May 2013 Archives

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten women's rowing teams are receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked  squads, coming in at No. 1. Wisconsin and Michigan follow at No. 13 and No. 14, respectively, while Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.
Fourteen Big Ten track and field student-athletes have been named Capital One Academic All-District, it was announced this week. The team's recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-Team honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first- second- and third-team honorees will be selected in June.

Marissa Golliday, ILL*
Brandon Stryganek, ILL*
Andy Bayer, IND*
Molly Hirt, IND
Rebecca Addison, MICH*
Jack Greenlee, MICH*
Jillian Smith, MICH*
Kiley Tobel, MICH
Julia Otwell, MSU
Quentin Mege, MINN*
Bjorn Barrefors, NEB*
Robby Creese, PSU*
Lauren Kenney, PSU*
Elliot Krause, WIS*

* - first-team honorees

Minnesota's Larson Tabbed Academic-All America

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Minnesota senior outfielder Troy Larson has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Team, it was announced on Friday. Larson, who boasts a 3.95 GPA in Genetics, Cell Biology and Bio Science, was honored on the second team. A first team Academic All-District selection, he was also named to the Big Ten Baseball All-Tournament Team last week.


Thursday's WCWS Schedule

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Nebraska vs. Washington, Noon ET, ESPN2
Michigan vs. Oklahoma, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Five Standouts Named NFCA All-Americans

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Five Big Ten softball standouts were named NFCA Division I All-Americans, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. Penn State's Cassidy Bell was named a first-team honoree, Michigan's Sierra Romero and Nebraska's Tatum Edwards garnered second-team All-America accolades and Michigan's Ashley Lane and Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson earned third-team laurels. The five standouts were also named first-team All-Conference performers this past year, while Richardson was recently honored as an Academic All-American.
Michigan State's Caroline Powers and Purdue's Paula Reto were named to the 2012-13 WGCA All-American Teams, it was announced on Wednesday. Reto was honored on the first team, while Powers earned a spot on the Honorable Mention squad. The complete release can be found HERE.

2012-13 Women's Tennis Season in Review

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Wonderful Weatherholt: Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt closed her career as the 2013 NCAA Singles runner-up on Monday, May 27, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. The senior finished her last season with a combined 52-5 singles and doubles record, including 30-2 in singles play. For more on Big Ten student-athletes in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships, click here and here.

Teams in the Tournament: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue represented the Big Ten at the NCAA Championship, marking the third time in the last four years the conference boasted at least five teams in the tournament. The Wolverines, Huskers and Wildcats each advanced to the Round of 16 in the competition. Click here and here for more on Big Ten teams in the NCAA Championship.

ITA Recognition: Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt earned the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, it was announced on Tuesday, May 21. The prestigious national award was presented to the senior in Urbana, Ill., in conjunction with the NCAA Championships. Click here for more on the award.

Tournament Titans: Third-seeded Northwestern took home the Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament crown with a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Michigan on Sunday, April 28. The title was the Wildcats' 14th in the last 15 conference postseason events and gave them the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. Northwestern jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with victories in the No. 2 and 3 doubles position. The Wolverines knotted the score at 1-1 with a victory in the No. 1 singles slot. The Wildcats responded with three-straight victories in the No. 2, 4 and 6 singles positions to clinch the match. For more on the Big Ten Tournament, click here.

Sharing the Crown:
Michigan and Nebraska clinched a share of the Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship on Sunday, April 21. The wolverines earned their fifth Big Ten crown, while the Huskers claimed their first conference title. For more on the regular-season champions, click here.

Awards Galore: The Big Ten announced its women's tennis All-Conference teams and individual award winners at the conference tournament banquet on Thursday, April 25. Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt was named Athlete of the Year, while Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky took home Freshman of the Year honors and the Wolverines' Ronni Bernstein was tabbed Coach of the Year. Click here for more on the Big Ten's honorees.




2012-13 Men's Tennis Season in Review

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Blaz is Best: Ohio State's Blaz Rola took home the NCAA Singles Championship on Monday, May 27, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Compex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill. The Buckeye defeated Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to claim the crown. The junior becomes Ohio State's first NCAA singles champion and adds the title to a list of impressive career achievements, including winning the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championship with Chase Buchanan. For more on Big Ten student-athletes in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships, click here and here.

Teams in the Tournament: Six Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Championships, it was announced on Tuesday, April 30. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State earn earned berths to the national tournament. The Illini, Gophers and Wildcats each won their first-round contests, while the Buckeyes advanced to the national semifinals. Click here and here for more on Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament.

Academic All-District: For the second consecutive season, Illinois' Bruno Abdelnour and Iowa's Garrett Dunn were named to the Capital One Academic All-District team, it was announced on Thursday, May 16. The Academic All-District team recognized the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found here.

Tournament Titans: Top-seeded Ohio State won the 2013 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament title on Sunday, April 28, after earning a 4-0 win over third-seeded Michigan to clinch the tournament crown and earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes did not give up a point in their three tournament matches, picking up three consecutive 4-0 wins en route to the crown. Ohio State earned the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead with victories at the No. 1 and 3 doubles positions. Ohio State claimed wins in the No. 3, 5 and 6 singles slots. Click here for more on the Big Ten Tournament.

And the Awards Go To: The Big Ten All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on Thursday, April 25, at the Big Ten Tournament banquet. Michigan's Evan King was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Illinois' Jared Hiltzik earned Freshman of the Year honors and Ohio State's Ty Tucker picked up Coach of the Year laurels. For more on the Big Ten's honorees, click here.

Eight is Great: With its win over Michigan on Sunday, April 21, Ohio State claimed the outright conference title, its eighth consecutive Big Ten Championship, and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The top-seeded Buckeyes closed the regular season with an 11-0 record in Big Ten play and a 28-2 overall mark. Click here and here to read more about Ohio State's Big Ten title.

Sunday's NCAA Schedule

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Eugene Super Regional
Nebraska vs. Oregon, 3 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Nebraska vs. Oregon, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU (if necessary)

Saturday's NCAA Schedule

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Ann Arbor Super Regional
#8 Michigan vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Noon, ESPN
#8 Michigan vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 3 p.m., ESPN (if necessary)

Eugene Super Regional
#14 Nebraska vs. #3 Oregon, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Friday's NCAA Super Regional Schedule

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Ann Arbor Super Regional
Michigan vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Purdue's Mingo Named Honda Inspiration Award Winner

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The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) will present Purdue women's basketball player Drey Mingo with the Honda Inspiration Award as part of its live telecast of the 2013 Honda Cup on ESPNU on Monday, June 24 at the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mingo has overcome the type of adversity in life that most people would never imagine possible. Consider that the 6-foot-2 forward was found unconscious in her apartment just days after leading the Boilermakers women's basketball team to the 2010 Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament championship. She had contracted bacterial meningitis. On the court, she gave nothing less than 100 percent as team captain and an inspirational leader. In the hospital, doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. The Atlanta, Ga., native suffered total hearing loss in both ears at first, yet defied the odds by rejoining the team within 16 days after hospitalization. Approximately 90 percent of her hearing has been restored in her right ear and 30 percent in the left. Despite the change in her hearing and the adjustments made by her teammates, Mingo was poised and ready to lead them into her senior season when she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined her for the season. The NCAA granted her a sixth year of eligibility and Mingo returned to the team this past season as the second-leading scorer (12.2 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg) en route being named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player by leading Purdue to a second-straight Big Ten Tournament title.

Bast, Richardson, Varsho Named Academic All-Americans

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Three Big Ten softball standouts were named 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, it was announced on Thursday. Northwestern's Marisa Bast was named to the second team, while Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson and Purdue's Andie Varsho were both third-team selections. Richardson is one of two sophomores named among the Academic All-Americans while Bast and Varsho are two of 11 juniors making up the 33-player squad.

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today those individuals who have been elected or appointed to positions on the organization's board of directors for the 2013-14 academic year. Penn State head coach Coquese Washington has been elected by the membership as the new vice president/president-elect for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. Washington, who has served as treasurer for the past two years, will automatically succeed Florida State head coach Sue Semrau as president in the 2015-16 academic year.


WBCA Release

Penn State Release
Nebraska women's tennis player Mary Weatherholt earned the ITA / Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, it was announced on Tuesday. The prestigious national award was presented to the senior in Urbana, Ill., in conjunction with the NCAA Championships. 



Four 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 Michigan State's Travis Jackson, Nebraska's Cole Pensick, Northwestern's Brandon Vitabile and Ohio State's Corey Linsley. Since the award's inception in 2000, Big Ten programs have claimed six Rimington Trophy's, the most of any conference. Past winners include Michigan's David Baas (2004) and David Molk (2011), Minnesota's Greg Eslinger (2005), Nebraska's Dominic Raiola (2000), Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley (2001) and Penn State's A.Q. Shipley (2008). 


Dates, Times and TV Determined For Super Regionals

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The ESPN family of networks will televise each game of the Ann Arbor and Eugene Super Regionals this weekend, as Michigan and Nebraska eye berths in the Women's College World Series.

The eighth-seeded Wolverines host Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday and Saturday, with the series opener scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Saturday's first game is set for Noon and first pitch of the 'if necessary' third game is 3 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 14 Nebraska travels to third-seeded Oregon for a best-of-three Super Regional on Saturday and Sunday, with all games televised by ESPNU. Saturday's series opener is slated for 8 p.m., while Sunday's contests will begin at 2 p.m. with Game 3, if necessary, scheduled for 5 p.m.

Sunday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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Ann Arbor Regional
Michigan vs. California, 1 p.m., ESPN3
Michigan vs. California, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3 (if necessary)

Lincoln Regional
Nebraska vs. Stanford, 2 p.m., BTN
Nebraska vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m., BTN (if necessary)

Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS 4, MINNESOTA 3
Despite a two-hour rain delay at Siebert Field, Illinois clinched a spot in next week's Big Ten Tournament with a 4-3 victory over Minnesota. With losses by Michigan and Michigan State on Friday, the Illini moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten at 14-9 following their fifth consecutive win. The Illini bullpen only allowed two hits over the final 4.1 innings, as reliever Drasen Johnson earned the win and closer Bryan Roberts notched his sixth save. RECAP

INDIANA 7, OHIO STATE 2
For the first time since 1949, the Indiana Hoosiers (39-13, 16-7) have won a share of the Big Ten Championship in baseball. In an epic game on the road against fellow Big Ten title aspirant Ohio State (34-20, 15-8), the Hoosiers came from behind in the ninth inning to beat the Buckeyes 7-2 in 10 innings. RECAP

NEBRASKA 9, MICHIGAN 6
Nebraska had its spot at the Big Ten Tournament secured before the start of tonight's game following a loss by Michigan State, and with the 9-6 win over the Michigan Wolverines in front of a season-high 5,503 fans at Hawks field the Huskers locked up at minimum the No. 3 seed at the conference tournament next week in Minneapolis, Minn., at Target Field.  RECAP

PENN STATE 9, MICHIGAN STATE 0
Penn State tied up its final Big Ten series of the season on Friday afternoon, shutting out Michigan State 9-0 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Nittany Lions (14-35, 4-19 Big Ten) will close out the three-game set, as well as the 2013 season, against the Spartans (32-17, 11-9 Big Ten) tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. for Senior Day. Penn State will honor its eight players and manager in a ceremony at the commencement of the contest. RECAP

IOWA 9, PURDUE 5
Four runs scored following sophomore Nick Day's two-out, 10th inning double to lift the University of Iowa baseball team to a 9-5 extra inning victory over Purdue on Friday night at Alexander Field. RECAP

NORTHWESTERN 5, Wichita State
Northwestern starting pitcher Brandon Magallones was sharp on the mound for seven innings, but the Wildcats offense was handcuffed by Wichita State Friday night in a 5-0 loss at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan. RECAP

Saturday's NCAA Schedule

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Oregon Regional
Wisconsin vs. Oregon, 3 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Oregon, 6 p.m. (if necessary)

Ann Arbor Regional
Michigan vs. California, Noon
Michigan vs. Central Michigan/Valparaiso, 5 p.m. (if loss to California)

Lincoln Regional
Nebraska vs. Stanford, 2 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Tulsa/Northern Iowa, 8:30 p.m. (if loss to Stanford)

Washington Regional
Minnesota vs. Portland State, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Washington/Hawaii, 9 p.m. (if win vs. Portland State)

Friday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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Oregon Regional
Wisconsin vs. BYU, 5 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Oregon/North Carolina, 8 p.m. (if necessary)

Seattle Regional
Minnesota vs. Hawaii, 6:30 p.m.

Michigan Regional
Michigan vs. Valparaiso, 7 p.m.

Lincoln Regional
Nebraska vs. Northern Iowa, 8 p.m.

Thursday's Results

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ILLINOIS 6, MINNESOTA 2
Freshman Kevin Duchene allowed two earned runs over six solid innings and improved to 8-1, as the Illini won their fourth straight with a 6-2 victory over Minnesota (29-19) at Siebert Field. Duchene matched John Kravetz, who went 8-3 last season, for the most wins ever by an Illini freshman along with equaling the most victories by a Big Ten pitcher this season. Illinois (32-15) remained tied with Michigan for fifth place in the conference at 13-9 with two regular season games left. RECAP

IOWA 2, PURDUE 1
Sophomore Anthony Torres hit a go-ahead RBI single through the left side of the infield in the top of the 11th inning, sending the University of Iowa baseball team to a 2-1 win over Purdue at Alexander Field. RECAP

MICHIGAN 7, NEBRASKA 5
Michigan scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and beat Nebraska, 7-5, on Thursday night (May 16) at Haymarket Park. RECAP

MICHIGAN STATE 16, PENN STATE 1
Michigan State baseball cruised to a 16-1 victory over Penn State on Thursday night at Medlar Park. The Spartans (32-16, 11-8 Big Ten) had 12 hits in the game and seven different Spartans notched at least one RBI. RECAP

OHIO STATE 2, INDIANA 1
Ohio State opened its series against No. 21 Indiana with a 2-1 victory Thursday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 34-19, 15-7 in conference play, while the Hoosiers drop to fall to 38-13, 15-7 in the Big Ten. The teams are tied atop the Big Ten heading into the final two games of the regular season. RECAP

Wichita State 8, NORTHWESTERN 2
Northwestern was unable to generate the offense necessary to overcome a steady attack put forth by Wichita State as the Wildcats dropped the opener of a three-game set to the Shockers, 8-2, Thursday at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan.  RECAP

NCAA Track & Field Preliminary Field Announced

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The NCAA announced today the participants for the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championship competition, scheduled for May 23-25. The East Region will be held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.., while the West Region is at Texas in Austin, Texas.

