The Big Ten men's gymnastics season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Michigan won the team crown and three out of six individual titles were claimed by conference student-athletes.
NCAA Champions: The Michigan men's gymnastics team claimed the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship at the University of Michigan's Crisler Center during the first session of the NCAA Championships. This is the Wolverines' second consecutive national championship and their sixth program title, including three in the past five years. The Big Ten has now claimed four titles in the past five years. After recording 445.050 points, Michigan defeated second-place Oklahoma (441.650) and third-place Stanford (436.300). Illinois finished fourth with 435.350 points, Ohio State placed fifth with 433.500 points and Penn State took sixth with 429.800 points. Michigan posted the highest team scores in three of the six events, including the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.
All-Around Athletes: Wolverine Sam Mikulak won his third all-around crown at the University of Michigan's Crisler Center during the NCAA Championships. In the all-around, Mikulak placed first on the floor exercise (16.050), parallel bars (16.050) and vault (15.300) and tied for first on the pommel horse (15.600). Mikulak becomes the first Big Ten men's gymnast to win the all-around title three times since Minnesota's John Roethlisberger accomplished the feat from 1991-93. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.
NCAA Individual Success: Three Big Ten men's gymnasts won individual national titles on the final day of the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. Illinois' Jordan Valdez won the high bar competition with a score of 15.525, marking the first Fighting Illini to win the award since Paul Ruggeri in 2008-09. After winning the all-around crown, Mikulak took home the parallel bars title for the second consecutive season with a score of 15.875. Minnesota's Ellis Mannon took home the pommel horse title after scoring 15.425 points, becoming the first Gopher to claim the pommel horse crown since Clay Strother in 2001-02. Click here for more on individual wins at the NCAA Championships.
Wolverine Winners: The Michigan men's gymnastics team captured the 2014 Big Ten Championship at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The title marks the Wolverines' second consecutive crown and 17th overall. Mikulak was the Big Ten all-around champion after finishing with a score of 93.700 points, claiming his third Big Ten all-around crown and becoming the first conference gymnast to win three all-around titles since Ohio State's Blaine Wilson won three straight from 1995-97. Click here for more about the Big Ten Championship.
All the Awards: Following the Big Ten Championships, Michigan's Sam Mikulak was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the third time, becoming the first conference gymnast to earn the honor three times since Ohio State's Blaine Wilson earned the accolade from 1995-97. Ohio State's Melton was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Michigan's Kurt Golder was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Mikulak and Melton were joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Illinois' Chandler Eggleston and C.J. Maestas, Minnesota's Ellis Mannon, Ohio State's Jake Martin and Penn State's Trevor Howard. For more information on the postseason honors and All-Big Ten teams, click here.
Academic Success: The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 51 men'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 gymnasts included 32 repeat winners, including three-time and four-time honorees Cameron Rogers, Cole Smith and Alex Varga of Illinois, Matt McGrath of Iowa, Syque Caesar, Kevin Fraser, Matt Freeman, Dylan James and AJ Schottstaedt of Michigan, Nathan Fortunato, Adam Kern and John Scallon of Minnesota, Donovan Arndt, Mark Ringle and Eric Schryver of Nebraska, Misha Koudinov and Michael Newburger of Ohio State and Adrian Evans, Preston Gall and Ingvar Jochumsson of Penn State. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Nebraska announced that Emily Wong and Seth Wiedel captured the prestigious awards at the Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln on Sunday. Wong and Wiedel are the fifth and sixth Huskers to earn the honor since Nebraska joined the Big Ten for the first season of competition in 2011-12. Wong and Wiedel were also named Nebraska Female and Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
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Michigan 4, Illinois 2
The University of Michigan baseball team picked up a road series win in Big Ten play after defeating Illinois, 4-2, Sunday afternoon at Illinois Field. The Wolverines plated a run in both the eighth and ninth innings to break a 2-all tie with the Fighting Illini. Maezes, Glines, Martin and freshman Carmen Benedetti had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue. Maezes also scored a pair of runs. Adcock picked up the win in relief, striking out a pair in two innings. Cronenworth allowed a hit in the eighth, but picked off the runner at first, one of four pickoffs on the day. Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen scattered seven hits and allowed a run with two strikeouts in a five-inning start. RECAP
Nebraska 3, Minnesota 2 (10)
A two-out RBI single by Steven Reveles in the top of the 10th inning and a perfect bottom of the 10th from closer Josh Roeder secured a 3-2 win and a series sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers by the Nebraska baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Siebert Field. With their second straight conference sweep, the Huskers are 7-2 in league play and have swept consecutive conference series for the first time since 2006. The Huskers are also 10-1 against the Gophers since joining the Big Ten Conference, including a pair of conference series sweeps. Sophomore Austin Christensen picked up his first career win after throwing a scoreless ninth inning, while Roeder picked up his second save of the weekend and his seventh of the season. The Huskers are now 2-0 on the year in extra-inning games, while the Gophers fell to 4-1. RECAP
Ohio State 12, Penn State 6
Behind two home runs and four runs batted in from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team picked up a 12-6 win over Penn State to win its series against the Nittany Lions Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 21-15, 4-8 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions drop to 17-16, 5-3 in conference play. "When the wind's blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters and gets them going," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "It was good to see us pitch well out of the bullpen and hit well up and down the lineup to get this win to take the series." RECAP
Morehead State 8, Indiana 7
Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue picked up wins on Sunday's Big Ten softball slate. The Wolverines recorded a series sweep over Michigan State, while Minnesota and Purdue secured weekend series wins.
