2018 Big Ten Softball Season Opens This Weekend
Feb. 8, 2018

ROSEMONT, Ill. — All 14 Big Ten Conference schools will step on the softball diamond Friday, as the 2018 Big Ten season gets underway with non-conference action in tournaments across the country.

Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State travel to Florida to start their campaigns, while Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue will do likewise in Arizona. Maryland and Rutgers have their bags packed for California, while Iowa heads to Louisiana, Minnesota ventures to Nevada, Penn State opens in Alabama and Wisconsin gets started in Texas.

The Big Ten sent five schools to last year’s NCAA Tournament, as Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin each earned NCAA berths, while Michigan State represented the Big Ten in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC).

Reigning Big Ten Champion Minnesota is ranked No. 16 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/USA Today poll and No. 18 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll. Michigan is ranked No. 16 by USA Softball and No. 18 by the NFCA. Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin received votes in both preseason polls, while Nebraska and Northwestern earned votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball balloting.

The 2018 Big Ten Softball Tournament will take place May 10-12 at Wisconsin’s Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wisconsin.

Feb. 9, 2018 #RV/RV Ohio State 9, Northern Illinois 1 (6 inn.) Boca Raton, FL RECAP
#18/16 Michigan 7, UAB 0 Tampa, FL RECAP
Boise State 7, Indiana 6 Tempe, AZ RECAP
#11/10 Alabama 10, Penn State 0 (5 inn.) Gulf Shores, AL RECAP
#RV/RV Illinois 9, Providence 1 (5 inn.) Longwood, FL RECAP
#16/18 Minnesota 8, Southern Utah 5 Las Vegas, NV RECAP
Colorado State 4, #RV/RV Wisconsin 3 Austin, TX RECAP
#18/16 Michigan 8, Georgia State 0 (6 inn.) Tampa, FL RECAP
Iowa 3, Illinois-Chicago 0 Lafayette, LA RECAP
#7/7 Arizona 4, #NR/RV Northwestern 1 Tempe, AZ RECAP
#RV/RV Ohio State 5, Duke 2 Boca Raton, FL RECAP
Cal Poly 4, Maryland 3 Los Angeles, CA RECAP
Virginia Tech 3, Penn State 1 Gulf Shores, AL RECAP
North Florida 5, #RV/RV Illinois 3 Longwood, FL RECAP
Eastern Illinois 4, Iowa 2 Lafayette, LA RECAP
Duke 3, Michigan State 0 Boca Raton, FL RECAP
Oregon State 4, Indiana 1   Tempe, AZ RECAP
UC Riverside 10, Rutgers 0 Fullerton, CA RECAP
#NR/RV Nebraska 5, #19/22 BYU 4 (8 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
#16/18 Minnesota 8, Utah Valley 3 Las Vegas, NV RECAP
at #23/19 Arizona State 9, Purdue 1 (6 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
at Florida Atlantic 3, Michigan State 0 Boca Raton, FL RECAP
at #RV Cal State Fullerton 6, Rutgers 5 Fullerton, CA RECAP
at #5/4 UCLA 5, Maryland 1 Los Angeles, CA RECAP
at #RV/RV Texas 5, #RV/RV Wisconsin 1 Austin, TX RECAP
at #23/19 Arizona State 6, #NR/RV Nebraska 4 Tempe, AZ RECAP
#NR/RV Northwestern 7, #RV San Diego State 6 (8 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
San Jose State 11, Purdue 1 (5 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
Feb. 10, 2018 #2/2 Florida 2, #18/16 Michigan 0 Tampa, FL RECAP
#NR/RV Nebraska 5, #15/16 Utah 0 Tempe, AZ RECAP
#16/18 Minnesota 4, #RV North Dakota State 0 Las Vegas, NV RECAP
Penn State vs. #14/15 Ole Miss Gulf Shores, AL CANCELLED
Rutgers 7, Middle Tennessee 0 Fullerton, CA RECAP
Michigan State 8, Bethune-Cookman 0 (5 inn.) Boca Raton, FL RECAP
#NR/RV Northwestern 11, Boise State 3 (5 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
Michigan State 5, Northern Illinois 3 Boca Raton, FL RECAP
at South Florida 3, #18/16 Michigan 2 Tampa, FL RECAP
South Alabama 10, #RV/RV Illinois 3 Longwood, FL RECAP
#NR/RV Northwestern 5, Indiana 1 (non-conference) Tempe, AZ RECAP
Georgia Tech vs. Penn State Gulf Shores, AL CANCELLED
Pittsburgh 6, Rutgers 2 Fullerton, CA RECAP
#NR/RV Nebraska 5, #RV San Diego State 3 Tempe, AZ RECAP
#RV/RV Wisconsin 7, at #RV/RV Texas 3 (8 inn.) Austin, TX RECAP
#16/18 Minnesota 3, at UNLV 0 Las Vegas, NV RECAP
Western Michigan 15, Purdue 7 Tempe, AZ RECAP
Iowa at #22/24 Louisiana Lafayette, LA CANCELLED
UC Riverside 5, Maryland 0 Los Angeles, CA RECAP
#RV/RV Ohio State 10, at Florida Atlantic 1 Boca Raton, FL RECAP
UCF 3, #RV/RV Illinois 2 (8 inn.) Longwood, FL RECAP
#RV/RV Wisconsin 7, Incarnate Word 1 Austin, TX RECAP
Evansville vs. Iowa Lafayette, LA CANCELLED
Cal Poly 4, Maryland 3 (8 inn.) Los Angeles, CA RECAP
#RV/RV Ohio State 10, Northern Illinois 2 Boca Raton, FL RECAP
Purdue 11, South Dakota 2 (5 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
San Jose State 2, Indiana 1 Tempe, AZ RECAP
Feb. 11, 2018 Louisville 9, #RV/RV Illinois 7 Longwood, FL RECAP
#18/16 Michigan 6, Illinois State 1 Tampa, FL RECAP
Boston University 3, Michigan State 0 Boca Raton, FL RECAP
Illinois-Chicago 6, Iowa 4 Lafayette, LA RECAP
at #22/24 Louisiana 9, Iowa 0 (5 inn.) Lafayette, LA RECAP
#NR/RV Nebraska 9, Cal State Northridge 1 (5 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
#NR/RV Northwestern 13, South Dakota 5 (5 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
Colorado State vs. #RV/RV Wisconsin Austin, TX CANCELLED
#RV/RV Ohio State 3, Boston University 2 (8 inn.) Boca Raton, FL RECAP
Maryland 2, Middle Tennessee 1 Los Angeles, CA RECAP
#16/18 Minnesota 7, Creighton 3 Las Vegas, NV RECAP
Lipscomb vs. Penn State Gulf Shores, AL CANCELLED
#RV Fresno State 13, Purdue 4 (6 inn.) Tempe, AZ RECAP
Rutgers 11, Utah State 5 Fullerton, CA RECAP
at #23/19 Arizona State 2, Indiana 1 Tempe, AZ RECAP
#NR/RV Nebraska 3, Seattle 2 Tempe, AZ RECAP

NOTES: All games and times subject to change (check team web sites and social media channels for latest updates) … rankings are from the preseason NFCA/USA Softball polls (RV - receiving votes/NR - not ranked; when only one ranking is listed, it is from the NFCA poll)