Penn State, 5-2, in game one at Beard Field. Endicott, a native of Roseburg, Oregon, posted a two-hit performance vs. the Nittany Lions to improve to 18-13 overall. In seven innings of work, Endicott limited the PSU bats to two runs - both unearned - with seven strikeouts. She improves to 6-6 in Big Ten play this season. RECAP
Game 2: Penn State stared at the wrong side of a doubleheader sweep but prevailed thanks to timely hitting to win game two 6-5 in eight innings. Bell and Walker combined to go 5-for-7 with three runs at the top of the lineup as the Nittany Lions overcame its fourth three-run deficit in the last five games at Beard Field to win. In all four games Penn State trailed entering the seventh and notched its nation-leading fifth victory when trailing in the seventh. RECAP

Iowa 1, Minnesota 0 (8)
The University of Iowa softball team posted a 1-0, eight inning victory at Minnesota on Friday night at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The victory keeps the Hawkeyes 1 1/2 games back of league-leading Michigan with two games to play. "I am proud of the team and how they hung in there and kept battling until the end and finally pushed the run across," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "It was a great team effort, and it was nice to be able to get a run across in the eighth." RECAP

Indiana 4, Michigan State 2
Indiana (28-25, 12-10 Big Ten) extended its winning streak to four with a 4-2 victory over Michigan State (11-40, 0-21 Big Ten) at Secchia Stadium on Friday afternoon. Samantha Berenter had a pair of RBI singles to pace the offense. Meaghan Murphy (14-11) earned the win by allowing two runs on eight hits over four innings. Lora Olson came on to allow just one hit over the final three innings to earn her first career save. RECAP

Friday's Results

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PENN STATE def. ILLINOIS, 3-2
Penn State baseball (25-24, 11-8) picked up its fifth win in its last six Big Ten games with a 3-2 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night at Medlar Field. With the game tied at two in the bottom of the sixth, senior Jordan Steranka (Pittsburgh, Pa.) hit a solo homer to centerfield to seal a 3-2 win for Penn State. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 4-3
Northwestern scored in each of the first four innings and then held on for dear life late as it opened its three-game series with Indiana with a 4-3 victory Friday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. IOWA, 6-0
Senior right-hander Tony Bucciferro threw a five-hit, complete game shutout and struck out nine batters, one shy of his career high, to lead Michigan State past Iowa, 6-0, Friday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 4-0
Joe Haase retired the leadoff man in all nine innings en route to pitching his third career complete-game shutout, leading No. 14 Purdue baseball to a program-record 38th victory of the season, 4-0 over Michigan Friday afternoon at Lambert Field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NEBRASKA def. MINNESOTA, 4-3
A two-run home run from freshman Pat Kelly and a six innings of solid work on the mound from freshman Kyle Kubat led the Nebraska baseball team (30-19, 10-9 Big Ten) to its 30th win of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday night at Hawks Field. The Huskers and Gophers are now tied for fifth in the Big Ten standing with a 10-9 league record, while Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State are all one-game ahead of the Huskers and Gophers with an 11-8 record. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE def. Seattle, 4-1
The Ohio State baseball team opened its three-game set with Seattle with a 4-1 victory Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 29-21 on the season while the Redhawks fall to 21-23. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Final Weekend Schedule

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The final weekend of Big Ten softball has arrived and five teams still have an opportunity to earn a share of the conference title.

Illinois at Northwestern
Game 1: Friday, 3 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2: Friday, 5 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3: Saturday 2 p.m., BTN.com

Indiana at Michigan State
Game 1: Friday, 5 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN
Game 3: Saturday 5 p.m., BTN

Iowa at Minnesota
Game 1: Friday, 8 p.m., BTN
Game 2: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Purdue at Michigan
Game 1: Friday, 6 p.m., BTN
Game 2: Saturday, Noon
Game 3: Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN delay at 7:30 p.m.

Wisconsin at Nebraska
Game 1: Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Friday, 8 p.m.
Game 3: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Ohio State at Penn State
Game 1: Friday, 4 p.m.
Game 2: Friday, 6 p.m., BTN
Game 3: Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Weekend Preview

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Another exciting weekend of Big Ten baseball begins on Friday with five conference series and one non-conference set. Purdue has the chance to clinch at least a share of its first Big Ten title in over 100 years, while spots in the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament are on the line.

