Saturday's Results

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Michigan vs. Indiana
Game 1: Michigan 3, Indiana 2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team split a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, knocking off the Hoosiers, 3-2, in the first contest before falling, 7-2, in the second game on Saturday afternoon (March 31) at the IU Softball Field. The Michigan offense totaled nine hits in the first contest, led by a 3-for-4 performance by senior first baseman Amanda Chidester and a 2-for-3 showing from junior shortstop Amy Knapp. Senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick and junior second baseman Ashley Lane each hit solo home runs to account for two-thirds of Michigan's scoring. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner earned the win in the circle, throwing 5.1 innings while giving up two runs on seven hits, with freshman RHP Sara Driesenga earning her second save of the season after pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless and hitless relief. RECAP
Game 2: Indiana 7, Michigan 2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After seeing its 15-game home win streak snapped earlier in the day, the Indiana Hoosiers (17-16, 2-3 Big Ten) rebounded with an impressive 7-2 win over No. 20 Michigan (23-10, 4-1 Big Ten). The win is the first for the Hoosiers against Michigan in Bloomington since April 20, 1996. Meaghan Murphy (8-6) was phenomenal in the circle for Indiana despite allowing seven hits, as she held the powerful Michigan lineup to two runs on those seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Amanda Wagner completed her perfect day at the plate with two more hits - including her sixth home run of the year - and three RBI while Shannon Cawley continued her stellar freshman season with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Another freshman, Brianna Meyer, also got into the power surge with her first career home run in the sixth inning. RECAP

Iowa vs. Illinois
Game 1: Iowa 5, Illionis 1
Game 2: Iowa 9, Illinois 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa softball team posted a doubleheader sweep over Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes won 5-1 in the opener before downing the Fighting Illini, 9-1, in six innings in game two. "I am proud of the kids for how they came out, took this week of practice and really implemented it in the ball game," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "They took advantage of one of the better pitchers in the conference that first game and were able to knock her out of the game and get to their bullpen. Then they stuck with it through game two to get the sweep." RECAP

Minnesota vs. Nebraska
Game 1: Minnesota 13, Nebraska 7
Game 2: Minnesota 8, Nebraska 5
In front of the sixth-largest crowd in Jane Sage Cowles Stadium history, the University of Minnesota softball team garnered two wins over Nebraska in their home opening series. The Golden Gophers (21-9, 3-2 Big Ten) showcased their bats in the two contests by tallying 22 hits on the day to outlast the Huskers (20-14, 3-2 Big Ten). RECAP

Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Game 1: Ohio State 9, Michigan State 4
Game 2: Ohio State 14, Michigan State 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State softball team swept a doubleheader at Michigan State Saturday at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeye bats erupted at the plate for a combined 23 runs on 31 hits against the Spartans, claiming a 9-4 victory in game one before winning, 14-1, in five innings in game two. "I thought the kids played with an enormous amount of energy and passion today," head coach Linda Kalafatissaid. "You don't plan on a day like this, but we found holes at the plate and hit the ball solid when we needed to against them. Our pitchers executed well today and that's as well as I've seen Nichols throw since her surgery." RECAP

Purdue vs. Penn State
Game 1: Purdue 2, Penn State 1
Game 2: Purdue 7, Penn State 0
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team swept its Saturday doubleheader with Penn State 2-1 and 7-0 to move to 5-0 in Big Ten play for the first time in school history. Sophomore Danielle Fletcher set a school record for walks in a game with four in Game 2 of the twin bill, surpassing the mark of three tied 20 times in program lore. Freshman Lexy Moore (14-2) struck out three in a Game 1 victory, while senior Katie Hackney (4-2) picked up the victory with 5 Ks in a relief effort in Game 2. Junior Ashley Courtney led the Purdue bats with a 4-for-5 effort and five RBI in the series, including two multi-hit efforts. Sophomores Andie Varsho and Lindsey Rains posted multi-hit efforts in Game 1 and 2 respectively. RECAP

Wisconsin vs. Northwestern
Game 1: Wisconsin 12, Northwestern 4
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin won its home-opener on Saturday afternoon against Northwestern in strong offensive fashion, winning 12-4 in six innings. Amanda Najdek improved to 3-0 with the win, only allowing four runs on nine hits. In the second game of the day, Wisconsin fell 10-6 in extra innings against the Wildcats following a grand slam from Marisa Bast in the top of the eighth. With the split, Wisconsin moves to 14-11 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Northwestern is 13-18 overall, 1-4 in the Big Ten. The two teams will decide the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network. RECAP
Game 2: Northwestern 10, Wisconsin 6 (8)
MADISON, Wis. -- In a back-and-forth contest that saw Northwestern erase an early three-run deficit and Wisconsin plate two in the seventh to send the game to extras, sophomore Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) uncorked a two-out, full-count grand slam in the eighth inning to give the Wildcats a 10-6 (8) victory over the Badgers. Northwestern improves to 13-18 overall on the season with its win, 1-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin now is 14-11 on the year, 3-2 in the conference with its loss. The contest was reminiscent of Northwestern's lone other extra-inning game this season, when an eighth-inning three-run homer gave the Wildcats a 6-3 (8) victory over then-No. 17 Texas A&M. RECAP

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