Friday's Results

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Iowa 12, Northwestern 7
The University of Iowa softball team topped Northwestern, 12-7, on Friday night in a wild opening game of a three-game set at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Trailing 4-2 in the fourth, the Hawkeyes sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring nine runs on eight hits to take an 11-4 lead in their first Big Ten road contest. The league foes combined for 19 runs on 26 hits. "The offense saw the pitcher really well the first time through the lineup," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "The second time through, we made adjustments and found opportunities to attack and put a lot of runners on. Our top and bottom of the lineup did a really nice job." RECAP

Ohio State 2, Penn State 0
Highlighted by two solo home runs by a pair of juniors, the Ohio State softball team shut out Penn State, 2-0, Friday in game one of a three-game series at Buckeye Field. Evelyn Carrillo and Melissa Rennie scored the lone two runs of the contest on solo shots in the bottom of the fourth to help the Buckeyes improve to 24-14 overall and 4-6 in Big Ten play. Sophomore Alex DiDomenico improved to 10-6 overall, collecting her fifth complete-game shutout of the season. She tossed seven innings, limiting the PSU bats to four hits with four strikeouts. Overall, Ohio State outhit the Nittany Lions, 7-4, in the contest. RECAP

Purdue 7, Indiana 2
The Boilermaker offense exploded for seven runs, including two home runs, as the Purdue softball team downed Indiana 7-2 in Game 1 of the weekend's three game series. Senior Erika Petruzzi provided the bulk of the Purdue offense with two swings of the bat, a solo home run and a grand slam, tying her for the Purdue record for home runs in a game. The record of two homers has now been achieved 21 times, including three times by Petruzzi, who also launched two long balls vs. North Dakota State on Feb. 14, 2010, and against Indiana on April 7, 2012. RECAP

Michigan 21, Michigan State 2
The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan softball team unleashed a six-home run monsoon against Michigan State today to win 21-2 in five innings at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The 21 runs marked a season best for the Wolverines and the most ever against MSU (13 on May 12, 2006). The Wolverines extended their winning streak to 15 games and home win streak to nine games. The Spartans started the scoring in the top of the first, but U-M turned that into a distant memory with a six-run second inning and 13-run third inning. RECAP

Nebraska 4, Wisconsin 0
Behind a three-hit shutout from junior right-hander Tatum Edwards and a four-run fifth inning from the Husker offense, the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team defeated Wisconsin, 4-0, in Friday's series opener at Bowlin Stadium. Edwards took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, finishing with her Big Ten-leading seventh shutout of the season. Edwards struck out seven and allowed only two balls out of the infield all game, while improving to 18-6 on the year. RECAP

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