April 23, 2017
» No. 19 Michigan scored in three innings, including a three-run first, en route to an 8-0, five-inning win in the rubber game against Wisconsin.
» Tera Blanco knocked out a three-run homer in the first, and Katie Alexander posted a double, a triple and two RBI.
» RHP Megan Betsa struck out 10 and allowed three hits and two walks to earn the complete-game shutout.
Site: Madison, Wis. (Goodman Diamond)
Score: #19 Michigan 8, Wisconsin 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (34-10-1, 14-3 Big Ten), WIS (28-12, 7-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 28 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team claimed its sixth straight Big Ten Conference series and its second straight run-rule decision, beating Wisconsin, 8-0, in five innings on Sunday afternoon (April 23) in front of a record crowd of 2,297 fans at the Badgers' Goodman Diamond.
Michigan scored in three of five innings in the abbreviated game, plating three in the first to earn a lead it did not relinquish. Junior first baseman Tera Blanco provided the early advantage with a three-run home run, while sophomore catcher Katie Alexander posted a double, a triple and two RBI.
Senior RHP Megan Betsa (19-7) earned her 10th complete-game shutout of the season, striking out 10 Badger batters -- her sixth straight game with double-digit strikeouts -- while scattering three hits and two walks.
Blanco's first-inning home run followed a one-out double and subsequent walk. She connected with the 2-2 pitch and lined it deep over the leftfield wall for her fourth long ball of the season. Michigan used two more extra-base hits to pad its lead in the second. Alexander sailed a leadoff triple over the rightfielder's head, and sophomore third baseman Alex Sobczak sent her home in the next at-bat with a roped RBI double to the right-center wall.
The Wolverines broke the game open in the top of the fifth, plating four to push the game into run-rule territory. Senior shortstop Abby Ramirez and sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield led off with back-to-back singles to the outfield -- both had two hits on the day -- and junior rightfielder Aidan Falk sent Ramirez home with a first-pitch single over the first baseman's head, and Canfield scored on a subsequent wild pitch. Alexander closed out Michigan's scoring with a two-run double down the rightfield line.
Wisconsin's best chance came in the first inning when it loaded the bases with one out, but Betsa got out of the jam with a strikeout and soft lineout. The Badgers also put runners on in the third and fourth innings, but Alexander twice threw them out trying to steal second base. Betsa struck out the side in the second and fifth.
The Wolverines (34-10-1, 14-2 Big Ten) will host their final Big Ten home series next weekend, welcoming Indiana for a three-game set at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The series kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday (April 28).
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