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Wednesday's Softball Results

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Conference teams posted a convincing 10-2 record on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, including a doubleheader sweep by Iowa over nationally ranked Missouri.

Wednesday, April 16
-/rv DePaul 5, Illinois 3
Ball State 6, Indiana 3 (Game One)
Indiana 3, Ball State 2 (Game Two)
Iowa 3, #15/13 Missouri 1 (Game One)
Iowa 13, #15/13 Missouri 9 (Game Two)
#3/3 Michigan 11, Central Michigan 0 (5 innings)
Michigan State 1, Eastern Michigan 0
rv/#25 Northwestern 8, Loyola-Chicago 0 (5 innings)
Penn State 6, Bucknell 3 (Game One)
Penn State 10, Bucknell 5 (Game Two)
-/rv Wisconsin 9, Green Bay 8 (Game One)
-/rv Wisconsin 5, Green Bay 2 (Game Two)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing squads appear in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, including four ranked in the top 20. The poll, which was released on Wednesday, features Ohio State at No. 3, followed by No. 10 Michigan, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 20 Indiana. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate features 12 games, including four contests on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN).

Wednesday, April 16
Ball State at Indiana, 4 p.m.
#15/13 Missouri at Iowa, 4 p.m. (BTDN)
#3/3 Michigan at Central Michigan, 4 p.m.
Green Bay at  -/rv Wisconsin, 4 p.m.  (BTDN)
-/rv DePaul at Illinois, 5 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m.
rv/#25 Northwestern at Loyola-Chicago, 5 p.m.
#15/13 Missouri at Iowa, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Bucknell at Penn State, 6 p.m.
Green Bay at -/rv Wisconsin, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Ball State at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Bucknell at Penn State, 8 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 13. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 16, followed by Ohio State (No. 34), Purdue (No. 42), Illinois (No. 43) and Indiana (No. 48) in the top 50. Minnesota (No. 59) and Michigan State (No. 67) round out the Big Ten contingent.

Individually, nine Big Ten women's tennis players and nine doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

9. Emina Bektas, MICH
22. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
38. Veronica Corning, NU
43. Belinda Niu, NU
75. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
92. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
112. Marina Bohrer, MSU
113. Amy Zhu, MICH
122. Sarah Lee, MICH


14. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
28. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
31. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
52. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
62. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
68. Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros, MICH
78. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
82. Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase, OSU
86. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State, which clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, claimed the No. 1 spot for the seventh time this season. Illinois (No. 10) and Penn State (No. 22) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Purdue (No. 28), Northwestern (No. 35) and Michigan (No. 49) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 51, with Indiana (No. 59) and Nebraska (No. 63) also within the top 65.

Individually, 14 Big Ten men's tennis players and nine doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

7. Peter Kobelt, OSU
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
13. Farris Gosea, ILL
33. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
39. Leandro Toledo, MINN
52. Tim Kopinski, ILL
58. Raleigh Smith, NU
93. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
103. Alex Petrone, MICH
104. Sam Monette, IND
110. Hunter Callahan, OSU
111. Dustin Boyer, NEB
112. Sam Shropshire, NU
118. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

3. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
4. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
20. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
31. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
33. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
36. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
59. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
70. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
85. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

For the complete polls, click here.
One day after being named the Big Ten Softball Player of the Week, Wisconsin's Michelle Mueller was tabbed the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and USA Softball National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Mueller batted .600 with nine hits, 18 RBI, five runs scored and four home runs in leading Wisconsin to a 5-0 record last week, including a Big Ten sweep over Illinois. In the three games against the Illini, she belted three home runs, tallied an on-base percentage of .636 and slugged at a clip of 1.600.

In game two of a doubleheader against Illinois on Friday, Mueller went 4-for-4 and plated a school-record eight runs, including three consecutive home runs, which ties the second-best performance in NCAA history.

Mueller currently ranks third in the Big Ten in RBI with 41. She is batting .385 on the season, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten, and is slugging at a clip of .702, the sixth-best mark in the conference.

The Penn State women's outdoor track & field squads is ranked No. 12 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions moved up two spots from last week's rankings.

For the complete poll, click here.

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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The latest college softball top 25 polls were released on Tuesday, with Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin representing the Big Ten.

Michigan led the way, moving up to No. 3 in both the USA Softball and NFCA Coaches polls. The Wolverines have won 19 straight games, and sit atop the Big Ten standings at 12-0. Minnesota appeared at No. 13 in the USA Softball ballot, and was ranked 12th in the coaches' poll. The Gophers are in sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 10-3 Big Ten record.

Nebraska sits at No. 19 in the USA Softball poll, and is No. 20 in the coaches' rankings. The Huskers have won three consecutive Big Ten series, including last weekend's sweep of Iowa. Northwestern is ranked No. 25 in the coaches' ballot, and received votes in the USA Softball top 25 poll. Wisconsin received votes in the coaches' poll.

Michigan will host Minnesota in a pivotal series this weekend, with single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nebraska will visit Ohio State, Northwestern will host Indiana while Wisconsin will travel to Penn State.   
Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field squads are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams, coming in at No. 6. The Badgers are followed by No. 12 Nebraska, No. 18 Penn State and No. 24 Illinois.

Click here for the complete poll.

Women's Golf Schedule

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April 14-15
NORTHWESTERN at Silverado Showdown (Napa, Calif.)
WISCONSIN at Silverado Showdown (Napa, Calif.)

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