Big Ten Softball Weekly Release - April 10

Penn State's Cassidy Bell ranks among the top 10 nationally in several statistical categories.

April 10, 2013

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With the halfway point of the 2013 Big Ten softball season drawing near, conference teams begin to position themselves as the conference tournament draws near. Below are a few notes from around Big Ten softball.

• Michigan is atop the conference standings, having won its first nine games of the Big Ten season, with Michigan State second at 7-1. Nebraska is third with a 6-2 mark and Minnesota and Wisconsin are fourth at 6-3.

• Televised and streaming coverage continues as BTN is se to nationally distribute eight matchups this week.

• The Big Ten is one of two conferences with 10 or more teams ranked in the top 100 of the latest RPI report, released by the NCAA. Michigan (15th), Nebraska (16th), Iowa (23rd), Wisconsin (27th), Minnesota (31st) and Northwestern (46th) appear among the top 50.

• Five Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the national rankings this week. Michigan is ranked 12th in the USA Softball and NFCA polls, Nebraska is rated 18th in the USA Softball poll and 22nd in the NFCA rankings. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin each are among the squads also receiving votes in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls.

• Indiana's Amanda Wagner (on-base percentage), Iowa's Megan Blank (RBI per game), Michigan's Sara Driesenga (wins) and Sierra Romero (home runs), Minnesota's Sara Moulton (wins, strikeouts) and Kaitlyn Richardson (batting average, on-base percentage), Northwestern's Amy Letourneau (fewest hits per seven innings) and Penn State's Cassidy Bell (home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage) each rank among the top 10 nationally in their respective stat categories.