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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 82

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Michigan's Jeff Porter (2007, track & field)
Jeff Porter, the 2007 Big Ten Medal of Honor honoree, was a three-time All-American and NCAA indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles. He also won the national championship at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004 after winning the 60-meter hurdles. Porter went on to win the Big Ten outdoor title in the 110-meter hurdles as a junior and a senior. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology and reached the semifinals at the 2012 London Olympics in the 110-meter hurdles. When asked about winning the Big ten Medal of Honor, Porter said:

"When I look at the company that I'm in, that's elite company, especially when you look at those who came before me, and then my wife (track star Tiffany Ofili) won it a couple of years after I did, so that's always special. We have some really good, successful people that have received this award. I'm honored to be a member of this group."

To read more about Porter's time at Michigan and beyond, click here.

Michigan softball standout Nicole Sappingfield was named a Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American on Friday.

Sappingfield recently graduated from Michigan with a degree in comparative literature. She plans to attend law school in the fall and eventually focus on human rights issues.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Just last week (May 22), Sappingfield was named an Academic All-America second team selection. Sappingfield is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2012-13-14) and a three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.

In the community, Sappingfield was part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk each of her four seasons at Michigan. She also served as a clinician for the Michigan Softball Academy, a one-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. In 2014, the Academy raised more than $118,000 for ACS and the Making Strides organizations.

Sappingfield started 235 games over her four seasons and finished her career ranked fourth in U-M history with 190 runs scored, tied for fifth in career batting average at .355 and seventh with 271 hits.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 81

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Michigan's Casey Close (1986, Baseball)
A 1986 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Close garnered Big Ten Player of the Year accolades as a senior, capping a career that saw him guide the Wolverines to three Big Ten Championships. During his final season in Ann Arbor, he earned National Player of the Year honors by Baseball America, hitting .440 with 19 home runs and a single-season program record 72 RBI. That year, he was a first-team All-American and Academic All-American. A four year letterwinner with the Wolverines, Close was a first-team All-Big Ten standout and twice garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Eight Big Ten women's track & field student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Academic All-District
District 5
Kelsie Ahbe, Indiana
Samantha Ginther, Indiana
Kiley Tobel, Michigan
Katie Borchers, Ohio State

District 6
Taylor Kirby, Wisconsin
Deanna Latham, Wisconsin
Taylor Zimprich, Wisconsin

District 7
Anne Martin, Nebraska

For the complete list of women's track & field honorees, click here.

Seven Big Ten men's track & field student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Academic All-District
District 5
Mason Ferlic, Michigan
Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State
Timothy Faust, Ohio State

District 6
Andrew Brekke, Wisconsin
Reed Connor, Wisconsin

District 7
Levi Gipson, Nebraska
Cody Rush, Nebraska

For the complete list of men's track & field honorees, click here.

2014 Men's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 men's golf season, highlighted by two teams earning bids to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships and Illinois advancing to quarterfinal match play.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten sent two men's golf squads to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, including Illinois and Purdue. Illinois finished the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships in a seventh-place tie, advancing to the eight-team match play championship segment at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Illinois fell to Stanford, 3-2, in quarterfinal match play of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. For more coverage of the NCAA Championships, click here.

See you at Regionals: Six Big Ten teams and one individual were selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue represented the Big Ten in the team competition, while Michigan's Chris O'Neill traveled as an individual competitor. For the complete release, click here.

All-Conference and Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced the men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches following the 2014 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships. Illinois' Brian Campbell was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Minnesota's Jose Mendez was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the Golden Gophers' John Carlson claimed Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. For more on the individual award winners and All-Conference teams, click here.

Bring Home the Hardware: Minnesota claimed the Big Ten Championship in men's golf after shooting a four-round score of 1,186 at the 2014 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships. The Golden Gophers were followed by second-place Illinois (1,190), third-place Iowa (1,194), fourth-place Northwestern (1,204) and fifth-place Purdue (1,205) at the par-72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course. This is the eighth team title for the Golden Gophers and first since 2007. For more on the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, click here.

Academic Excellence: On May 28, the Big Ten recognized a total of 1,216 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 45 men's golfers. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

2014 Women's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 women's golf season, highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships and one top-10 finish.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten sent three women's golf teams to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, including Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State. The Buckeyes placed seventh at the national event with a four-round score of 1,158. The Wildcats finished in 15th place with a score of 1,166, while the Spartans placed 20th with a score of 1,178. On the individual leaderboard, Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell placed 10th with a four-round score of 3-over 283. Ohio State's Allison Harper and Katja Pogacar tied for 16th place with a four-round score of 285. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.

Going to the 'Ship: Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State represented the Big Ten at the 2014 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. The Spartans and Wildcats both finished among the top eight in the West Regional, while the Buckeyes advanced from the Central Regional earlier this month. For the complete release, click here.

All-America Recognition: Ohio State's Jessica Porvasnik was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Women's Golf Coaches Association. Porvasnik helped guide the Buckeyes to a seventh place tie at the NCAA Championships, won the individual Big Ten title at the Big Ten Women's Golf Championships and was also honored with the Mary Fossum Award, which is given to the conference's player with the lowest stroke average (73.21) relative to par this season. For more on the All-America teams, click here.

All-Conference and Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced the women's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners following the 2014 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships. Ohio State's Jessica Porvasnik was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while the Buckeyes' Therese Hession was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year. For the complete release and All-Conference teams, click here.

Take Two: Michigan State and Ohio State shared the Big Ten Championship in women's golf after shooting a three-round score of 895 at the 2014 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships. The Spartans and Buckeyes were followed by third-place Northwestern (905), fourth-place Penn State (912) and fifth-place Illinois (913) at the par-72, 6,017-yard Pete Dye Course. The Spartans won their sixth Big Ten title, while the Buckeyes secured their 12th Big Ten Championship. Click here for the complete release.

Academic Excellence: On May 28, the Big Ten recognized a total of 1,216 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 49 women's golfers. Wisconsin's Kimberly Dinh maintained an unblemished cumulative GPA. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Five Named Louisville Slugger All-Americans

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Five Big Ten players were named Louisville Slugger All-Americans, it was announced by Collegiate Baseball this morning. Indiana's Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis were named second-team honorees, while teammates Dustin DeMuth and Joey DeNato were named third-team selections, as was Nebraska pitcher Chance Sinclair. All five will be taking part in NCAA Regional play this weekend as Indiana hosts the Bloomington Regional, while Sinclair and the Huskers travel to the Stillwater Regional. Each of the five were named first-team All-Big Ten, while Travis and DeNato were named the conference's Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

The Women's Golf Coaches Association announced the 2013-14 All-America Teams for Division I women's golf, with Ohio State's Jessica Porvasnik earning Honorable Mention All-America status. Porvasnik helped guide the Buckeyes to a seventh place tie at the NCAA Championships, marking the third-best NCAA showing in school history. She won the individual Big Ten title after shooting an even-par 216 (73-72-71) at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. Porvasnik was also honored with the Mary Fossum Award, honoring the conference's player with the lowest stroke average (73.21) relative to par this season.

For a breakdown of the All-America teams, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 80

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Illinois' Eric Siebert (1998, Wrestling)
A wrestling standout for the Illini, Siebert claimed the 1998 Big Ten Medal of Honor. As a senior that year, he claimed the NCAA Championship in the 150-pound weight class, completing a perfect 36-0 season. A two-time All-American, Siebert is fourth in program history with 112 career victories and was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame in 2001. He is in his 16th year as a high school teacher and coach at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill., and his squads have won two state dual meet titles.

NFCA All-Americans Include Six Big Ten Standouts

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The NFCA released its All-America teams on Wednesday, and the Big Ten was well-represented with six student-athletes garnering recognition, including a pair of First-Team All-Americans.

Michigan shortstop Sierra Romero and Nebraska catcher Taylor Edwards both collected First-Team All-America plaudits. Minnesota pitcher Sara Moulton and third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson were named Second-Team All-Americans, along with Michigan hurler Haylie Wagner, who was named to the team as an at-large selection. Nebraska pitcher/utility player Tatum Edwards collected Third-Team All-America honors.

All six players guided their teams to deep NCAA Tournament runs, as Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round. It marked the first time in conference history that the Big Ten sent three teams to Super Regionals.

2014 NFCA Division I All-American Teams (Big Ten)
                              
First Team                         
Taylor Edwards, C, Nebraska
Sierra Romero, SS, Michigan

Second Team
Sara Moulton, P, Minnesota
Kaitlyn Richardson, 3B, Minnesota
Haylie Wagner, P, Michigan*

Third Team
Tatum Edwards, P/UT, Nebraska

*At-large selection
 

Thirty-One Rowers Tabbed CRCA Scholar Athletes

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Thirty-one Big Ten rowers were tabbed scholar athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Tuesday. To be eligible for the honor, student-athlete must have met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be in at least her second year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the season's races and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. The full list of Big Ten honors is below.

Lindsey Barber, IND
Kelsey Cundiff, IND
Kimberly Gilmour, IND
Grace Mendel, IND
Madeline Anglin, IOWA
Kathryne Brown, IOWA
Destinee Gwee, IOWA
Mackenzie Norton, IOWA
Gabrielle Watson, IOWA
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Emily Idoni, MICH
Joanna Beaton, MSU
Lori Comer, MSU
Olivia Jamrog, MSU
Monica LaPointe, MSU
Laura Moore, MSU
Kylie Andersen, MINN
Jessica Flakne, MINN
Chelsea Miller, MINN
Kersten Schwanz, MINN
Sarah Soloek, MINN
Amy VanHeel, MINN
Katherine Windsor, MINN
Sarah Asad, OSU
Nicole Becks, OSU
Lauren Eckles, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Chloe Meyer, OSU
Taylore Urban, OSU
Nicole Hettmann, WIS
Kristine Kammers, WIS

For the full release, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Following its run to the NCAA quarterfinals, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 spot. Illinois (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 33), Michigan (No. 39) and Purdue (No. 42) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

The final singles and doubles rankings for the season will be announced on June 4.

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Seven Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 15. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 17, followed by Ohio State (No. 37), Purdue (No. 43) and Illinois (No. 45) in the top 50. Indiana (No. 51) and Minnesota (No. 69) round out the Big Ten contingent.

The final singles and doubles rankings for the season will be announced on June 4.

For the complete polls, click here.

Eighteen Rowers Named to All-Central Region Teams

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Eighteen Big Ten rowers were named this past week to the All-Central Region teams by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA). Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. Below is the full list of Big Ten student-athletes to be named to the All-Central Region Team

First Team
Mera Dickensheets, IND
Alice Wright, IND
Morgan Grastorf, IOWA
Jessica Eiffert, MICH
Bryna Oleshansky, MICH
Laura Moore, MSU
Claire-Louise Bode, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Holly Norton, OSU
Catherine Shields, OSU
Anne Rauschert, WIS

Second Team
Alexandra Eaton, IND
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Chrissy Holm, MICH
Hannah Sherman, MICH
Katie Cromie, MSU
Ashley Bauer, OSU
Monica Whitehouse, WIS

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 79

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Purdue's John Konsek (1960, Golf)
John Konsek won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1960. Konsek's Boilermaker teams were Big Ten champions from 1958-60, and he was an All-American all three of those years. He also was the Big Ten individual champion for those three consecutive seasons, once beating Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in the 1960 Big Ten Tournament. Nicklaus once said: "If John had turned professional, he definitely would be in the Hall of Fame." While Nicklaus became the world's top golfer, Konsek went on to be a physician specializing in internal medicine.
Indiana's Sam Travis was named among a group of 21 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday. This season, Travis has a .342 batting average with 10 home runs and 53 RBI and led Indiana to its second straight Big Ten and Big Ten Tournament Championships. USA Baseball will announce the list of finalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on June 3.
Nittany Lion student-athletes Adrian Evans (men's gymnastics) and Emily Giannotti (women's track and field/cross country) have been selected Penn State's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.  As the Big Ten Conference commemorates its 100th anniversary of a very unique tradition, the pair join more than 1,300 student-athletes who have earned this proud distinction.

For the full release, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 77

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Ohio State's Mike Repasky (1994, Baseball)
A 1994 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Repasky helped the Ohio State baseball team to three Big Ten Championships in his four seasons on campus, winning titles in 1991, 1993 and 1994. He was named the 1994 Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, guiding the Buckeyes to their second tournament title in program history. Serving as captain as a junior and senior, he finished his career with a .346 batting average, which ranks among the program's top 25 all-time. Repasky was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and garnered Academic All-America honors in 1993.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 76

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Iowa's Brian Wujcik (1990, Baseball)
As a senior in 1990, Wujcik became the first Hawkeye in a decade to win a Big Ten batting title, finishing with a .453 average and leading Iowa to the regular season title. The outfielder was named Iowa's Bob Oldis, Jr., Team Most Valuable Player, first-team All-Big Ten and collected first-team All-Region IV honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was also a second-team Academic All-American. Following the season, Wujcik was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 75

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Wisconsin's John Byce (1990, Hockey)
Byce, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990, tallied 165 points in 169 career games at Wisconsin. This includes a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA championship game, which the Badgers won 7-3 to claim their fifth national title. Within a week of that contest, Byce was playing for the Boston Bruins, and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Final. A native of Madison, Wis., Byce played professionally through the 1999-00 season. He returned to the Wisconsin School of Business and earned his MBA in Real Estate and Corporate Land Economics in 2001, and is now in the corporate real estate business.

