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Friday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State all picked up two victories on Friday's Big Ten softball slate.

Friday, Feb. 14
Illinois 8, Wright State 0 [5 INNINGS] (USF Tournament)
Illinois 2, Pittsburgh 0 (USF Tournament)
Georgia State 14, Indiana 6 [5 INNINGS] (Panther Invitational)
Lipscomb 10, Iowa 0 [5 INNINGS] (Getterman Classic)
#14/18 Missouri 2, Iowa 1 [8 INNINGS] (Getterman Classic)
#4/6 Michigan 5, Memphis 0 (Ragin' Cajun Invitational)
#20/20 Louisiana Lafayette 8, #4/6 Michigan 6 (Ragin' Cajun Invitational)
San Jose State 7, Michigan State 2 (Littlewood Classic)
SIU-Edwardsville 3, Michigan State 2 [9 INNINGS] (Littlewood Classic)
#8/9 Nebraska 4, Houston 1 (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic)
#8/9 Nebraska 7, Army 0 (Hilston Houston Plaza Classic)
Northwestern 12, George Washington 11 (Tiger Invitational)
#21/21/LSU 4, Northwestern 0 (Tiger Invitational)
Ohio State 9, Cal State Northridge 0 (Eastern Desert Classic)
Ohio State 10, Long Beach State 8 (Eastern Desert Classic)
Coastal Carolina 3, Purdue 0 (Kickin' Chicken Classic)
Purdue 11, Coastal Carolina 5 (Kickin' Chicken Classic)
Georgia Southern 4, Wisconsin 0 (at Florida International)
Florida Gulf Coast 8, Wisconsin 0 [6 INNINGS] (at Florida International)

* Minnesota at UNLV in progress

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Twenty games are on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with #24/22 Minnesota and Ohio State both competing in the Easton Desert Classic.

Illinois vs. Wright State (USF Tournament), 9 a.m. ET
Iowa vs. Lipscomb (Getterman Classic), 11 a.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. Georgia Southern (Florida International), 11 a.m. ET
Illinois vs. Pittsburgh (USF Tournament), 11:15 a.m. ET
Michigan State vs. San Jose State (Littlewood Classic), 2:15 p.m. ET
Northwestern vs. George Washington (Tiger Invite), 1:30 p.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Florida International), 1:30 p.m. ET
Purdue at Coastal Carolina (Kickin' Chicken Classic), 2:30 p.m. ET
#4/6 Michigan vs. Memphis (Ragin' Cajun Invite), 3 p.m. ET
Michigan State vs. SIU-Edwardsville (Littlewood Classic), 3:30 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. Georgia State (Panther Invitational), 4 p.m. ET
Iowa vs. #18/14 Missouri (Getterman Classic), 4 p.m. ET
Northwestern at #21 LSU (Tiger Invite), 4 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Cal State Northridge (Easton Desert Classic), 4:30 p.m. ET
Purdue at Coastal Carolina (Kickin' Chicken Classic), 4:30 p.m. ET
#4/6 Michigan at #20 Louisiana-Lafayette (Ragin' Cajun Invite), 5:30 p.m. ET
#8/9 Nebraska vs. Houston (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic), 5:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Long Beach State (Easton Desert Classic), 6:45 p.m. ET
#8/9 Nebraska vs. Army (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic), 8 p.m. ET
#24/22 Minnesota at UNLV (Easton Desert Classic), 9 p.m. ET

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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The ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Coaches polls were released on Tuesday, and Big Ten softball was well-represented with three teams among the top 25 of both national polls, including two top-10 squads.

In the USA Softball poll, Michigan was ranked No. 4, followed by No. 8 Nebraska and No. 24 Minnesota. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan was ranked No. 6, followed by No. 9 Nebraska and No. 22 Minnesota. Wisconsin also received votes in both national polls.

The Big Ten softball season resumes this Friday (Feb. 14), with Michigan heading to the Ragin' Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La., Nebraska traveling to the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic, Minnesota playing in the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas, and Wisconsin making the trip to Florida International for a five-game tournament.

Sunday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State and Purdue posted wins on Sunday, including the Boilermakers defeating #10/10 Texas.

Sunday, Feb. 9
Illinois 4, Central Michigan 1 (Rosemont Rumble)
Cal Poly 9, Indiana 2 (Kajikawa Classic)
Ohio 9, Iowa 6 (Carolina Classic)
#4/5 Michigan 7, Illinois State 1 (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament)
#4/5 Michigan 12, Bethune Cookman 1 [5 INNINGS] (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament)
Michigan State 5, Rhode Island 0 (Stetson Tournament)
Michigan State 9, Rhode Island 0 (Stetson Tournament)
Minnesota 1, Oklahoma State 0 (Tiger Classic)
Florida Atlantic 3, Ohio State 1 (FAU Kick-Off Classic)
Penn State 6, Seattle University 2 (Kajikawa Classic)
Purdue 5, #10/10 Texas 4 (Louisiana Classic)
Purdue 7, #15/13 Louisiana-Lafayette 7 [8 INNINGS] (Louisiana Classic)
#3/4 Florida 5, Wisconsin 1 (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Fourteen games wrap up the opening weekend of the 2014 Big Ten softball season, including #9/9 Nebraska taking on #12/15 Florida State, and Purdue facing a pair of nationally-ranked foes.

