Penn State Tops Michigan State

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In the only completed game on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, Penn State posted a 9-3 win over Michigan State in East Lansing. The Michigan vs. Ohio State and Purdue-Indiana contests were postponed due to inclement weather.

Friday, April 4
Penn State 9, Michigan State 3

Weekend Schedule

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April 4
Minnesota at Ohio State - 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Penn State - 4 p.m. ET

April 5
Illinois at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Iowa at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET

April 6
Illinois at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Iowa at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Northwestern at Michigan State - 11 a.m. ET
Minnesota at Penn State - 11 a.m. ET
Nebraska at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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April 4
Michigan State at Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Indiana at Nebraska - 3 p.m. CT
Purdue at Iowa - 2 p.m. CT
Michigan at Northwestern - 2:30 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Minnesota - 3 p.m. CT
Penn State at Wisconsin - 6 p.m. CT    

April 6
Michigan at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Iowa - 12 p.m. CT
Michigan State at Northwestern - 12 p.m. CT
IUPUI at Northwestern - 7 p.m. CT
Penn State at Minnesota - 12 p.m. CT
Purdue at Nebraska - 12 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Wisconsin - 12 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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Minnesota at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Crawford, 3-1, 3.05 vs. Ballantine, 2-1, 3.00)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Jess, 0-4, 5.14 vs. Hill, 1-3, 4.24)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Meyer, 2-2, 2.89 vs. Szkutnik, 0-3, 2.80)

Illinois at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Johnson, 2-4, 3.19 vs. Tyson, 1-1, 5.57)
Game 2 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Castellanos, 3-1, 3.33 vs. Mason, 1-2, 5.45)
Game 3 - Sunday, 3 p.m., BTN (Kravetz, 2-1, 4.07 vs. Magallones, 0-3, 5.34)

Penn State at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTN (Jann, 1-4, 4.08 vs. Minch, 1-4, 5.83)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Downs, 1-3, 3.89)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN (Hedge, 2-2, 5.60 vs. TBA)

Indiana at Iowa
Game 1 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (DeNato, 5-1, 2.22 vs. Mathews, 3-1, 1.91)
Game 2 - Sunday, 3 p.m. (Morris, 1-2, 2.23 vs. Kuebel, 2-2, 5.50)
Game 3 - Monday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Peyton, 3-0, 5.44)

Ohio State at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTDN (Riga, 3-1, 3.52 vs. DeLeon, 2-2, 3.00)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Tully, 3-1, 2.06 vs. Sinclair, 4-1, 1.28)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Greve, 3-2, 5.26 vs. Bummer, 3-2, 5.46)

Non-Conference Schedule
Siena at Michigan State
Game 1 - Saturday, Noon, BTDN
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Women's Golf Schedule

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April 4-6  
INDIANA at Liz Murphey Invitational (Athens, Ga.)
NORTHWESTERN at Liz Murphey Invitational (Athens, Ga.)
IOWA at Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (Dallas, Texas)
MICHIGAN STATE at Liz Murphey Invitational (Athens, Ga.)
NEBRASKA at Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (Dallas, Texas)
PURDUE at Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (Dallas, Texas)

April 7-8  
ILLINOIS at Marsh Landing Invitational (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
MICHIGAN at Marsh Landing Invitational (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
MINNESOTA at Marsh Landing Invitational (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
OHIO STATE at Web.com Collegiate (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Men's Golf Schedule

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April 5-6  
ILLINOIS at 3M Augusta Invitational (Augusta, Ga.)
INDIANA at Irish Creek Collegiate (Kannapolis, N.C.)
MICHIGAN at Aggie Invitational (Bryan, Texas)
OHIO STATE at Irish Creek Intercollegiate (Kannapolis, N.C.)
PURDUE at Insperity Augusta State Invitational (Augusta, Ga.)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 25

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Rob Mango (Illinois, 1973, track & field)
Mango was a runner who became an internationally exhibited painter and sculptor based in New York. During his collegiate career, he became the first Illinois men's track & field athlete to win an NCAA title, winning the two-mile relay crown in 1972. Mango was a three-time Big Ten champion in the 880-yard run, winning the indoor and outdoor titles in 1972 and taking home the indoor crown the next year. In the Illinois record book he ranks first in the two-mile run and fourth in the 800-meter run.

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Friday's Big Ten softball schedule includes Michigan hosting Ohio State, Michigan State entertaining Penn State and Purdue playing host to Indiana.

Friday, April 4
Penn State at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Indiana at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Ohio State at #5/5 Michigan, 6 p.m.

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
All times Eastern

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-five Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of March 31. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Dustin DeMuth, IND
Pitcher of the Week - Calvin Mathews, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Cam Vieaux, MSU

Men's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Jack Perry, NU

Women's Golf
Co-Golfers of the Week - Cassie Deeg & Katelyn Wright, NEB

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - Second Varsity Eight, OSU (Nikki Becks, Chloe Meyer, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya, Sandra Dinter, Anne Dietrich, Stephanie Williams, Taylore Urban and coxswain Alex Sawatzki)

Softball
Player of the Week - Hailey Decker, NEB
Pitcher of the Week - Kayla Massey, IOWA
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Sara Groenewegen, MINN & Katy McJunkin, PUR

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Gabriella De Santis, OSU

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Levi Gibson, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Billy Stanley, OSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Brook Handler, MICH
Field Athlete of the Week - Ashley Stacey, MSU

Minnesota Captures NIT Championship

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Thursday, April 3
NIT Championship

No. 1 MINNESOTA 65, No. 1 SMU 63 - AP Recap

Minnesota secured the Big Ten's 10th NIT Championship on Thursday, defeating SMU at Madison Square Garden, 65-63.

Senior Austin Hollins led all scorers with 19 points, and was joined in double figures by Andre Hollins (14 points) and Deandre Mathieu (13). Nic Moore scored 17 points to pace the Mustangs. Hollins made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 46.1 seconds remaining.

Under the leadership of first-year head coach Richard Pitino, Minnesota set a school record for overall wins this season. The Gophers are slated to return four starters next season, including Elliot Eliason, Andre Hollins, Joey King and Mathieu.

Minnesota also captured the NIT title in 1993. 
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