Qualifiers can be found by selecting the links below.

Men: East | West

Women: East | West

Thursday's NCAA Schedule

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Oregon Regional
Wisconsin vs. North Carolina, 6 p.m. ET
Twenty-two Big Ten student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The 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
Matt Brown, Penn State - wrestling

District V
Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois - tennis
Richard Funk, Michigan - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, Michigan - swimming & diving
Michael Newburger, Ohio State - gymnastics
Max Stearns, Ohio State - fencing
Jamie Bissett, Purdue - swimming & diving

District VI
Garret Dunn, Iowa - tennis
Kevin Steinhaus, Minnesota - wrestling

District VII
Josh Ihnen, Nebraska - wrestling
Jordan Reinertson, Nebraska - golf

Women's At-Large Academic All-District

District II
Kelsey Amy, Penn State - field hockey
Tatum Coffey, Penn State - lacrosse
Gabi Shishkoff, Penn State - swimming & diving

District V
Caroline Powers, Michigan State - golf
Michelle Williams, Ohio State - swimming & diving
Lauren Gustafson, Purdue, swimming & diving

District VI
Jessica Plant, Minnesota - swimming & diving
Noora Raty, Minnesota - ice hockey
Kimberly Dinh, Wisconsin - golf
Kendall Schmidt, Wisconsin - rowing

District VII
Emily Wong, Nebraska - gymnastics

For the complete list of honorees, click here for men's and here for women's.

Twenty Named NFCA All-Region Selections

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Twenty Big Ten softball standouts, representing 10 conference squads, were named All-Region performers, it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday. In total, 10 were named first-team selections in the Great Lakes and Midwest regions. In the Great Lakes Region, Michigan's Sierra Romero, Minnesota's Sara Moulton and Kaitlyn Richardson, Penn State's Cassidy Bell and Wisconsin's Whitney Massey were named first team selections, while Michigan's Caitlin Blanchard, Sara Driesenga and Ashley Lane, Minnesota's Tyler Walker, Northwetern's Amy Letourneau and Wisconsin's Cassandra Darrah and Mary Massei were named second-team honorees. Five Big Ten players were listed among the Midwest Region's first team, including Iowa's Megan Blank, Nebraska's Emily Lockman and Tatum Edwards and Purdue's Ashley Burkhardt and Andie Varsho, while Indiana's Amanda Wagner, Nebraska's Brooke Thomason and Ohio State's Taylor Watkins were second-team selections.

Weekend Preview

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ILLINOIS at MINNESOTA
Thursday, 4:05 p.m.
LHP Kevin Duchene (7-1, 2.64) vs. LHP Tom Windle (6-3, 1.76)
Friday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP Ryan Castellanos (3-1, 5.36) vs. RHP Alec Crawford (3-1, 2.47)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP John Kravetz (4-1, 4.27) vs. LHP DJ Snelten (4-1, 2.22)

INDIANA at OHIO STATE
Thursday, 6:35 p.m.
LHP Joey DeNato (7-1, 2.67) vs. RHP Brad Goldberg (6-1, 3.41)
Friday, 6:35 p.m.
LHP Kyle Hart (7-2, 3.07) vs. LHP Brian King (7-5, 2.82)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
RHP Aaron Slegers (8-1, 1.96) vs. RHP Jaron Long (6-5, 3.68)

IOWA at PURDUE
Thursday, 7 p.m.
LHP Matt Dermody (7-2, 3.95) vs. RHP Robert Ramer (3-4, 5.18)
Friday, 7 p.m.
LHP Sasha Kuebel (2-8, 5.12) vs. LHP Jordan Minch (5-5, 4.76)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
TBA vs. TBA

MICHIGAN at NEBRASKA
Thursday, 7:35 p.m.
LHP Trent Szkutnik (4-6, 4.88) vs. LHP Kyle Kubat (4-0, 1.99)
Friday, 7:35 p.m.
LHP Evan Hill (7-2, 2.96) vs. LHP Aaron Bummer (2-1, 2.72)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
LHP Logan McAnallen (3-2, 3.18) vs. RHP Tyler Niederklein (1-1, 5.11)

MICHIGAN STATE at PENN STATE
Thursday, 6:05 p.m.
RHP Andrew Waszak (5-3, 2.44) vs. LHP Nick Hedge (0-0, 3.86)
Friday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP David Garner (4-3, 3.57) vs. LHP Greg Welsh (2-6, 4.89)
Saturday, 1:05 p.m.
RHP Mick VanVossen (4-2, 3.39) vs. RHP Steven Hill (1-7, 3.72)

NORTHWESTERN at Wichita State
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
RHP Luke Farrell (3-3, 1.84) vs. RHP Cale Elam (5-3, 2.33)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
RHP Brandon Magallones (5-5, 3.48) vs. RHP A.J. Ladwig (4-5, 5.18)
Saturday, 3 p.m.
RHP Zach Morton (3-5, 3.12) vs. RHP Garrett Brummett (3-0, 1.57)



In The Polls

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Six Big Ten women's rowing teams are receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 3. Michigan and Wisconsin both stay put at No. 13 and No. 14, respectively, while Minnesota rounds out the poll at No. 20. Iowa and Michigan State are receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

Tuesday's Results

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Kentucky 5, INDIANA 3
MICHIGAN STATE 5, Central Michigan 4
MICHIGAN STATE 10, Central Michigan 0
Seton Hall 5, MICHIGAN 3
NEBRASKA 12, Creighton 9
Louisville 6, OHIO STATE 3
PENN STATE 7, Villanova 4
Eastern Michigan 20, PURDUE 2

Sunday's Results

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ILLINOIS 5, PENN STATE 4
Illinois overcame a four-run deficit by scoring five runs in its final three innings, capping off a 5-4 comeback win on Senior Day to complete the sweep of Penn State. The Illini only had one hit in the first five innings before turning it on late with a run in the sixth, three in the seventh to tie it at four and the game-winning RBI single by redshirt-sophomore Reid Roper in the eighth. RECAP

MICHIGAN STATE 4, IOWA 2
Michigan State defeated Iowa on Mother's Day at Duane Banks Field, 4-2. The Spartans (29-16, 10-8 Big Ten) got an outstanding performance out of sophomore Mick VanVossen on the mound. He allowed just two runs, one earned in the win. Blaise Slater and Justin Hovis both notched RBIs for the Spartans. RECAP

NEBRASKA 8, MINNESOTA 0
Nebraska defeated Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Siebert Field with a 8-0 win in the rubber match of the series. With the series win, the Huskers won all four of their Big Ten Conference road series, posting a 9-3 record in 12 conference road games. RECAP

PURDUE 12, MICHIGAN 9
In what was a fitting end to a wild weekend series, Purdue baseball scored four times with two outs in the ninth inning thanks to big hits from Jack Picchiotti and Conner Hudnall, stunning Michigan, 12-9, Sunday afternoon. RECAP

OHIO STATE 1, Oregon 0
Ohio State dropped its series finale against No. 6 Oregon, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium .With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 33-18 while the Ducks improve to 40-11. RECAP

Indiana/Minnesota recap coming soon...

Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS 8, PENN STATE 6
Illinois scored seven runs in the first three innings and held off a Penn State comeback in an 8-6 victory in game two of the series on Saturday. Freshman Ryan Castellanos pitched into the seventh and improved to 3-1, while junior Ronnie Muck closed out the final two innings for his second save. The Illini improved to 30-15 on the year, marking the fifth time they have reached 30 wins under head coach Dan Hartleb in eight seasons.

NORTHWESTERN 12, INDIANA 1
Northwestern scored early and often Saturday afternoon and its starting pitcher was magnificent on the hill as the Wildcats evened their series with No. 14 Indiana with a 12-1 victory at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. RECAP

MICHIGAN 10, PURDUE 6
For the second straight day, Michigan broke a tie in the bottom of the eighth inning. This time, the Wolverines put up five runs in that frame and went on to win 10-6 over Purdue Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP

IOWA 2, MICHIGAN STATE 1
Sophomore Sasha Kuebel threw eight strong innings and junior Bryan Niedbalski delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the University of Iowa baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Michigan State at Duane Banks Field. The victory clinched a series win for the Hawkeyes, their first series win of the season. Iowa defeated Michigan State in the series opener, 6-2, on Friday. RECAP

MINNESOTA 4, NEBRASKA 3
After a 6-0 loss to Nebraska on Friday, Minnesota tied up the series with a 4-3 victory over Cornhuskers, today at Siebert Field. The Golden Gophers now stand at 29-17, 12-5 in the Big Ten. With the win the Gophers return to the top of the Big Ten standings after Indiana lost, 12-1 to Northwestern. Nebraska falls to 22-26 in the season and 13-7 in the conference. RECAP

Oregon 3, OHIO STATE 1 (11), Game 1; Oregon 4, OHIO STATE 0, Game 2
The Ohio State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against No. 6 Oregon Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Ducks won the opener, 3-1, in 11 innings before taking the nightcap, 4-0. The Buckeyes drop to 33-17 on the season while the Ducks improve to 39-11.

Weekend Preview

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PENN STATE at ILLINOIS
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Kevin Duchene (6-1, 3.10) vs. TBA
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Ryan Castellanos (2-1, 5.29) vs. LHP Greg Welsh (2-5, 4.14)
Sunday, Noon
RHP John Kravetz (4-1, 4.45) vs. RHP Steven Hill (1-7, 3.72)

NORTHWESTERN at INDIANA
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
RHP Luke Farrell (3-2, 1.60) vs. LHP Joey DeNato (7-1, 2.75)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Brandon Magallones (4-5, 3.80) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (7-1, 2.34)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
RHP Zach Morton (3-4, 2.55) vs. RHP Aaron Slegers (7-1, 1.89)

MICHIGAN STATE at IOWA
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Andrew Waszak (5-2, 2.41) vs. LHP Matt Dermody (6-2, 4.07)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP David Garner (4-3, 3.82) vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-8, 5.62)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
LHP Mick VanVossen (3-2, 3.43) vs. RHP Andrew Hanse (3-3, 4.25)

PURDUE at MICHIGAN
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
RHP Robert Ramer (3-4, 5.23) vs. LHP Trent Szkutnik (4-6, 4.43)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
LHP Jordan Minch (5-4, 4.98) vs. LHP Evan Hill (7-2, 2.60)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
TBA vs. LHP Logan McAnallen (3-2, 2.83)

NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA
Friday, 4:05 p.m.
RHP Christian DeLeon (5-4, 3.78) vs. LHP Tom Windle (6-2, 1.82)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.
LHP Kyle Kubat (4-0, 1.75) vs. RHP Alec Crawford (3-1, 2.70)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
LHP Aaron Bummer (1-1, 3.38) vs. DJ Snelten (4-0, 1.85)

Oregon at OHIO STATE
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Tommy Thorpe (5-4, 2.74) vs. RHP Brad Goldberg (6-1, 3.79)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.
LHP Cole Irvin (9-2, 2.93) vs. LHP Brian King (7-4, 2.59)
Sunday, 12:05 p.m.
RHP Jake Reed (5-3, 3.27) vs. RHP Jaron Long (6-4, 3.89)




Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes in five different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of May 6. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the the Week - Joel Fisher, MSU
Pitcher of the Week - Luke Farrell, NU
Freshman of the Week - Travis Maezes, MICH

Rowing

Boat of the Week - Wisconsin First Varsity Four (Marie Hebert, Kaitlin Dunn, Rachel Gendreau, Nicole Hettmann, Steph Malchine)

Softball 
Player of the Week - Caitlin Blanchard, MICH
Pitcher of the Week - Tatum Edwards, NEB
Freshman of the Week - Sierra Romero, MICH

Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Co-Track Athletes of the Week - Cornelius Strickland, IND & Mason Ferlic, MICH
Field Athlete of the Week - Jon Hendershot, PSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Co-Track Athletes of the Week - Jillian Smith, MICH & Deanna Latham, WIS
Field Athlete of the Week - Sydney Clute, IND

Wednesday's Results

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Louisville 4, INDIANA 3
MICHIGAN 7, Toledo 0
MICHIGAN STATE 6, Eastern Michigan 3
Milwaukee 2, MINNESOTA 1
Chicago 9, NORTHWESTERN 7
OHIO STATE 3, Georgia Tech 2
Ball State 4, PURDUE 3

Romero Named Collegiate Player of the Year Finalist

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On the heels of being named Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year, Michigan's Sierra Romero was listed among the 10 finalists for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday. Romero is the only freshman named to the list, which is comprised of seven seniors and two sophomores. She ranks among the nation's top 10 in numerous categories, including home runs, RBI and slugging percentage, and helped Michigan to its sixth straight Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 seed in this week's Big Ten Tournament.

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 3. Michigan and Wisconsin both stay put at No. 13 and No. 14, respectively, while Minnesota rounds out the poll at No. 20. Michigan State is receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.