Purdue Tabs Ersland Head Wrestling Coach

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Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke announced the hiring of Tony Ersland as head wrestling coach. Ersland takes the helm of the Boilermaker program with extensive Division I coaching experience and success in the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mid-American conferences.

Ersland comes to Purdue after serving as an assistant coach at Nebraska for the past eight seasons. While on staff, the Huskers have tallied a 102-41-2 dual record, seven top-20 team finishes at the NCAA Championships and grapplers have earned 17 All-America honors. Ersland, who primarily worked with the upper weights, coached three-time All-American, two-time NCAA finalist and 2009 Big 12 champion and Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet Craig Brester at 197 pounds. He also coached four-time qualifiers in Josh Ihnen (184) and Tucker Lane (285).

During his 17 years, Ersland has played an integral role in developing student-athletes that are accomplished on the mat and nationally recognized. He has had 86 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships, with 28 earning All-America honors and four finishing at the top of the podium. Two of his pupils, Jordan Burroughs and Jake Herbert, earned the highest honor a collegiate grappler can receive in the Dan Hodge Award. Ersland continued to develop Burroughs on the international stage as he claimed the 2011 and 2013 World titles at 74 kg. In 2012, Burroughs claimed Olympic gold in London.

Purdue Release

Nineteen Big Ten Golfers Earn PING All-Region Honors

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The Golf Coaches Association of America announced its Division I PING All-Region honorees on Thursday.  A total of 157 players across six regions earned all-region honors, including 19 Big Ten golfers. The complete list of Big Ten PING All-Region award recipients can be found below.

Northeast
JD Dornes, Penn State
Jens Talbert, Penn State

Midwest
Brian Campbell, Illinois
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Jonathan Hauter, Illinois
Brian Bullington, Iowa
Steven Ihm, Iowa
Raymond Knoll, Iowa
Ian Vandersee, Iowa
Brett McIntosh, Michigan
Chris O'Neill, Michigan
Jose Mendez, Minnesota
Jack Perry, Northwestern
Frederik Hammer, Ohio State
Boo Timko, Ohio State
Austin Eoff, Purdue
Enzo Perez, Purdue
Adam Schenk, Purdue

Click here for the complete release.

The NCAA announced today the participants for the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championship competition, scheduled for May 29-31. The East Region will be held at North Florida in Jacksonville, while the West Region is in Fayetteville, Ark. The qualifiers out of these regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.

Qualifiers can be found by selecting the links below:

Men: East - West
Women: East - West

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Three Big Ten student-athletes in one sport collected awards from the conference office during the week of May 19. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Ryan Richardson, MSU
Pitcher of the Week - Alec Crawford, MINN
Freshman of the Week - Joe Hoscheit, NU


100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 74

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Michigan's Ryan Bertin (2005, Wrestling)
A 2005 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, Bertin was a two-time NCAA champion for the Michigan wrestling team, twice winning the 157-pound title (2003 and2005). He was an All-American four times, claimed Michigan's first NCAA individual title in 18 years and became the fifth multiple champion in U-M history. The 2005 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, Bertin finished his college career with a 142-21 career record, and was also a three-time NWCA All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten selection. He currently is senior vice president at Signature Associates.

Check out this Q&A with Bertin to learn more about how winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor helped him later in life.

Purdue's Andie Varsho, Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield were all named to the Capital One Academic All-America Teams on Thursday. Varsho was a first-team selection, while Bast and Sappingfield both received second-team All-America nods.

Varsho became the first two-time Academic All-American in Boilermaker history. She is an organizational leadership and supervision major and will graduate in August. The two-time Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was named a third-team Academic All-American last season.

Bast was named second-team Academic All-America for the second straight year. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well as an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and a 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Sappingfield is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2012-13) and a three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award. She is in the running for the Senior CLASS Award, one of 10 finalists from across the country. Sappingfield recently graduated from Michigan with a degree in comparative literature.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller and Michigan's Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. were all named to the NBA All-Rookie Team on Thursday. Burke, Hardaway and Oladipo were all named to the All-Rookie First Team, while Zeller was a second-team selection. All four standouts were first-round selections in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Oladipo, who was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as well as collecting Sporting News National Player of the Year honors in 2013, finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting this season. He averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. On December 3, 2013, Oladipo recorded his first triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers. Oladipo was the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

Zeller was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2012, and was named first-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2013. He played in all 82 games for the Bobcats this season, helping the Charlotte franchise to a significant improvement in wins and a berth in the NBA Playoffs. In 17.3 minutes per game, he averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Zeller was the No. 4 pick in last year's draft.

Burke was the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year and also received National Player of the Year nods from the Associated Press, USBWA and NABC. In addition, Burke was the 2013 Wooden Award and Naismith Award winner. The Utah Jazz point guard was third in the NBA's Rookie of the Year voting, finishing the season averaging 12.8 points per game, third best among rookies, 5.7 assists, second best among rookies and 3.0 rebounds per contest. Burke was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in December and January. He was the No. 9 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Hardaway, a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013, was the No. 24 pick in last year's NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He was fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting after averaging 10.2 points per game, fourth-best among all rookies, and shooting 36.3 percent from three-point range. He scored in double figures in 40 games while also shooting 82.8 percent from the free throw line. 
Former Big Ten standouts Shane Conlan of Penn State and Dave Butz of Purdue each have been named part of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday. The 16 inductees were selected from the national ballot of 75 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks.

A native of Frewsburg, N.Y, Conlan was instrumental in the Nittany Lions posting a 23-1 mark his last two seasons, capped by the 1986 National Championship. A senior co-captain in 1986, Conlan led Penn State to a stunning 14-10 win over No. 1 Miami (Fla.) in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to capture Penn State's second national title in five seasons. Conlan capped his career by leading a superlative defensive effort in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to earn the game's Most Valuable Defensive Player, recording eight tackles and two interceptions to lead Penn State past previously unbeaten Miami for the national title. A four-year letterman and a three-year starter, Conlan was a consensus first-team All-American in 1986. As a junior in 1985, Conlan was selected a first-team All-American by Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and named a second-team All-American by UPI and Football News in 1985.

Butz, who played for head coach Bob DeMoss from 1970 to 1972, is the 15th Boilermaker (10 players and five coaches) to be chosen for college football's ultimate shrine. Butz is the fourth Purdue player to be elected in the last nine years, following quarterback Mike Phipps in 2006, quarterback Mark Herrmann in 2010 and halfback Otis Armstrong in 2012. Over the course of his collegiate career, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Butz became widely regarded as the best defensive lineman in the country. He was a consensus All-American as a senior, the recipient of the Zipp Award as college football's outstanding player and a finalist for the Lombardi Award (presented to the best lineman or linebacker). His career statistics included 108 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups. In 1987, Butz was chosen to Purdue's All-Time Team spanning its first 100 years of football, and he was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

Butz, Conlan and the rest of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted together at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015, and they will be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with on-campus salutes during the fall.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 73

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Minnesota's Paul Giel (1954, Baseball/Football)
A two-sport standout, Giel won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1954 after claiming All-America accolades as both a junior and a senior. A College Football Hall of Famer, Giel played professional baseball for six seasons and also spent two years in the military during the 1956 and 1957 seasons. He still ranks second in school history in career strikeouts (243), fifth in complete games (21) and seventh in ERA (2.16). On the gridiron, Giel finished in the top three in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1952 (third) and 1953 (second) and would later become Minnesota's director of athletics from 1971-88.
Michigan's Sierra Romero was named one of three finalists for the 13th Annual USA Softball Player of the Year Award on Wednesday.

Romero was also tabbed the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second straight season. During her sophomore campaign, Romero led the conference in batting average (.516), slugging percentage (.968), on-base percentage (.663), runs scored (32) and walks (27) in Big Ten games only.

Romero was named one of 10 finalists for the USA Softball National Player of the Year award on May 7. The winner will be announced on May 27 at the team only banquet just prior to the start of the NCAA Women's College World Series.

Romero and the Michigan Wolverines will appear in this weekend's Tallahassee Super Regional, and look to make their second straight trip to the WCWS.

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing squads are ranked are receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State tops the poll at No. 1, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 8. Indiana follows at No. 15, while Wisconsin sits at No. 16 and Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 20. Iowa and Minnesota are receiving votes in the ranking.

For the complete poll, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 72

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Northwestern's Anucha Browne (1985, Basketball)
A 1985 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Browne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year during her career (1984-85). She is the Wildcats all-time leading scorer (2,307 points) and rebounder (951) and ranks third in blocks (174) and seventh in steals (196). Browne was named a first-team All-American in 1985 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1983-85). She set the NCAA record by scoring 30 or more points in six straight games. Browne was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade team in 1992 and was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. She currently works for the NCAA as the Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships.

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten Women's Outdoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State checks in at No. 16, while Michigan and Nebraska follow at No. 18 and No. 25, respectively.

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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams at No. 14 and is followed by No. 16 Penn State, No. 17 Illinois and No. 21 Nebraska.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 71

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Michigan State's Brandon Eckerle (2011, Baseball)
As a senior in 2011, Eckerle helped guide the Spartans to their first Big Ten Championship since 1979 en route to winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor. A unanimous All-Big Ten selection, he set a single-season program record with 96 hits and was also named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Eckerle was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, named an Academic All-American as a senior and completed his career as Michigan State's all-time leader in hits (261). He became just the second player in Spartan history to win both the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the school's Chester Brewer Leadership Award.
Ten Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the best center in Division I football. Big Ten standouts appearing on the watch list are Indiana's Collin Rahrig, Iowa's Austin Blythe, Maryland's Sal Conaboy, Michigan State's Jack Allen, Minnesota's Tommy Olson, Nebraska's Mark Pelini, Northwestern's Brandon Vitabile, Purdue's Robert Kugler, Rutgers' Betim Bujari and Wisconsin's Dan Voltz. Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. Six Big Ten standouts have earned the Rimington Trophy in Nebraska's Dominic Raiola in 2000, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley in 2001, Michigan's David Baas in 2004 and David Molk in 2011, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger in 2005 and Penn State's A.Q. Shipley in 2008.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Ohio State

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Ohio State.

Aaron Craft (2014, basketball)
Craft will leave Ohio State as one of the most successful student-athletes of all-time in men's basketball. The Findlay, Ohio, native completed a decorated career with 119 wins, an average of nearly 30 victories per year. He led the Buckeyes to four NCAA tournaments, three "Sweet 16s," two "Elite Eights" and the 2012 Final Four. Individually, Craft is the all-time steals leader in Ohio State and Big Ten history with 337. Craft was equally, if not more accomplished, in the classroom. A three-time academic All-American, Ohio State's first three-time honoree and just the fourth in Big Ten history, Craft also was named the academic All-American of the year in Division I Men's Basketball, twice, one of just three to be so honored all-time. At the 2014 Final Four in Dallas, Craft was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and is a 2014 Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American.

Allison Elber (2014, rowing)
A native of Brunswick, Ohio, Elber is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. A team captain, Elber set program history as part of the first women's team at Ohio State to win an NCAA Championship. As a member of the first varsity eight, Elber won a bronze medal at the 2013 NCAA Championships and a gold medal at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, earning CRCA First Team All-Central Region, Pocock First Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten honors. Throughout her four-year collegiate career, Elber was a member of the 2013 and 2011 Big Ten Championship winning teams, guiding the Buckeyes to their third and fourth conference titles, respectively.  A psychology major, Elber will be attending graduate school at the University of Denver to study sport and performance psychology.

Laura Murray (2000, pistol)
Murray was a two-time national champion and led the Buckeyes to their first women's and open national championships in pistol. She was a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer and worked at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before becoming a staff nurse in the medical surgical unit at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, N.C.

Gina Pietras (1997, synchronized swimming)
A synchronized swimming standout at Ohio State, Gina Pietras won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. She was a three-time U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Champion, a three-time U.S. Collegiate All-American and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She was named the U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 1997 and was a letterwinner in each of her four years.

Katie Smith (1996, basketball)
Smith finished her Ohio State career as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer and won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1996. She was Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior and led the conference in scoring in 1995 and 1996. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Smith guided Ohio State to the 1993 NCAA final as a freshman, scoring 28 points in the game. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection before beginning her professional basketball career. Smith recently completed her 15-year WNBA career as one of the league's all-time leading scorers, a seven-time All-Star, a two-time champion and was named one of the top-15 players in WNBA history.

Cheryl Perozek (1991, basketball)
Ohio State's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage, Cheryl Perozek earned the Big Ten Medal Honor in 1991. She led the Buckeyes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big Ten title in 1989. Perozek was a four-time Ohio State scholar-athlete and three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. She led the conference in three-point field goal percentage in 1991 and ranks 10th on the Buckeyes' career assist list (341). She was tabbed Ohio State's team MVP in her senior season.

