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Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Illinois at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 1 - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Penn State at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Wisconsin at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.
Nebraska at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.
Michigan State 4, Penn State 1 (Game 1); Michigan State 7, Penn State 1 (Game 2)
Michigan State softball gathered two wins in a doubleheader sweep over Penn State Wednesday at Secchia Stadium. MSU picked up a 4-1 win in the first game and then went on to defeat the Nittany Lions, 7-1, in the second game. The Spartans now own a 19-13 record on the season overall and are 5-0 in Big Ten play. The last 5-0 Big Ten start for the Spartans was in 2006 while the last five consecutive Big Ten wins for MSU was in 2007. RECAP
Indiana State 6, Illinois 5
Iowa 18, Drake 0
Nebraska 4, Creighton 3
IUPUI 3, Purdue 2
Purdue 18, IUPUI 2
at Michigan State
(DH), 3 p.m.
Indiana State at Illinois, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Iowa at Drake, 5 p.m.
Nebraska at Creighton, 7 p.m.
Purdue at IUPUI (DH), 4 p.m.
Northwestern sophomore Amy Letourneau today swept both National Player of the Week awards, earning the Louisville Slugger/NFCA honor and the USA Softball College accolade.
The awards come on the heels of being named the B1G Player of the Week on Monday. Letourneau and the Wildcats return to action at 4 p.m. CT today against Loyola (Chicago) at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.
"Amy has had great poise in big moments this season, and that is what it comes down to," head coach Kate Drohan said. "When we have to get an out in the circle or need that two-out RBI base hit, Amy is getting it done. She is really locked in right now."
"This is such an amazing honor to be chosen for this award, especially with all of the great players around the country who have earned it already this season," Letourneau said. "We had a great week of preparation leading up to last weekend and it really helped us perform and take the next step as a team. We are playing with such a winning attitude right now both on defense and in the batter's box, and I have been able to feed off of that confidence."
Complete Northwestern Release
Indiana 7, Indiana State 0
Loyola (Chicago) 1, Northwestern 0
Three Big Ten softball teams appear in the latest national rankings released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and USA Softball on Tuesday. Michigan climbs to No. 12 in both polls this week and leads the Big Ten contingent in the rankings. Nebraska also rose in the rankings, climbing two spots to No. 22 in the NFCA poll, while holding steady at 19th in the USA Softball standings. Wisconsin makes its first appearance in the national rankings since 2002, checking in at No. 23 in the USA Softball poll and No. 25 in the NFCA standings. Iowa is among the squads also receiving votes in the USA Softball rankings.
Indiana State at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Loyola (Chicago) at Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Nebraska 7, Illinois 1
The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team earned a series victory at Illinois with a 7-1 victory in the third and final game on Sunday afternoon at Eichelberger Field. The win improved Nebraska's record to 25-7 on the year, including a 4-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers won a Big Ten road series for only the second time, after losing three of their four conference road series last season. Nebraska also improved to 8-2 in true road games this season, eclipsing last year's total of road wins (7-12). RECAP
Michigan State 2, Indiana 1 (8)
Michigan State softball swept Indiana with a 2-1 win in the final game of the series Sunday afternoon at Secchia Stadium. The Spartans improved their record to 17-13 on the season, 3-0 in Big Ten play. Junior Kelly Smith pitched the complete game. Senior Jayme O'Bryant earned the only MSU RBI. RECAP
Northwestern 4, Minnesota 2
After throwing a no-hitter in the opening game of Northwestern's series with Minnesota Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, sophomore Amy Letourneau picked up another win in the circle while homering at the plate in a 4-2 victory in Sunday's series finale. The win improves NU to 16-13 overall on the season, 2-3 in the Big Ten while Minnesota now is 21-12 overall, 4-2 in the conference. The Wildcats took the series over the Gophers, 2-1. RECAP
Ohio State 5, Purdue 3 (10)
Highlighted by back-to-back home runs in the tenth inning, the Ohio State softball team claimed the final win of a three-game series vs. Purdue, defeating the Boilermakers, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Field. With two down, junior Evelyn Carrillo and sophomore Maddy McIntyre launched back-to-back long balls in the top of the tenth to help Ohio State to the conference win. RECAP
Nebraska 6, Illinois 2 (Game 1); Illinois 5, Nebraska 4 (Game 2)
Game 1: The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team rallied for its sixth win its final at bat, scoring five times in the top of the seventh inning to complete a 6-2, come-from-behind victory over Illinois in game one of a Saturday doubleheader at Eichelberger Field. RECAP
Game 2: The second game of the day began much like the first, as the Illini soon put up a 2-0 lead. Once again, the Huskers came back late to take that lead, but unlike the first game, Illinois pushed right back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Nebraska, 5-4, and capture its first Big Ten victory of the season. The Illini put together seven hits in the game, with two each by Jenna Mychko and Katie Repole. RECAP
Wisconsin 3, Iowa 0
Runs, hits and solid pitching fueled the Badgers' win over Iowa in the series finale Saturday afternoon at Bob Pearl Field in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin used eight hits and took advantage of two Iowa errors to post a 3-0 victory over the Hawkeyes and claim the series. The Badgers overcame a nine-inning heartbreaker in the series opener on Friday to take the next two games from Iowa and win the series. RECAP
Michigan State 10, Indiana 7
Michigan State improves its record to 16-13 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten as it defeated Indiana 10-7 on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Carly Nielsen notched her first win of the season on the mound for the Spartans. Senior Jayme O'Bryant and junior Sarah Bowling both tallied home runs. "This was a huge program win for us," said head coach Jacquie Joseph. "We didn't play well but found a way to win, that's my second favorite way to win a game. Our team showed great mental toughness to hang in there and just keep scoring." RECAP
Minnesota 14, Northwestern 9
Minnesota hit six home runs, with sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson and freshman right fielder Kayla Wenner each hitting two, as the Gophers defeated Northwestern, 14-9, on Saturday afternoon. Minnesota (21-11, 4-1 Big Ten) scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings to open a 12-3 lead against the Wildcats (15-13, 1-3), and 11 of the team's 14 hits went for extra bases. RECAP
Michigan 18, Penn State 4 (Game 1); Michigan 9, Penn State 6 (Game 2)
The No. 14 University of Michigan softball team used big innings in game one of its doubleheader with Penn State and a big outing from sophomore catcher Lauren Sweet in game two to sweep the Nittany Lions, 18-4 and 9-6, at the Nittany Lion Softball Park on Saturday. RECAP
Purdue 8, Ohio State 7 (9)
The Boilermakers softball team overcame a late-inning rally by Ohio State, pulling off an 8-7 nine-inning victory on Saturday to win the weekend series. Purdue led the game6-1 after five innings, but the Buckeyes came back to take a 7-6 lead in the seventh. The Boilermakers knotted it up in the bottom of the seventh before scoring the game-winner in the ninth. Five Boilermakers posted two-hit days as the team racked up its eight runs on 14 hits and two Buckeye errors. Ohio State scored its seven runs on 10 hits and one Purdue miscue. RECAP
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