Sunday, Feb. 9
#4/5 Michigan vs. Illinois State (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament), 9 a.m. ET
Illinois vs. Central Michigan (Rosemont Rumble), 10 a.m. ET
Iowa vs. Ohio (Carolina Classic), 10 a.m. ET
Purdue vs. #10/10 Texas (Louisiana Classic), 10 a.m. ET
Michigan State vs. Rhode Island (DH) (Stetson Tournament), 10 a.m. ET
#9/9 Nebraska vs. #12/15 Florida State (Hotel Encanto Invite), 11 a.m. ET
Ohio State at Florida Atlantic (FAU Kick-Off Classic), 11 a.m. ET
Penn State vs. Seattle University (Kajikawa Classic), 11 a.m. ET
Michigan vs. Bethune Cookman (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament), 11:15 a.m. ET
Indiana vs. Cal Poly (Kajikawa Classic), Noon ET
Minnesota vs. Oklahoma State (Tiger Classic), Noon ET
Purdue vs. #15/13 Louisiana-Lafayette (Louisiana Classic), 12:30 p.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. #3/4 Florida (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament), 1:30 p.m. ET

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin all went 2-0 on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Illinois 4, Eastern Illinois 2 [8 INNINGS] (Rosemont Rumble)
Illinois 5, IUPUI 3 (Rosemont Rumble)
#20/22 Stanford 9, Indiana 0 [5 INNINGS] (Kajikawa Classic)
San Jose State 10, Indiana 7 (Kajikawa Classic)
Iowa 6, Presbyterian 3 (Carolina Classic)
#3/4 Florida 9, #4/5 Michigan 4 [8 INNINGS] (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament)
#4/5 Michigan 3, #23/25 South Florida 2 (USF Tournament)
Minnesota 7, Central Arkansas 0 (Tiger Classic)
Minnesota 5, SIU-Edwardsville 0 (Tiger Classic)
#9/9 Nebraska 11, New Mexico State 0 [5 INNINGS] (Hotel Encanto Invite)
Northwestern 12, Utah 11 (Kajikawa Classic)
Northwestern 13, Boise State 2 [5 INNINGS] (Kajikawa Classic)
Ohio State 6, Northern Illinois 4 (FAU Kick-Off Classic)
#18/19 Louisville 5, Ohio State 4 [5 INNINGS] (FAU Kick-Off Classic)
Penn State 5, Bradley 3 (Kajikawa Classic)
#7/7 Arizona State 9, Penn State 1 (Kajikawa Classic)
North Carolina 3, Purdue 2 (Louisiana Classic)
Northern Iowa 6, Purdue 3 (Louisiana Classic)
Wisconsin 8, Bethune Cookman 0 [5 INNINGS] (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament)
Wisconsin 2, Illinois State 1 (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Saturday, Feb. 8
Iowa vs. Presbyterian (Carolina Classic), 9 a.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Northern Illinois (FAU Kick-Off Classic), 9 a.m. ET
Minnesota vs. SIU-Edwardsville (Tiger Classic), 9 a.m. ET
Purdue vs. North Carolina (Louisiana Classic), 10 a.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. Bethune Cookman (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament), 10:30 a.m. ET
Minnesota vs. Central Arkansas (Tiger Classic), 11 a.m. ET
Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois (Rosemont Rumble), 12:30 p.m. ET
Purdue vs. Northern Iowa (Louisiana Classic), 12:30 p.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. Illinois State (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament), 12:45 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. #18/19 Louisville (FAU Kick-Off Classic), 1 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. #20/22 Stanford (Kajikawa Classic), 1:30 p.m. ET
Michigan State vs. Rhode Island (Stetson Tournament), 1:30 p.m. ET
#4/5 Michigan vs. #3/4 Florida (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament), 3 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. San Jose State (Kajikawa Classic), 4 p.m. ET
Penn State vs. Bradley (Kajikawa Classic), 4 p.m. ET
Illinois vs. IUPUI (Rosemont Rumble), 5:30 p.m. ET
#4/5 Michigan at #23/25 South Florida (USF Tournament), 5:30 p.m. ET
#9/9 Nebraska vs. New Mexico State (Hotel Encanto Invite), 6 p.m. ET
Michigan State at Stetson (Stetson Tournament), 6:30 p.m. ET
Penn State at #7/7 Arizona State (Kajikawa Classic), 6:30 p.m. ET
Northwestern vs. Utah (Kajikawa Classic), 7:30 p.m. ET
Northwestern vs. Boise State (Kajikawa Classic), 10 p.m. ET

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Opening Day Results

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#9/9 Nebraska defeated #12/15 Florida State, and Minnesota edged #19/17 LSU to highlight Friday's opening day of Big Ten softball.