Mike Lanese (1986, football)
Lanese was a Rhodes Scholar who graduated from Oxford with a degree in English and political science. He became a Surface Warfare Officer on the guided missile cruiser USS Sterett. He eventually started an advertising marketing technology company.

John Frank (1984, football)
Winner of the 1984 Medal of Honor, Frank set school records for receptions and yards by a tight end during his career. Finishing with 121 receptions and 1,481 yards, he was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning the distinction as a junior in 1982 and a senior in 1983, and was named team MVP his final season. Frank's success extended beyond the field as he was named an Academic All-Big
Ten selection and an Academic All-American his junior and senior seasons and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. After two Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers, Frank returned to Ohio State and received his doctorate in June, 1992.

David Hoyles (1973, hockey)
Hoyles, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1973, tallied 131 points (64 goals, 67 assists) in 115 career games at Ohio State. The Tupperville, Ontario native led the Buckeyes with 19 goals as a freshman during the 1969-70 season, a mark which still ranks among the top 10 in freshman scoring in school history. Hoyles served as a captain of the 1971-72 squad, which posted a 24-5-0 overall record. Forty years after concluding his career, Hoyles still ranks 29th in points in school history.

Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball)
Lucas, who received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Ohio State's 1960 NCAA Championship team. He was a two-time National Player of the Year, three-time first-team consensus All-American and three-time Big Ten MVP. During his college career, the Buckeyes posted a 78-6 record and won three Big Ten titles. Lucas led the nation in field goal shooting for three consecutive years and still holds Ohio State's career records in field goal percentage (.624), free throws made (438) and rebounds (1,411). The Middletown, Ohio, native was also the youngest player on the USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. During his 11 seasons in the NBA, Lucas was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Lucas was the first men's basketball player to have his number retired at Ohio State.

Harry Steel (1924, football and wrestling)
Steel became the first Buckeye athlete to win an Olympic medal. He took gold as a heavyweight wrestler at the 1924 Paris Olympics, the same year he won the Big Ten Championship and captained the Ohio State squad. He was a part of the 1923 Buckeye team that won its first Big Ten Championship and was inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame in 1980.

Sunday's Result

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Michigan 4, Kansas 0

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 69

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Larry Station, Iowa (1986, football)
A four-year starter for the Hawkeyes from 1982-85, Station finished his career with nearly 500 tackles, leading Iowa in the category in each of his seasons. He ended his career by winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1986. Station recorded 125 or more tackles as a sophomore, junior and senior, years in which he earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades. He cemented his status as a College Football Hall of Famer after earning first-team All-America accolades in 1984 and 1985. In the classroom, Station earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior, and was an Academic All-American in his final season.

Saturday's Results

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Michigan State 7, Penn State 6
The Michigan State baseball team closed its regular season on Saturday by defeating Penn State, 7-6, finishing off a three-game sweep of the Nittany Lions. MSU is now 29-24 overall and 11-13 in the conference and will be the sixth seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska. MSU will play third-seeded Illinois at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in its first game of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament. "I'm really happy with the effort our guys showed this weekend; we did what we came here to do," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "After winning game one yesterday, we knew we were playing for a higher seed and we challenged the team to respond and they did. I'm proud of them for that." RECAP

Purdue 6, Iowa 4 (Game 1); Iowa 17, Purdue 5 (Game 2)
Game 1: Gavin Downs' quality start on the mound helped lift Purdue baseball to a game one win as the Boilermakers split their season-ending doubleheader with Iowa, winning 6-4 and losing 17-5, Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field. Purdue (13-37, 6-18 Big Ten) scored three times in the first inning of game one and later took the game thanks to three runs over the seventh and eighth innings. Downs (3-6) did not walk a batter while surrendering three runs (two earned) over seven innings of eight-hit ball. He induced three ground ball double plays, including starting a pair of 1-6-3 twin killings. Purdue turned six double plays on the day and finished the regular season having racked up a Big Ten-high 54 twin killings. RECAP
Game 2: The University of Iowa baseball team closed out the regular season with a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon at Purdue. The Hawkeyes dropped game one, 6-4, before erupting for 17 runs in a 17-5 victory in the second game to clinch the series victory.Iowa finishes the regular season with a 29-21 overall and 10-14 Big Ten record to finish eighth in the regular season standings. The Hawkeyes will face top-seeded Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday in Omaha at TD Ameritrade Park. After dropping the first game of the doubleheader, the Hawkeyes took it to the Boilermakers from the onset in game two, pushing seven runs across the plate in the first inning and scoring in 7-of-9 innings in the game. Iowa plated 17 runs on a season-high 21 hits -- its the third 17-run game this season. RECAP

Nebraska 7, Illinois 4 (10)
A three-run walk-off home run by Pat Kelly in the bottom of the 10th inning propelled the No. 26 Nebraska baseball team (37-18, 18-6 Big Ten) to a 7-4 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini (31-19, 17-7 Big Ten) in front a season-high crowd of 6,354 on Senior Day. The series win for the Huskers locked NU into the No. 2 seed at next week's Big Ten Tournament, where they will meet the Ohio State Buckeyes on Wednesday, May 21, at 1:05 p.m. The crowd of 6,354 fans at Hawks Field for the regular-season finale was the most for a home game since 2008, when the Huskers had 8,648 fans in attendance for their game against UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament. It was the largest crowd for a regular-season home game since May 11, 2008, when 7,653 watched the Huskers play Texas A&M. RECAP

Indiana 8, Minnesota 0
In the final regular season game at Bart Kaufman Field, the Indiana Hoosiers (38-13, 21-3 Big Ten) showed why they will be the No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament next week, posting a 8-0 shutout against Minnesota. It is the sixth shutout of the season for the IU pitching staff and the fourth in Big Ten play. In the 24 Big Ten games this season, the Indiana staff did not allow a team to score more than four runs against them and finished with a staff ERA of 1.53 in conference action. That ERA is the lowest by a Big Ten team in conference action since 1965 (Iowa - 1.17). Dustin DeMuth picked up two more hits and drove in a pair of runs on Senior Day while Scott Donley and Sam Travis both registered two hits as well. Senior Brian Korte (3-0) went five shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out two to pick up his third win of the season. RECAP

Ohio State 5, Northwestern 2
The Ohio State baseball team picked up a 5-2 win over Northwestern on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes finish the regular season at 3-0, 26, 10-14 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats drop to 19-33, 7-16 in conference play. Ohio State, the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, opens Big Ten Tournament play Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Brackets for the tournament will be announced later tonight. "Today's win was big going into Big Ten Tournament play next week," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "The seniors were huge today. Greg Greve had a big-time start and Tim Wetzel affected the scoreboard with his home run and with his defense. Our goal now is to carry this into Omaha next week." RECAP

Non-Conference Result
Kansas 8, Michigan 2

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 68

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Illinois' Ashley Berggren (1998, Basketball)
Berggren, a 1998 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, was the first Illinois women's basketball player to have her jersey retired in 2009. Berggren ranks in Illinois' top 10 of numerous career categories, including second in points (2,089), seventh in assists (328) and 10th in rebounds (779) and steals (183). The Big Ten Player of the Year in 1997, she guided the Illini to a Big Ten Championship and back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 1997 and 1998. She is the only Illini to be named first-team All-Big Ten in three seasons (1996-98). Following her collegiate career, Berggren played professionally with the Chicago Condors of the ABL before becoming a high school special education teacher and basketball coach. She also has run the Berggren Hoop Camp for the past 15 years.

Friday's Results

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Northwestern 6, Ohio State 2
Northwestern used a second-straight strong pitching performance and a handful of timely hits to secure a series victory over Ohio State Friday with a resounding 6-2 win at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. In total, the Wildcats drove in five runs with two outs for the second game in a row as they took a series from the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio for the first time since 1989. The Wildcats registered double-digit hits for the second game in a row, recording 10 in Friday's victory. Heelan notched three hits for the fourth time this season, while driving in a career-high four runs at the plate. Hoscheit collected a career-high three hits and Mitchell drove in two runs for the second day in a row. RECAP

Michigan State 4, Penn State 2 (Game 1), Michigan State 4, Penn State 1 (Game 2)
The Michigan State baseball team traveled to Penn State needing just one victory in its final regular season series to clinch a spot in next week's Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans got what they came for on Friday, sweeping both games of a doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 4-1 at PSU's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Spartans (28-24, 10-13) took game one behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Mick VanVossen, who held Penn State scoreless in his 7 2/3 innings of work, allowing five hits. He struck out five batters in earning his seventh win of the season. Ryan Richardson sparked the Spartan offense in game one, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. Joel Fisher and Blaise Salter both had a pair of RBIs in game two, while starting pitcher Justin Alleman yielded just one run in seven complete innings. Jeff Kinley picked up saves in both games, giving him 11 on the season. RECAP

Illinois 5, Nebraska 1
Sophomore Kevin Duchene looked back to his old form on Friday night, helping Illinois even the series with Nebraska and move back into a tie for second place in the Big Ten with a 5-1 victory. Duchene (3-1) earned his first win since March 14 and retired 14 in a row at one point while only allowing one run in six innings. Sophomore Adam Walton went 3-for-4 and belted his first career home run to put the Illini in front. Illinois (31-18) earned its best Big Ten record under Hartleb at 17-6, marking the most conference wins for Illinois since 2005 (20). The Illini improved to 10-1 on the road in Big Ten play this year, setting up the rubber game on Saturday at Hawks Field. RECAP

Indiana 7, Minnesota 3
The eighth ranked Indiana baseball team (37-13, 20-3 Big Ten) recorded a 7-3 victory over Minnesota at Bart Kaufman Field, clinching the Big Ten regular season title outright. It is the second straight season the Hoosiers have won the regular season title outright. The Hoosiers have won 25 of the last 28 games and are now 36-5 all-time at Bart Kaufman Field since it opened to start the 2013 season. Nick Ramos was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scores while Dustin DeMuth picked up two more hits - giving him 304 in his career to lead all active NCAA baseball players - and drove in a run. Will Nolden drew three walks and scored a pair of runs as well. Christian Morris (5-3) earned the win on the mound, allowing one unearned run on four hits over 5.1 innings and fanning five. He also lowered his season ERA to 1.85 in the process. RECAP

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Eight Big Ten student-athletes in three different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of May 12. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Sam Travis, IND
Pitcher of the Week - Evan Hill, MICH
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Brett Adcock, MICH & Tanner Tully, OSU

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Sean Pille, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Michael Lihrman, WIS

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Cindy Ofili, MICH
Field Athlete of the Week - Melissa Kurzdorfer, PSU

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 67

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Minnesota's Bernie Bierman (1916, Football)
Bierman was named Minnesota's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient in 1916, the second year of the award. As a player, Bierman was an All-Conference and All-America halfback for the Gophers, leading the team to the 1915 Big Ten Championship. After serving in World War I, he began his collegiate coaching career at Montana before eventually returning to Minnesota in 1932. In his first 10 years, he led the Gophers to seven Big Ten Championships and five national championships. He returned to the military to serve three years in World War II before coaching six more years for the Gophers. In 16 seasons at Minnesota, he finished with a record of 93-35-6.

