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Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Northwestern at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN
Ohio State at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Indiana at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 3:30 p.m., BTN
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.
Michigan State at Wisconsin
Game 1 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 3 p.m.
Nebraska at Penn State
Game 1 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, 2:30 p.m., BTN
Game 3 - Monday, 1 p.m.
Seven Big Ten standouts were named first- or second-team Academic All-District honorees, it was announced on Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Four players were awarded first-team distinction, making them eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be announced later this month. Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Purdue's Andie Varsho were named first-team honorees in District 5, while Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson and Wisconsin's Mary Massei were selected to the District 6 first team. Earning second-team honors in District 5 included Indiana's Amanda Wagner, Michigan's Sara Driesenga and Purdue's Erika Petruzzi.
Illinois 4, Southern Illinois 2 (8)
Iowa 8, Iowa State 3
Michigan State 3, Eastern Michigan
Northwestern 8, UIC 5
Ohio State 4, Wright State 0
Ohio State 4, Wright State 0
Illinois at Southern Illinois, 5 p.m.
Iowa State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m., BTN.com
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m., BTN
Northwestern at UIC, 7 p.m.
Wright State at Ohio State (DH), 5 p.m., BTN.com
The Big Ten is one of three conferences, joining the SEC and Pac-12, with six or more teams in the top 50 of the latest RPI. Nebraska (sixth) climbs four spots this week, while Michigan (12th), Wisconsin (23rd), Minnesota (29th), Iowa (34th) and Northwestern (45th) are also among the top 50.
Four Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the national rankings this week, including two in the top 15. Michigan appears at No. 10 in both the USA Softball and NFCA polls, while Nebraska is 14th in the USA Softball poll and tied for 16th in the NFCA standings. Wisconsin appears at No. 25 in the NFCA rankings and joins Minnesota among the teams also receiving votes in the USA Softball poll.
DePaul at Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Iowa 5, Penn State 0
The University of Iowa softball team used a complete game shutout from senior Chelsea Lyon and a game-high three hits from senior Bradi Wall to blank Penn State, 5-0, in the final contest of a three-game set Sunday at Pearl Field. The game, Iowa's final Big Ten home contest, served as Senior Day. The Hawkeyes honored Ashley Akers, Johnnie Dowling, Lyon, Sam Valentine, Wall, and team manager Cameron Cole following the victory. RECAP
Nebraska 7, Michigan 4
The 16th-ranked Nebraska softball team scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 7-4 victory over No. 9 Michigan on a warm Senior Day at Bowlin Stadium on Sunday. Nebraska, which fell behind 4-0 early, turned the tables on the Wolverines, who scored four times in their final at bat in a 5-3 come-from-behind victory on Saturday. The Huskers scored seven unanswered runs on Sunday to win a conference series over a top-10 opponent for the first time since sweeping a two-game Big 12 series from No. 5 Oklahoma in 2001. RECAP
Ohio State 14, Minnesota 6
The Ohio State softball team tallied a season-high 18 hits in a 14-6 win in six innings against Minnesota Sunday at Buckeye Field. The contest was delayed in the top of the second with the score 3-0 in favor of Ohio State and play resumed after a 72-minute rain delay. Following the stoppage, the Buckeye bats posted four runs in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two additional runs in the sixth inning to earn the win. An impressive seven different Buckeyes tallied multi-hit performances, while eight different players crossed the plate vs. the Gophers (30-16, 11-6 Big Ten). RECAP
Northwestern 6, Purdue 2
On Senior Day Sunday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, NU's three graduating players and the rest of the Wildcats earned a 6-2 win over Purdue with a five-run sixth inning on a beautiful sunny Evanston afternoon. Northwestern's sweep was its third of the Big Ten season after also taking three games from Illinois and Penn State earlier in the year. Prior to the game, Northwestern's graduating players Meghan Lamberth, Kristin Scharkey and Lauren Tyndall were honored. RECAP
Illinois 10, Michigan State 0
The Fighting Illini tallied 10 hits, including the first grand of the season, to provide plenty of run support for senior pitcher Pepper Gay, who hurled her 16th career shutout as the Orange and Blue completed the series sweep of Michigan State with a 10-0 victory in six innings. After struggling early in the conference season, the Illini have now won eight-straight games and captured three Big Ten series sweeps. Illinois improves to 19-25 (9-11 Big Ten), while the Spartans drop to 21-23 (7-9 Big Ten). RECAP
Wisconsin 5, Indiana 2
It came down to the wire as the Badgers came up big in the seventh inning at Indiana Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin scored four runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 5-2 victory over the Hoosiers and sweep the three-game Big Ten series. RECAP
Penn State 6, Iowa 5
For the second time in two days, Penn State softball used one explosive inning to grab a victory over Iowa, this time a 6-5 decision. The Nittany Lions (14-30, 4-14 Big Ten) put up six runs in the third and held on to edge the Hawkeyes (25-23, 4-15 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon at Pearl Field in Iowa City, Iowa, for their third-consecutive win. RECAP
Illinois 10, Michigan State
The Fighting Illini extended their winning streak to seven games this afternoon, clinching their third-straight Big Ten series victory with a 10-2 defeat of Michigan State in six innings. Five Illini had multi-hit performances as the Illini tied their season high with 13 base hits in the game. Illinois improves to 18-25 (8-11 Big Ten), while MSU's eight-game skid drops them below .500 to 21-22 (7-8 Big Ten). RECAP
