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May 14, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6-seed Ohio State softball (34-22; 8-11 Big Ten) semifinal game of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament vs. No. 2-seed Illinois (40-18; 14-6 Big Ten) is postponed because of inclement weather until approximately 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. The semifinal Buckeye-Fighting Illini game was originally supposed to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by the second semifinal game between No. 8 Michigan State and the winner of the No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Minnesota game.

Minnesota led Northwestern 2-0 with one out at the top of the seventh inning before the game was postponed because of the weather. The NU-UM game will be finished at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning and the Ohio State-Illinois game will begin immediately afterwards.

The Buckeyes earned a trip to the semifinals by upsetting No. 3 Iowa, 5-1, earlier Friday afternoon; Illinois beat No. 7 Penn State, 1-0, Thursday, to advance to the semifinals. The winner of the Buckeye-Fighting Illini game will play in the championship game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The championship game will be broadcast by CSTV. For complete, up-to-date information about the tournament, please log on to www.bigten.org.

Saturday Schedule

Times are approximate and subject to change.

9 a.m.

Quarterfinal Game:

Finish seventh inning of No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 5 Northwestern game

9:45 a.m.

Semifinal Game One:

No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Illinois

Noon

Semifinal Game Two:

No. 8 Michigan State vs. winner of No. 4 Minnesota/No. 5 Northwestern

2:30 p.m.

Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal Game One vs. Winner of Semifinal Game Two

(Championship Game Broadcast on CSTV)