Thursday's Results

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Northwestern 6, Ohio State 3
Northwestern got a phenomenal outing the mound Thursday and coupled it with a season-high six extra bases to knock off Ohio State in the first game of a three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium, 6-3. Starting pitcher Brandon Magallones matched a season-high with eight innings for the Wildcats, while striking out six, a number that he had not hit since the first game of the season at USC on Feb. 14. Offensively, Northwestern recorded double-digit hits (12) for the 22nd time this season and the sixth time in Big Ten play. Nine different 'Cats had at least one hit Thursday, while Matt Hopfner, Jack Mitchell and Jake Straub produced multi-hit efforts. Magallones pitched a season-high eight innings Thursday to pick up his fourth win of the season. He allowed just one earned run and matched a season high with six strikeouts. The junior scattered seven hits and walked only two Buckeyes. Hoscheit earned his first career save in only his fifth appearance on the hill. RECAP

Iowa 10, Purdue 3
The University of Iowa cruised to a 10-3 series opening victory at Purdue on Thursday night at Alexander Field to clinch a berth in next week's Big Ten Tournament in Omaha. The Hawkeyes (28-20, 9-13) pounded out 12 hits in the game, which led to three three-run innings to go along with a single run in the seventh. Iowa's bullpen was superb, as junior Nick Hibbing and sophomore Jared Mandel held the Boilermakers to one run over the final seven innings. Eight of Iowa's nine starters had at least one hit with Peyton leading the way with a 3-for-4, two-run, two-RBI performance. Toole (2-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI) and Yacinich (2-for-5, 2 RBIs, 1 run) both had two-hit games -- their 21st multi-hit games of the season. Mangler extended his reached base streak to 27 games. Hibbing (3-3) picked up the victory after allowing one run on four hits over 3 1/3 innings, while Mandel earned his first career save, scattering four hits over the final 3 2/3. He had a career-high six strikeouts against one walk. RECAP

Nebraska 2, Illinois 1
Junior right-hander Chance Sinclair doubled his career high in strikeouts with 10, while Austin Darby and Ryan Boldt each homered in a 2-1 series-opening victory for the No. 26 Nebraska baseball team (36-17, 17-5 Big Ten) over the Illinois Fighting Illini (30-18, 16-6 Big Ten). The Huskers have now won eight-straight games and are a perfect 7-0 in the month of May. Sinclair put together one of his best pitching performances of the season on Thursday night, limiting the Illini to three hits and one walk over 7.0 innings to improve to 9-1 on the year. The Spring Hill, Kan., native's 10 strikeouts were the most by a Husker since Tyler Niederklein struck out 10 against Northern Colorado on March 22, 2011, and were the most in a conference game by a Husker since Thad Weber sat down 11 against Kansas on March 18, 2008. Sinclair retired the Illini in order five times on the night and after giving up an one-out RBI single to Reid Roper in the fourth inning, the 6-4 righty retired the final 11 batters he faced. Zach Hirsch shut the door with 2.0 innings of perfect relief to earn his third save of the season. Sinclair and Hirsch combined to retire the final 17 Illini batters of the game. RECAP

Minnesota 2, Indiana 1 (10)
Two run-scoring doubles by Connor Schaefbauer and a one-run pitching performance by Alec Crawford and Dalton Sawyer gave the Golden Gophers a 2-1 win at No. 8 Indiana on Thursday. The 10-inning game was only the third conference game the first-place Hoosiers have lost all season. With the win, Minnesota moved to 27-20 (13-9 Big Ten) and secured the No. 4 seed for the conference tournament. Indiana is now 36-13 (19-3 Big Ten). The Gophers also ended Dustin DeMuth's on base streak at 45 games. Schaefbauer hit 3-for-4 with two doubles that drove in both of Minnesota's runs. Dan Motl hit 2-for-4 and scored both runs. The Gophers outhit the Hoosiers 8-4. RECAP

Seven Big Ten Players Named to Lott Trophy Watch List

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Seven Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, honoring college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character. Big Ten standouts appearing on the watch list are Maryland linebacker Cole Farrand, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, Nebraska safety Corey Cooper and defensive end Randy Gregory, Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Penn State linebacker Ben Kline. Calhoun is the reigning Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by the Gregory. Bennett was a second-team selection, while Farrand and Cooper were honorable mention honorees. Two Big Ten standouts have earned the Lott Trophy in Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt in 2010.

Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at Nebraska
Game 1 - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (Johnson, 5-5, 3.11 vs. Sinclair, 8-1, 1.93)
Game 2 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTDN (Duchene, 2-1, 1.88 vs. Bummer, 6-3, 3.95)
Game 3 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (BTN delay, 6 p.m.) (Kravetz, 6-1, 2.88 vs. Kubat, 4-2, 4.84)

Minnesota at Indiana
Game 1 - Thursday, 8 p.m., BTN (Crawford, 4-1, 4.01 vs. DeNato, 11-1, 1.91)
Game 2 - Friday, 8 p.m., BTN (Meyer, 4-3, 2.43 vs. Morris, 4-3, 2.15)
Game 3 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN (Kunik, 2-1, 2.31 vs. Korte, 2-0, 2.43)

Iowa at Purdue
Game 1 - Thursday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Hickman, 2-2, 3.95 vs. Minch, 1-6, 5.31)
Game 2 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Kuebel, 6-4, 4.37 vs. Downs, 2-6, 4.43)
Game 3 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (TBA vs. Podkul, 0-4, 6.12)

Michigan State at Penn State
Game 1 - Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (VanVossen, 6-3, 3.07 vs. Dunn, 2-3, 2.68)
Game 2 - Friday, 6:30 p.m. (TBA vs. TBA)
Game 3 - Saturday, Noon (TBA vs. TBA)

Northwestern at Ohio State
Game 1 - Thursday, 5 p.m., BTN (Magallones, 3-7, 5.81 vs. Tully, 6-2, 1.79)
Game 2 - Friday, 5 p.m., BTN (Mason, 1-4, 4.40 vs. Lakins, 1-3, 2.53)
Game 3 - Saturday, Noon, BTN (Friar, 5-0, 4.38 vs. Greve, 6-4, 3.48)

Non-Conference Schedule
Kansas at Michigan
Game 1 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (TBA vs. TBA)
Game 2 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (TBA vs. TBA)

Indiana's Kyle Schwarber and Purdue's Sean McHugh were named semifinalists for one or more national awards on Thursday. Schwarber was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which goes to the top player in college baseball, while he and McHugh appeared on the list of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top catcher. Schwarber is hitting .347 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI while committing just three errors defensively for a field percentage of .990. He has also thrown out 12 out of 35 base runners attempting to steal a base. McHugh is batting .302 with four home runs and 27 RBI and has thrown out 24 of 48 base stealers on the year.

NFCA All-Region Teams Include 38 Big Ten Standouts

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The NFCA All-Region Teams were released on Thursday, with 38 Big Ten softball student-athletes garnering recognition. Fourteen players were named first-team All-Region. All honorees are now eligible for selection to one of the three NFCA Division I All-American teams.

Below is a summary of the Big Ten student-athletes that collected NFCA All-Region accolades:

Great Lakes Region First Team
Haylie Wagner, Pitcher, Michigan
Sara Moulton, Pitcher, Minnesota
Brianna LeBeau, 2B, Northwestern
Kaitlyn Richardson, 3B, Minnesota
Sierra Romero, SS, Michigan
Nicole Sappingfield, OF, Michigan
Mary Massei, OF, Wisconsin
Taylor Hasselbach, DP, Michigan

Great Lakes Region Second Team
Kristen Wood, Pitcher, Northwestern
Taylor-Paige Stewart, Pitcher, Wisconsin
Cassandra Darrah, Pitcher, Wisconsin
Michelle Mueller, 3B, Wisconsin
Tyler Walker, SS, Minnesota
Sierra Lawrence, OF, Michigan
Emily Allard, OF, Northwestern
Lyndsay Doyle, OF, Michigan
Sara Groenewegen, P/UT, Minnesota
Andrea Filler, DP, Northwestern

Great Lakes Region Third Team
Chloe Miller, Catcher, Wisconsin
Caitlin Blanchard, 1B, Michigan
Erica Meyer, 2B, Minnesota
Andrea DiPrima, OF, Northwestern
Stephanie Peace, 1B, Wisconsin

Midwest Region First Team
Emily Lockman, Pitcher, Nebraska
Taylor Edwards, Catcher, Nebraska
Hailey Decker, 2B, Nebraska
Tori Chiodo, 3B, Purdue
Andie Varsho, OF, Purdue
Tatum Edwards, P/UT, Nebraska

Midwest Region Second Team
Danielle Fletcher, Catcher, Purdue
Megan Blank, SS, Iowa
Taylor Watkins, OF, Ohio State
Katy McJunkin, DP, Purdue

Midwest Region Third Team

Lilly Fecho, Pitcher Purdue
Ashley Burkhardt, 1B, Purdue
Evelyn Carrillo, 1B, Ohio State
Allie Bauch, 2B, Illinois
Kylie Johnson, OF, Illinois  
Seventeen 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 2
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

District 5
Mike Wilner, ILL - gymnastics
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH- swimming & diving
Greg Wolfe, MSU - ice hockey
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

District 6
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving

District 7
Eric Schryver, NEB - gymnastics

Women's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
Laura Gebhart, PSU - field hockey
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

District 5
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving

District 6

Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, WIS - rowing

District 7
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

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

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 66

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Indiana's Joy Jordan (1990, Volleyball)
A former professor of statistics at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the 2006 recipient of the Waller Education Award, Jordan earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990 after appearing in every match of her collegiate career. One of the top setters in school history, she's currently fifth on Indiana's all-time assist list (3,129) and 11th on the Hoosier all-time digs list (899). A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Jordan was also a second team Academic All-American in 1988 and first team Academic All-American in 1990.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten women's rowing squads are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads, checking in at No. 2, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 9. Indiana follows at No. 13, while Wisconsin sits at No. 16 and Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 20. Iowa was receiving votes in the ranking.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 65

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Michigan State's George (Pete) Gent (1964, Basketball)
Gent won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1964 after leading Michigan State in scoring for three consecutive seasons, accumulating 1,146 total points. He was third team All-Big Ten in 1962 and 1963 and second team All-Big Ten in 1964. He tried out for the Dallas Cowboys after graduating and played five NFL seasons.  He later became a novelist and authored North Dallas Forty, which was published in 1973 and turned into a movie in 1979.

Tuesday's Results

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Indiana 7, Louisville 2
Michigan 2, Illinois Chicago 1
Central Michigan 7, Michigan State 4
Ohio State 11, Cincinnati 3
Penn State 5, Villanova 4

Tuesday's Schedule

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Indiana at Louisville, 6 p.m.
UIC at Michigan, 6 p.m., BTDN
Michigan State at Central Michigan, 7 p.m.
Cincinnati at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m., BTDN
Penn State at Villanova, 3:45 p.m.
Indiana State at Purdue, 6:30 p.m., BTDN

All times rae ET and schedule subject to change

In The Polls

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The Penn State women's outdoor track & field team is ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions check in at No. 15.

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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams at No. 14 and is followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Penn State and No. 20 Illinois.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 64

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Purdue's Lawrence G. Burton, Jr. (1975, Football/Track& Field)
Sociology major and two-sport standout at Purdue, Lawrence Burton won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1975. Upon graduation, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Orleans Saints and played six seasons in the NFL. While attending Purdue, Burton participated in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich and finished fourth in the 200 meters. He previously served as the Executive Director for the Willie Ross Foundation, a non-profit organization to enhance the quality of life for non-verbal, deaf and developmentally disabled adults.

Monday's Result

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Nebraska 4, Michigan State 1
Following a rain delay that pushed back the start of Monday's series' finale by 90 minutes the No. 26 ranked Nebraska baseball team (35-17, 16-5) completed a series sweep of the Michigan State Spartans (26-23, 8-13 Big Ten) with a 4-1 win. The game only went 7.0 innings, as it was shortened due to the weather delay and Nebraska's travel schedule. Nebraska has now posted four Big Ten series sweeps this season, marking the first time in 14 years that the Huskers have swept four league series in the same year. During the 2000 campaign, the Huskers consecutively swept Kansas, Missouri, Texas A&M and Iowa State. The Huskers have won seven-straight games and since the start of April the Huskers are 21-5. Also, NU's 16 conference wins are the most for the Huskers since they won 17 Big 12 games in 2008. RECAP

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Northwestern

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 During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Northwestern University.

Luke Donald (2001, golf)
Luke Donald has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 2001. He's won five career events and is currently ranked #18 in the Official World Gold Rankings. During his time at Northwestern, Donald was a four-time All-American, the 1999 College Golfer of the Year, the 1999 NCAA individual champion, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, four-time All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Big Ten champion and a 13-time tournament medalist.

Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football)
Winner of the 1997 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Fitzgerald was one of the most decorated linebackers in college football history. He was a two-time consensus All-American, earning the honor as a junior in 1995 and a senior in 1996. He was the first repeat winner of the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Now in his seventh season as the head coach at his alma mater, Fitzgerald has guided the Wildcats to five straight bowl games, including last year's Gator Bowl victory, their first bowl win since 1949. His name graces the conference's annual Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Award.

Michele Ratay (1997, basketball)
Michele Ratay was named an honorable mention All-American and Academic All-American in 1997, the same year she earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native ranks in the top 10 of various Northwestern categories, including first in three-point field goals (244), third in points (1,798) and free throws made (442), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.388), fifth in free throw percentage (.811) and ninth in assists (368). Ratay holds the Wildcat record for most three-pointers in a season, netting 85 in 1996. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1995-96) and four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree (1994-97). Ratay led Northwestern to the WNIT final in 1996 and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1997.

Shon Morris (1988, basketball)
A 1988 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Morris is Northwestern's only three-time Academic All-American. The leading scorer for the Wildcats in 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88, Morris scored 1,407 points during his career at Northwestern. Morris' 371 free throws rank fourth in program history, and his 712 rebounds are sixth all-time. A four-year letterwinner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Morris was also a three-time Northwestern MVP and was named All-Big Ten second team in 1988. The Altoona, Iowa, native serves as both a studio host and game analyst for the Big Ten Network and regularly appears on BTN Basketball Report, Tip-Off Show and The Finale. He has been an analyst for the network's Big Ten Tournament broadcasts since 2007.

Anucha Browne (1985, basketball)
A 1985 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Browne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year during her career (1984-85). She is the Wildcats all-time leading scorer (2,307 points) and rebounder (951) and ranks third in blocks (174) and seventh in steals (196). Browne was named a first-team All-American in 1985 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1983-85). She set the NCAA record by scoring 30 or more points in six straight games. Browne was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade team in 1992 and was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. She currently works for the NCAA as the Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships.

Lorie Miller (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title in her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.  

Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Riessen won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Austrialia's Margaret Court. He also won Grand Slam titles in men's doubles. Riessen swept Big Ten singles and doubles titles for three successive years and lost in the NCAA singles final in all of those years. He was a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Arthur Kraft (1960, wrestling)
Kraft won a NCAA title in the 157-pound division in 1960, one year after losing a semifinal by one point to the eventual champion. He was coached by his younger brother, Ken, who had spent three years in the military. Arthur Kraft coached for 19 years at Triton College and won three national junior college championships.

Andy Cvercko (1959, football)
Cvercko played for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers before becoming an engineer. He researched nuclear magnetic resonance at Argonne National Laboratories. In his senior year at Northwestern in 1958, Cvercko was tabbed a first-team All-American and Academic All-American. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten pick and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

William Droegemueller (1928, track)
He won a silver medal in the pole vault at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. He served in a hospital unit during World War II before starting his own ophthalmology practice.

Sunday's Results

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Completed Game from Saturday
Minnesota 6, Purdue 5 (10)
After Tony Skjefte's home run in the ninth tied the game 5-all, Bobby Juan led off the bottom of the 10th with a towering home run to right to win 6-5. When Saturday's weather-delayed game resumed, Minnesota held a 3-2 lead with two outs and two Purdue runners on base in the eighth inning. Dalton Sawyer inherited a 1-1 count on Jeff Evak when play started, and struck him out. Sawyer (5-4) pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning, bringing up Juan to lead off the bottom of the inning. The senior's fourth home run of the year won the game on Mike Lutz's (2-7) first pitch of the game. The Gophers outhit Purdue 15-7. Jake Bergren went 3-for-4, and Dan Olinger 3-for-5. Dan Motl hit 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Schaefbauer, Skjefte and Juan also hit 2-for-5. RECAP

Sunday's Results
Michigan 4, Ohio State 1
Freshman Brett Adcock continued the trend of solid starting pitching on the weekend by striking out a career-high seven while allowing just two hits and no runs in eight innings as the University of Michigan baseball team earned a series win over Ohio State with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Adcock, making his third career start, struck out Ohio State's first two hitters on six pitches and did not look back. He scattered four walks but allowed just one runner to reach third base. He got out of that first and third, two-out jam in the sixth with a strikeout of Josh Dezse. Junior James Bourque pitched the ninth for the Maize and Blue, striking out a batter while allowing a hit and a run. Michigan's starting pitching allowed just one run in 24.2 innings in the Ohio State series. Adcock also earned his team-high seventh win in 2014. RECAP

Indiana 9, Penn State 2
With a 9-2 victory at Penn State on Sunday afternoon, No. 8 Indiana clinched a share of the 2014 Big Ten regular season championship. It is IU's second conference title in as many years. The 19 Big Ten regular season victories for the Hoosiers this year are the most in program history. Sam Travis led the Indiana offense with his third home run of the series in the fifth inning. Travis was 2-for-5 in the game with three RBI and two runs scored. He now has 10 home runs on the year and 51 RBI to lead Indiana. Travis homered in every game of the PSU series. Dustin DeMuth had three hits in the game, including a double with an RBI and scoring a run. He has had three hits in the three of the last four games. DeMuth now sits alone in third place at Indiana in career hits (301) and is tied for third in career doubles (59). Junior Kyle Schwarber scored three times as he was 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of doubles. Brad Hartong also had a double as he finished the day with a pair of hits, two RBI and a run scored. RECAP

Illinois 4, Iowa 2
The finale at Iowa featured a nearly three-hour rain delay before the Illini sealed the sweep with a 4-2 victory, extending their season-long winning streak to seven games. Illinois (30-17) clinched a top three seed in the Big Ten Tournament and maintained control of second place in the Big Ten at 16-5, marking the best record through 21 games under ninth-year head coach Dan Hartleb. "It was worth the wait," Hartleb said. "We had the long rain delay, but remained focused. We played well all weekend, and I was pleased with the effort and production. Our pitching staff was outstanding this weekend with only giving up four runs and we got timely hitting on the offensive side." Illinois earned its fourth Big Ten series sweep for the first time in school history and improved to a perfect 9-0 in conference road games this season (at Northwestern, Penn State and Iowa). The Orange and Blue also notched three Big Ten road sweeps for the first time in school history. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Purdue 3
The Gophers rallied late for their second walk-off win of the day. Dan Olinger was hit by pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth, and Matt Stemper scored to win 4-3. Minnesota trailed 3-1 entering its last at bat. Mark Tatera and Matt Fiedler led off the inning with back-to-back base hits. Troy Traxler laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up. Stemper walked on four pitches. With the bases loaded, Motl hit a slicing fly ball to right field. Tatera scored on the play, and Fiedler advanced to third. On a 1-2 count, Schaefbauer hit a slow roller to first base. Wood fielded the ball, but McElroy did not cover the base in time, allowing Fiedler to score and tie the game. Schaefbauer hit 3-for-4. With runners on first and third, Skjefte walked to load the bases again. On the very next pitch, McElroy hit Olinger and Stemper scored to win 4-3. RECAP

Nebraska 4, Michigan State 1
Aaron Bummer allowed just four hits over 7.1 innings and Michael Pritchard delivered a two-run homer that powered the No. 29 Nebraska baseball team to a 4-1 win over the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday afternoon to clinch a series win. The Huskers are now 34-17 on the year and 15-5 during Big Ten play and will go for the series sweep tomorrow at McLane Stadium. Nebraska played great defense behind its pitchers all day, including a full-extension diving catch by Austin Darby in the bottom of the eighth that robbed Blaise Salter of a double that would have tied the game. Bummer gave up one run and stuck out three in his second straight start of at least 7.0 innings, while the duo of Zach Hirsch and Josh Roeder closed out the game for the second straight day. Hirsch got the final two outs of the eighth and Roeder picked up his 12th save with a no-hit ninth inning. RECAP

Non-Conference Result
Northwestern 4, SIU Edwardsville 1

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 62

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Purdue's Joy Holmes (1991, women's basketball)
Purdue's first women's basketball All-American, Holmes earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1991, the same year she was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. She ranks among the top 10 in various Boilermaker career categories, including third in steals (323), fourth in field-goal percentage (56 percent), sixth in field goals (682) and free throws (372) made, seventh in points (1,747) and blocks (131) and ninth in rebounds (744). The Mansfield, Ohio native was a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection and led Purdue to the 1991 Big Ten Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Holmes was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade Team and has been inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame. Her son, Gary Harris, was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year with Michigan State and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors while being named to the All-Defensive team as a sophomore.

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 5, Iowa 1
The Orange and Blue only needed two pitchers and allowed one run for the second straight day, as the Illini equaled their season-long winning streak of six games with a 5-1 victory over Iowa. Starter John Kravetz pitched into the eighth inning and improved to 6-1, while senior Ronnie Muck earned his second save with 1.2 scoreless stanzas. Every Illini in the lineup contributed offensively. "We played a much better game today than we did yesterday," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "John was outstanding. He only ran into a little trouble in the eighth, then Ronnie came in and did a very, very good job." Illinois (29-17) tied its mark from 2009 with the best Big Ten record through 20 games under Hartleb at 15-5 and remained in second place in the conference standings. The only other time the Illini won 15 of their first 20 Big Ten games was in 2009. RECAP

Michigan 5, Ohio State 1
Sophomore Evan Hill threw eight scoreless innings, and the University of Michigan baseball team scored runs in four innings in a 5-1 win over Ohio State Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Hill has now thrown 12 scoreless innings in a week as the Mt. Pleasant, Mich., native struck out three while scattering five hits and walking just one. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth came in the ninth, striking out a pair and allowing an unearned run. Jusick was 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Glines had a pair of hits. White drove in two runs and Cronenworth scored twice for the Maize and Blue. RECAP

Nebraska 5, Michigan State 3
The No. 29 ranked Nebraska baseball team improved to 18-5 since the start of April with a 5-3 win in its series opener at Michigan State on Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium. Junior Chance Sinclair improved to 8-1 on the year, while Pat Kelly was 2-for-3 at the plate with his first career two-double game and three RBIs. Josh Roeder closed the door in the ninth for his 11th save of the season, the most saves by a Husker since 2006 when Brett Jensen closed 13 games. Sinclair posted his seventh outing of at least 7.0 innings on the year, as he allowed three runs on six hits and no walks over 7.0 innings. The Spring Hill, Kan., native retired the first eight Spartans he faced and also the last eight Spartans he faced. Outside of a 25-pitch fifth inning, Sinclair didn't top 13 pitches in any other inning and faced just three MSU batters in five of his seven innings on the afternoon. RECAP

Indiana 8, Penn State 1
Sam Travis and Kyle Schwarber both hit solo home runs as No. 8 Indiana used six extra-base hits to defeat Penn State on Saturday afternoon, 8-1. Coming into the series, no one had hit a home run all year at Medlar Field, Schwarber and Travis have combined for three long balls in two games so far there this weekend. Travis also added an RBI double as he went 2-for-5 on the day with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. The home run was his ninth of the season. Travis now has 49 RBI on the year to lead the team and the Big Ten. Schwarber's solo shot was his lone hit of the day as he also reached on a walk to score two times. His home run ties Travis for the team lead. Schwarber's RBI total is now 31 on the year. Starting pitcher Christian Morris improved to 4-3 on the year with the win. The sophomore threw 7.0 innings, giving up just one earned run while scattering six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. RECAP

Game in progress
Minnesota 3, Purdue 2 (Top 8, 2 outs, 2 men on base - game suspended as a result of weather - will be completed on Sunday at Noon ET)

Non-Conference Result
SIU Edwardsville 8, Northwestern 2

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 61

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Indiana's Steve Alford (1987, basketball)
Alford was Indiana's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 1987 after leading the Hoosiers to the NCAA Championship. He finished his career as Indiana's all-time scoring leader with 2,438 points, a record that held until 1993. Alford was a two-time All-American, a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named the Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 1987. He is still the Big Ten's career leader in three-point field goal percentage (.530), and ranks fifth overall in points and field goals (898). Alford, who also played in the NBA for four seasons before beginning his coaching career, was named UCLA's 13th head coach on March 30, 2013. As Iowa's head coach from 2000-07, he helped guide the Hawkeyes to seven consecutive winning seasons and six postseason appearances. He was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, and was one of 15 players named to Indiana's All-Century Team in 2001.

Friday's Results

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Illinois 4, Iowa 1
Illini pitchers Drasen Johnson and Tyler Jay shined on the mound and junior Casey Fletcher turned in his third straight game-winning hit in Illinois' 4-1 victory over Iowa. Johnson allowed one run in the first inning before he and Jay followed it with eight scoreless stanzas. Fletcher blooped a go-ahead two-out, two-run single in the sixth that propelled Illinois to its fifth straight win. "It was an opportunistic game for us, as we took advantage with two outs in crucial situations," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "I feel fortunate to come away with the win because I didn't think we played very well. We made numerous errors and didn't have great pitch selection, but the bottom line is we found a way to win." RECAP

Ohio State 1, Michigan 0
Tanner Tully pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Ohio State baseball team to a 1-0 series-opening win over Michigan Friday night at Ray Fisher Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 28-22 on the season, 9-10 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines fall to 24-26-1, 11-11 in conference play. "It's always good to get a Friday night win but we still have work to do," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "Tully was a man tonight. That was the story of the game. It is one thing to pitch on Friday night but it's another thing to pitch on Friday night at Michigan in this rivalry game. He arrived tonight." RECAP

Minnesota 6, Purdue 5
Matt Fiedler's two-out RBI single in the eighth lifted the Golden Gophers (24-20, 10-9 Big Ten) to a 6-5 win in the series opener against Purdue. Fiedler notched the first two RBIs of his career, including what would be the game winner. Fiedler was one of three freshmen with two hits each in the series opener against the Boilermakers (12-33, 5-14 Big Ten) at Siebert Field. Troy Traxler hit 2-for-2 with two runs, and Matt Stemper hit 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Junior Tony Skjefte was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs. RECAP

Indiana 10, Penn State 0
Joey DeNato pitched six shutout innings as No. 8 Indiana (33-12, 17-2) belted 14 hits to down Penn State (17-27, 5-13) on the road Friday, 10-0. IU starting pitchers have not given up an earned run in their last 28.1 innings pitched. DeNato gave up just four hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He improved to 11-1 on the year and becomes just the third pitcher in program history to win at least 11 games in a single season. The San Diego, Calif., native sits just one win shy of tying the Indiana program record for most victories by a pitcher in a single season. Scott Donley had three RBI in the game, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. Brad Hartong kept his hot bat going with a 3-for-4 night, adding an RBI and his first triple of the year. RECAP

Non-Conference Result
Northwestern 8, SIU-Edwardsville 6
Northwestern extended its winning streak to three games Friday after knocking off the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, 8-6, in the first game of a three-game set at Rocky Miller Park. The Wildcats fell in a three-run hole after only a half inning of play, but they managed to plate at least one run in six of eight innings throughout the afternoon to come from behind to secure an important win over the instate rival. As a team, Northwestern collected 14 hits Friday, marking the 22nd time this season that head coach Paul Stevens' bunch has accumulated 10-or-more hits. Hopfner and Straub paced the 'Cats with three hits apiece, while three others picked up a pair each. The top four hitters in NU's lineup (Dauch, Hopfner, Heelan and Mitchell) combined to bat .529 (9-for-17) with three RBI and four runs scored in the victory. RECAP

Photo Gallery: David M. Parry Video Command Center Dedication

The Big Ten's state-of-the-art video command center based in the conference's new office and meeting center in Rosemont, Ill., has been named in honor of David M. Parry, the Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials for two decades who passed away in 2011. The Big Ten held a dedication ceremony and installed a plaque in his honor on May 3, with conference dignitaries and the Parry family in attendance.

