Sunday's Results

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Illinois 8, Purdue 6
The Illini softball squad earned a series-securing win over Purdue behind early-innings offense that included a grand slam from senior first baseman Meredith Hackett, taking the Sunday afternoon finale of the three-game set, 8-6, at Eichelberger Field. Hackett finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and four RBIs while redshirt-senior left fielder Danielle Vaji added a two-run double and junior relief pitcher Jackie Guy tossed three shutout innings to earn the save. "We are excited about how we are playing right now," Illinois head coach Terri Sullivan said. "You can see the offense has come alive. Week-by-week it has been inching back and I think now we are approaching every inning aggressively both offensively and defensively and we are trying to win each individual inning. We are seeing good team offense with a couple different players stepping up. Today, it was a big momentum grabber to have Meredith hit the grand slam. Great players get that distinction of being great by doing something big under pressure. She obviously did that for us today and stole momentum from them in the process." RECAP

Northwestern 8, Indiana 3 (Game 1); Indiana 11, Northwestern 3 (Game 2)
Game 1: With the wind howling in Sunday in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, Northwestern showed its power prowess with a pair of deep home runs and seven total extra base hits that aided an 8-3 Wildcats' win. Northwestern pounded out 13 hits in the game, seven for extra bases. Allard, Bast, Letourneau, DiPrima, Edwards and Scharkey all collected two hits. Edwards drove in three and scored twice, Letourneau knocked home two and scored twice and Bast also had two RBIs. RECAP
Game 2: The Indiana offense stepped up to the plate in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday against Northwestern (18-24, 6-9 Big Ten), posting a 11-3 win in six innings over the Wildcats at the IU Softball Field in a game carried live on the Big Ten Network. The win gives Indiana two wins over Northwestern in the same season for the first time since 1997. The Hoosiers connected for three home runs in the game, matching a season high (BYU on Feb. 18). There were a number of offensive stars for the Hoosiers (23-22, 7-8 Big Ten) but equal to that was the effort in the circle by sophomore pitcher Meaghan Murphy (10-9) who went the distance to pick up her second win of the weekend. She allowed three runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts against a strong Northwestern offense. RECAP

Michigan 5, Minnesota 3 (10)
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner went the distance in the circle and hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning as the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team defeated Minnesota, 5-3 in 10 innings, on Sunday afternoon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Wagner picked up her 23rd win of the season, pitching 10.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, and striking out seven. The Wolverines totaled 12 hits in the game, led by a 3-for-6 performance by senior centerfielder Bree Evans and two-hit games by freshman catcher Lauren Sweet and junior shortstop Amy Knapp. RECAP

Iowa 4, Michigan State 1
The University of Iowa softball team closed out the three-game sweep at Michigan State, downing the Spartans, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Secchia Stadium. It is the Hawkeyes' second Big Ten Conference sweep and second consecutive series win this season. "The team came out and took care of business this weekend, and that's what they wanted to do," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "They did a nice job today in coming out and taking that third game win to get the series win here at East Lansing. It's not easy to come into someone's home and take three." The win improves Iowa's record to 20-22 overall and 10-5 in Big Ten action. RECAP

Ohio State 4, Nebraska 0
Sophomore Melanie Nichols led the Ohio State softball team to a 4-0 victory vs. Nebraska Sunday after throwing a three-hit, complete-game shutout at Buckeye Field. The native of San Jacinto, Calif., Nichols threw seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. "I thought Melanie had the heart of a Buckeye today and she kept their hitters off balanced throughout the entire game," head coach Linda Kalafatis said. "Our hitters came up with some key at-bats for us and it's great to finish off the week with a win on our home field." Nichols, the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, improves to 10-7 overall this season, throwing her fifth complete game win in 2012. Offensively, junior Megan Coletta had a home run and two RBI and sophomore Evelyn Carrillo was 1-for-2 with an RBI. RECAP

Wisconsin 9, Penn State 0
Four runs in the first inning led to a big win for the Wisconsin softball team on Sunday at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers shut out Penn State 9-0 to sweep the Big Ten Conference series. "Penn State is a great program and I think historically they really had our number," said head coach Yvette Healy. "To come in and take three games at home is always exciting, especially when it is a team like Penn State who was in the NCAA tournament last year." RECAP

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