April 21, 2017
» Wisconsin used a walk-off solo home run to defeat No. 19 Michigan, 1-0, in 11 innings.
» RHP Megan Betsa posted a career-best 18 strikeouts and allowed just two hits and seven walks, pitching a no-hitter through 7.1 innings.
» Michigan posted six hits and loaded the bases in the ninth and 10th innings but left 13 runners stranded.
Site: Madison, Wis. (Goodman Diamond)
Scores: Wisconsin 1, #19 Michigan 0 (11 inn.)
Records: U-M (32-10-1, 12-3 Big Ten), WIS (28-10, 7-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 22 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CDT
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team dropped an 11-inning heartbreaker, 1-0, to Wisconsin on Friday evening (April 21) at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers won in walk-off fashion, knocking out a solo home run to break the scoreless tie.
Senior RHP Megan Betsa (18-7) was outstanding in the loss, striking out a career-best 18 batters -- just one shy of the Michigan single-game record, and allowed just two hits and seven walks. She held on to a no-hitter through 7.1 innings until it was broken up on a spinning bloop single just feet in front of the batter's box.
The Wolverines were not without their own opportunities to score, loading the bases in the ninth and 10th innings, but left 13 runners on base. Michigan best chance came in the former when sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield led off with an infield single and senior centerfielder Kelly Christner took the 0-2 pitch off her elbow guard to put the first two batters on. Junior designated player Aidan Falk bombed a deep fly ball to centerfield -- and it appeared to be headed out -- but the Badger centerfielder made a great catch at the wall.
Michigan made an outstanding defensive play of its own in the seventh to forced extra innings. With a runner on third base and one out, Wisconsin attempted the squeeze play, but Betsa fielded the bunt and tossed it home, where sophomore catcher Katie Alexander made the tag. Betsa ended the inning with a four-pitch strikeout in the next at-bat.
The Wolverines (32-10-1, 12-2 Big Ten) will continue their weekend series tomorrow (Saturday, April 22), taking on Wisconsin at 1 p.m. CDT at Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wisconsin.
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