Softball To Face Purdue In Big Ten Tourney Opener
Nittany Lions Earn No. 3 Seed in this week's conference tournament at the University of Iowa
State College, Pa., May 9, 2000 - The Penn State softball team will open the 2000 Big Ten Tournament on Thursday afternoon against Purdue 12:00 p.m. (CT). The Lions earned the tourney's No. 3 seed after a third-place finish in the conference's regular season standings. No. 1 seed Iowa and No. 2 Michigan each will receive a bye in the first round, while No. 4 Northwestern will battle No. 5 Wisconsin in the tournament's other first round contest.
If Penn State wins its first round game with the No. 6 seed Boilermakers, it will face Michigan in a second round contest on Thursday at approximately 5:00 p.m. (CT).
The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on Sunday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. (CT) on Fox Sports Chicago. Steve Schlanger will handle the play-by-play, while Erin McGee will provide the color commentary.
All tournament games will be TotalCast live. Fans and media can access the TotalCasts by logging on to the Big Ten Conference website at the following address: www.bigtenchampionships.com/local/totalcasts.html.
Penn State finished the regular season 34-15 overall and 12-5 in Big Ten play. The Lions are making their second straight conference tournament appearance under head coach Robin Petrini.
Tournament Schedule (All Times Central):
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Saturday, May 13