staff, April 21, 2012

The Boilermaker bats came through with three runs in the seventh to pull off a 4-2 comeback victory over Illinois softball in Game 2 on Saturday. Purdue trailed 2-0 after three innings and scored one in the fifth and three in the seventh to snag the win. Missed opportunities cost the Boilermakers in a 3-1 loss to Illinois in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.  Read more at And read more of Saturday's Big Ten softball roundup in this post.

The Michigan State softball team hosted Iowa in a double-header on Saturday and dropped both games to the Hawkeyes. The Spartans failed to get on the board in the first game as they were defeated 6-0 and then fell 7-1 in the second. Read more at

A walk-off hit into left field by Mary Massei gave Wisconsin a sweep over Penn State on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond for the first time since 1997. With a 4-1 win over the Nittany Lions (13-25 overall, 5-9 Big Ten) in the first game of the doubleheader, the Badgers (26-13, 9-4) became the fastest team to reach 25 wins in school history. Read more at

Northwestern opened a five-run lead early Saturday in the first game of its Big Ten series at Indiana, but the Hoosiers came all the way back to claim an 8-6 victory. The Wildcats fall to 17-23 overall on the season with their loss, 5-8 in the conference. The Hoosiers now are 22-21 on the year, 6-7 in the Big Ten. Read more at

A pair of four-run innings powered the Nebraska softball team to an 11-2 victory over Ohio State at a chilly Buckeye Field in the first of two games Saturday night. The Husker offense tied its season high with four home runs in the win, while producing 14 hits, its most in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska's 11 runs also tied its highest run output in a conference game this season. Read more at

Amanda Chidester and Sara Driesenga hit home runs, but the 20th-ranked Wolverines totaled just eight hits on the day as the Golden Gophers took both games of a doubleheader, 1-0 and 6-4. Read more at