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Ohio State 4, Michigan State 1 (Game 1); Ohio State 6, Michigan State 3 (Game 2)
The Buckeyes swept both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader against Michigan State, taking Game 1 in a 4-1 decision before winning the nightcap, 6-3. Shelby Pickett belted a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide the decisive score. In the second game, the Buckeyes rallied from a 3-1 deficit, plating three runs in the fourth and adding two insurance runs in the six. Alex DiDomenico factored into both decisions on Wednesday, earning the win in Game 1 while picking up the save in Game 2. RECAP
Wisconsin 3, Northwestern 1 (Game 1); Wisconsin 4, Northwestern 2 (Game 2) It was a series originally scheduled to be played a month ago, but for Wisconsin it was all worth the wait Wednesday night as the Badgers defeated Northwestern in a pair of crucial Big Ten Conference games at Goodman Diamond. After taking down the Wildcats, 3-1, in the day's first game, the Badgers posted a 4-2 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap to earn their 35th victory of the season, setting a program record for wins. Wisconsin (35-9 overall, 12-5 Big Ten) and Northwestern (25-28, 9-7) entered the series just a game apart in the Big Ten standings. RECAP
Minnesota 9, Iowa State 4
Minnesota 13, Iowa State 1
Nebraska 6, Creighton 0
Penn State 2, Kent State 1
Purdue 4, Valparaiso 2
Michigan State at Ohio State (DH), 4 p.m., BTN
Northwestern at Wisconsin (DH), 4 p.m., BTN.com
Iowa State at Minnesota (DH), 5 p.m.
Creighton at Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Kent State at Penn State (DH), 3 p.m., BTN.com
Valparaiso at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Green Bay at Wisconsin (DH), 4 p.m.
Illinois 8, Iowa 5 (Game 1); Illinois 6, Iowa 3
The Fighting Illini swung hot bats tonight in Iowa City, hitting .350 with 21 hits and 14 runs en route to a pair of victories over the University of Iowa. The Orange and Blue used an eight-run second inning to defeat the Hawkeyes, 8-5, in game one, then put up a pair of three spots in the nightcap to complete the sweep with a 6-3 win. All nine Illini in the batting order had a hit and scored a run tonight, with seven different Illini driving in at least one run. With the sweep, the Illini improve to 16-25 (6-11 Big Ten), while Iowa falls to 24-21 (4-13 Big Ten). RECAP
Ball State 5, Indiana 2
Michigan 11, Central Michigan 0
The Fighting Illini were fantastic on offense and defense this afternoon, cruising to an 8-0 rout of the Indiana Hoosiers to complete a sweep of the three-game Big Ten series. Sophomore Shelese Arnold threw her second-straight two-hit shutout, and seven different Illini batters collected hits in front of one of the largest crowds to watch a game at Eichelberger Field this season. RECAP
Michigan 8, Iowa 6 (Game 1); Michigan 8, Iowa 0 (Game 2)
The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team belted two home runs, including a grand slam from freshman Sierra Lawrence, to top Iowa, 8-6, in game one of a doubleheader and then used an 11-hit attack and shutout from sophomore Sara Driesenga to take game two, 8-0, in five innings today at the Wilpon Complex. The pair of victories extends U-M's win streak to 21 games and keeps the squad perfect in the Big Ten with a 16-0 mark. The triumph in game two marked the 15th run-rule win for the Wolverines in 2013. RECAP
Northwestern 2, Penn State 1
One game after both teams combined for 31 runs at Beard Field, Northwestern defeated Penn State, 2-1, Sunday to sweep the series against the Nittany Lions. NU earns its second Big Ten sweep of the year with its win, moving to 25-16 overall on the year and 9-5 in the conference. The game marked the first time in their last 11 contests that the Wildcats failed to score at least seven runs; still, NU earned its fifth-straight victory. RECAP
Purdue 6, Nebraska 5
The Boilermaker softball team held on for a 6-5 win over No. 15 Nebraska on Sunday, marking the team's first win over a ranked opponent in 14 tries in 2013 and first since March 20, 2010. Nebraska scored first, but the Boilermakers put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning and added an insurance run in the second en route to the win. Purdue scored its six runs on 10 hits and an error, while the Huskers managed five runs on seven hits. Sophomore Lexy Moore (9-10) picked up the win, striking out two in four and a third innings, while freshman Lilly Fecho earned the save. RECAP
Wisconsin 4, Ohio State 2
A strong wind off of Lake Mendota didn't stop the Wisconsin softball team's offense Sunday afternoon, as the Badgers used a pair of home runs to power past Ohio State, 4-2, at Goodman Diamond. The victory capped off Wisconsin's weekend Big Ten Conference three-game sweep of the Buckeyes. RECAP
The Fighting Illini softball team picked up a pair of one-run victories this afternoon, using prolific offense to defeat Big Ten rival Indiana, 5-4, in extra innings, then capitalized on a two-hit shutout by Shelese Arnold to slide by the Hoosiers, 1-0, in the night cap. With the pair of wins, the Illini move past the Hoosiers in the conference standings, finishing the day at 13-23 (3-11 Big Ten), while Indiana drops to 19-26 (3-12 Big Ten). "Winning the first game in extra innings and the second with a 1-0 shutout was big for our team," said Head Coach Terri Sullivan. RECAP
Northwestern 17, Penn State 14 (8)
Northwestern and Penn State accounted for 31 runs on 28 hits and 18 walks Saturday in an extra-inning slugfest that saw both teams use eight combined pitchers by the fifth inning, but in the end the Wildcats plated three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 17-14 (8) victory and go up 2-0 in the series. NU's 17 runs are the most it has scored in a single game since hanging 17 on Minnesota in a 17-8 (6) run-rule victory on March 30, 2008. NU has scored at least seven runs in each of its last 10 contests this season. RECAP
Nebraska 5, Purdue 2 (9) (Game 1); Nebraska 12, Purdue 2 (Game 2)
Game 1: On a day when timely hits were not falling for the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team, a seventh-inning home run from Tatum Edwards forced extra innings and a ninth-inning home run from Courtney Breault completed the comeback, as Nebraska won game one of a Saturday doubleheader at Purdue, 5-2. RECAP
Game 2: Behind a solid outing from freshman right-hander Emily Lockman and a 12-run effort out of the Husker offense, the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Purdue with a 12-2 victory in game two Saturday afternoon. RECAP
Michigan 5, Iowa 3
A four-run rally in the sixth inning, including a two-run pinch-hit single from freshman Kelsey Susalla (Garden City, Mich./Garden City), turned the game around for the No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team today (Saturday, April 20) in a 5-3 comeback win over the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Wilpon Complex. RECAP
Wisconsin 7, Ohio State 6 (10) (Game 1); Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 1 (Game 2) With the sun shining, the sky blue and the ice off Lake Mendota, the Wisconsin softball team found a perfect day to win two at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers posted a come-from-behind, 10-inning victory over Ohio State to start the series, before winning, 3-1, in the day's second game to sweep the day. "It was great to be home and get wins," said head coach Yvette Healy. "We haven't been outside that much and it has been cold. When you play team like Ohio State, you know it is always going to be a battle." RECAP
Game 1 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.