ILLINOIS at PENN STATE

Friday, May 11
6:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
RHP Kevin Johnson (7-4, 3.79 ERA) vs. LHP Joe Kurrasch (3-2, 2.06 ERA)

Saturday, May 12
2:05 p.m. ET
RHP John Kravetz (7-3, 3.79 ERA) RHP Steven Hill (5-3, 3.54 ERA)

Sunday, May 13
12:05 p.m. ET, BTN
RHP Drasen Johnson (1-0, 6.37 ERA) vs. RHP John Walter (1-7, 4.71 ERA)


INDIANA at NORTHWESTERN

Friday, May 11
3 p.m. CT
LHP Joey DeNato (7-2, 2.37 ERA) vs. RHP Francis Brooke (1-6, 2.70 ERA)

Saturday, May 12
1 p.m. CT
LHP Kyle Hart (4-4, 3.49 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Magallones (6-4, 4.54 ERA)

Sunday, May 13
2 p.m. CT, BTN
RHP Chad Martin (1-3, 6.25 ERA) vs. RHP Luke Farrell (2-4, 6.61 ERA)


IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE

Friday, May 11
3:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
LHP Matt Dermody (1-5, 3.48 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Bucciferro (4-3, 3.39 ERA)

Saturday, May 12
1:05 p.m. ET
LHP Sasha Kuebel (5-0, 3.03 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (4-3, 2.55 ERA)

Sunday, May 13
1:05 p.m. ET
LHP Jarred Hippen (3-6, 4.83 ERA) vs. RHP David Garner (3-3, 3.98 ERA)


MICHIGAN at #15 PURDUE

Friday, May 11
4 p.m. ET
RHP Brandon Sinnery (4-4, 3.74 ERA) vs. RHP Joe Haase (7-1, 3.47 ERA)

Saturday, May 12
Noon ET, BTN
TBA vs. RHP Lance Breedlove (6-4, 2.92 ERA)

Sunday, May 13
1 p.m. ET
RBA vs. RHP Connor Podkul (2-1, 3.63 ERA)


MINNESOTA at NEBRASKA

Friday, May 11
6:35 p.m. CT, BTN.com
RHP TJ Oakes (7-2, 1.70 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Kubat (3-0, 2.50 ERA)

Saturday, May 12
2 p.m. CT
LHP DJ Snelten (4-3, 2.48 ERA) vs. TBA

Sunday, May 13
1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Austin Lubinsky (3-3, 3.56 ERA) vs. TBA 


Seattle at OHIO STATE

Friday, May 11
6:35 p.m. ET, BTN.com
RHP Seafth Howe (4-3, 2.92 ERA) vs. RHP Jaron Long (5-2, 1.90 ERA)

Saturday, May 12
3:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
RHP Brandon Kizer (3-4, 4.15 ERA) vs. LHP Brian King (4-3, 4.25 ERA)

Sunday, May 13
1:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
TBA vs. RHP John Kuchno (7-3. 4.91 ERA)

Wednesday's Results

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#9 Kentucky def. INDIANA, 6-5 (12)

MICHIGAN def. Coastal Carolina (rv), 5-2

MICHIGAN STATE def. Toledo, 7-2

Milwaukee def. NORTHWESTERN, 6-4

OHIO STATE def. Oklahoma State (rv), 4-0

Maryland def. PENN STATE, 7-3 (5)

#15 PURDUE def. Illinois-Chicago, 11-4

NCAA Stat Leaders

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Big Ten teams and players rank among the NCAA's best in several statistical categories. Look below to see conference representatives among the nation's top 25, and click HERE for a full list.

TEAM STAT LEADERS

Batting Average    
10. Purdue (.316)
14. Nebraska (.313)

Runs per Game
11. Nebraska (7.3)

Hits
11. Nebraska (519)
23. Purdue (503)

Triples
22. Illinois (18)

Home Runs
20. Nebraska (39)

Slugging Percentage
23. Nebraska (.447)

Bases on Balls
7. Ohio State (232)

ERA
10. Minnesota (.291)

Hits Allowed (per 9.0 IP)
24. Minnesota (8.07)

Walks Allowed (per 9.0 IP)
5. Purdue (2.23)
25. Minnesota (2.74)

Doubles Plays Turned per Game
1. Illinois (1.34)
6. Purdue (1.14)
T19. Northwestern (1.00)
T19. Ohio State (1.00)

Strikeout to Walk Ratio
16. Purdue (2.80)

Won-Lost Percentage
3. Purdue (.795)

WHIP
20. Minnesota (1.20)
21. Purdue (1.20)

INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

Hits
17. Jordan Keur, MSU (74)

Triples
15. Stephen Talbott, PUR (6)

Stolen Bases
8. Patrick Biondi, MICH (31)
23. Kirby Pellant, OSU (25)

At-Bats per Strikeout (toughest to strike out)
5. Kevin Plawecki, PUR (23.7)
11. Michael Pritchard, NEB (18.8)

ERA
16. TJ Oakes, MINN (1.70)
24. Blake Mascarello, PUR (1.83)

Wins
15. Blake Mascarello, PUR (8)

Walks Allowed (per 9.0 IP)
15. Jaron Long, OSU (1.06)

WHIP
6. Blake Mascarello, PUR (0.87)

Complete Games
22. Zach Morton, NU (4)

Starts
3. Ben Ballantine, MICH (13)

Tuesday's Results

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Coastal Carolina (rv) def. MICHIGAN, 6-1

MICHIGAN STATE def. Western Michigan, 15-7

Creighton def. NEBRASKA, 8-1

Chicago def. NORTHWESTERN, 6-3

Oklahoma State def. OHIO STATE, 4-2

#14 PURDUE def. IPFW, 11-4

Weekly Rankings

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Ohio State represents the Big Ten in the 2012 USTFCCCA National Rankings.The Buckeyes appear at No. 24 in the latest rankings.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten squads appear in the 2012 USTFCCCA National Rankings, led by No. 8 Indiana. Wisconsin appears at No. 15, followed by No. 17 Nebraska, No. 21 Iowa and No. 25 Minnesota.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Roper and Dezse Named to Olerud Award Watch List

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Illinois' Reid Roper and Ohio State's Josh Dezse were named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award Watch List, making the Big Ten one of just six conferences with multiple representatives on the list.

The award will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas.

Click HERE for the complete release.

All seven Big Ten rowing teams travel to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete in the 2012 Big Ten Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park. The teams take to the water beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 13, in a seven-lane, finals-only regatta.

Wisconsin leads all schools with three No. 1 seeds, holding the top boat in the I Novice Eight, II Novice Eight and II Varsity Four races. Defending champion Ohio State has No. 1 seeds in the I Varsity Four and the II Varsity Eight races, while Michigan claims the top seed in the I Varsity Eight race.

The complete list of seeding and lane assignments can be found by clicking HERE.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with nine student-athletes named to the watch list for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy, honoring college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character. The Big Ten's list of nine nominees includes Ohio State defensive tackle John Simon, a semifinalist for last year's Lott Trophy, and Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, a quarterfinalist for the 2011 honor. Other Big Ten standouts on the Lott Trophy watch list are Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown, Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Nebraska defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler, Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges, Purdue defensive tackle Kawaan Short and Wisconsin linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. Big Ten players have claimed two of the last four Lott Trophies, with Buckeyes' linebacker James Laurinaitis honored in 2008 and Badgers' defensive end J.J. Watt chosen in 2010.

Sunday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. MICHIGAN STATE, 8-6
Illinois scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning then got a double play to end the top of the eighth before Reid Roper pitched a scoreless ninth to salvage the series finale against Michigan State with an 8-6 victory in front of 1,294 fans on Sunday. The Illini also wore special orange-and-blue camouflage-print jerseys, which were auctioned off after the game and the proceeds will be donated to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. NEBRASKA, 7-5
INDIANA def. NEBRASKA, 9-6

For the second consecutive weekend, Indiana Baseball swept a Sunday doubleheader; taking two from Nebraska (29-18, 9-9 Big Ten) to grab sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers even their season record at 24-24, but more importantly improve to 11-7 in conference play. RECAP & BOX SCORES

MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 8-2
The University of Minnesota baseball team broke open the game with back-to-back seventh inning home runs by Bobby Juan and Michael Handel en route to a convincing 8-2 win over Penn State, today, at H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 28-22 on the season and 10-8 in Big Ten play. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 4-1
The Ohio State baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Northwestern with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 1,448 fans at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, OSU improves to 27-20 overall, 11-10 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern drops to 16-29 overall, 5-16 in conference play. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#11 PURDUE def. #14 UCLA, 15-11
No. 11 Purdue baseball exploded for 10 runs in the ninth inning, recording 12 consecutive productive plate appearances in the frame, to overcome a five-run deficit and stun No. 14 UCLA, 15-11, in the finale of a three-game series Sunday afternoon. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Sunday's Results

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Illinois 3, Penn State 2
Illinois softball concluded a three-game sweep of Penn State with a 3-2 walk-off victory at Eichelberger Field on Sunday morning. Freshman second baseman Jami Schkade scored the winning run from second in the seventh, with Penn State's left fielder, Shannon Hutchinson, misplayed a ground ball through the left side of the infield by sophomore left fielder Alex Booker. Following the win, Kelley Wedel accepted a marriage proposal from the senior's boyfriend, Matt Cervantes, at third base with the crowd at Eichelberger Field looking on. RECAP

Indiana 4, Nebraska 2
On Senior Day at the IU Softball Field, it was freshman Shannon Cawley's three-run home run in the first inning that propelled the Indiana Hoosiers (27-25, 11-10 Big Ten) to a 4-2 win and weekend sweep of the Nebraska Cornhuskers (31-21, 12-8 Big Ten) on Sunday. Sophomore pitcher Meaghan Murphy (13-11) was outstanding yet again in the circle for Indiana, keeping the hard-hitting Nebraska batters off balance all day. She went the distance for her 16th complete game of the year and allowed two runs on eight hits. Murphy was 2-0 this weekend against the Huskers with a 2.00 ERA and two complete games. RECAP

Purdue 12, Minnesota 2
The Boilermaker bats exploded on the Minnesota softball team for 12 runs on 13 hits in the series finale with the Gophers, which also saw senior Katie Hackney strike out four batters in the winning effort. Purdue scored in 12 runs on 13 hits and two Gopher miscues, while Minnesota managed two runs on seven hits and an error in the mercy rule contest. Senior Molly Garst and junior Maia Monchek led the Boilermaker bats with three hits apiece, while junior Erika Petruzzi and Danielle Fletcher each posted two hits. RECAP

Northwestern 8, Michigan State 0
Junior Meghan Lamberth tossed a two-hit shutout and Marisa Bast gave Northwestern an immediate lead with a first-inning grand slam Sunday to lead NU to a series sweep of Michigan State with an 8-0 (5) win at Secchia Stadium. RECAP

Ohio State 2, Iowa 1
With the bat of freshman catcher Shelby Pickett, the Ohio State softball team defeated Iowa, 2-1, Sunday at Buckeye Field on Senior Day. The Buckeyes (29-22, 8-12 Big Ten) conclude the home schedule with a victory and recognized seniors Mikayla Endicott, Katie Simonton, Vanessa Spears and Alicia Herron following the conference win. With the score tied, 1-1, freshman Taylor Watkins began the rally with an infield single followed by walk by Spears, a fielder's choice by Herron and a walk by sophomore Evelyn Carrillo. With two outs and the bases loaded, the scene was set for the OSU freshman catcher. Pickett, a native of Temecula, Calif., connected on a 2-2 pitch for an RBI single up the middle to score Watkins from third base and claim the big win. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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MICHIGAN STATE def. ILLINOIS, 6-5 (10)
Junior third baseman Brandon Hohl tied the game with a two-run single in the fifth inning but Michigan State scored an unearned run in the 10th inning to take a 6-5 victory over the Illini and win the series at Illinois Field on Saturday. The loss is Illinois' third-straight defeat and drops the Illini to 25-21 overall, 8-9 in the Big Ten and into eighth place in the league standings. Illinois currently stands one game out of sixth place, which is the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NEBRASKA def. INDIANA, 13-2
Indiana Baseball (22-24, 9-7 Big Ten) watched Nebraska rip off 12 unanswered runs in Saturday's series opener, flipping a 2-1 IU lead into a 13-2 final in favor of the Huskers (29-16, 9-7). It marks the first Big Ten series in which IU has dropped game one this season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 8-2 (10)
IOWA def. MICHIGAN, 7-2

The University of Iowa baseball team split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader against Michigan at Duane Banks Field. The Wolverines came from behind to win game one in 10 innings, 8-2. The Hawkeyes claimed the second contest of the doubleheader, and final game of the three-game set, 7-2. RECAP & BOX SCORES

