Friday's Results

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Iowa 2, Wisconsin 1 (9) (Game 1); Wisconsin 8, Iowa 0 (Game 2)
Game 1: The University of Iowa softball team defeated Wisconsin, 2-1, on a walk-off home run by Michelle Zoeller in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday evening at Pearl Field, ending the Badgers' 13-game winning streak. Wisconsin won the second game of the doubleheader, 8-0, in five innings. "It was really nice," said UI head coach Marla Looper about the walk-off home run. "I saw Michelle's eyes zero in. I knew she was going to make something happen." RECAP
Game 2: The Badgers hit a small road bump at Pearl Field Friday afternoon, suffering their first loss in 13 games with a 2-1 extra-inning defeat to Iowa, before rebounding for a big 8-0 win in the night cap to split the doubleheader. The three-game series will be decided on Saturday at noon. RECAP

Michigan State 5, Indiana 0
Michigan State softball topped Indiana 5-0 in its conference and home opener on Friday afternoon at Secchia Stadium. Junior Kelly Smith tallied seven strikeouts in the shutout win, while junior Sarah Bowling and freshman Destinee Luna both notched two RBIs. RECAP

Northwestern 6, Minnesota 2
Sophomore Amy Letourneau harnessed the nasty stuff she's been dealing all season long in Northwestern's 2013 home opener Friday against Minnesota, throwing the 45th no-hitter in Wildcats' history in a 6-2 win over the Gophers. Letourneau (9-7) at times struggled to control her filthy repertoire, allowing 11 total base runners in the game on nine walks and two hit batsmen. She did allow two runs, one unearned, in the third inning, but recovered to hold Minnesota at bay the remainder of the game while racking up 11 strikeouts for her ninth double-digit K game of the season. RECAP

Michigan 7, Penn State 4
A pair of second-inning home runs and five innings of solid relief pitching from sophomore Haylie Wagner made the difference in the No. 14-ranked University of Michigan softball team's 7-4 win at Penn State today at the Nittany Lion Softball Park. The win is number 1,300 in the career of Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins, just the third NCAA softball coach to reach that plateau. RECAP

Purdue 4, Ohio State 2
The Boilermaker softball team topped Ohio State 4-2 on Friday to post its first win in Big Ten play and snap a nine-game losing streak. Purdue rapped out eight hits in the game, while also taking advantage of eight walks and two Buckeye miscues. Sophomore pitcher Lexy Moore (4-7) struck out four OSU batters and allowed just three hits in the complete game victory. Junior Lindsey Rains led the Boilermaker bats with three hits and a walk in the contest, while junior Andie Varsho posted two hits. RECAP

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