Tuesday's Results and Wednesday's Schedule

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Tuesday's Results
Nebraska-Omaha 6, IOWA 5
Eastern Michigan 13, MICHIGAN 4
MICHIGAN STATE 5, Western Michigan 4
NORTHWESTERN 5, UIC 3
Georgia Tech 9, OHIO STATE 2
Akron 11, PENN STATE 2

Wednesday's Schedule
INDIANA at Louisville, 6 p.m.
Toledo at MICHIGAN, 6:05 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE, 3:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at MINNESOTA, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago at NORTHWESTERN, 4 p.m.
Georgia Tech at OHIO STATE, 6:35 p.m.
PURDUE at Ball State, 3 p.m.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Nebraska-Omaha at IOWA, 7:05 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN, 6:05 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at Western Michigan, 3 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at UIC, 8:05 p.m.
Georgia Tech at OHIO STATE, 7 p.m.
PENN STATE at Akron, 3 p.m.

All times ET

Wisconsin's Ron Dayne, Nebraska's Tommie Frazier, Ohio State's Orlando Pace and Michigan State's Percy Snow have been inducted into the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday.

Dayne concluded his career with 7,125 career rushing yards, becoming the first player to reach the 7,000-yard mark in FBS history in his 1999 Heisman Trophy campaign. Dayne led the Badgers to back-to-back Rose Bowl titles in 1999 and 2000, and was the Big Ten's first three-time rushing champion in league history. Dayne becomes the eighth Badger to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Frazier guided Nebraska to back-to-back perfect national championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. A consensus first-team All-American in 1995, Frazier led Nebraska to four consecutive bowl appearances in his career, and set a conference record with a 33-3 overall career mark as a starter. Frazier becomes the 16th Cornhusker to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

Pace was a two-time unanimous First-Team All-American (1995, 1996), and the first player in history to repeat as the Lombardi Trophy winner. Pace did not allow a sack during his final two seasons, being named the 1996 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Pace was chosen with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, and becomes the 24th Buckeye to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Snow was the first player in college football history to win the Butkus and Lombardi trophies in the same season, leading the Spartans' "Gang Green" defense in tackles for three consecutive seasons. Snow helped the Spartans to the 1987 Big Ten title and a 1988 Rose Bowl victory. The Spartans' linebacker becomes the seventh in team history to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.




In The Polls

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Four Big Ten baseball teams are ranked or receiving votes in three out of four national polls. Click the links below to view each complete set of rankings.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
21. Indiana

Baseball America
14. Indiana

NCBWA
16. Indiana
Michigan State (rv)
Ohio State (rv)

ESPN/USA Today
16. Indiana
Minnesota (rv)

Monday's Results

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INDIANA 10, NEBRASKA 2
The Hoosiers took a Monday afternoon rubber match at Nebraska in a 10-2 winner. Aaron Slegers blanked the Huskers through the first eight innings and improved to 7-1 on the season with the win. RECAP

OHIO STATE 6, NORTHWESTERN 2
Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 6-2, in the rubber game of its three-game set Monday at Rocky Miller Park. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 32-14, 14-7 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats fall to 20-20, 8-13 in conference play. RECAP

Monday's Result

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Nebraska 2, Penn State 0
Junior right-hander Tatum Edwards fired a one-hit shutout to lead the 14th-ranked Nebraska softball team past Penn State, 2-0, on Monday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Nittany Lion Softball Park. Edwards allowed only a two-out sixth-inning single to Cassidy Bell, while tossing her ninth shutout of the year and improving to 25-8 on the season. Edwards faced the minimum over the first 5.0 innings, allowing only three total base runners on the single and a pair of walks, while striking out six. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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Michigan 9, Northwestern 3
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third, junior Caitlin Blanchard crushed a two-run homer to put the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan softball team on top for good in a 9-3 victory over Northwestern today at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Blanchard swung at the first pitch she saw and drove in freshman Sierra Romero, who had reached after being hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. RECAP

Minnesota 5, Indiana 4
Senior catcher Kari Dorle fittingly scored the game-winning run on an infield single by sophomore left fielder Erica Meyer to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, as Minnesota completed a weekend sweep of Indiana with a 5-4 win on Senior Day. RECAP

Penn State 3, Nebraska 2
In front of the largest crowd in Penn State softball history at Beard Field and Nittany Lion Softball Park, the Nittany Lions rallied to take a 3-2 victory over No. 14/15 Nebraska on Senior Day. Fittingly, senior Lauren Yao provided the three-run double to push Penn State (15-32, 5-16 Big Ten) past the Huskers (38-12, 15-6 Big Ten). The win is the first over a ranked opponent for the Nittany Lions since a 5-3 victory over No. 22 LSU Feb. 10, 2012, and the first over a Top 15 team since downing No. 9 Oklahoma, 5-2, March 18, 2011. RECAP

Iowa 8, Purdue 2
The University of Iowa softball team downed Purdue, 8-2, on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep in the regular season finale at the Boilermaker Softball Complex. The Hawkeyes topped Purdue, 2-0, in eight innings on Saturday, and won the opener Friday, 4-3, in nine innings. The Hawkeyes have won five-straight games, and six of their last eight overall. The five-game winning streak matches Iowa's longest of the season. RECAP

Wisconsin 3, Michigan State 0 (Game 1); Michigan State 11, Wisconsin 5 (Game 2)
Game 1: In game one, Cassandra Darrah earned her 23th win of the season in her 22nd complete game of the year. Wisconsin jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a Mary Massei leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. Massei repeated the feat in the fifth inning to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead and Stephanie Peace's RBI single later in the frame plated Wisconsin's third run. The Badgers' three runs proved to be all the offense they needed as Darrah held Michigan State to just six hits and no runs in her sixth shutout of the season. RECAP
Game 2: Michigan State softball split the day at No. 25 Wisconsin. In game one the Spartans fell, 3-0, before rallying for a win in game two, 11-5. MSU won the series after picking up the win in game one, 9-4. Sophomore Stephanie Sanders tallied four RBIs and senior Jayme O'Bryant recorded five to lead the MSU offense. Michigan State owns a 24-24 record on the season and 9-10 in Big Ten play. RECAP

Ohio State 3, Illinois 0 (Game 1); Illinois 1, Ohio State 0 (Game 2)
Game 1: Led by sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico, Ohio State shut out Illinois, 3-0, in game one Sunday at Eichelberger Field. DiDomenico, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, notched her ninth complete game shutout of the season, limiting Illinois to five hits, no runs, one walk with nine strikeouts. RECAP
Game 2: Senior pitcher Pepper Gay threw over 300 pitches without allowing an earned run in back-to-back complete games on Senior Day, but limited offense from the Illini and a pair of errors in the fourth inning of game one led to a doubleheader split with Ohio State. The Buckeyes plated three unearned runs in the first game to tie the series with a 3-0 victory, but the Illini used a walk-off RBI single by Katie Repole in game two to defeat the Buckeyes 1-0 in the season finale. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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MICHIGAN 4, IOWA 3
Sophomore Zach Zott belted a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Michigan a 4-3 win over Iowa Sunday afternoon (May 5) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP

