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Plenty of Buckeye action on the diamond, track and lax field

Six Games Highlight Network’s Weekend Baseball, Softball Coverage

The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of four softball and two baseball games this weekend, with 12 different teams in action. Weekend play begins Friday evening with the Michigan men taking on arch-rival Ohio State at 7 PM ET.

On Saturday, the Penn State baseball team meets Michigan State for a 3 PM ET game in East Lansing. Immediately following that game, the Illinois softball team will entertain in-state rival Northwestern from Eichelberger Field at approximately 6 PM ET.

Three softball games highlight Sunday’s schedule, beginning with Purdue at Penn State and Michigan State taking on Minnesota at noon and 2 pm ET, respectively. Weekend coverage concludes with Wisconsin facing on Michigan at 4 PM ET.

Big Ten baseball and softball fans can tune in to the Big Ten Diamond Report at 6 PM ET on Sunday for a complete recap of the weekend’s action. Mike Hall joins former Iowa pitcher and 1989 MLB first-round pick Cal Eldred and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Tammy Williams to review the top headlines and preview upcoming matchups around the Big Ten.

Viewers are invited to submit their Big Ten baseball and softball questions for the team of analysts to answer during each episode.

Did you miss last week’s Top Five Plays on Diamond Report? Visit BigTenNetwork.com to watch clips from previous shows. You can also see the clips by joining the network on Facebook.

Spring Championships are On the Air

The Big Ten Network is the home for complete coverage of spring championships in May, televising Big Ten events in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Each of these events will be produced in high definition.

Broadcast coverage begins at 10 AM ET on Saturday, May 7, with the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament from the University of Michigan. The Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by Wisconsin, is at 6 PM ET. The Ohio State men’s and Michigan women’s teams return as the No. 1 seed in their respective tournaments after repeating as regular-season Big Ten champions. For complete bracket information, visit bigten.org.

The complete television schedule for the 2011 Big Ten Spring Championships and Tournaments can be found at BigTenNetwork.com.

 

BIG TEN NETWORK ADVANCE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, May 8

– FRIDAY, APRIL 29 –

7 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Gerry Kindall – analyst

– SATURDAY, APRIL 30 –

11 AM ET / BIG TEN TRACK AND FIELD
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (delay, 4/24/2011)
Tom Werme, Rebecca Harlow and Dionne Miller – commentators

1 PM ET / WOMEN’S LACROSSE
JOHNs HOPKINS AT OHIO STATE (live)
Mike Wolf – play-by-play; Kara Lentz – analyst

1 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
IOWA AT INDIANA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

1:30 PM ET / BIG TEN SPRING FOOTBALL
MICHIGAN STATE SPRING FOOTBALL GAME (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

3 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Danan Hughes – analyst

6 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS (live)
Dave Loane – play-by-play; Heather Lyke – analyst

8 PM ET / BIG TEN SPRING FOOTBALL
MICHIGAN STATE SPRING FOOTBALL GAME (same day delay)
Will Tieman – play-by-play; Bill Burke – analyst; Lisa Byington – sideline reporter

10 PM ET / BIG TEN SPRING FOOTBALL
SPRING FOOTBALL REPORT  
Dave Revsine – host; Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith – analysts

– SUNDAY, MAY 1 –

NOON ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
PURDUE AT PENN STATE (live)
Frank Giardina – play-by-play; Jennie Ritter – analyst

2 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MICHIGN STATE AT MINNESOTA (live)
Marney Gellner – play-by-play; Stacey Phillips – analyst

1 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

3 PM ET
/ BIG TEN SOFTBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

4 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MICHIGN AT WISCONSIN (live)
Eric Collins- play-by-play; Heather Lyke – analyst

6 PM ET
/ BIG TEN BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
BIG TEN DIAMOND REPORT (live)
Mike Hall – host; Cal Eldred and Tammy Williams – analysts

– TUESDAY, MAY 3 –

6 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
NOTRE DAME AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
NORTH FLORIDA AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

– WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 –

3 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MINNESOTA AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

5 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MINNESOTA AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

5:30 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Stacey Phillips – analyst

7 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
MILWAUKEE AT IOWA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Stacey Phillips – analyst

– THURSDAY, MAY 5 –

8 PM ET / ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
PATH TO THE PROS: PART 4

– FRIDAY, MAY 6 –

7 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN (live)
Matt Shepard – play-by-play; Scott Pose – analyst

7 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
PENN STATE AT IOWA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

– SATURDAY, MAY 7 –

10 AM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S TENNIS
BIG TEN WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (delay, 5/1/2011)
Tom Hart and Kat Adams – commentators

NOON ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT INDIANA (live)
Brian Barnhart – play-by-play; Scott Pose – analyst

1 PM ET
/ BIG TEN SOFTBALL
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT ILLINOIS (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
PENN STATE AT IOWA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
INDIANA AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

3 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
PENN STATE AT IOWA (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Danan Hughes – analyst

3:30 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT ILLINOIS (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

6 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN (live)
Leah Secondo – play-by-play; TBA – analyst

6 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

– SUNDAY, MAY 8 –

10 AM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S TENNIS
BIG TEN MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (delay, 5/1/2011)
Bernie Guenther and Michael Kosta- commentators

NOON ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE (live)
Lisa Byington – play-by-play; Heather Lyke – analyst

2 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
PENN STATE AT IOWA (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Jennie Ritter – analyst

1 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
PENN STATE AT IOWA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

4 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
INDIANA AT NORTHWESTERN (live)
Leah Secondo – play-by-play; Stacey Phillips – analyst

6 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
BIG TEN DIAMOND REPORT (live)
Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall – hosts; Cal Eldred and Tammy Williams – analysts

7 PM ET / BIG TEN OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
MUSCO TWILIGHT (delay, 4/23/2011)
Bernie Guenther, Craig Virgin and Christina Meister – commentators