Parry served as the Big Ten's Coordinator of Football Officials from 1990-2009, where he played a crucial role in the implementation of the first collegiate football system of instant replay in 2004, which the NCAA approved for use among all conferences in 2006. An NCAA official for 20 years and a National Football League (NFL) official for 15 years, Parry's extensive experience included 20 NCAA Tournaments, 12 NFL playoffs and four NFL championship games. In 1983, he officiated Super Bowl XVII.

Parry was also named the first National Coordinator for College Football Officiating in 2008, and served as the National Coordinator for Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) officiating from 1996-2008. The David M. Parry Award is annually presented to the nation's most outstanding officiating coordinator.

Every nationally-televised Big Ten football, men's basketball and hockey contest is evaluated at the David M. Parry Command Center. The games are recorded and captured in the command center and immediately available for the commissioner and staff to review. The conference has the capability to evaluate each of the officials' calls and provide them the proper critique and training. The center houses eight 60-inch televisions and one 130-inch monitor.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune featured the Big Ten's video command center after visiting the facility last November.


     
 

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, May 9
#24 MICHIGAN at Toledo Invitational - Toledo, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Last Chance - Allendale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at UW-La Crosse Eagle Open - La Crosse, Wis.
#19 PENN STATE at Jim Thorpe Invite - University Park, Pa.

Saturday, May 10
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Last Chance - Allendale, Mich.
#25 NEBRASKA at Nebraska Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Open - Madison, Wis.


Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m., BTDN (Johnson, 4-5, 3.25 vs. Hickman, 2-1, 3.68)
Game 2 - Saturday, Noon, BTN (Kravetz, 5-1, 3.09 vs. Kuebel, 6-3, 4.35)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Duchene, 2-1, 1.80 vs. Peyton, 4-0, 4.50)

Ohio State at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTDN (Tully, 5-2, 2.02 vs. Szkutnik, 1-5, 3.76)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Riga, 4-2, 3.86 vs. Hill, 3-6, 3.99)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN (Greve, 6-3, 3.39 vs. TBA)

Indiana at Penn State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m. (DeNato, 10-1, 2.06 vs. Dunn 2-2, 2.23)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Morris, 3-3, 2.25 vs. Jann, 1-7, 4.54)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Korte, 2-0, 2.08) vs. TBA)

Purdue at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTDN (Mich, 1-6, 5.14 vs. Crawford, 4-1, 3.77)
Game 2 - Saturday, 7 p.m., BTDN (Downs, 2-6, 4.26 vs. Meyer, 4-3, 2.43)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Podkul, 0-4, 8.05 vs. Kunik, 2-1, 1.91)

Nebraska at Michigan State
Game 1 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Sinclair, 7-1, 1.87 vs. VanVossen, 6-2, 2.94)
Game 2 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Bummer, 5-3, 4.26 vs. Alleman, 5-1, 2.77)
Game 3 - Monday, 1 p.m., BTN (Kubat, 3-2, 5.40 vs. Vieaux, 6-3, 2.31)

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Bednar, 1-4, 6.94 vs. Magallones, 2-7, 6.11)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Martens, 2-4, 6.29 vs. Mason, 1-3, 4.26)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Friar, 4-0, 4.86)

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, May 9
MICHIGAN at Toledo Invitational - Toledo, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Last Chance - Allendale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at UW-La Crosse Eagle Open - La Crosse, Wis.
MINNESOTA at UNI Mark Messersmith - Cedar Falls, Iowa
#17 PENN STATE at Jim Thorpe Invite - University Park, Pa.

Saturday, May 10
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Last Chance - Allendale, Mich.
#16 NEBRASKA at Nebraska Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
#15 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Open - Madison, Wis.


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 May 5. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Casey Fletcher, ILL
Pitcher of the Week - Joey DeNato, IND
Freshman of the Week - Ben Miller, NEB

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - First Varsity Eight, WIS (coxswain Marie Hebert, Gillian Cooper, Monica Whitehouse, Hannah Schwartz, Kristine Kammers, Steph Malchine, Anne Rauschert, Libby O'Rourke and Brianna Dahm)

Softball
Player of the Week - Mari Majam, NU
Pitcher & Freshman of the Week - Brandi Needham, ILL

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Brannon Kidder, PSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Zach Siegmeier, MINN

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Kiah Seymour, PSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Kelsie Ahbe, IND

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 60

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Nebraska's Ashley Miller (2012, track)
Miller won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2012. She ran to a record 15 state championships for her Iowa high school before becoming a three-time Big Ten champion. In 2012, Miller earned the Big Ten indoor title in the 3,000-meter run and the outdoor crowns in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs. She currently holds the Husker record in the 3,000-meter run and was tabbed an All-American and Academic All-American during her career. She has been active as a community volunteer and pursued a master's degree in community nutrition and health promotion.
Indiana's Sam Travis was named to USA Baseball's 30-man Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, it was announced on Thursday. The award annually honors the top amateur baseball player in the country. Travis is one of the conference's top hitters this season, averaging .372 with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in. Semifinalists will be announced on May 27, with the trophy awarded on July 17.
Michigan's Megan Betsa and Minnesota's Sara Groenewegen were named finalists for the inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Trophy on Thursday.

Betsa boasts a 15-3 record in the circle and an ERA of 1.90. In 103.0 innings, Betsa has recorded 125 strikeouts and pitched a total of 11 complete games. Groenewegen became the first Golden Gopher to collect both Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season.

The hurlers are among the conference leaders in several statistical categories in Big Ten games only. Below is a summary:

Earned Run Average
(2) Sara Groenewegen: 1.75
(3) Megan Betsa: 1.92      

Opposing Batting Average
(2) Sara Groenewegen - .142
(3) Megan Betsa - .176

Hits Allowed
(1) Megan Betsa: 27
(2) Sara Groenewegen: 30

Runs Allowed
(T-1) Megan Betsa: 14
(3) Sara Groenewegen: 16

     





 

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 59

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Michigan's Jon Jansen (Football, 1999)

Winner of the 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Jon Jansen was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and became a model of consistency during his 10-year career. He started 125 of the 137 games in which he played and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2005. During his collegiate career, Jansen was a two-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan and helped lead the Wolverines to a national title in 1997. Serving as captain during his junior and senior seasons, Jansen earned All-America status as a senior, while also garnering Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1997 and 1998.

Jansen talks about lessons learned on the field and in the classroom in this Q&A.

Wednesday's Results

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Iowa 8, Upper Iowa 3
Michigan 7, Oakland 4
Concordia Moorhead 3, Minnesota 2
Michigan State 12, Eastern Michigan 4
Northwestern 8, UIC Flames 4
Michigan's Sierra Romero was named one of 10 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award on Wednesday.

Romero was also tabbed the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second straight season. During her sophomore campaign, Romero led the conference in batting average (.516), slugging percentage (.968), on-base percentage (.663), runs scored (32) and walks (27) in Big Ten games only. She is hitting .511 on the season, which would mark the single-season Big Ten record for batting average in all games.

The top three finalists will be announced May 21, with the winner of the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award revealed on May 27.

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads, checking in at No. 2, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 9. Indiana follows at No. 13, while Wisconsin sits at No. 15 and Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 20. Iowa was receiving votes in the ranking.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Upper Iowa at Iowa, 7 p.m., BTDN
Oakland at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Concordia Moorhead at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., BTDN
Northwestern at UIC, 7 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 58

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Penn State's John Urschel (2013, football)
Urschel, who claimed the Big Ten Medal of Honor last May, was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2012 and 2013, helping the Nittany Lions rank among the Big Ten's top offensive attacks. The 2013 Campbell Trophy winner and Senior CLASS Award recipient and two-time first-team Academic All-American earned his bachelor's degree in less than three years on campus. He earned his first master's degree last May and is currently working on his second master's. This year, he taught Integral Vector Calculus and researched multigrid methods and computational mathematics.

Tuesday's Results

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Michigan 7, Central Michigan 1
Michigan State 5, Western Michigan 4
Minnesota 10, Augsburg 0
Northwestern 2, Chicago 1
Miami (Ohio) 3, Ohio State 1

Fletcher Earns National Weekly Honors

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Illinois' Casey Fletcher had a big week at the plate last week for the Illinois. The junior belted five home runs, with three coming last Wednesday against Southern Illinois and two against Michigan State on Saturday, with 10 RBI over a four-game stretch. Not only did Fletcher earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors, he was recognized as a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCAA.com.

Illinois Release

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten Women's Outdoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State checks in at No. 19, while Michigan and Nebraska follow at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams at No. 15 and is followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Penn State and No. 20 Illinois.

For the complete poll, click here.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Michigan at Central Michigan, 4 p.m.
Michigan State at Western Michigan, 3 p.m.
Augsburg at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., BTDN
Chicago at Northwestern, 4 p.m., BTDN
Miami (Ohio) at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 57

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Michigan's Angela Findlay (2010, Softball)
Findlay was Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient in 2010. She boasted a career .347 batting average, 171 runs scored, 26 home runs and 141 RBI and established Michigan's single-season runs record (69) during her senior year. Findlay was a four-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, a three-time first-team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region honoree and was named to the NFCA All-America third team. A Distinguished Scholar in 2009 and 2010, she was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten and a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American selection. Findlay was awarded the Edna & Leo Drewett Award for Academic Excellence in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Monday's Result

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Ohio State 3, Iowa 2
The Ohio State baseball team topped Iowa, 3-2, in the rubber game of a three-game series Monday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes won their fourth-consecutive series, improving to 27-21 on the year, 8-10 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes fall to 26-17, 8-10 in conference play. "We need to continue to be consistent with our tempo," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "The tempo, attitude and mentality of the team were good today. We came to the ballpark with an attitude that we weren't going to lose and that carried us through the game." RECAP
Three Big Ten teams are ranked or receiving votes in the latest national polls, released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America on Monday. Indiana and Nebraska are each among the top 30 in the latest NCBWA poll, with Indiana appearing at No. 19 and Nebraska moving into the rankings at No. 29, while Illinois is also receiving votes. The Hoosiers moved into the top 10 in the other two rankings, appearing at No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll and No. 9 in the Baseball America standings.

2014 Women's Gymnastics Season in Review

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Four Big Ten women's gymnastics teams and two individual gymnasts represented the conference at the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships.

NCAA Championship Central: Big Ten gymnasts posted seven top-10 finishes during the individual event finals of the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. Michigan's Joanna Sampson placed second on the floor exercise with a score of 9.9500, followed by Nebraska's Emily Wong in eighth place (9.9000). On the beam, Nebraska's Jamie Schleppenbach finished third (9.8875), Jessie DeZiel placed eighth (9.8625) and Hollie Blanske came in 10th (9.8500). Minnesota's Lindsay Mable finished fifth on the vault (9.9333), followed by ninth-place Sachi Sugiyama of Michigan (9.8667). The Nebraska women's gymnastics team posted a score of 196.500 to finish sixth overall at the Super Six Team Finals of the NCAA Championships at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here and here.

Regional Representation: Women's gymnasts from all eight Big Ten schools are set to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday. Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State will represent the conference in team competition, while five gymnasts and one alternate from Iowa and three gymnasts and two alternates from Michigan State will participate in various individual events. Click here for more on regional competition.

Wolverines Bring Home the Hardware: Michigan earned the 2014 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title on Saturday, securing its 20th title and first since 2011. The Wolverines tallied 197.550 points en route to the team title, followed by Nebraska in second place with 196.950. Minnesota finished in third with 196.675 points, Illinois placed fourth with 196.625 and Penn State rounded out the top five with 196.475 points. Minnesota's Lindsay Mable won the vault with a score of 10.000 en route to the all-around title with a score of 39.650. For more on the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships, click here.

Sharing the Crown: Minnesota and Nebraska clinched a share of the regular season Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championship after finishing with 6-1 Big Ten records. The Golden Gophers placed first in their Big Ten quad meet versus Iowa, Michigan and Penn State after scoring 196.700 points, while Nebraska recorded 197.050 points in its quad meet against Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State. For more on the regular season champions, click here.

And the Award Goes to: The conference's individual awards were also given out following the Big Ten Championships. Nebraska's Wong was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, marking the first honor in Cornhusker history. Michigan's Nicole Artz was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Minnesota head coach Meg Stephenson was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. For more award winners, click here and here

Academic Success: The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 52 women's gymnasts. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The list of players included 32 repeat winners, including three-time honorees Sarah Fiedler and Amber See of Illinois, Teresa Arthur of Michigan, Gillian Carr, Dani Levy and Alex Pace of Michigan State, Kayla Slechta of Minnesota, Jamie Schleppenbach and Emily Wong of Nebraska, Victoria Aepli, Alex DeLuca, Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer of Ohio State and Lindsay Musgrove of Penn State. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Nebraska

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Nebraska.

