April 8 Big Ten Softball Roundup
The Boilermaker bats were hot on Sunday as Purdue down Indiana softball 11-2 in the final game of the series. Purdue posted 17 hits in the game, including multi-hit efforts by six players. Molly Garst, Lindsey Rains and Tori Chiodo tallied three hits apiece, while Ashley Courtney, Maia Monchek and Ashley Burkhardt each chipped in two. Lexy Moore (16-4) allowed just two runs on six hits. Lora Olson was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs in three innings of work. Meaghan Murphy threw four innings of relief. Read full recap at PurdueSports.com and see all of Sunday’s results in this post.
Other Sunday Big Ten scores, courtesy of BigTen.org:
NORTHWESTERN 12, IOWA 6
EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern capitalized on five Iowa errors Sunday in their Big Ten series finale at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, plating five runs in the first inning and keeping the pressure on en route to a 12-6 victory. Northwestern wins its second-consecutive Big Ten series with the victory, moving to 16-20 overall on the year and 4-5 in the conference. Iowa now is 15-20 overall on the year, 5-4 in the conference. Northwestern starter Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic), who earned the win in Saturday’s second game and at one point had 8.0 consecutive innings of no-hit ball between yesterday’s two contests, came out in game three and set the tone early with a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 top of the first. The Wildcats mounted a big rally quickly in the bottom of the first, loading the bases without the benefit of a base hit and taking advantage of three Hawkeyes’ errors for a five-run frame. RECAP
PENN STATE 7, MICHIGAN STATE 5
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sophomore Kasie Hatfield (Tampa, Fla.) smashed a ninth-inning home run as Penn State walked off with a 7-5 victory over Michigan State to complete a three-game sweep Sunday at Beard Field. The Nittany Lions have won four straight for the second time this season. “We had a lot of fight and a lot of character,” “Their lineup is tough, Michigan State is known for their hitting, so it was good for Lisa [Akamine] to keep us in the game and pitch well. When Kasie is confident in herself, she hits the ball well and hits it hard.” Hatfield led the Penn State (11-22, 3-6 Big Ten) offense with a 2-for-4 outing to cap a 7-for-11 weekend with three runs scored, two doubles, a homer and five RBI. She came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with Lauren Yao (Los Angeles, Calif.) on base after a lead-off single. Hatfield crushed the first pitch from Carly Nielsen over the left-centerfield wall for her first homer of the year as the Lions improved to 4-1 at home. RECAP