May 6, 2007
2007 Big Ten Tournament Bracket in PDF Format
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PARK RIDGE, Ill. - With a 4-0 victory over Penn State on Sunday, Ohio State captured the regular season conference title and will serve as the host of the 2007 Big Ten Softball Tournament. The Buckeyes will welcome Northwestern, Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State to the 2007 event, which will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12 at Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State entered the final weekend of conference play needing to sweep Penn State to claim its first Big Ten crown since 1990. The Buckeyes responded by posting a 4-2 triumph in Saturday's contest. The next day, with the score knotted at 0-0, OSU tallied four runs in the seventh inning to notch a 4-0 shutout over the Nittany Lions and close out the conference slate at 14-2. The Buckeyes have claimed the second Big Ten title in program history and will also host the Big Ten Tournament for the first time ever.
Northwestern finished the year at 15-3 in conference play to capture the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Wildcats will open tourney play on Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. ET when they face off against No. 7 Michigan State, which ended the Big Ten season with a 7-9 mark. Ohio State will then take on No. 8 Penn State (5-9) at 7:30 p.m. ET.
On Friday, No. 3 seeded Michigan (12-4), the reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion, battles No. 6 Illinois (7-8) at Noon ET, while the second game of the day will feature No. 4 Iowa (10-7) taking on fifth-seeded Purdue (10-9) at 2:30 p.m. ET. The championship game is set for Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m. ET, and will be televised by College Sports Television. For more information on the 2007 Big Ten Softball Tournament, go to www.bigten.org.
2007 Big Ten Softball Tournament
Buckeye Field- Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, May 10
Game 1: No. 2 Northwestern vs. No. 7 Michigan State, 5 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Penn State, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11
Game 3: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 6 Illinois, Noon
Game 4: No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 5 Purdue, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 Winner, 5 p.m.
Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
Game 7: Tournament Championship, 1 p.m.
All Times Eastern