Emily Wong (2014, gymnastics)
As a senior, Wong led Coach Dan Kendig's Husker women's gymnastics team to the Big Ten title. Along the way, Wong cemented her position as one of the nation's top all-around student-athletes. The 2014 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, Wong won the Big Ten title on floor after posting just the second 10.0 on the event in Nebraska history. She added a Big Ten title on beam with a career-high 9.95 on the event in 2014, after winning four individual Big Ten crowns in 2013. In addition to her remarkable accomplishments in competition, Wong was a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2013 and was named the winner of the Big Ten's Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship. She is a finalist for the 2014 AAI Award presented to the nation's top women's gymnastics student-athlete. The native of Grand Forks, N.D., is a three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. She is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar as a nutrition science major at Nebraska.

Seth Wiedel (2014, track & field)
Wiedel battled to a runner-up showing at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships in the long jump with a season-best tying mark of 24-7 1/4 (7.50) for Coach Gary Pepin's track and field team. Wiedel also finished 11th in the triple jump at the league meet. He added an eighth-place finish in the long jump and a ninth-place showing in the triple jump at the 2013 Big Ten outdoor meet.
Wiedel was a 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and claimed academic All-Big Ten honors in both 2012 and 2013. He was also a recipient of a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013. He earned spots on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in both 2011 and 2013. Wiedel is majoring in business administration at Nebraska.

Björn Barrefors (2013, track & field)
A track & field standout at Nebraska, Barrefors earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2013. He is a six-time All-American, two-time conference champion, two-time All-Big Ten selection and holds the school record in the outdoor decathlon and indoor heptathlon events. The three-time captain won the decathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. At the NCAA Championships in 2012, he finished fourth in the heptathlon and eighth in the decathlon. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the first four-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in Cornhusker history, and also won the NCAA Elite 88 award in 2010.  Barrefors is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and won the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in both 2012 and 2013.

Ashley Miller (2012, track & field)
Miller won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2012. She ran to a record 15 state championships for her Iowa high school before becoming a three-time Big Ten champion. In 2012, Miller earned the Big Ten indoor title in the 3,000-meter run and the outdoor crowns in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs. She currently holds the Husker record in the 3,000-meter run and was tabbed an All-American and Academic All-American during her career. She has been active as a community volunteer and pursued a master's degree in community nutrition and health promotion.

The NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Committee has selected the 26 teams to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship, with three Big Ten schools and one future member earning nods - Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State.

Maryland and Northwestern earned the No. 1 and No. 5 seeds, respectively and received byes into the second round of the tournament to be played on Sunday, May 11. The Terrapins will play the winner of Canisuis and Penn, while the Wildcats face either Ohio State or Louisville. The Buckeyes take on the Cardinals on Friday, May 9 at a time to be determined in Evanston, Ill. Penn State also competes on Friday at a time to be determined, facing Princeton in Charlottesville, Va.

For the complete bracket, click here.


The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee announced the field for its championship tournament on Sunday, with two future Big Ten men's lacrosse programs earning berths in the field - John Hopkins and Maryland.

Johns Hopkins was awarded one of eight at-large bids to the tournament and will travel to eighth-seeded Virginia in the first round. The tournament bid is the NCAA-record 42nd for Johns Hopkins. The Johns Hopkins-Virginia game will take place on Sunday, May 11 at 1 pm and will air live on ESPN2.

For the 12th-straight year and 37th time overall the Terrapins will compete in the event, receiving the No. 7 seed with an at-large bid. Maryland will play Cornell on Saturday, May 10 at 5 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

The Division I semifinal and championship games, and the Division II and III championship games, will be held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, May 24-26 and hosted by Johns Hopkins, Loyola (Md.), UMBC and Towson. All Division I first-round games will be televised on ESPNU or ESPN2 on May 11 and 12. The quarterfinal games will also all be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU on May 17 and 18. The Division I semifinals will be televised live on ESPN2 starting at 1 p.m. ET May 25. The championship game will be televised live on ESPN starting at 1 p.m. ET May 26.

For the complete bracket, click here.

Sunday's Results

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Illinois 10, Michigan State 9
Junior Casey Fletcher found the perfect way to cap off the best week of baseball in his life. The Oakwood, Ill., native poked a game-winning two-run single the opposite way with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for his second walk-off hit in as many days. Illinois overcame an 8-3 deficit with four runs in the seventh and three in the ninth to win 10-9, marking the third one-run comeback victory in the weekend sweep of Michigan State. "I don't know what's going on," Fletcher said. "I just keep getting put into spots to help the team win and I came through again. I'm just ecstatic right now. It's unbelievable. It's a great feeling to get the sweep of Michigan State." RECAP

Indiana 12, Purdue 3
The Indiana (32-12, 16-2) offense struck early and often as the No. 11 Hoosiers pounded out 17 hits en route to a 12-3 triumph over Purdue (12-32, 5-13) on Sunday at Bart Kaufman Field. It is IU's fifth-straight win and its 20th victory in the last 22 games. Senior Dustin DeMuth reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk and driving in a career-high six runs while scoring twice himself. He has reached base safely in 41 straight games. Sam Travis also had a three-hit day, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with an RBI as he clubbed his eight home run of the season in the seventh inning. Brian Korte was the winning pitcher for the Hoosiers. He started the game and pitched 5.0 innings without giving up a run on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks. RECAP

Nebraska 8, Penn State 4
Five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning brought the Huskers back from their first deficit of the series en route to a sweep of Penn State after an 8-4 victory on Sunday at Hawks Field. With the win, Nebraska clinched a berth in the Big Ten Tournament and improved to 32-17 on the year and 13-5 in the Big Ten.​ A crowd of 4,316 witnessed the series finale, setting an NU season-high attendance of 13,944. Junior second baseman Pat Kelly capped an impressive series at the dish with a 3-for-4 performance along with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. On the weekend, Kelly drove in eight runs with six hits and four runs. Freshman Ben Miller finished the day with two hits and two runs scored as he manufactured two hits in each game of the series and scored five times. RECAP

Michigan 5, Northwestern 3
Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth broke a 3-all tie in the ninth inning with a two-run single as the University of Michigan baseball team battled back to defeat Northwestern 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park, winning the weekend series and moving to 11-10 in Big Ten play. Freshman Brett Adcock earned the win on the mound, striking out six and allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings. Lehmann threw five innings of relief, striking out three and not allowing a run with four hits. Cronenworth picked up his 10th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. At the plate, White was 3-for-4 with a run scored while Cronenworth, Glines, Martin and Jamett had two hits apiece. Cronenworth also drove in three runs. RECAP

Iowa 17, Ohio State 2
The University of Iowa baseball team matched a season-high with 17 runs on 17 hits and got a complete game performance from junior Sasha Kuebel en route to a 17-2 blasting of Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. The win evens the series at one heading into Monday's rubber match. Iowa's 17 runs are the most scored by either team in the all-time series and the 15-run margin of victory is the largest in series between the two schools. The 17 runs are also the most Iowa has scored in a Big Ten game since the 2011 season -- a 19-7 victory over Michigan State. "We played well in all facets of the game," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "Sasha gave us a great start and put us in a great situation tomorrow with our bullpen. Our offense was outstanding all day long and had great at-bats up-and-down the lineup." RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Florida State 7, Minnesota 1

Sunday's Softball Results

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Nebraska secured a share of the Big Ten Championship on Sunday after defeating Indiana and seeing Wisconsin collect an extra-inning win over Michigan.

Sunday, May 4
rv/rv Wisconsin 6, #6/7 Michigan 5
#19/19 Nebraska 8, Indiana 3
rv/rv Northwestern 6, Michigan State 2
Iowa 3, Ohio State 2
Illinois 6, Penn State 1
#14/12 Minnesota 7, Purdue 2

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Six games occupy the slate on the final day of the Big Ten softball season. Nebraska could secure a share of the Big Ten Championship with a win over Indiana and a Wisconsin win over Michigan.

Sunday, May 4
Illinois at Penn State, 10:30 a.m. (BTDN)
#14/12 Minnesota at Purdue, Noon
rv/rv Wisconsin at #6/7 Michigan, 1 p.m.
Indiana at #19/19 Nebraska, 1 p.m.
Michigan State at rv/rv Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at Iowa, 2 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 55

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Purdue's Andrea Hillsey (2005, Softball)
Hillsey earned Purdue's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2005. She was named to the NFCA All-America first team in 2003 and earned first-team All-Mideast Region honors in 2003 and 2005. A three-time MVP for the Boilermakers, Hillsey was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2003 and was a second-team selection in 2005. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was named to the GTE Academic All-America third team in 2003. Hillsey finished her career with 210 hits, 140 runs, 16 home runs and a .539 slugging percentage.

Saturday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State picked up wins on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate. The Wolverines clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship.

Saturday, May 3
#14/12 Minnesota 9, Purdue 1 (5 innings)
#19/19 Nebraska 3, Indiana 0
#6/7 Michigan 10, rv/rv Wisconsin 1 (6 innings)
rv/rv Northwestern 9, Michigan State 1 (6 innings)
Ohio State 7, Iowa 6
Illinois 6, Penn State 1

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 5, Michigan State 4 (10)
It has been a memorable week for junior Casey Fletcher. After hitting three home runs on Wednesday, the Illini right fielder smacked two more homers on Saturday before giving Illinois a 5-4 victory over Michigan State with a bases-loaded, walk-off RBI single in the 10th. Senior Ronnie Muck earned his first win of the year following four scoreless innings out of the bullpen. "Casey's last hit was so smart," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "He was facing a left hander who was probably going to go away from him and he put a good swing on a ball. We were fortunate it was able to get through for the big game-winning hit. Ronnie gave us a very good outing. He wash't sharp early, but he was very composed and found a way to get out of jams. We got another great game out of our starter and reliever." RECAP

Indiana 7, Purdue 3
The 11th-ranked Indiana baseball team collected its second straight victory over Purdue and won for the 10th time in 11 games, 7-3, on Saturday afternoon in front of a Bart Kaufman Field record crowd of 3,661. IU (31-12, 15-2 Big Ten) looks for the three-game sweep of PU (12-31, 5-12 Big Ten) at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow. Christian Morris (3-3) did not allow a hit until the sixth and gave up just one unearned run on one hit with three strikeouts and two walks in 5.1 innings. Luke Harrison (1.2), Jake Kelzer (1.0) and Scott Effross (1.0) combined to punch out five over the final 3.2. The Hoosiers pitching staff has surrendered one earned run in the series and has not allowed more than three runs in each of its last 11 outings. RECAP

Nebraska 9, Penn State 2
In front of the largest home Nebraska baseball crowd in two years, seven runs in the first three innings gave an effective Huskers' pitching staff more than enough support to earn the series victory with a 9-2 win over Penn State on Saturday at Hawks Field. The official attendance of 6,082 and a Big Red victory made for an ideal day for baseball in Lincoln. The early NU attack was aided by a quality performance on the mound from Bummer who went 7.0 innings on 96 pitches as he allowed four hits and one earned run. Despite four walks, Bummer racked up six strikeouts, his second highest total of the year to improve his record to 5-3. Jake Hohensee came on in relief to throw the final two innings and record four punch outs. The lone PSU runs came on a bases loaded walk in the fourth and a passed ball in the ninth. RECAP

Michigan 18, Northwestern 6
The University of Michigan baseball team scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and did not look back in an 18-6 rout of Northwestern Saturday afternoon (May 3) at Rocky Miller Park. Michigan sets a season high for runs scored as the Maize and Blue evened the series with the Wildcats. Junior Trent Szkutnik earned the win on the mound. He went seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out five and walking three. All nine staters and 11 hitters in all had at least one hit for the Maize and Blue. Cronenworth and Martin had three hits apiece, while Maezes, Patrick and White each collected two hits. Glines drove in four runs, and Patrick had three RBI. RECAP

Ohio State 9, Iowa 4
Paced by a two-home run day from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team earned a 9-4 series-opening win over Iowa Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 26-20, 7-9 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes fall to 25-16, 7-9 in conference play. "This has been a tough week but it's allowed the guys to put baseball in perspective," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "They're allowed to just go out and play baseball and realize how fortunate they are to be playing this game. Although we're in a big part of our season, these young men are learning an incredible lesson right now that will benefit them for a long time on the baseball field and off." RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Florida State 5, Minnesota 4
Florida State 3, Minnesota 2

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Six more games occupy Saturday's Big Ten softball slate, with championship implications on the line in Ann Arbor. By evening the series against Wisconsin, the Wolverines would secure at least a share of the Big Ten title. Nebraska moved within one game of Michigan with its win over Indiana on Friday.

Saturday, May 3
#14/12 Minnesota at Purdue, 1 p.m.
Indiana at #19/19 Nebraska, 2 p.m.
Michigan State at rv/rv Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Ohio State at Iowa, 3 p.m. (BTDN)
Illinois at Penn State, 3 p.m. (BTDN)
rv/rv Wisconsin at #6/7 Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 54

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Purdue's Drew Brees (2001, football)
Brees ended his collegiate career holding numerous school and conference records en route to winning Big Ten Medal of Honor laurels in 2001. He was not only an All-American and a Maxwell Award winner on the field, but was named Academic All-America of the Year his senior season. He guided the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in 2000 and their first Rose Bowl Game berth since 1967. Drafted in 2001, he played five seasons with San Diego before moving to New Orleans in 2006. He became one of the many faces of the New Orleans community following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy by establishing numerous charitable foundations to help the area in its recovery.

Friday's Results

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Illinois 5, Michigan State 4
After a pitcher's duel for the first seven innings, Michigan State took a 4-2 lead with a three-run eighth, but Illinois responded with its own three-run eighth to battle back and win the series opener, 5-4. Junior David Kerian plated sophomore Adam Walton as the tying run on a two-out RBI triple and scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. "Our guys found a way to come back like we've done all year," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "Sometimes in athletics things aren't as clean as you'd like them to be, but the bottom line is that we came out with the win." Hartleb moved past Tom Dedin and alone into fourth place on Illinois' all-time wins list with 269 career victories. Illinois remained in second place in the Big Ten at 11-5 and improved to 25-17 overall. RECAP

Indiana 6, Purdue 1
Joey DeNato pitched seven scoreless innings as No. 11 Indiana (30-12, 14-2) downed Purdue (12-30, 5-11) at Bart Kaufman Field on Friday night, 6-1. IU had 14 hits as a team. Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-5 for his second four-hit game of the season. He had an RBI and also scored a run. Brad Hartong kept his hot streak going with a pair of hits and two RBI with a run scored. Hartong has hit .542 in IU's last six games with 14 RBI and has had multiple hits in each of those contests. DeNato had another solid start with 7.0 shutout innings. He gave up five hits and recorded seven strikeouts. He improved to 10-1 on the year, matching his win total from a season ago. RECAP

Nebraska 13, Penn State 3
Nebraska's offense struck early and often on its way to pounding out 21 hits in a dominant 13-3 victory over Penn State in the series opener on Friday night at Hawks Field. Eight Huskers posted multiple hits, including Ryan Boldt who recorded his fourth, four-hit game of the season. Nebraska is now 30-17 on the year and 11-5 during Big Ten play. Nebraska totaled 19 singles on the night, with Blake Headley's double and homer accounting for NU's only extra-base hits. Junior starter Chance Sinclair got off to an efficient start and faced the minimum nine batters through the first 3.0 innings. After running into trouble in the fourth, Sinclair finished the night by going 6.1 innings, while allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts to improve to 7-1 on the season. RECAP

Northwestern 5, Michigan 3
Northwestern scored five times in the third inning to erase an early three-run deficit and the senior duo of Nick Friar and Jack Quigley made sure it held up as the Wildcats beat Michigan Friday in the opener of a three-game set at Rocky Miller Park, 5-3. Chicago's Big Ten Team pushed across five runs with the help of three extra-base hits in the bottom of the third against Michigan starting pitcher Evan Hill. It marked the first time that NU scored five or more runs in an inning since the bottom of the seventh inning against Iowa on April 11. In that game, the home team erased a 10-run deficit in the seventh and eventually won on a walk-off single by Zach Jones in the bottom of the ninth, 14-13. RECAP

Friday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin all picked up wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate to begin the final weekend of the regular season.

Friday, May 2
rv/rv Wisconsin 9, #6/7 Michigan 3
Purdue 3, #14/12 Minnesota 0
#19/19 Nebraska 3, Indiana 1
rv/rv Northwestern 8, Michigan State 0 (5 innings)
Ohio State 5, Iowa 3
Illinois 5, Penn State 0

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue will serve as hosts for the final weekend of the Big Ten softball season. All six series get underway Friday, with first-place Michigan one win away from earning at least a share of the Big Ten Championship.

Friday, May 2
#14/12 Minnesota at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Michigan State at rv/rv Northwestern, 5 p.m.
rv/rv Wisconsin at #6/7 Michigan, 6 p.m.
Illinois at Penn State, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Ohio State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (BTDN)
Indiana at #19/19 Nebraska, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 53

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Michigan State's Morten Andersen (1982, football)
Andersen, who won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1982, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State and also garnered Academic All-Big Ten accolades as a senior in 1981, a year in which he recorded the Big Ten's longest field goal with a 63-yarder. His success at Michigan State earned him a spot on the Walter Camp All-Century Team. Andersen was drafted in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft and went on to become the NFL's all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points. In his NFL career that spanned from 1982 to 2007, Andersen was a three-time All-Pro, a seven-time Pro Bowler and a member of the NFL's 1980s and 1990s All-Decade teams. After retiring from the NFL, he started a family foundation aimed at providing educational scholarships and promoting fitness to prevent obesity.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, May 2
#20 MICHIGAN at UC Irvine Steve Scott Invitational - Irvine, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE, PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
#18 PENN STATE at Maryland Twilight - College Park, Md.

Saturday, May 3
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE at Billy Hayes Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA, MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA at Musco Twilight - Iowa City, Iowa
#20 MICHIGAN at UC Irvine Steve Scott Invitational - Irvine, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE, PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
WISCONSIN at Missouri Invitational - Columbia, Mo.

Sunday, May 4

#20 MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #18 PENN STATE at Payton Jordan Invite - Stanford, Calif.


Weekend Schedule

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Friday, May 2
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE, PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
#19 PENN STATE at Maryland Twilight - College Park, Md.

Saturday, May 3
#14 ILLINOIS, IOWA, MINNESOTA, #11 NEBRASKA at Musco Twilight - Iowa City, Iowa
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Billy Hayes Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE, PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
#18 WISCONSIN at Missouri Invitational - Columbia, Mo.

Sunday, May 4
#14 ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #19 PENN STATE at Payton Jordan Invite - Stanford, Calif.


Weekend Schedule

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Michigan at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Hill, 2-5, 4.12 vs. Friar, 2-0, 4.82)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Szkutnik, 0-5, 3.59 vs. Magallones, 2-6, 4.94)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (McAnallen, 3-3, 3.12 vs. Mason, 1-3, 4.31)

Michigan State at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTN (VanVossen, 6-2, 2.72 vs. Johnson, 4-5, 3.06)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Alleman, 5-3, 2.53 vs. Kravetz, 5-1 2.75)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Vieaux, 6-3, 2.06 vs. TBD)

Purdue at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTDN (Podkul, 0-3, 6.75 vs. DeNato, 9-1, 2.26)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN (Minch, 1-5, 4.47 vs. Morris, 2-3, 2.47)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN (Downs, 2-5, 3.61 vs. Korte, 2-1, 2.49)

Penn State at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTDN (Dunn, 2-1, 1.40 vs. Sinclair, 6-1, 1.66)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Jann, 1-6, 4.09 vs. Bummer, 4-3, 4.63)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTDN (TBD vs. TBD)

Iowa at Ohio State
Game 1 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Hedrick, 3-2, 4.67 vs. Tully, 4-2, 2.24)
Game 2 - Sunday, 3 p.m., BTN (Kuebel, 5-3, 4.83 vs. Riga, 4-1, 3.02)
Game 3 - Monday, 7 p.m., BTN (TBD vs. Greve, 5-3, 3.48)

Non-Conference Schedule
Minnesota at Florida State
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m. (Crawford, 4-1, 3.69 vs. Weaver, 6-3, 2.92)
Game 2 - Saturday, 6 p.m. (Meyer, 4-2, 2.42 vs. Compton, 4-1, 3.27)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Kunik, 2-0, 1.27 vs. TBA)

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, May 3
IOWA (rv) at #17 Tennessee - Knoxville, Tenn.
Louisville, MICHIGAN STATE (rv), #3 OHIO STATE at #9 MICHIGAN - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, May 4

#15 WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA (rv) - Minneapolis, Minn.


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 April 28. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Brad Hartong, IND
Co-Pitchers of the Week - Neal Kunik, MINN & Ryan Riga, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Ryan Boldt, NEB

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - First Varsity Four, IND (Kelsey Cundiff, Katie Dreessen, Macey Elser, Grace Barbara and Emma Miller)

Softball
Player of the Week - Michelle Mueller, WIS
Pitcher of the Week - Tatum Edwards, NEB
Freshman of the Week - Sara Groenewegen, MINN

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Vanier Joseph, ILL
Co-Field Athletes of the Week - Patrick Raedler, NEB & Darrell Hill, PSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Alexis Franklin, OSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Dani Bunch, PUR

Five Big Ten softball standouts were named Capital One Academic All-District First-Team selections on Thursday. Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield, Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Purdue's Andie Varsho were named to the District 5 first team, while Minnesota's Sara Moulton and Wisconsin's Maria Van Abel were tabbed District 6 Academic All-District first-teamers. All five student-athletes will now be moving onto the national Academic All-America ballot.

The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Basetball and Softball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

2014 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SOFTBALL TEAMS (BIG TEN ONLY)

District 5
Nicole Sappingfield, Michigan, Sr., Norco, Calif., 3.47 GPA (Comparative Literature)
Marisa Bast, Northwestern, Sr., Orange, Calif., 3.68 GPA (Learning & Organizational Change)
Andie Varsho, Purdue, Sr., Chili, Wis., 3.88 GPA (Organizational Leadership)

District 6
Sara Moulton, Minnesota, Sr., Eagan, Minn., 3.64 GPA (Business & Marketing Education)
Maria Van Abel, Wisconsin, Jr., Kaukauna, Wis., 3.52 (Business/Management & Human Resources)




Three Big Ten baseball student-athletes were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, it was announced on Thursday. Penn State's Steve Snyder was named to the District 2 All-Academic Team, Northwestern's Jack Quigley garnered All-District 5 honors and Minnesota's Ben Meyer was picked the District 6 All-Academic squad. The trio is now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be announced later this month. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution.

In The Polls

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Seven Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Thursday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 16. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 17, followed by Ohio State (No. 35), Purdue (No. 39), Illinois (No. 45) and Indiana (No. 49) in the top 50. Minnesota (No. 66) rounds out the Big Ten contingent.

Individually, eight Big Ten women's tennis players and nine 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
9. Emina Bektas, MICH
25. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
35. Belinda Niu, NU
43. Veronica Corning, NU
85. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
98. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
117. Amy Zhu, MICH
122. Sarah Lee, MICH

Doubles

18. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
29. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
33. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
62. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
63. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
72. Mara Schmidt/Andjela Djokovic, PUR
73. Carolyn Chupa/Katie Klyczek, IND
74. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
89. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Thursday. Ohio State, which claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship last weekend, claimed the No. 3 spot this week. Illinois (No. 12) and Penn State (No. 23) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 30), Michigan (No. 37) and Purdue (No. 40) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

Individually, 15 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. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
11. Peter Kobelt, OSU
18. Farris Gosea, ILL
37. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
38. Leandro Toledo, MINN
49. Raleigh Smith, NU
63. Tim Kopinski, ILL
85. Alex Petrone, MICH
101. Ralf Steinbach, OSU
107. Sam Shropshire, NU
109. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
111. Dusty Boyer, NEB
112. Sam Monette, IND
115. Oskar Wikberg, WIS
125. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA

Doubles
3. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
5. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
24. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
26. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
34. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
39. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
40. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
48. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
58. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
63. Farris Gosea/Alex Jesse, ILL

For the complete polls, click here.

NHL Update - Stanley Cup Playoffs - Second Round

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A total of 19 players from Big Ten schools have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which opens on Thursday. Representing five Big Ten schools, the players can be found on seven of the eight teams still fighting to hoist the Stanley Cup.

A full list of players can be found below.

Michigan (3)
Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim)
Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers)
Max Pacioretty (Montreal)

Michigan State (4)
Duncan Keith (Chicago)
Torey Krug (Boston)
Corey Potter (Boston)
Mike Weaver (Montreal)

Minnesota (5)
Keith Ballard (Minnesota)
Erik Haula (Minnesota)
Nick Leddy (Chicago)
Paul Martin (Pittsburgh)
Thomas Vanek (Montreal)

Ohio State (1)
Matt Bartkowski (Boston)

Wisconsin (6)
Rene Bourque (Montreal)
Jake Dowell (Minnesota)
Dany Heatley (Minnesota)
Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers)
Derek Stepan (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota)

Indiana's DeMuth Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist

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Indiana senior Dustin DeMuth is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award for baseball, it was announced on Wednesday. The award goes to a senior student-athlete with notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine this year's winner, which will be announced during the College World Series in June.

Complete Indiana Release

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing squads are ranked or receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads, checking in at No. 3, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 9. Indiana follows at No. 13, while Wisconsin is tied for No. 15. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes James Morris and Marike Stribos were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Iowa, which were announced at the UI's annual academic and athletic achievement banquet. Morris is a standout on the football team, while Stribos is a member of Iowa's field hockey team.

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