Badgers fall to Wolverines in series finale

Wisconsin loses, 8-0
Badgers fall to Wolverines in series finale

The Wisconsin softball team dropped the series finale to No. 17 Michigan, 8-0, on Sunday afternoon.

The Badgers (28-12 overall, 7-10 Big Ten) had 2,297 fans in attendance for the team’s annual “Get to Goodman” game, breaking the Goodman Softball Complex attendance record on Senior Day.

Michigan (33-11-1, 14-3) opened up with a hot start in the top of the first inning. With two outs on the board, junior Tera Blanco blasted out a three-run homer to give Michigan a 3-0 lead. UM quickly put up two hits in the first frame but the Badgers retaliated in the bottom half.

Senior Chloe Miller clinched the first hit off of All-American pitcher Megan Betsa, shooting a sharp hit through the right side. Junior Brooke Wyderski followed suit and ripped a hit to left field, putting two runners on for Wisconsin. The bases were loaded up after Sara Novak drew a walk to load up the bases but UW couldn’t capitalize.

Both teams started the bats swinging hard in the first inning, each tallying two hits.

The Wolverines added a fourth run in the top of the second when Alex Sobczak doubled to bring home Katie Alexander, who led off the inning with a triple over right.

Sophomore first baseman Stephanie Lombardo made an incredible diving catch during the second frame to keep Michigan’s lead at 4-0, coming halfway to home plate to grab the high bunt off of Courtney Richardson.

After a quiet third and fourth innings, Michigan broke through with four runs in the top of the fifth inning to secure the 8-0 victory.