May 8, 2005
PARK RIDGE, IL - For the eighth time in the 11-year history of the Big Ten Softball Tournament, Michigan will serve as the host after clinching the regular-season League Championship on Sunday. The Wolverines will welcome Northwestern, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Purdue and Michigan State to the 2005 event, which will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14 at Alumni Field.
Michigan entered the final weekend of League play needing to win both games against Northwestern to claim the Championship and the Wolverines responded by posting a 3-0 triumph in Saturday's contest versus the Wildcats. With the League crown on the line, Michigan followed with another solid performance on Sunday, posting an 8-7 comeback to end the Conference slate at 15-2 and clinch its 10th Conference regular season crown in school history.
Northwestern finished the year at 15-3 in League play to capture the No. 2 seed in the Tournament, its highest berth since 1998 when NU posted a 15-9 mark to finish second in the Big Ten standings. The Wildcats will open tourney play on Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. EST when they face off against No. 7 Purdue, which ended the 2005 League season with a 10-10 mark. Michigan will then take on No. 8 Michigan State (7-9), the reigning Big Ten Tournament champion, at 7:30 p.m. Last year, the Spartans claimed their first-ever Big Ten Tournament crown after defeating Illinois, 1-0, in the championship game.
No. 3 seeded Iowa (12-6) battles No. 6 Penn State on Friday, May 13 at noon, while the second game of the day will feature No. 4 Ohio State (9-7) taking on No. 5 seeded Wisconsin (11-9) at 2:30 p.m. The championship game is set for Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m., and will be televised by College Sports Television on a tape-delayed basis. CSTV will broadcast the championship game on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. EST. For more information on the 2005 Big Ten Softball Tournament, go to www.bigten.org.
A complete tournament schedule follows.
2005 Big Ten Softball Tournament
Alumni Field - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Thursday, May 12
Game 1: No. 2 Northwestern vs. No. 7 Purdue, 5 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 8 Michigan State, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13
Game 3: No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 6 Penn State, Noon
Game 4: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Wisconsin, 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 14
Game 7: Tournament Championship, 1 p.m.
All Times Eastern.