Big Ten Softball Weekly Release

Michigan's Haylie Wagner

April 15, 2014

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• All 12 Big Ten teams will face conference foes this weekend, with six series getting underway on Friday. Eight Big Ten teams will also face nonconference opponents during 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 improved to No. 3, followed by No. 12 Minnesota, No. 20 Nebraska and No. 25 Northwestern. Wisconsin is also receiving votes. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan improved to No. 3, followed by 13th-ranked Minnesota and No. 19 Nebraska. Northwestern is also receiving votes.

• According to the latest NCAA Softball RPI ratings released on Monday, six Big Ten teams are rated among the top 60 in the nation, including three in the top 20. Nebraska leads the way at No. 13, followed by No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Minnesota. Northwestern checks in at No. 28, Wisconsin is ranked No. 54 and Illinois sits at No. 60.

• In the latest version of the NCAA statistics, several Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 20 in various statistical categories. Michigan leads the nation in batting average (.363), followed by 16th-ranked Northwestern (.325). In fielding percentage, the Wolverines are ranked second (.981). Michigan is eighth in earned-run-average (1.54), followed by Minnesota in 14th (1.8). The Wolverines are ranked fifth in scoring (7.1), followed by the eighth-place Wildcats (6.85). The Golden Gophers are ranked 11th in home runs per game (1.24), Ohio State checks in at No. 16 in doubles per game (1.6) and Northwestern is ranked seventh in triples per game (.35). Wisconsin is sixth with 2.19 stolen bases per game. A complete list of team and individual statistics can be found on