PENN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 5-1
After a three-hour rain delay, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions were able to start play at Target Field. Penn State (24-22, 10-7 Big Ten) won the second game of the series, 5-1. Minnesota (27-22, 9-8 Big Ten) only had one inning in which it had multiple hits, coming in the eighth inning. Attendance for the game was set at 3,521, Minnesota's largest crowd of the year. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-1
OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 7-1

The Ohio State baseball team swept a doubleheader against Northwestern Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes took the first game, 3-1, before winning the nightcap, 7-1. Ohio State moves to 26-20 on the season, 10-10 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern falls to 16-28, 5-15 in conference play. RECAP & BOX SCORES

#14 UCLA def. #11 PURDUE, 5-1
#14 UCLA def. #11 PURDUE, 3-2

No. 11 Purdue baseball managed to score only three runs over 18 innings on the day, dropping both games of a doubleheader at No. 14 UCLA Saturday afternoon, 5-1 and 3-2. RECAP & BOX SCORES

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 4, Penn State 2 (Game 1); Illinois 6, Penn State 3 (Game 2)
With 1,259 Illini fans in attendance at Eichelberger Field to celebrate the ninth edition of World's Largest Softball Tailgate, Illinois swept a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with Penn State, taking game one, 4-2, before securing the second contest, 6-3. The Orange and Blue used early run support to total both victories, scoring all 10 runs during the first two innings of play, with all the offense of the opener coming in the initial frame. The Orange and Blue took advantage of Penn State errors in the opening contest before senior designated player Kelley Wedel knocked a grand slam over the center field wall in the second game, while junior pitcher Pepper Gay finished with two runs allowed in 10 innings of work on the day, tallying a win and save in the process. RECAP

Indiana 4, Nebraska 2 (Game 1): Indiana 6, Nebraska 2 (Game 2)
Game 1: The Indiana Hoosiers (25-25, 9-10 Big Ten) used a two out three-run double by Cassie Gogreve in the first inning to get by the Nebraska Cornhuskers (31-19, 12-6 Big Ten) by a score of 4-2 at the IU Softball Field in game one of a doubleheader. Meaghan Murphy (12-11) was brilliant in the circle for Indiana, allowing just two runs - coming on a home run in the seventh inning - on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. RECAP
Game 2: For the second time on Saturday, senior Cassie Gogreve delivered a big hit for Indiana (26-25, 10-10 Big Ten) as the Hoosier won game two of a doubleheader with Nebraska, 6-2, at the IU Softball Field. Gogreve's two-run triple in the fifth inning help Lora Olson earn the win and put the Hoosiers one game over .500 for the season. After driving in three runs in game one against the Cornhuskers (31-20, 12-7 Big Ten), Gogreve continued her prowess at the plate in her final home series with the triple to right field that drove in the fourth and fifth runs of the game. RECAP

Minnesota 5, Purdue 3 (Game 1): Minnesota 5, Purdue 2 (Game 2)
On a day filled with rain, the University of Minnesota softball team snuck in two victories over Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday. The Golden Gophers showcased their power in both contests to defeat the Boilermakers, 5-3 and 5-2. The Maroon and Gold reset their single season home run record by blasting five home runs to reach a total of 51 on the season. The two wins also put Minnesota at the 30-win mark for the second-straight season with both coming under second-year head coach Jessica Allister. The last time the Maroon and Gold posted back-to-back 30-win seasons was in 2003 and 2004. RECAP

Northwestern 15, MIchigan State 1 (Game 1); Northwestern 5, Michigan State 1 (Game 2)
Game 1: Northwestern exploded for 14 hits and 15 runs in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader Saturday at Michigan State's new Secchia Stadium, run-ruling the Spartans in a 15-1 (5) decision. RECAP
Game 2: Freshman Amy Letourneau took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of Saturday's second game of a doubleheader at Michigan State, eventually earning a 5-1 win in an NU sweep of the day. RECAP

Iowa 2, Ohio State 0 (Game 1); Iowa 13, Ohio State 5 (Game 2)
The University of Iowa softball team kept pace in the Big Ten Conference title race by sweeping the doubleheader at Ohio State on Saturday night at Buckeye Field. The Hawkeyes opened with a 2-0 victory in the first game before cranking out 16 hits in a 13-5 victory in the night cap. "I am proud of how the team came out and took care of business today," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "You can't win them all if you don't win the first one. We had to come back the second game, but we did a nice job of that." RECAP

