Sunday's Results

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Michigan 9, Northwestern 3
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third, junior Caitlin Blanchard crushed a two-run homer to put the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan softball team on top for good in a 9-3 victory over Northwestern today at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Blanchard swung at the first pitch she saw and drove in freshman Sierra Romero, who had reached after being hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. RECAP

Minnesota 5, Indiana 4
Senior catcher Kari Dorle fittingly scored the game-winning run on an infield single by sophomore left fielder Erica Meyer to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, as Minnesota completed a weekend sweep of Indiana with a 5-4 win on Senior Day. RECAP

Penn State 3, Nebraska 2
In front of the largest crowd in Penn State softball history at Beard Field and Nittany Lion Softball Park, the Nittany Lions rallied to take a 3-2 victory over No. 14/15 Nebraska on Senior Day. Fittingly, senior Lauren Yao provided the three-run double to push Penn State (15-32, 5-16 Big Ten) past the Huskers (38-12, 15-6 Big Ten). The win is the first over a ranked opponent for the Nittany Lions since a 5-3 victory over No. 22 LSU Feb. 10, 2012, and the first over a Top 15 team since downing No. 9 Oklahoma, 5-2, March 18, 2011. RECAP

Iowa 8, Purdue 2
The University of Iowa softball team downed Purdue, 8-2, on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep in the regular season finale at the Boilermaker Softball Complex. The Hawkeyes topped Purdue, 2-0, in eight innings on Saturday, and won the opener Friday, 4-3, in nine innings. The Hawkeyes have won five-straight games, and six of their last eight overall. The five-game winning streak matches Iowa's longest of the season. RECAP

Wisconsin 3, Michigan State 0 (Game 1); Michigan State 11, Wisconsin 5 (Game 2)
Game 1: In game one, Cassandra Darrah earned her 23th win of the season in her 22nd complete game of the year. Wisconsin jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a Mary Massei leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. Massei repeated the feat in the fifth inning to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead and Stephanie Peace's RBI single later in the frame plated Wisconsin's third run. The Badgers' three runs proved to be all the offense they needed as Darrah held Michigan State to just six hits and no runs in her sixth shutout of the season. RECAP
Game 2: Michigan State softball split the day at No. 25 Wisconsin. In game one the Spartans fell, 3-0, before rallying for a win in game two, 11-5. MSU won the series after picking up the win in game one, 9-4. Sophomore Stephanie Sanders tallied four RBIs and senior Jayme O'Bryant recorded five to lead the MSU offense. Michigan State owns a 24-24 record on the season and 9-10 in Big Ten play. RECAP

Ohio State 3, Illinois 0 (Game 1); Illinois 1, Ohio State 0 (Game 2)
Game 1: Led by sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico, Ohio State shut out Illinois, 3-0, in game one Sunday at Eichelberger Field. DiDomenico, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, notched her ninth complete game shutout of the season, limiting Illinois to five hits, no runs, one walk with nine strikeouts. RECAP
Game 2: Senior pitcher Pepper Gay threw over 300 pitches without allowing an earned run in back-to-back complete games on Senior Day, but limited offense from the Illini and a pair of errors in the fourth inning of game one led to a doubleheader split with Ohio State. The Buckeyes plated three unearned runs in the first game to tie the series with a 3-0 victory, but the Illini used a walk-off RBI single by Katie Repole in game two to defeat the Buckeyes 1-0 in the season finale. RECAP

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