Friday's Results

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Michigan 2, Purdue 1
The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan softball team broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Caitlin Blanchard in a 2-1 defeat of Purdue on Friday evening at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner went the distance in the circle, giving up one run on six hits with five strikeouts. The U-M offense generated nine hits, getting two hits each from freshman RHP Sara Driesenga sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield and junior second baseman Ashley Lane. RECAP

Wisconsin 3, Nebraska 1 (Game 1); Nebraska 6, Wisconsin 4 (Game 2)
Game 1: After two scoreless innings in the day's first game, Wisconsin (34-18 overall, 13-9 Big Ten) jumped out to a two-run led in the top of the third. A pair of singles and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Shannel Blackshear. A bloop single down the right field line was all it took to score both runners and give Wisconsin a 2-0 lead. Nebraska (32-22, 13-9) answered right back in the bottom of the inning, forcing Cassandra Darrah to work out of a bases-loaded jam. A strike out and two fly outs ended the inning and kept the Badgers' lead intact, 2-1. Powell stepped in to pinch hit for Wisconsin in the top of the seventh and chose the perfect time to hit her first home run of the season. A rocket over the left field fence gave Wisconsin the insurance run it needed. RECAP
Game 2: The Huskers fell behind 4-0 after one-half inning of play when Wisconsin scored four times in the top of the first inning on only one hit. Nebraska tied the game with four runs of its own in the bottom of the third and added two more in the bottom of the fifth to salvage a doubleheader split with the Badgers. Sophomore right-hander Tatum Edwards (9-5) rebounded from the poor start to earn the win. After the four-run first, Edwards allowed only three base runners the rest of the game, including one who reached on an error, one who reached on a passed ball after a third strike and one who drew a walk. On the game, Edwards fired a one-hitter and allowed four runs (three earned). RECAP

Northwestern 3, Illinois 2 (Game 1); Northwestern 7, Illinois 3 (Game 2)
Game 1: In a classic late-season Big Ten battle Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, Northwestern battled back twice from one run deficits against Illinois to claim a 3-2 win the first game of a doubleheader. RECAP
Game 2: Northwestern stole five bases during a four-run first inning Friday in the second game of a Big Ten doubleheader against Illinois at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, eventually breaking its program single-game record with eight steals in a 7-3 win over the Illini. RECAP

Ohio State 5, Penn State 2 (Game 1); Penn State 6, Ohio State 5 (8)
Game 1: Led by senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Penn State, 5-2, in game one at Beard Field. Endicott, a native of Roseburg, Oregon, posted a two-hit performance vs. the Nittany Lions to improve to 18-13 overall. In seven innings of work, Endicott limited the PSU bats to two runs - both unearned - with seven strikeouts. She improves to 6-6 in Big Ten play this season. RECAP
Game 2: Penn State stared at the wrong side of a doubleheader sweep but prevailed thanks to timely hitting to win game two 6-5 in eight innings. Bell and Walker combined to go 5-for-7 with three runs at the top of the lineup as the Nittany Lions overcame its fourth three-run deficit in the last five games at Beard Field to win. In all four games Penn State trailed entering the seventh and notched its nation-leading fifth victory when trailing in the seventh. RECAP

Iowa 1, Minnesota 0 (8)
The University of Iowa softball team posted a 1-0, eight inning victory at Minnesota on Friday night at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The victory keeps the Hawkeyes 1 1/2 games back of league-leading Michigan with two games to play. "I am proud of the team and how they hung in there and kept battling until the end and finally pushed the run across," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "It was a great team effort, and it was nice to be able to get a run across in the eighth." RECAP

Indiana 4, Michigan State 2
Indiana (28-25, 12-10 Big Ten) extended its winning streak to four with a 4-2 victory over Michigan State (11-40, 0-21 Big Ten) at Secchia Stadium on Friday afternoon. Samantha Berenter had a pair of RBI singles to pace the offense. Meaghan Murphy (14-11) earned the win by allowing two runs on eight hits over four innings. Lora Olson came on to allow just one hit over the final three innings to earn her first career save. RECAP

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