In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing squads appear in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, including four ranked in the top 20. The poll, which was released on Wednesday, features Ohio State at No. 3, followed by No. 10 Michigan, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 20 Indiana. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

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Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate features 12 games, including four contests on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN).

Wednesday, April 16
Ball State at Indiana, 4 p.m.
#15/13 Missouri at Iowa, 4 p.m. (BTDN)
#3/3 Michigan at Central Michigan, 4 p.m.
Green Bay at  -/rv Wisconsin, 4 p.m.  (BTDN)
-/rv DePaul at Illinois, 5 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m.
rv/#25 Northwestern at Loyola-Chicago, 5 p.m.
#15/13 Missouri at Iowa, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Bucknell at Penn State, 6 p.m.
Green Bay at -/rv Wisconsin, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Ball State at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Bucknell at Penn State, 8 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Jillian Smith and John Wojciechowski were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Michigan, which was announced on Tuesday evening at the Academic Awards Banquet held at Crisler Center. Smith is a member of the women's cross country and track and field teams and Wojciechowski swam on the men's swimming and diving squad.

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Tuesday's Results

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Illinois State 6, Illinois 2
Western Illinois 8, Iowa 6 (10)
Minnesota 5, North Dakota State 3
Nebraska 14, Kansas State 5
West Virginia 4, Ohio State 1
Purdue 5, Butler 4 (10)

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 13. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 16, followed by Ohio State (No. 34), Purdue (No. 42), Illinois (No. 43) and Indiana (No. 48) in the top 50. Minnesota (No. 59) and Michigan State (No. 67) round out the Big Ten contingent.

Individually, nine 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. 

9. Emina Bektas, MICH
22. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
38. Veronica Corning, NU
43. Belinda Niu, NU
75. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
92. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
112. Marina Bohrer, MSU
113. Amy Zhu, MICH
122. Sarah Lee, MICH


14. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
28. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
31. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
52. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
62. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
68. Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros, MICH
78. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
82. Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase, OSU
86. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU

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In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State, which clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, claimed the No. 1 spot for the seventh time this season. Illinois (No. 10) and Penn State (No. 22) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Purdue (No. 28), Northwestern (No. 35) and Michigan (No. 49) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 51, with Indiana (No. 59) and Nebraska (No. 63) also within the top 65.

Individually, 14 Big Ten men'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.

7. Peter Kobelt, OSU
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
13. Farris Gosea, ILL
33. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
39. Leandro Toledo, MINN
52. Tim Kopinski, ILL
58. Raleigh Smith, NU
93. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
103. Alex Petrone, MICH
104. Sam Monette, IND
110. Hunter Callahan, OSU
111. Dustin Boyer, NEB
112. Sam Shropshire, NU
118. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

3. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
4. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
20. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
31. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
33. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
36. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
59. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
70. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
85. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

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Four Big Ten Teams Appear in Final Polls

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A total of four Big Ten teams appear in the final and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls for the 2013-14 season, released on Monday. After its national runner-up finish, Minnesota checks in at No. 2 in both polls.The Gophers were the No. 1 team in at least one poll for 20 weeks this season and were never ranked lower than No. 5, including 24 consecutive weeks in the top two. Minnesota concluded the season with a record of 28-7-6.

Big Ten Tournament Champion Wisconsin checks in at No. 7 in both polls after finishing the season with a record of 24-11-2. Michigan follows at No. 16 in the poll while Ohio State rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 20 in the poll. The Wolverines also received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
One day after being named the Big Ten Softball Player of the Week, Wisconsin's Michelle Mueller was tabbed the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and USA Softball National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Mueller batted .600 with nine hits, 18 RBI, five runs scored and four home runs in leading Wisconsin to a 5-0 record last week, including a Big Ten sweep over Illinois. In the three games against the Illini, she belted three home runs, tallied an on-base percentage of .636 and slugged at a clip of 1.600.

In game two of a doubleheader against Illinois on Friday, Mueller went 4-for-4 and plated a school-record eight runs, including three consecutive home runs, which ties the second-best performance in NCAA history.

Mueller currently ranks third in the Big Ten in RBI with 41. She is batting .385 on the season, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten, and is slugging at a clip of .702, the sixth-best mark in the conference.


Tuesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Illinois State, 5 p.m.
Western Illinois at Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
North Dakota State at Minnesota, 4 p.m., BTDN
Kansas State at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m., BTN
Ohio State at West Virginia, 6 p.m.
Butler at Purdue, 5 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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The latest college softball top 25 polls were released on Tuesday, with Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin representing the Big Ten.

Michigan led the way, moving up to No. 3 in both the USA Softball and NFCA Coaches polls. The Wolverines have won 19 straight games, and sit atop the Big Ten standings at 12-0. Minnesota appeared at No. 13 in the USA Softball ballot, and was ranked 12th in the coaches' poll. The Gophers are in sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 10-3 Big Ten record.

Nebraska sits at No. 19 in the USA Softball poll, and is No. 20 in the coaches' rankings. The Huskers have won three consecutive Big Ten series, including last weekend's sweep of Iowa. Northwestern is ranked No. 25 in the coaches' ballot, and received votes in the USA Softball top 25 poll. Wisconsin received votes in the coaches' poll.

Michigan will host Minnesota in a pivotal series this weekend, with single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nebraska will visit Ohio State, Northwestern will host Indiana while Wisconsin will travel to Penn State.   
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