MICHIGAN STATE 4, ILLINOIS 3
Michigan State beat Illinois on Sunday afternoon at McLane Stadium, 4-3, thanks to a three-run home run to left field by junior Joel Fisher. The Spartans (26-14, 9-6 Big Ten) were trailing 3-1 in the eighth before Fisher sent the seniors home with a win in the final home weekend at McLane. RECAP

PENN STATE 4, MINNESOTA 3 (10)
Posting its third walk-off victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, Penn State took down Minnesota 4-3 in the 10th inning of the conference series finale. The Nittany Lions move to an overall record of 12-30 on the season with a 3-15 mark in the Big Ten, while the Gophers now sit at 28-15 and 11-4. RECAP

NEBRASKA 3, INDIANA 2
Sophomore Kyle Kubat improved to 4-0 on the mound, while Chad Christensen and Pat Kelly each had a pair of hits and a RBI in a 3-2 win over No. 16 Indiana. RECAP

OHIO STATE 5, NORTHWESTERN 3
Aaron Gretz's two-run single in the top of the ninth gave the Ohio State baseball team a 5-3 win over Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 31-14 on the season, 13-7 in conference play, while the Wildcats fall to 20-19, 8-12 in the conference. RECAP

 Angelo Cianfrocco delivered a pair of two-out, two-run hits and Brett Andrzejewski worked 4 2/3 innings of hitless relief to close out the game, leading Purdue baseball to a 10-5 victory that completed a series sweep of Southern Illinois Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS 7, MICHIGAN STATE 3
For the second time this week, Illinois broke open a tie game with a four-run eighth inning, as the Illini evened up the series with Michigan State following a 7-3 victory on Saturday. The Illini scored three runs on two hits in the first inning, but didn't get another hit until the eighth when they strung together five, highlighted by a game-winning RBI double from senior Davis Hendrickson, a two-out, two-run single from sophomore Michael Hurwitz and an RBI single by senior Justin Parr, who matched the longest hitting streak in the NCAA this year at 30 games. RECAP

INDIANA 8, NEBRASKA 6
Indiana grinded out a wild 8-6 road win at Nebraska in front of a national audience on the Big Ten Network. Nick Ramos and Kyle Schwarber each connected on a pair of homeruns en route to the Hoosiers extending their current winning streak to nine games. RECAP

IOWA 4, MICHIGAN 3 (12)
A 12th-inning sacrifice fly by junior Bryan Niedbalski lifted Iowa to a 4-3 victory over Michigan on Saturday at the Wilpon Complex. The Hawkeyes improved to 4-1 in extra-inning games this season, outscoring opponents 8-1 in extra frames. RECAP

MINNESOTA 7, PENN STATE 3
Minnesota scored runs in the second, third and fourth innings to win, 7-3, today in University Park, Pa. With the win today and an 11-2 win Friday, the Golden Gophers (28-14, 11-3 Big Ten) already claim the series win. RECAP

NORTHWESTERN 8, OHIO STATE 0
Northwestern tagged Ohio State for six runs in the second inning to provide more than enough offense as the Wildcats blanked the Buckeyes in the opener of a three-game set at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, 8-0. RECAP

PURDUE 5, Southern Illinois 3
Josh Estill drove in four runs with a trio of big hits and the three Purdue pitchers that took the mound teamed up for a season-high 11 strikeouts, as the Boilermakers clinched a series victory against Southern Illinois with a 5-3 win Saturday evening at Alexander Field. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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Michigan 16, Northwestern 1
A 16-run barrage, including a record-setting home run from freshman Sierra Romero, carried the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan softball team to a 16-1 five-inning decision over the Northwestern Wildcats today at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Romero crushed a two-run home run in the first inning to put the Wolverines on top for good. It marked the 22nd homer of the season for the freshman shortstop and established a new single-season U-M record. RECAP

Minnesota 8, Indiana 0 (Game 1); Minnesota 1, Indiana 0 (8) (Game 2)
Game 1: Six extra-base hits powered the University of Minnesota softball team to an 8-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Indiana. Catcher Kari Dorle started the scoring with a one-run homerun in the first inning. Later in the game, right fielder Kayla Wenner hit a two-run homer over the outfield netting. Minnesota also hit four doubles, including two by left fielder Erica Meyer, before an RBI single by Dorle scored Tyler Walker to end the game. RECAP
Game 2: Sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker's team-leading 11th home run of the season gave Minnesota a 1-0 walk-off victory against Indiana in eight innings on Saturday, as the Gophers swept a doubleheader from the Hoosiers. Walker, who had just missed hitting a home run in her previous at bat to lead off the sixth inning, didn't leave any doubt about her eighth-inning blast over the wall in right center. RECAP

Nebraska 3, Penn State 1
The 14th-ranked Nebraska softball team handed Head Coach Rhonda Revelle her 800th career victory with a 3-1 series-opening victory at Penn State on Saturday. The Huskers, who have won nine of their last 11 games, was led by junior right-hander Tatum Edwards, who fired a three-hitter and allowed only a single run. Edwards (24-8) did not allow a hit after the third inning, while adding three strikeouts. RECAP

Iowa 2, Purdue 0 (8)
The University of Iowa softball team defeated Purdue, 2-0, in eight innings on Saturday at the Boilermaker Softball Complex in the middle game of its final regular season series. Iowa clinches the series victory with its second-straight extra-inning win in West Lafayette. The Hawkeyes won the opener Friday, 4-3, in nine innings. The Hawkeyes have won four-straight games, and five of their last seven overall. Iowa improves to 29-23 and 7-15 in Big Ten play; Purdue falls to 22-30 and 8-14 in conference action. The 29th victory marks the most for Iowa since finishing 42-16 in 2009. RECAP

Michigan State 9, Wisconsin 4
Michigan State softball downed Wisconsin, 9-4, in the first game of the series. The Spartans scored runs in four innings and junior Kelly Smith struck out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings pitched. MSU improved its record to 23-23 on the season, 8-9 in Big Ten play. RECAP

Friday's Results

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MICHIGAN 5, IOWA 4
Michigan put up three runs in the first and snuffed out an Iowa ninth-inning rally in a 5-4 win Friday night (May 3) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan has now won eight straight games at home.

MICHIGAN STATE 12, ILLINOIS 3
Michigan State started fast and never let up against the Fighting Illini on Friday afternoon at McLane Stadium, earning a 12-3 win in the opening game of the three-game series.

MINNESOTA 11, PENN STATE 2
Minnesota's Kurt Schlangen went 2-4 with three RBI, while eight players collected a hit in an 11-2 win over Penn State, tonight in University Park, Pa.

PURDUE 6, Southern Illinois 4
Highlighted by a two-run homer from Brandon Krieg, Purdue baseball scored four times in the second inning and rode the extended rally to a 6-4 series-opening win against Southern Illinois Friday evening at Alexander Field.

