Wolverines Return to the Road for Three Games at Wisconsin

April 21, 2017

» Michigan will play its third straight Big Ten series on the road, taking on Wisconsin at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday (April 21) and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23) at Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wisconsin.
» RHP Megan Betsa leads the nation with 306 strikeouts this season -- her third straight 300-strikeout season -- and averages 12.8 strikeouts per game.
» The Wolverines have claimed all five of their Big Ten series this season, including series sweeps against Penn State, Northwestern and Michigan State.

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THIS WEEK
Friday, April 21 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 6 p.m. CDT
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Saturday, April 22 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CDT
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Sunday, April 23 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CDT
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The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team (32-9-1, 12-2 Big Ten) will hit the road for the third straight weekend, traveling to Madison, Wisconsin, for a three-game set against Wisconsin (27-10, 6-8 Big Ten). The series kicks off with a 6 p.m. CDT slate on Friday (April 21) before back-to-back 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23) at Goodman Diamond.

• Michigan completed the two-game series sweep against in-state rival Michigan State last Tuesday (April 18), scratching out runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 3-1 win. It was Michigan's fifth straight series win of the season.

• Senior RHP Megan Betsa leads the nation with 306 strikeouts on the season -- 51 more than second-place Emily Watson from Tulsa -- and ranks second nationally with 12.8 strikeouts per seven innings. She boasts 16 double-digit strikeout performances this season, including nine of her last 13 starts. She became the first Wolverine player in program history to record three straight 300-strikeout seasons and the third to surpass 1,000 career strikeouts. Standing now at 1,095; she is 110 shy of second place on the all-time leaders list, currently held by Jennie Ritter (1,205, 2003-06).

• Betsa also leads the Big Ten in shutouts (9, ranks 5th nationally), saves (4, 4th nationally) and hits allowed per seven innings (3.58, 10th nationally).

• Sophomore leftfielder Courtney Richardson headlined the Wolverines' comeback win against Maryland last Sunday, posting two hits and two RBI, including the game-winning sac fly in the top of the seventh. She also knocked out a solo home run in the second inning and drove in U-M's only run in Saturday's loss with a seventh-inning RBI double.

• Senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano also had a strong weekend at the plate, hitting .625 (5-for-8) against Maryland with two doubles and a .875 slugging percentage from the No. 8 spot in the lineup.

• Junior Tera Blanco has batted a team-best .417 over the Wolverines' last 10 games and is hitting a similar .375 in Big Ten play with 13 RBI and a .571 on-base percentage. Among her standout conference performances, she posted 3-for-7 effort in the Ohio State series, breaking open the second slate with a three-run double in the sixth inning, and matched a career best with six RBI in the series finale against Penn State.

• Michigan now sits in second place in the Big Ten standings with a 12-2 record. Minnesota leads with a 13-1 league record; Michigan and Minnesota do not face each other in regular-season play.

• Michigan remains unbeaten at Alumni Field this season with a perfect 13-0 home record. Stretching back into last season, when it went 20-1 at home, the Maize & Blue have won 32 straight home games. U-M owns an impressive 542-133-1 record Alumni Field since its opening in 1982 and is 155-19 since the Wilpon Complex renovations in 2008.


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