Big Ten Softball Weekly Release

Purdue's Andie Varsho

April 1, 2014

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• All 12 Big Ten teams will face conference foes this weekend, with six series getting underway on Friday. Eight teams will also play midweek games.

• In the latest national polls, 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.

• According to the latest NCAA Softball RPI ratings release on Monday, five Big Ten teams are rated among the top 50 in the nation, including three among the top 15. Nebraska leads the way at No. 7, followed by No. 13 Michigan and No. 15 Minnesota. Northwestern and Illinois are ranked No. 24 and No. 47, respectively.

• In the latest version of the NCAA statistics, several Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 20 in the nation in various statistical categories. Michigan ranks third in batting average (.347), while Northwestern is ninth (.335). The Wolverines rank seventh in fielding percentage (.979), followed by 15th-ranked Illinois (.976). Minnesota checks in at 11th in earned-run-average (1.60) and is ninth in home runs per game (1.26). Northwestern ranks sixth in scoring (6.93), while Michigan is 12th (6.71). In doubles per game, ninth-ranked Ohio State averages 1.75 per contest, while Purdue, which ranks 18th, averages 1.64. A complete list of team and individual statistics can be found on