Saturday's Results

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Illinois 5, Michigan 1 (8)
Illinois softball used a disciplined approach at the plate to secure a 5-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan in eight innings at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. While the Illini lineup worked eight walks over the contest, the most issued in one game by the UM pitching staff on the season, Illinois broke through for five runs in the top of the eighth to earn the win against the Big Ten-leading Wolverines, who entered the day with a 12-3 conference record. "Scoring four with two outs in the eighth was huge for us," Illinois head coach Terri Sullivan said. "Our hitters bared down, and this time of year that is usually what it is about, who can get that clutch hit and gain some momentum." RECAP

Game 1: Indiana 1, Iowa 0 (9); Game 2: Iowa 4, Indiana 0
Game 1: The Indiana Hoosiers (24-23, 8-8 Big Ten) showed why the game of softball is a team game, as everyone contributed in some form and helped IU to the 1-0 win in nine innings against the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-24, 10-6 Big Ten) at Pearl Field. Kelsey Brannon had four hits for IU and Meaghan Murphy (11-10) tossed her second shutout of the season. Murphy was outstanding in the circle, scattering seven hits and a walk as she went the distance in the circle. She struck out four batters in the game and was able to escape a number of scoring opportunities by the Hawkeyes unharmed. RECAP
Game 2: Four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a scoreless tie and propelled the University of Iowa softball team to a 4-0 victory and a doubleheader split against Indiana on Saturday at Pearl Field. The Hoosiers won a pitching duel in opener, winning 1-0 in nine innings. "Like most splits, I would rather win the second one if we're going to lose the first one," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "I am a little frustrated on that early game that we didn't execute in certain situations. We had quite a few runners at second and third in scoring position. We didn't do the job we needed to, and they were all controllable things." RECAP

Game 1: Nebraska 5, Michigan State 3; Game 2: Nebraska 3, Michigan State 0
Freshman Mattie Fowler broke open a scoreless game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to give sophomore right-hander Tatum Edwards all the support she would need in Nebraska's 3-0 victory over Michigan State in game two of Saturday's doubleheader. The win in the nightcap completed a doubleheader sweep for Nebraska, which improved to 31-18 on the season and moved to 12-5 in Big Ten play. The Huskers also won for the 16th straight time at Bowlin Stadium and improved to 13-0 at home this season. Edwards was dominant in the circle, firing a five-hit shutout. She added six strikeouts, while walking only one. The shutout was her third of the season and fifth of her career, but her first against a conference opponent. Game 1 Recap | Game 2 Recap

Ohio State 6, Northwestern 2
On a chilly day in Evanston, Ill., the Ohio State softball team defeated Northwestern, 6-2, Saturday afternoon at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. The Buckeyes (28-18, 7-8 Big Ten) claimed two runs in the first and four runs in the seventh vs. the Wildcats (19-26, 6-10 Big Ten) en route to their seventh conference win of 2012. Sophomore Melanie Nichols had a solid performance in the circle for the Buckeyes, limiting the Wildcats to two runs in seven innings, while stranding 12 NU runners with three strikeouts. Nichols, a native of San Jacinto, Calif., improves to 11-7 overall in 2012. RECAP

Game 1: Penn State 6, Minnesota 5; Game 2: Penn State 4, Minnesota 3 (8) The Penn State softball team showed its resilience on Saturday, fighting back from 3-0 deficits twice on Saturday afternoon at Beard Field, emerging victorious twice in walk-off fashion. The Nittany Lions stared down seventh-inning deficits in both games winning 6-5 and 4-3 (8 inn.). Offensively, Liz Presto was the Penn State star going 4-for-7 in the doubleheader, driving home four runs in game one including a massive three-run double to tie the game in the fourth inning. In the circle, Lisa Akamine (Escondido, Calif.) won both decisions, going 12.1 innings with 16 strikeouts and reaching double-digit victories for the third straight year. The Penn State (16-27, 7-10 Big Ten) bats were alive all day collecting 22 hits putting the pressure on Minnesota's pitching staff to shut down them down. Six Nittany Lions tallied at least two hits as Penn State hit .328. RECAP

Game 1: Purdue 7, Wisconsin 2; Game 2: Wisconsin 7, Purdue 1
Game 1: Purdue scored its seven runs on 11 hits and three Badger miscues, while allowing Wisconsin two runs on seven hits and an error. Sophomore Lindsey Rains posted a perfect 3-for-3 effort at the plate, while registering two RBI and a run in the contest. Sophomores Andie Varsho and Tori Chiodo managed two-hit days. Freshman Lexy Moore (20-8) went four and a third innings in the victory, while junior Erika Petruzzi and senior Katie Hackney held the Badgers at bay in relief work. RECAP
Game 2: Wisconsin scored seven runs on 11 hits in the second game of a Big Ten Conference doubleheader at Purdue Saturday afternoon to win its school-record 12th league game of the season. With the win, the Badgers become the fastest team in school history to reach 30 wins, improving to 30-14 on the season. RECAP

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