The 2017 Big Ten softball tournament continues with the semifinals and championship on Saturday, May 13.
After receiving first-round byes, the top four seeds—Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois—nearly all survived. The Golden Gophers, the regular season champions, took care of Northwestern, 5-1, on Friday to advance to the semifinals.
No. 4-seeded Illinois beat No. 12-seeded Penn State, 3-0, to meet Minnesota on Saturday. No. 3-seeded Ohio State defeated No. 6-seed Wisconsin, 3-2, to advance, but the No. 2-seeded Michigan Wolverines were upset by No. 7-seeded Michigan State, 5-4.
The single-elimination tournament is taking place at the Wilpon Complex/Alumni Field on Michigan’s campus. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Winners of the two semifinal games Saturday — which take place at 1 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET — will advance to the final, which will start at 6 p.m. ET, also on Saturday.
2017 Big Ten softball tournament: Schedule, game times for Saturday
No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 4 Illinois – 1 p.m. ET
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Michigan State – 3:30 p.m. ET
Big Ten Championship – Winner of Minnesota-Illinois vs. winner of Ohio State-Michigan State – 6 p.m. ET
2017 Big Ten softball tournament bracket
The @B1Gsoftball tourney semifinals are set.
Join us Saturday for a day full of softball. pic.twitter.com/wPoikHKIuU
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) May 13, 2017
How to watch the 2017 Big Ten softball tournament
Both semifinal games and the Big Ten final will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. Games will also be available to stream on the BTN2Go app and BTN2Go.com.