BTN.com staff, May 5, 2012
We've posted results for Saturday's Big Ten softball games as well as a link to the national scoreboard for softball. Also, get the latest Big Ten softball standings and Big Ten softball statistics at BigTen.org. Click the game links below to go directly to those GameTrackers.
Michigan at Wisconsin
Game 1: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 1. Game 2: Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5. The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a four-run third inning in a 5-1 win against Wisconsin in the first game before recording 14 hits in a 7-5 victory to sweep a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (May 5) at the Goodman Complex. Freshman Haylie Wagner was the winning pitcher in both contests to improve to 27-5 on the season. She threw all 7.0 innings in the opener, giving up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts, and pitched 4.2 innings of relief in the nightcap, yielding four runs on four hits. Red the full recap for the doubleheader at MGoBlue.com.
Northwestern at Michigan State | Game 1: Northwestern 15, Michigan State 1. Game 2: Northwestern 5, Michigan State 1
Northwestern exploded for 14 hits and 15 runs in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader and run-ruling the Spartans in a 15-1 (5) decision. Northwestern improves to 22-27 overall on the year, 9-10 in the Big Ten with its win while Michigan State falls to 11-37 overall, 0-18 in the conference with its loss. The Wildcats and Spartans return to the field right away for game two of today's B1G doubleheader. Read the full recap at NUsports.com.
Freshman Amy Letourneau took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of Saturday's second game of a doubleheader at Michigan State, eventually earning a 5-1 win in an NU sweep of the day. Northwestern improves to 23-27 on the season with its win, 10-10 in the Big Ten. Michigan State now is 11-38 on the year with its loss, 0-19 in the conference. Read the full recap at NUsports.com.
Purdue at Minnesota | Game 1: Minnesota 5, Purdue 3. Game 2: Minnesota 5, Purdue 2
On a day filled with rain, the University of Minnesota softball team snuck in two victories over Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday. The Golden Gophers showcased their power in both contests to defeat the Boilermakers, 5-3 and 5-2. The Maroon and Gold reset their single season home run record by blasting five home runs to reach a total of 51 on the season. The two wins also put Minnesota at the 30-win mark for the second-straight season with both coming under second-year head coach Jessica Allister. The last time the Maroon and Gold posted back-to-back 30-win seasons was in 2003 and 2004. Read the full recap at Gophersports.com.
Penn State at Illinois | Game 1: Illinois 4, Penn State 2. Game 2: Illinois 6, Penn State 3.
With 1,259 Illini fans in attendance at Eichelberger Field to celebrate the ninth edition of World's Largest Softball Tailgate, Illinois swept a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with Penn State, taking game one, 4-2, before securing the second contest, 6-3. The Orange and Blue used early run support to total both victories, scoring all 10 runs during the first two innings of play, with all the offense of the opener coming in the initial frame. Read the full recap at FightingIllini.com.
Nebraska at Indiana | Game 1: Indiana 4, Nebraska. Game 2: Indiana 6, Nebraska 2.
The Indiana Hoosiers (25-25, 9-10 Big Ten) used a two out three-run double by Cassie Gogreve in the first inning to get by the Nebraska Cornhuskers (31-19, 12-6 Big Ten) by a score of 4-2 at the IU Softball Field in game one of a doubleheader. In Game Two of a doubleheader with the Nebraska Cornhuskers (31-20, 12-7 Big Ten), the Indiana Hoosiers (26-25, 10-10 Big Ten) got six runs on seven hits and Lora Olson went the distance for the win. Olson (14-14) allowed two runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and the IU bats put enough runs on the board to get her the win. Read the full recap at IUHoosiers.com.
Iowa at Ohio State | Game 1: Iowa 2, Ohio State 0. Game 2: Iowa 13, Ohio State 5
The University of Iowa softball team kept pace in the Big Ten Conference title race by sweeping the doubleheader at Ohio State on Saturday night at Buckeye Field. The Hawkeyes opened with a 2-0 victory in the first game before cranking out 16 hits in a 13-5 victory in the night cap. The sweep propels Iowa?s record to 25-24 overall and 14-6 in conference play, while the Buckeyes fall to 28-22 overall and 7-12 in league play. Michigan (15-5) maintained its one-game lead in the league with a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin in Madison.