Softball Postseason Central

May 16, 2017


Six Big Ten Conference softball programs will open postseason play this week, with five Big Ten schools — Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin — competing in the NCAA Tournament and Michigan State representing the conference in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championships (NISC).

The ESPN family of networks will be televising games at all 16 NCAA Tournament regional sites, with games also available on the WatchESPN platform and through the ESPN mobile app.

Both postseason tournaments feature double-elimination formats, so additional games in each regional will be added as those dates/times/opponents are known. In addition, schedules often change on short notice, due to weather or other outside factors. Fans are advised to check each school's official athletics web site or its official social media channels for the latest schedule updates.

Date Game (TV) Location Time (ET)
May 16, 2017 Murray State 7, Michigan State 6 (9 inn.)
(NISC Region 3 - First Round)
Normal, IL RECAP
May 17, 2017 Michigan State 7, IUPUI 1
(NISC Region 3 - Second Round)
Normal, IL RECAP
Michigan State 10, Murray State 6
(NISC Region 3 - Semifinals)
Normal, IL RECAP
May 18, 2017 Michigan State 4, at Illinois State 3
(NISC Region 3 - Championship Round)
Normal, IL RECAP
at Illinois State 6, Michigan State 0
(NISC Region 3 - Championship Round)
Normal, IL RECAP
May 19, 2017 Illinois 3, Marshall 2 (12 inn.) (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Lexington Regional - First Round)
Lexington, KY RECAP
#1/3 Minnesota 11, Louisiana Tech 3 (5 inn.) (ESPNU/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional - First Round)
Tuscaloosa, AL RECAP
#RV/25 USC Upstate 7, #RV/25 Ohio State 3 (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Knoxville Regional - First Round)
Knoxville, TN RECAP
#20/18 Michigan 3, Fresno State 1 (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Seattle Regional - First Round)
Seattle, WA RECAP
Wisconsin 7, Missouri 2 (ESPN/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Eugene Regional - First Round)
Eugene, OR RECAP
May 20, 2017 at #19/20 Kentucky 1, Illinois 0 (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Lexington Regional - Second Round)
Lexington, KY RECAP
at #15/14 Alabama 1, #1/3 Minnesota 0 (9 inn.) (ESPN/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional - Second Round)
Tuscaloosa, AL RECAP
Longwood 3, #RV/25 Ohio State 1 (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Knoxville Regional - Elimination Game)
Knoxville, TN RECAP
at #7/7 Washington 12, #20/18 Michigan 4 (5 inn.) (ESPN/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Seattle Regional - Second Round)
Seattle, WA RECAP
at #3/1 Oregon 6, Wisconsin 5 (8 inn.) (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Eugene Regional - Second Round)
Eugene, OR RECAP
Illinois 10, Marshall 2 (5 inn.) (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Lexington Regional - Elimination Game)
Lexington, KY RECAP
#20/18 Michigan 4, Fresno State 0 (ESPNews/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Seattle Regional - Elimination Game)
Seattle, WA RECAP
Wisconsin 2, Illinois-Chicago 0 (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Eugene Regional - Elimination Game)
Eugene, OR RECAP
May 21, 2017 at #19/20 Kentucky 4, Illinois 2 (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Lexington Regional - Championship Game)
Lexington, KY RECAP
#1/3 Minnesota 5, Louisiana Tech 2 (9 inn.) (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional - Elimination Game)
Tuscaloosa, AL RECAP
at #15/14 Alabama 1, #1/3 Minnesota 0 (ESPNU/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional - Championship Game)
Tuscaloosa, AL RECAP
at #7/7 Washington 4, #20/18 Michigan 2 (ESPNews/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Seattle Regional - Championship Game)
Seattle, WA RECAP
at #3/1 Oregon 9, Wisconsin 0 (5 inn.) (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
(NCAA Eugene Regional - Championship Game)
Eugene, OR RECAP

NOTE: Rankings from May 16 NFCA/USA Today and USA Softball/ESPN.com polls (RV - receiving votes)