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Sunday's Softball Results

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On Sunday's Big Ten softball slate, Iowa topped Northwestern, Michigan swept a doubleheader versus Ohio State and Wisconsin salvaged a doubleheader split versus Minnesota.

Sunday, April 6
#20/20 Nebraska 12, Illinois 3 (5 innings)
Iowa 4, rv/#23 Northwestern 3
#5/5 Michigan 10, Ohio State 0 (5 innings)
#5/5 Michigan 9, Ohio State 1 (6 innings)
Penn State 6, Michigan State 0
Wisconsin 2, #14/14 Minnesota 1
#14/14 Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 0
Indiana 5, Purdue 2

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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All 12 Big Ten softball teams will be in action on Sunday, with Michigan and Minnesota hosting doubleheaders.

Sunday, April 6
Indiana at Purdue, Noon
#20/20 Nebraska at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at #5/5 Michigan (DH), 1 p.m.
Penn State at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
rv/#23 Northwestern at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Wisconsin at #14/14 Minnesota (DH), 3 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Results

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Purdue and Northwestern both recorded doubleheader sweeps on Saturday to highlight the Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, April 5
Illinois 11, #20/20 Nebraska 4 (Game 1)
#20/20 Nebraska 9, Illinois 5 (Game 2)
Purdue 4, Indiana 1 (Game 1)
Purdue 4, Indiana 1 (Game 2)
Penn State 7, Michigan State 3
rv/#23 Northwestern 6, Iowa 4
rv/#23 Northwestern 4, Iowa 1
#5/5 Michigan 1, Ohio State 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches 

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Nine Big Ten softball games are scheduled for Saturday, with Illinois, Iowa and Purdue hosting doubleheaders.

Saturday, April 5

Penn State at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Indiana at Purdue (DH), 1 p.m.
#20/20 Nebraska at Illinois (DH), 2 p.m.
rv/#23 Northwestern at Iowa (DH), 3 p.m.
Ohio State at #5/5 Michigan, 2 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches 

Penn State Tops Michigan State

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In the only completed game on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, Penn State posted a 9-3 win over Michigan State in East Lansing. The Michigan vs. Ohio State and Purdue-Indiana contests were postponed due to inclement weather.

Friday, April 4
Penn State 9, Michigan State 3

Wednesday's Softball Results

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Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State picked up non-conference wins on Wednesday, with the Huskers topping rival Creighton, 5-2.

Wednesday, April 2
Drake 5, Iowa 3
#5/5 Michigan 10, Detroit 0 (5 innings)
#23/25 Notre Dame 11, Michigan State 4
#20/20 Nebraska 5, Creighton 2
rv/#23 Northwestern 14, Illinois-Chicago 7  
Saint Francis (Pa.) 4, at Penn State 2 (8 innings)
Penn State 9, Saint Francis (Pa.) 1 (6 innings) 

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sappingfield Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist

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Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball.

Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through May 12. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS award winner will be announced during the 2014 Women's College World Series (May 29-June 4).

Sappingfield is a two-time All-Big Ten selection and has twice been named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree. To be eligible for the award, a NCAA Division I student-athlete must have notable achievements in four categories: community, classroom, character and competition. The acronym CLASS stands for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School."
 
 

In the Polls

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In the latest national polls released on Monday, four Big Ten teams appeared in the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches poll, while three conference squads received top 25 nods in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan and Minnesota improved to No. 5 and No. 14, respectively, followed by No. 20 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan led the way at No. 5, followed by 14th-ranked Minnesota and No. 20 Nebraska. Northwestern also received top 25 votes.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

Tuesday's Softball Results

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On Tuesday's Big Ten softball slate, Illinois topped Illinois State, while Indiana fell short against Indiana State.

Tuesday, April 1
Illinois 7, Illinois State 4
Indiana State 7, Indiana 5 
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