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Five Big Ten softball players were named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday. 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.

Representing the Big Ten were Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield, Minnesota's Sara Moulton, Nebraska's Tatum Edwards, Northwestern's Mari Majam and Purdue's Andie Varsho.

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.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City May 29 through June 4.

Three Teams Ranked Among Top 25 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.

In the USA Softball poll, Michigan was ranked No. 5, followed by No. 12 Nebraska and No. 20 Minnesota, which moved up four spots. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 11 Nebraska and No. 21 Minnesota. Northwestern also received votes in the coaches' poll.

The Big Ten softball season resumes this Friday (Feb. 21), with Michigan heading to the FAU Kickoff Classic in Boca Raton, Fla., Nebraska traveling to the H Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., Minnesota playing in the UNCG Spartan Classic in Greensboro, N.C., and Northwestern competing in the Mary Nutter Classic, also in Cathedral City.

Sunday's Softball Results

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Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin all picked up wins on Sunday's Big Ten softball slate.

Georgia State 4, Indiana 3 (Panther Invitational)
Iowa 9, Drake 0 [6 INNINGS] (Getterman Classic)
#4/6 Michigan 6, Boston College 5 (Ragin' Cajun Invite)
#8/9 Nebraska 7, Sam Houston State 1 (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic)
Penn State 9, George Washington 1 [5 INNINGS] (Tiger Invite)
Purdue 11, Towson 7 (Kickin' Chicken Classic)
Wisconsin 9, Florida Gulf Coast 1 [6 INNINGS] (FIU Tournament)
#1/2 Florida 15, #24/22 Minnesota 2 [6 INNINGS] (Sportco Kick-Off Classic)
Ohio State 9, Utah Valley 0 [6 INNINGS] (Easton Desert Classic)
East Tennessee State 6, Indiana 0 (Panther Invitational)
Northwestern 11, Penn State 1 [5 INNINGS] (Tiger Invite)
USF 2, Illinois 1 (USF Tournament)
#7/11 Oklahoma 7, Michigan State 6 (Littlewood Classic)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Sunday, Feb. 16
Indiana vs. Georgia State (Panther Invitational), 10 a.m. ET
Iowa vs. Drake (Getterman Classic), 10 a.m. ET
Michigan vs. Boston College (Ragin' Cajun Invite), 10 a.m. ET
Nebraska vs. Sam Houston State (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic), 10 a.m. ET
Penn State vs. George Washington (Tiger Invite), 10 a.m. ET
Purdue vs. Towson (Kickin' Chicken Classic), 10 a.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. Florida Gulf Coast (FIU Tournament), 10 a.m. ET
Minnesota vs. Florida (Sportco Kick-Off Classic), Noon ET
Ohio State vs. Utah Valley (Easton Desert Classic), Noon ET
Indiana vs. East Tennessee State (Panther Invitational), 12:15 p.m. ET
Northwestern vs. Penn State (Tiger Invite), 12:30 p.m. ET
Illinois at USF (USF Tournament), 1:30 p.m. ET
Michigan State vs. Oklahoma (Littlewood Classic), 3:30 p.m. ET

All times Eastern

Saturday's Softball Results

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Michigan and Northwestern both defeated ranked foes, while Minnesota remained undefeated on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Illinois 15, Binghamton 2 [5 INNINGS] (USF Tournament)
#2/1 Tennessee 10, Illinois (USF Tournament)
Georgia Tech 5, Indiana 1 (Panther Invitational)
Tennessee-Martin 7, Indiana 1 (Panther Invitational)
UAB 6, Iowa 1 [9 INNINGS] (Getterman Classic)
#T14/16 Baylor 2, Iowa 0 (Getterman Classic)
#4/6 Michigan 7, Central Arkansas 0 (Ragin' Cajun Invite)
#4/6 Michigan 15, #20/20 Louisiana-Lafayette 1 [5 INNINGS] (Ragin' Cajun Invite)
#3/3 Washington 8, MIchigan State 0 [5 INNINGS] (Littlewood Classic)
Minnesota 13, BYU 6 (Sportco Kick-Off Classic)
Minnesota 11, Boise State 2 [5 INNINGS] (Sportco Kick-Off Classic)
Stephen F. Austin 1, #8/9 Nebraska 0 (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic)
#8/9 Nebraska 2, Sam Houston State 0 (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic)
Northwestern 2, #19/18 South Alabama 1 (Tiger Invite)
Northwestern 10, George Washington 3 (Tiger Invite)
#1/2 Florida 19, Ohio State 2 [5 INNINGS] (Easton Desert Classic)
#10/10 Oregon 9, Ohio State 0 [6 INNINGS] (Easton Desert Classic)
Purdue 13, Virginia 3 (Kickin' Chicken Classic)
Towson 8, Purdue 0 (Kickin' Chicken Classic)
Wisconsin 8, FIU 0 [5 INNINGS] (FIU Tournament) (Game One)
FIU 5, Wisconsin 2 (FIU Tournament)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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At least 21 games are on Saturday's Big Ten softball schedule, including Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State challenging teams ranked within the top three of the USA Softball and NFCA Coaches polls.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Northwestern vs. #19/18 South Alabama (Tiger Invite), 11 a.m. ET
Indiana vs. Georgia Tech (Panther Invitational), 11 a.m. ET
Purdue vs. Virginia (Kickin' Chicken Classic), 11 a.m. ET
#4/6 Michigan vs. Central Arkansas (Ragin' Cajun Invite), 12:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. #1/2 Florida (Easton Desert Classic), Noon ET
#8/9 Nebraska vs. Stephen F. Austin (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic), 12:30 p.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. FIU (FIU Tournament), 12:30 p.m. ET
Purdue vs. Towson (Kickin' Chicken Classic), 1 p.m. ET
Iowa vs. UAB (Getterman Classic), 1:30 p.m. ET
Northwestern vs. George Washington (Tiger Invite), 1:30 p.m. ET
#4/6 Michigan at #20/20 Louisiana-Lafayette (Ragin' Cajun Invite), 3 p.m. ET
#8/9 Nebraska vs. Sam Houston State (Hilton Houston Plaza Classic), 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. TBD (FIU Tournament), 3 or 5 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. Tennessee-Martin (Panther Invitational), 3:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota vs. BYU (Sportco Kick-Off Classic), 4:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. #10/10 Oregon (Easton Desert Classic), 4:30 p.m. ET
Illinois vs. Binghampton (USF Tournament), 6:15 p.m. ET
Iowa at #T14/16 Baylor (Getterman Classic), 6:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota vs. Boise State (Sportco Kick-Off Classic), 6:45 p.m. ET
Illinois vs. #2/1 Tennessee (USF Tournament), 8:30 p.m. ET
Michigan State vs. #3/3 Washington (Littlewood Classic), 10:15 p.m. ET

Rankings: USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

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
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