April 22, 2017
» No. 19 Michigan bounced back from last night's heartbreaker with a 10-2, five-inning victory over Wisconsin.
» Madison Uden and Faith Canfield posted two hits and three RBI apiece; Canfield and Kelly Christner knocked out home runs.
» RHP Tera Blanco earned the win in relief, striking out two while allowing one run on five hits through 3.2 innings.
Site: Madison, Wis. (Goodman Diamond)
Scores: #19 Michigan 10, Wisconsin 2 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (33-10-1, 13-3 Big Ten), WIS (28-11, 7-9 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 used an offensive explosion to bounce back from last night's extra-inning loss in a major way, cruising to a 10-2, five-inning decision against Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon (April 22) at Goodman Diamond.
Seven different Wolverines recorded hits as Michigan pounded out 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks. Freshman designated player Madison Uden and sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield tallied two runs and three RBI apiece, while senior centerfielder Kelly Christner knocked out a three-run homer to push the game into run-rule territory in the fifth.
Junior RHP Tera Blanco (15-3) earned the win in relief, posting two strikeouts while allowing one run on five hits and two walks through 3.2 innings pitched. She entered with two runners in scoring position and one out in the second, and after a sac fly gave Wisconsin the first lead of the game, she got out of the jam without further damage.
Michigan responded with two runs in the third, earning back-to-back RBI hits from Uden and Canfield to take a lead that it did not relinquish. Senior shortstop Abby Ramirez reached on a one-out bunt single, stole second and scored when Uden singled to the right-centerfield gap. Canfield found a similar spot just two pitches later with a roped double to the right-center wall.
The Wolverines plated five runs -- all with two outs -- to break the game open in the fifth. The rally started when a Badger throwing error, thrown well wide of first base, scored a run from second base and continued when Uden and Canfield again posted back-to-back RBI hits. Uden drove a two-run single into centerfield with a two-run single to centerfield, and Canfield followed suit, knocking out a two-run homer -- her sixth of the season -- deep to left centerfield.
Wisconsin got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, but Michigan kept pounding away in the fifth, putting two aboard, before Christner bombed a three-run, pinch-hit home run over the rightfield wall. Like Canfield, it marks her sixth long ball of the season.
The Wolverines (33-10-1, 13-2 Big Ten) will wrap up the weekend series tomorrow (Sunday, April 23), taking on Wisconsin at 1 p.m. CDT at Goodman Diamond in Madison.
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