Northwestern 4, Purdue 1
On Senior Weekend at Northwestern, senior Megan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) spun a masterful performance from the circle in a 4-1 win over Purdue Saturday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Northwestern improves to 27-18 overall on the season, 11-7 in the Big Ten with its win. Purdue now is 22-27 on the year, 8-11 in the conference after its loss. Lamberth (9-5) scattered eight hits against no walks with a season-best five strikeouts to move to 9-5 on the season. She allowed just the one run on the tight play at the plate in the seventh inning. RECAP
Michigan 5, Nebraska 3
A four-run seventh inning, keyed by Lauren Sweet's two-run single, gave the No. 9 University of Michigan softball team a 5-3 comeback win over No. 20 Nebraska today at Bowlin Stadium. With the bases loaded, Sweet fell behind 1-2 before working the count full. She drove a single back through the middle, scoring Lane and Lawrence to give Michigan its first lead of the game. The hit was the third of the day for Sweet. RECAP
Minnesota 7, Ohio State 2
Minnesota won its 30th game of the season, as the Gophers defeated Ohio State by a score of 7-2 on Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field to clinch its three-game weekend series against OSU. It marks the first time Minnesota has won 30 or more games in three straight seasons since reaching the mark 2002-04. RECAP
Wisconsin 12, Indiana 1 (Game 1); Wisconsin 3, Indiana 0 (Game 2)
The Badgers opened with a run-rule blow out and closed with a school-record 14th Big Ten Conference win Friday night, sweeping Indiana in a doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington, Ind. Wisconsin (37-9 overall, 14-5 Big Ten) started action with a huge first inning in the opening game. The Badgers scored nine runs on eight hits in the first inning of action. Mary Massei led off the game with her 65th hit of the year, a program record, and the Badgers' offense kept rolling when Shannel Blackshear hit her school-record tying 30th career home run. The Badgers success continued into the night cap. Wisconsin plated a pair of runs in the top of the third when Massey recorded her school-record tying 11th home run of the season. Wisconsin used the long ball again in the top of the fourth when Michelle Mueller connected for the third time in four games. RECAP
Penn State 6, Iowa 3
A five-run fifth supported by three doubles and a two-run blast from Kasie Hatfield lifted Penn State softball to a 6-3 victory over Iowa Friday evening at Pearl Field in Iowa City, Iowa. The Nittany Lions (13-30, 3-14 Big Ten) out-hit the Hawkeyes (25-22, 4-14 Big Ten), 9-6, to take the series opener. Macy Jones earned her 11th victory of the year with the complete-game effort while striking out five Hawkeyes. Seven Nittany Lion starters recorded at least one hit while Reina Furuya and Hatfield led the team with two apiece. Hatfield was also one of three players with two RBI, joined by Kailyn Johnson and Alyssa Sovereign. RECAP
Illinois 6, Michigan State 2
In what began as a fast-paced pitchers' duel, the Fighting Illini used a five-run sixth inning to defeat Michigan State University, 6-2. Jess Perkins drove in the first four runs for the Illini on a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer, while Pepper Gay limited the Spartans' offense to just a handful of hits, scoring only on a two-run shot that just barely cleared the fence. The victory extends the Illini's winning streak to six games, all in Big Ten play, improving to 17-25 (7-11 Big Ten), while MSU drops its seventh straight, falling to 21-21 (7-7 Big Ten). RECAP
Nebraska 6, Michigan 1
The Husker offense scored in four straight innings and Tatum Edwards held the nation's highest scoring team to just one run as the 16th-ranked Nebraska softball team snapped Michigan's nation-leading 22-game win streak with a 6-1 victory over the ninth-ranked Wolverines on Friday night at Bowlin Stadium. Nebraska improved to 36-10 with the win, handing Michigan (40-8) its first loss since March 14. The Huskers also gained ground on the Wolverines in the Big Ten standings, improving to 13-4 in league play. Michigan fell to 16-1 in Big Ten action with its first conference loss of the season and its first defeat in 21 consecutive conference games dating back to 2012. RECAP
Minnesota 3, Ohio State 0
Junior right-handed pitcher Sara Moulton threw a complete-game one-hit shutout, and sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, as Minnesota opened a three-game series at Ohio State with a 3-0 win on Friday evening. Minnesota (29-15, 10-5 Big Ten) quickly took a 1-0 lead, as Walker opened the game with a double to the wall in left center, and she scored on a one-out single to center by junior center fielder Bree Blanchette. Walker gave the Gophers a 3-0 lead by opening the fifth inning with a line drive home run to left center, her team-leading 10th home run of the season. In the circle, Moulton was dominant, allowing just one hit and a pair of walks, while striking out 11 Ohio State batters to improve her record to 25-9 this season. The lone hit for the Buckeyes was a clean single to center by Maddie McIntyre to lead off the fifth. RECAP
Northwestern 6, Purdue 4
Trailing by a pair of runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Northwestern plated a quartet to earn a 6-4 win over Purdue in the opening game of Senior Weekend Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Letourneau led off the bottom half of the sixth with a solid single before Edwards was hit by a pitch. One out later, a passed ball moved both runners up a bag before LeBeau hit a sharp grounder to short to score Letourneau. Sammy Albanese was hit by a pitch, then Kristin Scharkey hit a little flare off the handle of her bat that fell just in front of a diving shortstop and scooted away to allow both Edwards and LeBeau to score and give NU its first lead of the game, 5-4. Nearly the exact same play followed when Majam also hit a flare to the shortstop that could not be corralled for an infield single, this one bringing Albanese around for a 6-4 score entering the seventh. RECAP