The Nebraska softball team (31-22, 9-13 Big Ten) begins postseason action on Thursday when the team plays Michigan State (24-25, 10-11 Big Ten) at 4:30 p.m. CT in the first round of the 2018 Big Ten Softball Tournament at the Goodman Softball Complex in Madison, Wis. The Huskers enter the tournament as the No. 9 seed, while the Spartans are the No. 8 seed.
NU hopes to make a deep run in the tournament to help increase its chances for an NCAA Tournament bid, which will be announced Sunday, after the conclusion of the tournament. Four Huskers were honored by the Big Ten, announced by the conference on Wednesday. Sophomore infielder Tristen Edwards was a unanimous first-team pick. Senior utility player Kaylan Jablonski and junior outfielder Alyvia Simmons earned second-team honors for the second consecutive year, while senior pitcher Caitlin Bartsch earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.