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Michigan's Sierra Romero was named one of 10 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award on Wednesday.

Romero was also tabbed the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second straight season. During her sophomore campaign, Romero led the conference in batting average (.516), slugging percentage (.968), on-base percentage (.663), runs scored (32) and walks (27) in Big Ten games only. She is hitting .511 on the season, which would mark the single-season Big Ten record for batting average in all games.

The top three finalists will be announced May 21, with the winner of the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award revealed on May 27.

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 57

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Michigan's Angela Findlay (2010, Softball)
Findlay was Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient in 2010. She boasted a career .347 batting average, 171 runs scored, 26 home runs and 141 RBI and established Michigan's single-season runs record (69) during her senior year. Findlay was a four-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, a three-time first-team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region honoree and was named to the NFCA All-America third team. A Distinguished Scholar in 2009 and 2010, she was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten and a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American selection. Findlay was awarded the Edna & Leo Drewett Award for Academic Excellence in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Sunday's Softball Results

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Nebraska secured a share of the Big Ten Championship on Sunday after defeating Indiana and seeing Wisconsin collect an extra-inning win over Michigan.

Sunday, May 4
rv/rv Wisconsin 6, #6/7 Michigan 5
#19/19 Nebraska 8, Indiana 3
rv/rv Northwestern 6, Michigan State 2
Iowa 3, Ohio State 2
Illinois 6, Penn State 1
#14/12 Minnesota 7, Purdue 2

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Six games occupy the slate on the final day of the Big Ten softball season. Nebraska could secure a share of the Big Ten Championship with a win over Indiana and a Wisconsin win over Michigan.

Sunday, May 4
Illinois at Penn State, 10:30 a.m. (BTDN)
#14/12 Minnesota at Purdue, Noon
rv/rv Wisconsin at #6/7 Michigan, 1 p.m.
Indiana at #19/19 Nebraska, 1 p.m.
Michigan State at rv/rv Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at Iowa, 2 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 55

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Purdue's Andrea Hillsey (2005, Softball)
Hillsey earned Purdue's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2005. She was named to the NFCA All-America first team in 2003 and earned first-team All-Mideast Region honors in 2003 and 2005. A three-time MVP for the Boilermakers, Hillsey was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2003 and was a second-team selection in 2005. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was named to the GTE Academic All-America third team in 2003. Hillsey finished her career with 210 hits, 140 runs, 16 home runs and a .539 slugging percentage.

Saturday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State picked up wins on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate. The Wolverines clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship.

Saturday, May 3
#14/12 Minnesota 9, Purdue 1 (5 innings)
#19/19 Nebraska 3, Indiana 0
#6/7 Michigan 10, rv/rv Wisconsin 1 (6 innings)
rv/rv Northwestern 9, Michigan State 1 (6 innings)
Ohio State 7, Iowa 6
Illinois 6, Penn State 1

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Six more games occupy Saturday's Big Ten softball slate, with championship implications on the line in Ann Arbor. By evening the series against Wisconsin, the Wolverines would secure at least a share of the Big Ten title. Nebraska moved within one game of Michigan with its win over Indiana on Friday.

Saturday, May 3
#14/12 Minnesota at Purdue, 1 p.m.
Indiana at #19/19 Nebraska, 2 p.m.
Michigan State at rv/rv Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Ohio State at Iowa, 3 p.m. (BTDN)
Illinois at Penn State, 3 p.m. (BTDN)
rv/rv Wisconsin at #6/7 Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin all picked up wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate to begin the final weekend of the regular season.

Friday, May 2
rv/rv Wisconsin 9, #6/7 Michigan 3
Purdue 3, #14/12 Minnesota 0
#19/19 Nebraska 3, Indiana 1
rv/rv Northwestern 8, Michigan State 0 (5 innings)
Ohio State 5, Iowa 3
Illinois 5, Penn State 0

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue will serve as hosts for the final weekend of the Big Ten softball season. All six series get underway Friday, with first-place Michigan one win away from earning at least a share of the Big Ten Championship.

Friday, May 2
#14/12 Minnesota at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Michigan State at rv/rv Northwestern, 5 p.m.
rv/rv Wisconsin at #6/7 Michigan, 6 p.m.
Illinois at Penn State, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Ohio State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (BTDN)
Indiana at #19/19 Nebraska, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Five Big Ten softball standouts were named Capital One Academic All-District First-Team selections on Thursday. Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield, Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Purdue's Andie Varsho were named to the District 5 first team, while Minnesota's Sara Moulton and Wisconsin's Maria Van Abel were tabbed District 6 Academic All-District first-teamers. All five student-athletes will now be moving onto the national Academic All-America ballot.

The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Basetball and Softball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

2014 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SOFTBALL TEAMS (BIG TEN ONLY)

District 5
Nicole Sappingfield, Michigan, Sr., Norco, Calif., 3.47 GPA (Comparative Literature)
Marisa Bast, Northwestern, Sr., Orange, Calif., 3.68 GPA (Learning & Organizational Change)
Andie Varsho, Purdue, Sr., Chili, Wis., 3.88 GPA (Organizational Leadership)

District 6
Sara Moulton, Minnesota, Sr., Eagan, Minn., 3.64 GPA (Business & Marketing Education)
Maria Van Abel, Wisconsin, Jr., Kaukauna, Wis., 3.52 (Business/Management & Human Resources)




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