Friday's Schedule

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Michigan 2, Northwestern 1
Sophomore pitcher Sara Driesenga threw a complete-game two-hitter for the No. 10 University of Michigan softball team against Northwestern tonight at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. U-M locks up a 2-1 victory and the sixth consecutive Big Ten crown for the Wolverines, who have the most conference titles all-time with 16 and are the only team to ever win six consecutively. Driesenga struck out the first two Wildcats batters of the game and closed the game with a called third strike -- her eighth punchout on the night. RECAP

Iowa 4, Purdue 3 (9)
The University of Iowa softball team defeated Purdue, 4-3, in nine innings on Friday at the Boilermaker Softball Complex in the opening game of its final regular season series. Tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth, Bradi Wall scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Michelle Zoeller. The Hawkeyes eclipse their win total from a year ago when they finished 27-26 overall. The 28th victory marks the most for Iowa since finishing 42-16 in 2009. The Hawkeyes won 25 games in 2010, and 27 in each of the last two seasons. RECAP

Illinois 6, Ohio State 4
The University of Illinois captured its 10th consecutive victory tonight, with late inning magic and a bit of good luck. After falling behind 4-0 midway through the fourth, the Fighting Illini clawed their way back into the game, scoring six unanswered runs to defeat Ohio State, 6-4. The win pushes Illinois ahead of Ohio State and into sole control of sixth place in the Big Ten standings, sitting at 21-25 (10-11 Big Ten). With the loss, Ohio State drops to 32-20 (9-12 Big Ten). RECAP

Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA at Billy Hayes Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at UNI Invite - Cedar Falls, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Toledo Invitational - Toledo, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Toledo Invitational - Toledo, Ohio
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Nebraska Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
PENN STATE at Jim Thorpe Open - University Park, Pa.
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Open - Madison, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA at Billy Hayes Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at UNI Invite - Cedar Falls, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Toledo Invitational - Toledo, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Toledo Invitational - Toledo, Ohio
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Nebraska Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
PENN STATE at Jim Thorpe Open - University Park, Pa.
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Open - Madison, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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Iowa at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Northwestern at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN

Ohio State at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTN.com

Indiana at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 3:30 p.m., BTN
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.

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

Nebraska at Penn State
Game 1 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, 2:30 p.m., BTN
Game 3 - Monday, 1 p.m.

Weekend Schedule

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Iowa at Purdue Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m. Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Northwestern at Michigan Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m. Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN

Ohio State at Illinois

Weekend Preview

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ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN STATE
Friday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP Kevin Johnson (6-2, 2.45) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (4-2, 2.44)
Saturday, 1:05 p.m.
LHP Kevin Duchene (6-1, 2.79) vs. RHP David Garner (4-3, 3.76)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
RHP John Kravetz (4-1, 4.87) vs. RHP Mick VanVossen (3-2, 3.38)

INDIANA at NEBRASKA
Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Joey DeNato (6-1, 2.60) vs. RHP Christian DeLeon (5-3, 3.64)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
LHP Kyle Hart (7-0, 2.39) vs. LHP Kyle Kubat (3-0, 1.50)
Monday, 1:05 p.m.
RHP Aaron Slegers (6-1, 1.85) vs. LHP Aaron Bummer (1-0, 3.20)

IOWA at MICHIGAN
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
LHP Matt Dermody (6-1, 4.09) vs. LHP Trent Szkutnik (3-6, 4.72)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
RHP Andrew Hanse (3-2, 4.46) vs. LHP Evan Hill (7-2, 2.58)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
TBA vs. LHP Logan McAnallen (2-2, 2.74)

MINNESOTA at PENN STATE
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
LHP Tom Windle (5-2, 2.00) vs. RHP T.J. Jann (1-5, 4.30)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Alec Crawford (2-1, 2.73) vs. RHP Steven Hill (1-7, 3.65)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
LHP DJ Snelten (4-0, 1.74) vs. LHP Greg Welsh (2-4, 3.62)

NORTHWESTERN at OHIO STATE
Saturday, 2 p.m.
RHP Luke Farrell (2-2, 1.79) vs. RHP Brad Goldberg (6-0, 2.91)
Sunday, 2 p.m.
RHP Brandon Magallones (4-5, 3.82) vs. LHP Brian King (7-4, 2.48)
Monday, 4 p.m.
RHP Zach Morton (3-3, 2.43) vs. RHP Jaron Long (5-4, 4.02)

Southern Illinois at PURDUE
Friday, 7 p.m.
LHP Cody Forsythe (2-3, 2.79) vs. RHP Robert Ramer (2-4, 5.27)
Saturday, 7 p.m.
RHP Sam Coonrod (3-3, 4.08) vs. LHP Jordan Minch (5-4, 5.37)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
LHP Derek Fogel (0-3, 3.88) vs. TBA








Minnesota senior outfielder Troy Larson has been named first-team Academic All-District honorees, it was announced on Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The distinction makes Larson eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be announced later this month.

Seven Standouts Named Academic All-District Honorees

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Seven Big Ten standouts were named first- or second-team Academic All-District honorees, it was announced on Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Four players were awarded first-team distinction, making them eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be announced later this month. Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Purdue's Andie Varsho were named first-team honorees in District 5, while Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson and Wisconsin's Mary Massei were selected to the District 6 first team. Earning second-team honors in District 5 included Indiana's Amanda Wagner, Michigan's Sara Driesenga and Purdue's Erika Petruzzi.

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Eighteen Big Ten student-athletes in five different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 29. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the the Week - Blaise Salter, MSU
Pitcher of the Week - Andrew Waszak, MSU
Freshman of the Week - Connor Schaefbauer, MINN

Rowing

Boat of the Week - Wisconsin First Varsity Four (Marie Hebert, Kaitlin Dunn, Rachel Gendreau, Nicole Hettmann, Steph Malchine)

Softball 
Player of the Week - Lauren Sweet, MICH
Pitcher of the Week - Tatum Edwards, NEB
Freshman of the Week - Allie Bauch, ILL

Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Co-Track Athletes of the Week - Casimir Loxsom, PSU & Alex Hatz, WIS
Co-Field Athletes of the Week - Derek Drouin, IND & Chad Wright, NEB

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Jessica Furlan, NEB
Co-Field Athletes of the Week - Beth Rohl, MSU & Mara Griva, NEB

Weekend Schedule

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May 4
#13 MICHIGAN at #7 Princeton - Princeton, N.J.
#8 Harvard at #3 OHIO STATE - Columbus, Ohio

May 5
MICHIGAN STATE/MINNESOTA at #14 WISCONSIN - Madison, Wis.


2013 Women's Gymnastics Season in Review

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Three conference teams advanced to the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship, while six individuals competed at the national meet in April to complete the 2013 season.

NCAA Championship Central: At the 2013 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship, seven Big Ten gymnasts posted top-10 individual finishes, led by Michigan's Joanna Sampson's event title in the floor exercise. Minnesota's Hanna Nordquist and Wolverine Katie Zurales tied for second on the balance beam, while Nebraska's Emily Wong and Gopher Lindsay Mable finished in the top-10 in the floor exercise, coming in at third and fourth, respectively. On the vault, Mable tied for fifth and Wong placed 10th. In addition to the individual performances, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota represented the conference in the team portion of the championships. The Wolverines and Gophers each placed fourth in their respective prequalifying round, while the Illini finished fifth. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here and here.

