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Up-and-coming Boilermakers making noise in Big Ten

Updated: February 21, 2008, 1:53 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

The crunch of boots carving a path through snow and ice is no longer enough to drown out dreams of cleats clacking on cement at the Women's College World Series.

Most clearly represented in Michigan's championship three seasons ago and recent repeat trips to Oklahoma City for Northwestern and DePaul, cold-weather schools are doing their part in spreading softball's reach beyond the sport's roots in Arizona and California.

As significant as those high-profile success stories ...

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