April 1 Big Ten Softball Roundup
Northwestern unleashed a six-run fifth inning Sunday at Wisconsin on its way to an 8-3 win and the series win. Leadoff hitter Emily Allard recorded her second four-hit game of the season, while also adding two runs and an RBI. Northwestern moves to 14-18 overall on the season with its win, 2-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin now is 14-12 on the year with its loss, 3-3 in the conference. Read full recap at NUSports.com. And don’t forget to watch our Northwestern-Wisconsin highlights now and get video and recaps from all of Sunday’s games in this post.
Michigan 7, Indiana 2
Junior second baseman Ashley Lane drove in the first four runs of the contest on a single and a three-run home run as No. 20 Michigan took the final contest of a three-game series, 7-2, over Indiana on Sunday afternoon at the IU Softball Field. Read full recap at MGoBlue.com.
Purdue 5, Penn State 0
Purdue closed out a three-game sweep of Penn State with a 5-0 win on Sunday, propelling Purdue its seventh straight win and the top spot in the Big Ten at 6-0 after two weekends of conference play. The Boilermakers put up five runs on eight hits and two errors, while allowing Penn State just two hits in the contest. Read full recap at PurdueSports.com.
Ohio State 6, Michigan State 4
The Ohio State softball team claimed its first series sweep of the season Sunday after defeating Michigan State, 6-4, at Secchia Stadium. The Buckeyes (21-11, 5-1 Big Ten) posted two runs in the first and added four runs in the fifth en route to the victory. Read full recap at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Nebraska 5, Minnesota 4 – 8 Innings
Freshman Mattie Fowler delivered a two-out, RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Nebraska softball team to a 5-4 extra-inning win at Minnesota in the series finale on Sunday. Fowler’s game-winning hit helped Nebraska salvage one win in the three-game series, after Minnesota won both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. Read full recap at Huskers.com.
Iowa 1, Illinois 0 – 10 Innings
Chelsea Lyon went the distance, scattering nine hits and striking out seven batters in 10 innings, en route to pitching Iowa to a 1-0 extra-inning victory over Illinois. Melanie Gladden drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Katie Keim for the walk-off win. Illinois’ Pepper Gray allowed one run on seven hits in 9 1/3 innings.