Saturday's Results

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Illinois 4, Penn State 2 (Game 1); Illinois 6, Penn State 3 (Game 2)
With 1,259 Illini fans in attendance at Eichelberger Field to celebrate the ninth edition of World's Largest Softball Tailgate, Illinois swept a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with Penn State, taking game one, 4-2, before securing the second contest, 6-3. The Orange and Blue used early run support to total both victories, scoring all 10 runs during the first two innings of play, with all the offense of the opener coming in the initial frame. The Orange and Blue took advantage of Penn State errors in the opening contest before senior designated player Kelley Wedel knocked a grand slam over the center field wall in the second game, while junior pitcher Pepper Gay finished with two runs allowed in 10 innings of work on the day, tallying a win and save in the process. RECAP

Indiana 4, Nebraska 2 (Game 1): Indiana 6, Nebraska 2 (Game 2)
Game 1: The Indiana Hoosiers (25-25, 9-10 Big Ten) used a two out three-run double by Cassie Gogreve in the first inning to get by the Nebraska Cornhuskers (31-19, 12-6 Big Ten) by a score of 4-2 at the IU Softball Field in game one of a doubleheader. Meaghan Murphy (12-11) was brilliant in the circle for Indiana, allowing just two runs - coming on a home run in the seventh inning - on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. RECAP
Game 2: For the second time on Saturday, senior Cassie Gogreve delivered a big hit for Indiana (26-25, 10-10 Big Ten) as the Hoosier won game two of a doubleheader with Nebraska, 6-2, at the IU Softball Field. Gogreve's two-run triple in the fifth inning help Lora Olson earn the win and put the Hoosiers one game over .500 for the season. After driving in three runs in game one against the Cornhuskers (31-20, 12-7 Big Ten), Gogreve continued her prowess at the plate in her final home series with the triple to right field that drove in the fourth and fifth runs of the game. RECAP

Minnesota 5, Purdue 3 (Game 1): Minnesota 5, Purdue 2 (Game 2)
On a day filled with rain, the University of Minnesota softball team snuck in two victories over Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday. The Golden Gophers showcased their power in both contests to defeat the Boilermakers, 5-3 and 5-2. The Maroon and Gold reset their single season home run record by blasting five home runs to reach a total of 51 on the season. The two wins also put Minnesota at the 30-win mark for the second-straight season with both coming under second-year head coach Jessica Allister. The last time the Maroon and Gold posted back-to-back 30-win seasons was in 2003 and 2004. RECAP

Northwestern 15, MIchigan State 1 (Game 1); Northwestern 5, Michigan State 1 (Game 2)
Game 1: Northwestern exploded for 14 hits and 15 runs in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader Saturday at Michigan State's new Secchia Stadium, run-ruling the Spartans in a 15-1 (5) decision. RECAP
Game 2: Freshman Amy Letourneau took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of Saturday's second game of a doubleheader at Michigan State, eventually earning a 5-1 win in an NU sweep of the day. RECAP

Iowa 2, Ohio State 0 (Game 1); Iowa 13, Ohio State 5 (Game 2)
The University of Iowa softball team kept pace in the Big Ten Conference title race by sweeping the doubleheader at Ohio State on Saturday night at Buckeye Field. The Hawkeyes opened with a 2-0 victory in the first game before cranking out 16 hits in a 13-5 victory in the night cap. "I am proud of how the team came out and took care of business today," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "You can't win them all if you don't win the first one. We had to come back the second game, but we did a nice job of that." RECAP

Michigan 5, Wisconsin 1 (Game 1); Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5 (Game 2)
The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a four-run third inning in a 5-1 win against Wisconsin in the first game before recording 14 hits in a 7-5 victory to sweep a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (May 5) at the Goodman Complex. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner was the winning pitcher in both contests to improve to 27-5 on the season. She threw all 7.0 innings in the opener, giving up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts, and pitched 4.2 innings of relief in the nightcap, yielding four runs on four hits. RECAP

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