Friday, Feb. 7
Illinois 12, Illinois-Chicago 2 (Rosemont Rumble)
Illinois 11, Loyola-Chicago 1 (Rosemont Rumble)
Indiana 6, Bradley 3 (Kajikawa Classic)
Portland State 8, Indiana 6 (Kajikawa Classic)
Iowa 5, UNC-Greensboro 0 (Carolina Classic)
South Carolina 1, Iowa 0 (Carolina Classic)
Stetson 5, Michigan State 1 (Stetson Lead-Off Classic)
Minnesota 8, Murray State 2 (Tiger Classic)
Minnesota 1, #19/17 LSU 0 (Tiger Classic)
#9/9 Nebraska 7, UTEP 0 (Hotel Encanto Invitational)
#9/9 Nebraska 4, #12/15 Florida State 3 (Hotel Encanto Invitational)
#20/22 Stanford 4, Northwestern 3 (Kajikawa Classic)
Northwestern 10, New Mexico 0 (Kajikawa Classic)
Tulsa 1, Ohio State 0 (FAU Kick-off Classic)
St. John's 6, Ohio State 3 (FAU Kick-off Classic)
Oregon State 12, Penn State 10 (Kajikawa Classic)
Penn State 10, Appalachian State 4 (Kajikawa Classic)
#3/4 Florida 5, Wisconsin 3 (USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA
Seven student-athletes from six Big Ten schools were selected to the "Watch List" for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball on Wednesday.

The Big Ten's representatives on the watch list were Iowa's Megan Blank, Michigan's Sara Driesenga and Sierra Romero, Minnesota's Kaitlin Richardson, Nebraska's Tatum Edwards, Purdue's Andie Varsho and Wisconsin's Mary Massei. All seven standouts were named first-team All-Big Ten in 2013.

The top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. The top 10 Finalists will be announced May 7 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21. On May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.

Big Ten's Top 50 "Watch List" members 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Megan Blank, Iowa
Sara Driesenga, Michigan
Sierra Romero, Michigan
Kaitlin Richardson, Minnesota
Tatum Edwards, Nebraska
Andie Varsho, Purdue
Mary Massei, Wisconsin
Michigan and Nebraska are both ranked among the top 10 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Wolverines open the season ranked No. 4, while the Cornhuskers were No. 9. Reigning Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa also received votes in the preseason poll.

The preseason rankings mirrored last week's NFCA preseason poll, in which Michigan was slotted fifth and Nebraska was ranked No. 9.

Michigan is set to return 16 letterwinners from a team that captured its sixth consecutive Big Ten title and advanced to the Women's College World Series for the 10th time. Highlighting the Wolverines' returners is sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero, who claimed Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year honors last season. Michigan also returns first-team All-Big Ten performers Caitlin Blanchard, Sara Driesenga, Sierra Lawrence and Lauren Sweet, and Haylie Wagner, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Head coach Carol Hutchins enters her 30th season at Michigan - she has won three consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year awards. The Wolverines will open the season in Tampa, Fla., where they will take on No. 4 Florida on Feb. 8.  

Nebraska won 45 games last season and earned the program's seventh trip to the WCWS. The Huskers will return seven starters from last year's team, including its entire pitching staff. Tatum and Taylor Edwards, who are twins, both return as first-team All-Big Ten performers. Second-team All-Big Ten returners include Alicia Armstrong and Emily Lockman. The Huskers will open the season against UTEP on Feb. 7 in Las Cruces, N.M.

Wisconsin returns 14 letterwinners from last year's team that made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. Among the Badgers' returners is senior outfielder Mary Massei, who was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team in 2013. Cassandra Darrah, Stefanni LaJeunesse and Maria Van Abel, who were all named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after the Badgers' run to the championship, also return to bolster Wisconsin's lineup. The Badgers, who enter their fourth year under the tutelage of head coach Yvette Healy, will open the 2014 season on Feb. 7 against No. 4 Florida in the USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament, along with Michigan.

Minnesota returns 14 letterwinners from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and posted the program's most successful season in a decade. The Golden Gophers will welcome back first-team All-Big Ten selections Sara Moulton, Kaitlyn Richardson and Tyler Walker. Minnesota head coach Jessica Allister enters her fourth year at the helm. The Gophers will open the season on Feb. 7 at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

Iowa returns 11 letterwinners and six starters from last year's team that won 30 games. The Hawkeyes' lineup will be bolstered by the return of first-team All-Big Ten performer Megan Blank and pitcher Kayla Massey, who was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in 2013. Iowa will open the season on Feb. 7 at the Carolina Classic, where the Hawkeyes will take on host South Carolina on the first day of competition.

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