Michigan 5, Wisconsin 1 (Game 1); Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5 (Game 2)
The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a four-run third inning in a 5-1 win against Wisconsin in the first game before recording 14 hits in a 7-5 victory to sweep a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (May 5) at the Goodman Complex. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner was the winning pitcher in both contests to improve to 27-5 on the season. She threw all 7.0 innings in the opener, giving up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts, and pitched 4.2 innings of relief in the nightcap, yielding four runs on four hits. RECAP

Friday's Results

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MICHIGAN STATE def. ILLINOIS, 15-8
Willie Argo and Thomas Shelton each homered but Michigan State scored 14 runs from the fourth to seventh innings as the Spartans grabbed a 15-8 win over Illinois in front of a season-high crowd of 2,499 at the fourth-annual Bleacher Bum Barbecue at Illinois Field on Friday. It marked the seventh-best crowd in school history. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 11-0
The University of Iowa baseball team dropped an 11-0 decision to Michigan on Friday night at Duane Banks Field. The game is the first of three in the series. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 4-3 (10)
Playing in yet another extra-inning game, the Golden Gopher baseball team fell in its series opener against Penn State. Minnesota recovered from an early 1-0 deficit, but lost its lead during a late rally by the Nittany Lions. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN at OHIO STATE - postponed
The baseball game between Ohio State and Northwestern originally slated for 7:05 p.m. Friday has been postponed because of rain and lightning in the Columbus area. The teams will play a doubleheader at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. MORE INFORMATION

Weekend Schedule

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Penn State at Illinois
Game 1: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. (BTN delay, 3 p.m.)

Nebraska at Indiana
Game 1: Saturday 2 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2: Saturday, 4 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3: Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Iowa at Ohio State
Game 1: Saturday, 6 p.m., BTN
Game 2: Saturday, 8 p.m., BTN
Game 3: Sunday, 2 p.m., BTN.com

Michigan at Wisconsin
Game 1: Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2: Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3: Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Northwestern at Michigan State
Game 1: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Purdue at Minnesota
Game 1: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Weekend Preview

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MICHIGAN STATE at ILLINOIS
Michigan State Notes - Illinois Notes

Friday, May 4
6 p.m. CT, BTN.com
RHP Tony Bucciferro (3-3, 3.20 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Johnson (7-3, 3.15 ERA)

Saturday, May 5
3 p.m. CT, BTN.com
RHP Andrew Waszak (4-3, 2.13 ERA) vs. RHP John Kravetz (7-3, 4.79 ERA)

Sunday, May 6
1 p.m. CT
RHP David Garner (3-3, 3.40 ERA) vs. RHP Drasen Johnson (1-0, 6.29 ERA)


NEBRASKA at INDIANA
Nebraska Notes - Indiana Notes

Saturday, May 5
1 p.m. ET
LHP Kyle Kubat (2-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. LHP Joey DeNato (7-1, 2.15 ERA)

Sunday, May 6
Noon ET, BTN
RHP Brandon Pierce (5-2, 3.78 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (3-4, 3.34 ERA)

Monday, May 7
1 p.m. ET
LHP Zach Hirsch (4-3, 5.10 ERA) vs. RHP Chad Martin (0-3, 5.90 ERA)


MICHIGAN at IOWA
Michigan Notes - Iowa Notes

Friday, May 4
6:05 p.m. CT, BTN.com
RHP Brandon Sinnery (3-4, 4.18 ERA) vs. LHP Jarred Hippen (3-5, 4.42 ERA)

Saturday, May 5
1:05 p.m. CT, BTN.com
TBA vs. LHP Matt Dermody (1-5, 3.92 ERA)

Sunday, May 6
1:05 p.m. CT, BTN.com
TBA vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (4-0, 3.32 ERA)


PENN STATE at MINNESOTA
Penn State Notes - Minnesota Notes

Friday, May 4
6:35 p.m. CT
LHP Joe Kurrasch (3-2, 1.86 ERA) vs. RHP TJ Oakes (7-2, 1.51 ERA)

