May 4, 2008
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa softball team will be the No. 3 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament and will face No. 6 seed Illinois Friday morning at 9 a.m. in Evanston, IL. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
The Hawkeyes will be looking for their third-straight win over the Fighting Illini after sweeping a two-game series, 5-2 and 12-6, to wrap up the regular season. The Hawkeyes finished third in the Big Ten with a 14-6 conference mark while Illinois finished tied for sixth with an 8-12 record, but finished ahead of the Spartans after tiebreakers were used.
Northwestern and Michigan both finished with 18-2 Big Ten records and were still deadlocked when all the tiebreakers were enforced. Northwestern was awarded the No. 1 seed and host-site by way of a coin flip.
Fans can find more information on the Big Ten Tournament at bigten.org and nusports.com.
2008 Big Ten Tournament Schedule
Thursday, May 8
Game One: #2 Michigan vs. #7 Michigan State – 2 p.m.
Game Two: #1 Northwestern vs. #8 Ohio State – 4:30 p.m.
Friday May 9
Game Three: #3 Iowa vs. #6 Illinois – 9 a.m.#
Game Four: #4 Minnesota vs. #5 Purdue – 1:30 a.m.#
Game Five: Winner Game One vs. Winner Game Three – 2 p.m.#
Game Six: Winner Game Four vs. Winner Game Two – 4:30 p.m.#
Saturday May 10
Game Seven: Championship – Noon#
# = televised live on the Big Ten Network