(Champaign, IL) — The Big Ten Softball Tournament begins today at the University of Illinois. The Golden Gopher team earned the three-seed in the event and will receive an opening round bye. Minnesota will play in a quarterfinal game tomorrow morning against the winner of today’s preliminary game between Ohio State and Rutgers. Tomorrow’s tilt is the day’s first game, starting at 11 A-M. Here is the preliminary and quarterfinal round schedule of the 2023 Big Ten Softball Tournament in Champaign, Illinois (seeds in parenthesis):

(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Ohio State, 11 A-M
(7) Penn State vs. (10) Michigan, 1:30 P-M
(8) Maryland vs. (9) Iowa, 4:30 P-M
(5) Wisconsin vs. (12) Illinois , 7 P-M

Ohio State/Rutgers winner vs. (3) Minnesota, 11 A-M
Penn State/Michigan winner vs. (2) Indiana, 1:30 P-M
Maryland/Iowa winner vs. (1) Northwestern, 4:30 P-M
Wisconsin/Illinois winner vs. (4) Nebraska, 7 P-M

Star Pitcher
Gopher senior pitcher Autumn Pease of Murrieta, California talked with MNN sports director Mike Grimm:

Freshman Phenom
Gopher freshman Jess Oakland of San Jose spoke with MNN sports director Mike Grimm:


(photos courtesy of Gopher Sports)

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