Sunday, April 13
Indiana 8, Penn State 7 (8 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 14, Michigan State 0
#14/14 Minnesota 3, #25/23 Northwestern 1
Purdue 5, Ohio State 4
All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
Michigan's Rob Pelinka (1993, basketball)
Pelinka was Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 1993. During his career with the Wolverines, Pelinka played in 117 games and was a member of the 1989 NCAA National Championship team. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned the Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement Award in 1991, 1992 and 1993. The Lake Bluff, Ill., native was an NCAA Post Graduate Scholar and was named the Walter Byers Student-Athlete of the Year in 1993.
Four single games are on Sunday's Big Ten softball schedule, with Michigan State hosting #4/5 Michigan on BTN beginning at Noon ET.
Sunday, April 13
#4/5 Michigan at Michigan State, Noon (BTN)
Penn State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 1 p.m.
#25/23 Northwestern at #14/14 Minnesota, 2 p.m.
All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching all scored
for Minnesota while goalie Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots, but it was not enough as the Gophers fell to Union 7-4 Saturday night in the NCAA championship game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Minnesota finished as the national runner-up for the seventh time in program history.Saturday, April 12
Union 7, MINNESOTA 4 - RECAP
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Michigan 17, Illinois 9
The University of Michigan baseball team recorded season highs in both runs (17) and hits (23) and scored in seven innings in a 17-9 win at Illinois Saturday afternoon at Illinois Field. There were plenty of offensive stars for the Wolverines. Senior Cole Martin and freshman Johnny Slater had four hits apiece. Martin scored three runs, while Slater drove in a pair. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth belted his first two home runs of the season and was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and three runs scored. Freshman Carmen Benedetti was 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI. Junior Jackson Glines and junior Kyle Jusick had three hits apiece, with Jusick scoring four runs. RECAP
Nebraska 5, Minnesota 2
Nebraska senior Christian DeLeon went the distance for the second straight week on Saturday afternoon in a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, securing a series win for the Huskers. Following a complete game against the Ohio State Buckeyes last weekend in Lincoln, DeLeon became the first Husker pitcher to notch consecutive complete games since Erik Bird threw back-to-back complete games against New Mexico and Baylor during the 2009 season. DeLeon allowed four hits on the afternoon, with only two coming after the second inning. The Richmond, Texas, native gave up a two-out solo home run to Bobby Juan in the second and then didn't allow another hit until Jordan Smith hit a one-out double in the ninth. DeLeon retired the Gophers in order in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. RECAP
Michigan State 7, Purdue 6 (Game 1); Michigan State 2, Purdue 1 (Game 2)
The Michigan State baseball team won a pair of one-run games, 7-6 and 2-1, to sweep a doubleheader from Purdue on Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. With the victories, MSU took two of three games from the Boilermakers on the weekend, improving to 20-13 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten. The Spartans rode starting pitcher Cam Vieaux to a win in game two as the redshirt freshman tossed his first-career complete game, limiting the Boilermakers to just five hits. Vieaux finished with six strikeouts and no walks as he picked up his fifth win of the season. RECAP
Iowa 8, Northwestern 1 (Game 1); Iowa 5, Northwestern 0 (Game 2)
The University of Iowa baseball team swept a Saturday doubleheader at Northwestern to win its second Big Ten series of the season. The Hawkeyes pounded out 22 hits in the two games, posting an 8-1 victory in the opener before shutting out the Wildcats, 5-0, in the night cap. "It was a big doubleheader sweep today, and I couldn't be happier with how our guys bounced back after the tough loss last night," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "The guys were locked and played hard all day, a solid 18 innings and didn't commit an error." RECAP
Ohio State 7, Penn State 0
Greg Greve tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Ohio State baseball team topped Penn State 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 20-15, 3-8 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions drop to 17-15, 5-2 in conference play. "This was very important for us after losing seven-straight conference games," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "We need to get back in good ways and Greve, our senior co-captain, grabbed the bull by the horns and shut them out. It's just what our ball club needed today." RECAP
Indiana 11, Morehead State 3
Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin picked up wins on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Huskers and Badgers completing weekend series sweeps.
Saturday, April 12
Wisconsin 3, Illinois 2
Penn State 2, Indiana 1
#19/22 Nebraska 18, Iowa 0 (5 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 8, Michigan State 0 (5 innings)
#14/14 Minnesota 13, #25/23 Northwestern 5 (6 innings)
Ohio State 8, Purdue 0 (5 innings)
All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches