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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 

Sunday's Softball Results

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On Sunday's Big Ten softball slate, Ohio State swept a doubleheader at Indiana, Iowa won the series finale at Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue split the final two games of their series in West Lafayette and Nebraska pulled away from Northwestern in Evanston.

Sunday, March 30
Ohio State 12, Indiana 2 (5 innings)
Ohio State 10, Indiana 2 (5 innings)
Iowa 4, Wisconsin 1
Michigan State 6, Purdue 3 [4]
Purdue 10, Michigan State 1 [4]
#18/19 Nebraska 10, rv/#23 Northwestern 1 (5 innings)

[4] West Lafayette, Ind. (Home team: Michigan State)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Six games will wrap up this weekend's Big Ten softball schedule on Sunday, with Indiana and Purdue hosting doubleheaders, Northwestern entertaining Nebraska and Wisconsin challenging Iowa in Madison.

Sunday, March 30
Ohio State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Purdue [4], Noon
Michigan State vs. Purdue [4], 2 p.m.
#18/19 Nebraska at rv/#23 Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Iowa at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Results

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Iowa and Wisconsin split the first two games of its series, Michigan completed a sweep of Penn State and Nebraska forced a decisive rubber match against Northwestern on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, March 29
Iowa 4, Wisconsin 1
Wisconsin 8, Iowa 4
#15/15 Minnesota 8, Illinois 0 (6 innings)
#15/15 Minnesota 7, Illinois 0
#6/6 Michigan 12, Penn State 4 (5 innings)
#18/19 Nebraska 13, rv/#23 Northwestern 3 [1]

[1] Ballpark at Rosemont, Rosemont, Ill.

All times Eastern