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Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Sunday's Big Ten softball schedule features four games, with Northwestern and Purdue eyeing weekend sweeps. The finale of the Michigan-Minnesota series will be carried on BTN.

Sunday, April 20
Illinois at Purdue, Noon
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 1 p.m. (BTDN)
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 1 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State at Iowa, 2 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Results

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Saturday's Big Ten softball results featured Nebraska and Wisconsin picking up doubleheader sweeps, and Michigan evening the series with Minnesota in Ann Arbor.

Saturday, April 19
Iowa 5, Michigan State 1
#3/3 Michigan 3, #13/12 Minnesota 1
#19/20 Nebraska 8, Ohio State 0 (Game One)
#19/20 Nebraska 8, Ohio State 0 (Game Two)
rv/#25 Northwestern 4, Indiana 2
-/rv Wisconsin 4, Penn State 0 (Game One)
-/rv Wisconsin 5, Penn State 2 (Game Two)
Purdue 1, Illinois 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Eight games are on Saturday's Big Ten softball schedule with three contests on BTN, including the second game of the weekend showdown between Michigan and Minnesota.

Saturday, April 19    
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, Noon (BTN)
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 2 p.m.
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 2 p.m.
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State at Iowa, 3 p.m.
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 4 p.m.
Illinois at Purdue, 5 p.m. (BTN)
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 7 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Results

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Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin all picked up wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Gophers handing Michigan its first Big Ten loss of the season.

Friday, April 18

Michigan State 1, Iowa 0
rv/#25 Northwestern 8, Indiana 0 (6 innings)
#13/12 Minnesota 1, #3/3 Michigan 0
Wisconsin 6, Penn State 3
Purdue 11, Illinois 0 (5 innings)
#19/20 Nebraska 14, Ohio State 1 (5 innings)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Weekend Schedule

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April 18
Illinois at Minnesota - 3 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Iowa - 3 p.m. CT
Penn State at Nebraska - 3 p.m. CT

April 19
Michigan at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Michigan State at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Wisconsin - 11 a.m. CT

April 20
Illinois at Wisconsin - 11 a.m. CT
Michigan State at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Penn State at Iowa - 10 a.m. CT
Michigan at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Minnesota - 12 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Nebraska - 11 a.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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April 18
Minnesota at Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan - 4 p.m. ET
Iowa at Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan State - 4 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Penn State - 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Northwestern - 2:30 p.m. CT

April 20
Wisconsin at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Iowa at Penn State - 12 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Northwestern - 12 p.m. CT
Nebraska at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET

Women's Golf Schedule

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April 19-20  
ILLINOIS at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
INDIANA at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
IOWA at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
MICHIGAN STATE at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
NEBRASKA at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
OHIO STATE at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
PURDUE at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)

Men's Golf Schedule

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April 19-20  
ILLINOIS at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
INDIANA at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
IOWA at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
MINNESOTA at Rutherford Intercollegiate (State College, Pa.)
MICHIGAN STATE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
NORTHWESTERN at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
OHIO STATE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
PENN STATE at Rutherford Intercollegiate (State College, Pa.)
PURDUE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)

April 21-22  
NEBRASKA at Oak Hill Intercollegiate (Rochester, N.Y.)

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Six games kick off this weekend's Big Ten softball slate on Friday, with Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue hosting series. The top two current teams in the Big Ten will collide when Minnesota visits Ann Arbor for a three-game series against unbeaten Michigan.

Friday, April 18
Illinois at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 5 p.m.
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, 6 p.m.
Michigan State at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 7 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Michigan pitcher Megan Betsa and Minnesota hurler Sara Groenewegen were named top 25 finalists for the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Freshman of the Year award on Thursday.

Betsa currently ranks third in the Big Ten in earned-run-average at 1.84 and is second in opposing batting average (.182). The McDonough, Ga., native boasts a 10-3 record in 19 total appearances, and has struck out a team-high 93 batters. Betsa was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Feb. 18 and Feb. 24.

Groenewegen was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 31, and collected Big Ten Pitcher and Freshman of the Week accolades on April 7. The White Rock, B.C., native is limiting her opponents to a .183 batting average and has recorded 126 strikeouts on the season, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Groenewegen boasts an unblemished 11-0 record and has pitched 77.1 total innings with 12 starts in the circle.  

On May 8, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists, while the top three finalists will be selected and released on May 22. The inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony on May 27 prior to the opening of the annual Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
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