Northwestern Will Host 2006 Big Ten Softball Tournament
May 7, 2006
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - With a 3-0 victory over Illinois on Saturday, Northwestern captured the regular season league championship and will serve as the host of the 2006 Big Ten Softball Tournament. The Wildcats will welcome Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan State and Illinois to the 2006 event, which will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern entered the final weekend of league play needing to win just one game against Illinois to claim its first Big Ten title since 1987. The Wildcats responded by posting a 3-0 triumph in Saturday's contest at Illinois. NU also notched a 5-0 shutout over the Fighting Illini on Sunday to close out the conference slate at 16-3 and clinch its fifth Big Ten regular season crown in school history.
Michigan, the reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion, finished the year at 14-4 in league play to capture the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Wolverines will open tourney play on Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m. CST when they face off against No. 7 Michigan State, which ended the league season with a 9-11 mark. Northwestern will then take on No. 8 Illinois (8-11) at 4:30 p.m.
No. 3 seeded Iowa (12-7) battles No. 6 Indiana (8-9) on Friday, May 12 at 9 a.m., while the second game of the day will feature No. 4 Ohio State (11-7) taking on No. 5 seeded Penn State (10-10) at 11:30 a.m. The championship game is set for Saturday, May 13, at Noon CST., and will be televised by College Sports Television. For more information on the 2006 Big Ten Softball Tournament, go to www.bigten.org.
2006 Big Ten Softball Tournament
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