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Saturday's Softball Results

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Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin picked up wins on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Huskers and Badgers completing weekend series sweeps.

Saturday, April 12
Wisconsin 3, Illinois 2
Penn State 2, Indiana 1
#19/22 Nebraska 18, Iowa 0 (5 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 8, Michigan State 0 (5 innings)
#14/14 Minnesota 13, #25/23 Northwestern 5 (6 innings)
Ohio State 8, Purdue 0 (5 innings)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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All 12 Big Ten softball teams will be in action on Saturday, with Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin serving as single-game hosts. 

Saturday, April 12    
Penn State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
#4/5 Michigan at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Illinois at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.
#25/23 Northwestern at #14/14 Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 2 p.m.
Iowa at #19/22 Nebraska, 5 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Results

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Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin posted wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate.

Friday, April 11

Wisconsin 3, Illinois 2 (Game One)
Wisconsin 10, Illinois 3 (Game Two)
Penn State 4, Indiana 1
#19/22 Nebraska 5, Iowa 2
#19/22 Nebraska 9, Iowa 1 (6 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 9, Michigan State 1 (5 innings)
#25/23 Northwestern 13, #14/14 Minnesota 9
Purdue 1, Ohio State 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Seven games are on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin hosting conference opponents.

Friday, April 11    
Penn State at Indiana, 5 p.m.  
Illinois at Wisconsin, 5 p.m.
Michigan State at #4/5 Michigan, 6 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 6 p.m.
#25/23 Northwestern at #14/14 Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Iowa at #19/22 Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Illinois at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Softball Results

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On Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, Indiana and Michigan State split a doubleheader, Ohio State swept Ohio and Wisconsin claimed a pair of wins against North Dakota.

Wednesday, April 9    
Michigan State 5, Indiana 3
Indiana 7, Michigan State 3
#19/22 Nebraska 4, Northern Iowa 0
Ohio State 6, Ohio 0
Ohio State 10, Ohio 9
Ball State 6, Purdue 5
Wisconsin 11, North Dakota 2 (5 innings)
Wisconsin 17, North Dakota 1 (5 innings)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced the Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year on Wednesday, with four Big Ten players garnering recognition.

Michigan's Sierra Romero and Haylie Wagner and Minnesota's Sara Moulton and Kaitlyn Richardson were named Player of the Year finalists. The Wolverines and Gophers are currently the top two teams in the Big Ten standings.

Romero is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She currently leads the conference in batting average (.505), on-base percentage (.637), slugging percentage (.882), RBI (42), walks (37) and runs scored (45). Wagner was a second-team All-Big Ten pitcher last season. She leads the Big Ten in earned-run-average (0.94) and fewest runs allowed (19) and has twice been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week this season.

Moulton was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honoree last season. She currently paces the Big Ten in wins (19), strikeouts (181) and opponents' batting average (.166). Moulton has been tabbed the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times this season. Richardson also collected unanimous first-team All-Big Ten plaudits in 2013. She ranks second in the Big Ten in batting average (.463), on-base percentage (.587), slugging percentage (.882), RBI (37) and walks (29).

Just prior to the start of post-season play, on May 7 the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21, while the winner of the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 27 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City. 


Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Eight games are on Wednesday's Big Ten softball schedule, including a conference doubleheader between Michigan State and Indiana in Bloomington. That twinbill will be carried live on BTN.

Wednesday, April 9    
Michigan State at Indiana, 4 p.m. (BTN)
North Dakota at Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Ohio at Ohio State, 5 p.m. (BTDN)
Ball State at Purdue, 5 p.m.
Michigan State at Indiana, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Northern Iowa at #19/22 Nebraska, 6 p.m.
North Dakota at Wisconsin, 6 p.m.
Ohio at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches 

Tuesday's Softball Results

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Minnesota recorded a road sweep at Iowa, and Michigan recorded a run-ruled win over Western Michigan on Tuesday's Big Ten softball slate.

Tuesday, April 8    
#14/14 Minnesota 2, Iowa 0 (Game One)
#14/14 Minnesota 7, Iowa 0 (Game Two)
#4/5 Michigan 8, Western Michigan 0 (5 innings)
Nebraska-Omaha 3, #19/22 Nebraska 2

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Tuesday's Softball Schedule

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Four games are on Tuesday's Big Ten softball schedule, including Iowa hosting Minnesota in a doubleheader on BTN.

Tuesday, April 8    
#14/14 Minnesota at Iowa, 4 p.m. (BTN)
Western Michigan at #4/5 Michigan, 6 p.m.
#14/14 Minnesota at Iowa, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Nebraska-Omaha at #19/22 Nebraska, 6 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
 

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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In the latest national polls, four Big Ten softball teams appeared among the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches poll, while four conference squads received top 25 nods in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan and Minnesota remained at No. 5 and No. 14, respectively, followed by No. 22 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan improved to No. 4, followed by 14th-ranked Minnesota, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 25 Northwestern.

Michigan is riding a 15-game winning streak, and will host Western Michigan on Tuesday before opening a three-game series against Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend. Minnesota will visit Iowa for a doubleheader tonight before welcoming Northwestern to Minneapolis for a weekend series. Nebraska will take on Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday and challenge Northern Iowa on Wednesday. The Huskers will host Iowa in Big Ten action this weekend.  
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