Wolverines sweep up Badgers

Wisconsin softball gets one run in two games against No. 8 Michigan

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Michigan proved why it is the No. 8 team in the nation and the top team in the Big Ten as it held Wisconsin to only one run in a doubleheader in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday.

 

Michigan defeated Wisconsin 3-1 in the first game and 5-0 in the second. The Wolverines climb to 44-7 overall and 15-1 in the Big Ten, while Wisconsin falls to 26-23 and 5-9.

 

In the first game of the series, the Wolverines put runs on the board early. Senior shortstop Angie Churchill had an RBI single to put Michigan up 1-0 in the second inning and the Wolverines added another two runs in the third inning, as senior first baseman Jennifer Olds scored two runners on an RBI single.

 

Wisconsin made its only mark of the day in the fifth inning as junior designated player Anastasia Miller hit a homer over the left-field fence for her fourth of the season.

 

Junior pitcher Katie Layne (12-10) took the loss, giving up four hits and three runs in six innings. Michigan sophomore Jennie Ritter (19-4) allowed three hits in five innings to take the win.

 

Wisconsin had two errors to start the second game, allowing Michigan to score three unearned runs. Wolverine sophomore second baseman Tiffany Haas had two runs, two hits and two RBIs, including a home run.

 

With two outs and runners at first and second in the first inning, Michigan senior catcher Monica Schock drilled a single to right field and brought home Haas. Wisconsin junior catcher Boo Gillette tried to stop junior pitcher Nicole Motycka at third base but her throw went into left field and Motycka came in for Michigan's second run. Sophomore third baseman Grace Leutele hit an RBI single, scoring Schock and giving Michigan a three-run advantage.

 

Michigan continued to score early and often, putting up another run in second inning, as Haas brought in senior right fielder Courtney Betley.

 

Michigan earned its final run in the fourth inning with Haas' homer.

 

Wisconsin never had a chance in the second game, as Motycka (17-3) struck out four and gave up only three hits—to Gillette, senior left fielder Diana Consolmagno and junior shortstop Kris Zacher—to take home the win.

 

Freshman pitcher Eden Brock (10-10) took the loss after pitching only two innings. She gave up three unearned runs and one earned run and struck out one batter. Sophomore Sara Gonzales pitched three innings and struck out four but gave up a run, an error and four hits. Freshman Megan Smith finished the job, pitching two innings and giving up three hits.


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