Big Ten Softball Weekly Release

Ohio State enters this week's action with a 5-4 Big Ten record.

Ohio State enters this week's action with a 5-4 Big Ten record.

April 8, 2014

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• All 12 Big Ten teams will face conference foes this weekend, with six series getting underway on Friday. Four teams will play an additional Big Ten series and five squads will face nonconference opponents this week.

• In the latest national polls, four Big Ten teams appeared in the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches poll, while four conference squads received top 25 nods in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan and Minnesota remained at No. 5 and No. 14, respectively, followed by No. 22 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan improved to No. 4, followed by 14th-ranked Minnesota, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 25 Northwestern.

• According to the latest NCAA Softball RPI ratings released on Monday, six Big Ten teams are rated among the top 52 in the nation, including three in the top 20. Nebraska leads the way at No. 10, followed by No. 14 Michigan and No. 19 Minnesota. Northwestern checks in at No. 29, Illinois is ranked No. 48 and Wisconsin sits at No. 52.

• In the latest version of the NCAA statistics, several Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 20 in various statistical categories. Michigan ranks second in batting average (.351), while Northwestern is 14th (.327). The Wolverines rank fourth in fielding percentage (.979), followed by 20th-ranked Illinois (.974). Minnesota is eighth in earned-run-average (1.5), followed by 11th-ranked Michigan (1.66). In scoring, the Wildcats are ranked eighth (6.9), followed by 10th-ranked Michigan (6.8). The Gophers rank 10th in home runs per game (1.21) and Ohio State is 11th in doubles per game (1.69). Wisconsin is ranked fifth with 2.28 stolen bases per contest. A complete list of team and individual statistics can be found on