Regional Representation: All eight Big Ten schools competed in the NCAA Regional Championships. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State represented the conference in team competition, while three Michigan State gymnasts competed in various individual events. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota earned berths to the national meet, while Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State advanced individual gymnasts to the NCAA Championships. Click here and here for more on regional competition. 

Huskers Bring Home the Hardware: Nebraska earned the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title, its second consecutive crown. The Huskers tallied a team score of 197.800 en route to the title, while Michigan followed in second place with a score of 197.225 and Minnesota finished third with 196.775 points. Illinois took fourth place with a team score of 196.475, followed by Ohio State in fifth (195.950), Penn State in sixth (195.825), Michigan State in seventh (195.450) and Iowa in eighth (193.400). Individually, Nebraska's Emily Wong won the all-around competition for the second year in a row. Click here for more on the Big Ten Championships.

Sharing the Crown: Michigan and Minnesota each earned a share of the inaugural regular-season Big Ten Championship. Both the Wolverines and the Gophers completed the regular season with 6-1 conference dual meet marks. Michigan was 17-1 overall, while Minnesota was 16-3. For the Michigan release, click here. For the Minnesota release, click here

And the Award Goes To: The conference's individual awards were given out following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Michigan's Joanna Sampson was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, the second such award for a Wolverine athlete in the last three seasons. Minnesota's Lindsay Mable took home Freshman of the Year laurels and Gopher head coach Meg Stephenson received Coach of the Year accolades. For more award winners, click here and here.


In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Thursday. The conference is led by No. 10 Michigan, No. 11 Northwestern, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 30 Purdue in the top 30. Indiana sits at No. 41, while Illinois checks in at No. 45. Penn State is No. 47 and Ohio State ranks No. 73.

Individually, 10 Big Ten women's tennis players and 11 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of ranked conference singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
11. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
30. Emina Bektas, MICH
57. Kate Turvy, NU
58. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
67. Kelsey Dieters, OSU
77. Petra Januskova, PSU
91. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
99. Sarah Lee, MICH
114. Katie Klyczek, IND
115. Leslie Hureau, IND

Doubles
3. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, NEB
6. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
14. Linda Abu Mushefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
21. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting, PSU
22. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
27. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
41. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch, IOWA
55. Leslie Hureau/Carolyn Chupa, IND
69. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
88. Brooke Bolender/Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
90. Mimi Nguyen/Sarah Lee, MICH

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Thursday. Ohio State leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 5. No. 22 Michigan, No. 26 Illinois, No. 35 Minnesota, No. 36 Northwestern and No. 43 Michigan State also rank in the top 50. Indiana checks in at No. 55, followed by No. 60 Wisconsin and No. 62 Purdue. Nebraska rounds out conference teams in the poll at No. 67.

Individually, 12 Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
8. Peter Kobelt, OSU
12. Blaz Rola, OSU
13. Evan King, MICH
32. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
53. Rok Bonin, MINN
71. Connor Smith, OSU
73. Devin McCarthy, OSU
83. Leandro Toledo, MINN
87. Raleigh Smith, NU
104. Chris Diaz, OSU
113. Aaron Pfister, MSU
125. Vlad Stefan, MICH

Doubles
12. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith, OSU
16. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
23. Sam Monette/Isade Juneau, IND
40. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
50. Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka, OSU
55. Szymon Tatarczky/Krisztian Krocsko, PUR 
57. Alex Buzzi/Evan King, MICH
66. Josh MacTaggart/Isade Juneau, IND
71. Alex Kostanov/Billy Bertha, WIS
75. Tim Kopinski/Farris Gosea, ILL
90. 
Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse, ILL

For the complete polls, click here.

2013 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 Michigan claimed the team crown and five out of the six individual titles where claimed by conference student-athletes.

NCAA Champions: Michigan took home the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship. The title marked the Wolverines second national championship in four years and their fifth overall. The crown was the third championship by a Big Ten school in the last four years, as Illinois claimed the national title last season. The Wolverines finished with a score of 443.200, defeating second-place Oklahoma by over three points (440.100). Penn State, Iowa and Illinois also competed in the team final, with the Nittany Lions posting a fourth-place finish, the Hawkeyes finishing fifth and the Illini placing sixth. For more on the NCAA Championship click here

All-Around Athletes: Michigan's Sam Mikulak was crowned the all-around winner at the NCAA Championship. With the title, Mikulak becomes the sixth Big Ten gymnast to win multiple national titles in the event, as he also took home the championship in 2011. Teammate Adrian de los Angeles placed second in the event. For more on the NCAA Championship, click here

NCAA Individual Success: For conference standouts took home national titles, and combined for five of the six individual titles, at the NCAA Championship. Michigan's Sam Mikulak won the high bar competition for the second consecutive year and earned the parallel bars crown. Illinois' Fred Hartville took home the vault championship, Ohio State's Michael Newburger won the pommel horse competition and Penn State's Trevor Howard placed first in the floor exercise. Click here for more on individuals at the NCAA Championship.

Wolverine Winners: Totaling a team score of 438.900 points, Michigan held of the field at the 2013 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships to take home the team title. The Wolverines claimed their 16th Big Ten title and first since 2009. Michigan's Sam Mikulak was crowned the Big Ten all-around champion for the second time, as he first took the crown in 2011. Read all about the conference championships here.

All the Awards: Michigan's Sam Mikulak was voted Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the second time, as he also earned the honor in 2011 and Penn State's Trevor Howard claimed Freshman of the Year accolades. Wolverine head coach Kurt Golder was named Big Ten Coach of the year for the third time and first since winning back-to-back honors in 1999 and 2000. Mikulak was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Illinois' Fred Hartville and Yoshi Mori, Iowa's Javier Balboa and Broderick Shemansky, Michigan's Stacey Ervin, Syque Caesar and Adrian de los Angeles and Penn State's Felix Aronovich and Craig Hernandez. For more on the awards, click here

Naming Names: The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) named a pommel horse skill after Michigan's Sam Mikulak. The junior became the first gymnast to complete the skill at an official FIG competition when he performed it during the men's qualification round at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Click here for more on the skill.





In The Polls

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Three Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 3. Michigan stays put at No. 13, while Wisconsin jumps two spots to No. 14. Michigan State and Minnesota are receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

Wednesday's Results

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Illinois 4, Southern Illinois 2 (8)
Iowa 8, Iowa State 3
Michigan State 3, Eastern Michigan
Northwestern 8, UIC 5
Ohio State 4, Wright State 0
Ohio State 4, Wright State 0

Wednesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Southern Illinois, 5 p.m.
Iowa State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m., BTN.com
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m., BTN
Northwestern at UIC, 7 p.m.
Wright State at Ohio State (DH), 5 p.m., BTN.com
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