May 10, 2006
Park Ridge, Ill. - The conference office announced today that every first round and semifinal game of the 2006 Big Ten Softball Tournament will be webcast live for the first time ever with streaming audio and video available through bigten.org and CSTV's All-Access. The tournament's championship game will air live on CSTV this Saturday, May 13.
Simply click on the "watch" links next to the game currently being played to view the stream. Audio will be provided by Northwestern's student-radio station WNUR 89.3 FM.
The 2006 Big Ten Tournament is set to begin on Thursday, May 11 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern (16-3) clinched the No. 1 seed and its first conference regular season title since 1987 after sweeping Illinois last weekend. 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 seed 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.
2006 Big Ten Tournament Website: http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/050806aac.html
Tounament Video: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/06-big-ten-championship.html
A complete tournament schedule follows.
2006 Big Ten Softball Tournament
Sharon J. Drysdale Field - Evanston, Ill.
Thursday, May 11
Game 1: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 7 Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Northwestern vs. No. 8 Illinois, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 12
Game 3: No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 6 Indiana, 9 a.m.
Game 4: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Penn State, 11:30 a.m.
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 Winner, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13
Game 7: Tournament Championship, Noon
All Times Central.