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Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-five Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of March 31. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Dustin DeMuth, IND
Pitcher of the Week - Calvin Mathews, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Cam Vieaux, MSU

Men's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Jack Perry, NU

Women's Golf
Co-Golfers of the Week - Cassie Deeg & Katelyn Wright, NEB

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - Second Varsity Eight, OSU (Nikki Becks, Chloe Meyer, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya, Sandra Dinter, Anne Dietrich, Stephanie Williams, Taylore Urban and coxswain Alex Sawatzki)

Softball
Player of the Week - Hailey Decker, NEB
Pitcher of the Week - Kayla Massey, IOWA
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Sara Groenewegen, MINN & Katy McJunkin, PUR

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Gabriella De Santis, OSU

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Levi Gibson, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Billy Stanley, OSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Brook Handler, MICH
Field Athlete of the Week - Ashley Stacey, MSU

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 4th
#25 ILLINOIS at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.
INDIANA, #19 PENN STATE at Crimson Tide Invitational - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
INDIANA, IOWA, #19 PENN STATE at Stanford Invitational - Palo Alto, Calif.
IOWA, #11 NEBRASKA at Arkansas Invite - Fayetteville, Ark.
MICHIGAN STATE at Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Hamline Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
PURDUE at Texas State Invite - San Marcos, Texas
#6 WISCONSIN at Florida Relays - Jacksonville, Fla.
#6 WISCONSIN at Rex Foster Invitational - Whitewater, Wis.

Saturday, April 5th
#25 ILLINOIS at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.
INDIANA, #19 PENN STATE at Crimson Tide Invitational - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
INDIANA, IOWA, #19 PENN STATE at Stanford Invitational - Palo Alto, Calif.
IOWA, #11 NEBRASKA at Arkansas Invite - Fayetteville, Ark.
MICHIGAN, California at Virginia - Charlottesville, Va.
MICHIGAN STATE at Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Hamline Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
OHIO STATE at LSU Battle on the Bayou - Baton Rouge, La.
PURDUE at Texas State Invite - San Marcos, Texas
#6 WISCONSIN at Florida Relays - Jacksonville, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, April 5
West Virginia at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA (rv), #16 WISCONSIN at San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego, Calif.
#9 MICHIGAN, #2 OHIO STATE, #11 Stanford at #20 Oregon State Classic- Corvalis, Ore.
MINNESOTA (rv) at Dual Challenge - Boston, Mass.

Sunday, April 6
IOWA (rv), #16 WISCONSIN at San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego, Calif.
MINNESOTA (rv) at Dual Challenge - Boston, Mass.

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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Six Big Ten rowing squads were ranked or receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Defending Big Ten and NCAA Champion Ohio State led conference teams in the poll, coming in at No. 2. Michigan joined the Buckeyes in the top 10 as the Wolverines were tied for the ninth spot. Wisconsin checked in at No. 16, while Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the full poll, click here.


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.

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


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