Saturday, May 5
2 p.m. CT, BTN (Target Field)
RHP Steven Hill (4-3, 3.87 ERA) vs. LHP DJ Snelten (4-2, 2.19 ERA)

Sunday, May 6
1:05 p.m. CT
RHP John Walter (1-6, 4.68 ERA) vs. RHP Austin Lubinsky (2-3, 3.67 ERA)


NORTHWESTERN at OHIO STATE
Northwestern Notes - Ohio State Notes

Friday, May 4
7:05 p.m. ET, BTN
RHP Francis Brooke (1-5, 2.88 ERA) vs. RHP Jaron Long (4-2, 1.98 ERA)

Saturday, May 5
6:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
RHP Brandon Magallones (6-3, 4.13 ERA) vs. LHP Brian King (3-3, 4.85 ERA)

Sunday, May 6
1:05 p.m. ET
RHP Zach Morton (1-8, 3.88 ERA) vs. RHP John Kuchno (6-3, 5.33 ERA)


#11 PURDUE at #14 UCLA
Purdue Notes

Saturday, May 5
Game 1 - 4 p.m. ET
RHP Joe Haase (7-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Adam Plutko (5-3, 3.65 ERA)
Game 2 - 9 p.m. ET
RHP Lance Breedlove (6-3, 2.71 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Vander Tuig (5-3, 5.32 ERA)

Sunday, May 6
4 p.m. ET
RHP Connon Podkul (2-1, 3.19 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Weiss (2-2, 3.80 ERA)

Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA at Billy Hayes Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at UNI Messersmith Invitational - Cedar Falls, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Len Paddock Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Len Paddock Invitational
NEBRASKA at Nebraska Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
PENN STATE at Jim Thorpe Open - University Park, Pa.
PURDUE at Sun Angel Classic - Tempe, Ariz.
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Open - Madison, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA at Billy Hayes Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at UNI Messersmith Invitational - Cedar Falls, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Len Paddock Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Len Paddock Invitational
MINNESOTA at Mark Messersmith Invitational
NEBRASKA at Iowa State NCAA Qualifier - Ames, Iowa
OHIO STATE at Akron Invitational - Akron, Ohio
PENN STATE at Jim Thorpe Open - University Park, Pa.
PURDUE at Billy Hayes Invitational
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Open - Madison, Wis.

Three Named to Wallace Award Watch List

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Illinois' Thomas Lindauer, Nebraska's Chad Christensen and Purdue's David Miller were named to the 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch list, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday. The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation's top shortstop and will be presented on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions. Click HERE for the complete release.
Two Big Ten baseball players earned Academic All-District honors, CoSIDA announced on Thursday. The honorees will now be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration, which will be announced at the end of May.

Minnesota outfielder Troy Larson was named to the District 6 first team, while Purdue pitcher Joe Haase received first-team honors in District 5.

Click HERE for the complete release.

Four Named Academic All-District

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Four Big Ten softball student-athletes earned Academic All-District honors on Thursday, it was announced by CoSIDA. The honorees are placed on the national ballots for Academic All-America consideration and will be announced at the end of May.

Ohio State infielder Alicia Herron and Purdue infielder Molly Garst earned first-team honors in District 5, while Nebraska pitcher Ashley Hagemann and outfielder Nikki Haget were named to the District 7 first team.

Complete information on the awards and a complete list of the honorees can be found here.

Thursday's Schedule

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Western Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m.

Wednesday's Results

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NORTHWESTERN def. Oakland, 6-0

Wednesday's Results

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NORTHWESTERN def. Oakland, 6-0

Wednesday's Results

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Illinois 3, Southern Illinois 2
DePaul 6, Northwestern 1
Wisconsin 4, Green Bay 0
Wisconsin 5, Green Bay 2

Wednesday's Schedule

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Southern Illinois at Illinois 5 p.m., BTN.com
Northwestern at DePaul 5 p.m.
Green Bay at Wisconsin (DH) 4 p.m., BTN

Tuesday's Results

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Southern Illinois def. ILLINOIS, 7-3

IOWA def. Milwaukee, 10-9

MINNESOTA def. St. Thomas, 9-2

NORTHWESTERN def. Northern Illinois

Tuesday's Results

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Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 2 (9)
Wisconsin 2, Bradley 0

Tuesday's Schedule

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Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Bradley at Wisconsin, 7 p.m., BTN.com