Sunday's Results

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Illinois 8, Wisconsin 7 (Game 2); Wisconsin 10, Illinois 7 (Game 3)
Game 2: The Orange and Blue broke open the contest with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-1 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the way. After freshman third baseman Jess Perkins led off with a four-pitch walk, redshirt-senior first baseman Danielle Vaji dropped a bunt down the third base line. Badgers third baseman Shannel Blackshear's throw was wide of first base and bounced off the fencing in foul territory, allowing Perkins to score Illinois' second run from first while Vaji moved to third. RECAP
Game 3: A school-record six home runs, including three by Mary Massei, powered the Wisconsin softball team to a 10-7 win over Illinois Sunday afternoon at Eichelberger Field. In the series finale, Wisconsin (24-13 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) took an early lead with a first-pitch homer from Massei in the first inning. RECAP

Iowa 6, Nebraska 4
Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a four all tie and lifted the University of Iowa softball team to a 6-4 victory over Nebraska in the Sunday series finale at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes won two of the three games in the series. The Hawkeyes sixth inning began with a one-out single by junior Johnnie Dowling up the middle. With two outs, freshman Megan Blank singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw, putting runners at second and third. Dowling scored Iowa's go-ahead run when Nebraska third baseman Gabby Banda couldn't come up with a hard grounder off the bat of senior Katie Keim. Senior Liz Watkins followed with an RBI single to left centerfield, giving the Hawkeyes a 6-4 advantage. RECAP

Michigan 2, Michigan State 0 (Game 2); Michigan 5, Michigan State 0 (Game 3)
The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team used stellar pitching from the freshman duo of RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and LHP Haylie Wagner to record a pair of shutout victories, 2-0 and 5-0, against Michigan State on Sunday in front of 2,631 fans at the Wilpon Complex. Driesenga recorded the win in the first game, throwing 5.1 scoreless innings and giving up six hits and striking out two. Wagner earned her second save of the season in relief, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing zero hits and striking out one. U-M totaled nine hits in the contest, led by a 3-for-4 performance by senior first baseman Amanda Chidester and a 2-for-3 showing with a run batted in by Driesenga. Junior second baseman Ashley Lane accounted for Michigan's other run, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. RECAP

Minnesota 6, Northwestern 3 (8)
Behind a stellar day at the plate by freshman Tyler Walker, the University of Minnesota softball team clawed out a 6-3 eight-inning victory over Northwestern to garner the 2-1 series victory. The Golden Gophers captured the extra-inning triumph by plating three runs in the eighth. After shutting out the Wildcats in the seventh, Walker started the Gophers offensive burst with a single up the middle. The San Jose, Calif. native would notch the Maroon and Gold's go-ahead run on a fielding error by the NU third baseman. A pair of insurance runs would score on a Kari Dorle sacrifice fly and Madie Eckstrom infield chopper. Sara Moulton would cap off her complete game outing by shutdown the Northwestern offense in the bottom half of the inning to garner her 18th win of the season. The sophomore pitcher allowed six hits and one earned run while also fanning five batters. RECAP

Penn State 9, Indiana 4
The Penn State softball team won the series finale against Indiana, 9-4, on Sunday afternoon at Beard Field behind the bat of Kasie Hatfield (Tampa, Fla.). Hatfield's second-inning grand slam capped a seven-run frame as the sophomore catcher went 2-for-4 with five RBI. Danee Collett (Rogersville, Tenn.) had a key pinch-hit double that started the second-inning onslaught, driving home three runs. Cassidy Bell (Bakersfield, Calif.) struck again with her sixth home run of the year, all since her comeback (Mar. 24) from an appendectomy. RECAP

Purdue 2, Ohio State 1 (Game 1); Purdue 8, Ohio State 3 (Game 2)
Game 1: A two-run home run by Erika Petruzzi in the fifth inning was all the offense Purdue needed to take a 2-1 win over the Ohio State softball team in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader. The Boilermakers scored their two runs on three hits, while allowing the Buckeyes one run on three hits and an error. Freshman Lexy Moore (17-5) struck out six Buckeyes in the win and sat down the last 16 batters she faced in order. RECAP
Game 2: The Boilermaker softball team capitalized on Buckeye miscues and posted timely hits in an 8-3 win over Ohio State to secure the doubleheader sweep on Sunday. Purdue scored its eight runs on 10 hits and five OSU errors, while allowing the Buckeyes just three runs on six hits and an error. Junior Maia Monchek led the Boilermaker bats with a 3-for-4 effort and three RBI, while sophomore Lindsey Rains tacked on two hits and two runs. Freshman Lexy Moore (18-5) picked up her second win of the day, striking out four Buckeyes in the complete-game effort. RECAP

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