Saturday's Results

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Illinois 3, Purdue 1 (Game 1); Purdue 4, Illinois 2 (Game 2)
Game 1: Illinois struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning to go ahead, 1-0. With one away, redshirt-junior Jessica Davis knocked a double to the left-center field wall, the fourth of the season for the shortstop. Two batters later, freshman third baseman Jess Perkins grounded a bouncing ball to Purdue shortstop Molly Garst, with Garst's offline throw to first allowing Davis to hustle home to break the scoreless tie. In the third, Hackett added two more runs to the Orange and Blue lead with the senior's eight homer of the season. Three batters after Booker singled up the middle, Hackett sent a 2-2 offering from Purdue's Lexy Moore 20 feet over the fencing to stake the Illini to a 3-0 advantage. Starting pitcher Pepper Gay made the early run support stand with another dominant performance in the circle, showing her maturity as the staff ace during her 102nd collegiate appearance. RECAP
Game 2: The Boilermaker bats came through with three runs in the seventh to pull off a 4-2 comeback victory over Illinois softball in Game 2 on Saturday. Purdue trailed 2-0 after three innings and scored one in the fifth and three in the seventh to snag the win. The Boilermakers scored four runs on 10 hits and an error, including two hits each by senior Molly Garst and sophomore Andie Varsho. Illinois scored two runs on six hits and an error. Freshman Lexy Moore (19-6) struck out two batters in the complete-game victory, while relief pitcher Pepper Gay (15-12) was saddled with the loss after tossing the final three innings. Jackie Gay threw the first four innings, striking out two. RECAP

Indiana 8, Northwestern 6
After falling behind by five runs to Northwestern in the second inning, the Indiana Hoosiers (22-21, 6-7 Big Ten) came all the way back to post a 8-6 win at the IU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon. Meaghan Murphy (9-9) gave up four runs in the first inning and the first six batters reached base before she struck out the 7-8-9 batters in the bottom of the first inning to get out of trouble. From there, she put the game on her shoulders and kept the potent Northwestern attack at bay and allowed IU to mount its comeback. Murphy's final line showed six runs on nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Samantha Berenter had a sac fly and a two-run single to lead the offense for Indiana. Shannon Cawley, Brianna Meyer and Shelby Gogreve also had two hits in the game. RECAP

Minnesota 1, Michigan 0 (Game 1); Minnesota 6, Michigan 4 (Game 2)
The University of Minnesota softball team had a historical day at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday as they garnered two wins from Big Ten powerhouse and the 20th-ranked Michigan Wolverines. The Golden Gophers (28-15, 7-7 Big Ten) edged out Michigan (31-13, 11-3 Big Ten) 1-0 in a game one pitching duel as Sara Moulton struck out 10 batters, and Erica Meyer belted a solo home run. Game two began two and a half hours later, due to a rain delay, but the Maroon and Gold kept the momentum to defeat the Wolverines, 6-4. In Minnesota softball history, wins over Michigan have been rare with the all-time series sitting at 25-74, but on this day things changed. It is the first time since 1999 that the Gophers have defeated the Wolverines twice in a season. RECAP

Iowa 6, Michigan State 0 (Game 1); Iowa 7, Michigan State 1 (Game 2)
The University of Iowa softball team extended its Big Ten Conference winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep at Michigan State on Saturday at Secchia Stadium. The Hawkeyes rolled to a 6-0 win in game one before downing the Spartans, 7-1, in game two. "I was proud of the team," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "We talked about being aggressive, getting on the board early and continuing to put runs up, and they did a nice job with that. When we continue to be the aggressor and get runs on the board, we're probably going to come out victors." RECAP

Nebraska 11, Ohio State 2 (Game 1); Nebraska 3, Ohio State 2 (8) (Game 2)
Game 1: A pair of four-run innings powered the Nebraska softball team to an 11-2 victory over Ohio State at a chilly Buckeye Field in the first of two games Saturday night. The Husker offense tied its season high with four home runs in the win, while producing 14 hits, its most in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska's 11 runs also tied its highest run output in a conference game this season. RECAP
Game 2: A freshman and a senior teamed up to give Rhonda Revelle her 750th victory as Nebraska's Head Softball Coach, as the Huskers completed a doubleheader sweep at Ohio State with a 3-2, eight-inning victory in Saturday's nightcap at Buckeye Field. Senior right-hander Ashley Hagemann was impressive in the circle and freshman Mattie Fowler delivered the game-winning hit, as Nebraska swept the doubleheader to win its first Big Ten Conference road series. RECAP

Wisconsin 4, Penn State 1 (Game 1): Wisconsin 8, Penn State 0 (Game 2)
A walk-off hit into left field by Mary Massei gave Wisconsin a sweep over Penn State on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond for the first time since 1997. With a 4-1 win over the Nittany Lions (13-25 overall, 5-9 Big Ten) in the first game of the doubleheader, the Badgers (26-13, 9-4) became the fastest team to reach 25 wins in school history. Behind the strong pitching of Amanda Najdek, the Badgers shut out Penn State 8-0 in the second game of the doubleheader. Najdek pitched her second complete game and advanced to 5-1, only allowing two hits in five innings. RECAP

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