Wolverines tie series with 10-2 win

Badgers drop second game, 10-2
Wolverines tie series with 10-2 win

The Wisconsin softball team will now fight for the series win against Michigan on Sunday after falling in five innings, 10-2, to No. 17/19 Michigan (33-10-1, 13-3) on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond.

The matchup got off to a slow start, but the Badgers (28-11, 7-9) struck first in the bottom of the second. Freshman Jordan Little reached base on a walk, advancing to third base on an error and a walk that loaded the bases. Senior Chloe Miller stepped up and sent a sac fly to center, scoring Little and giving the Badgers a 1-0 advantage.

Michigan retaliated in the following innings, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third before putting up five in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.

Wisconsin cut the Wolverine lead to five in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 7-2 after junior Kelsey Jenkins sent a hard single through the left side to score Welsh. Welsh singled to reach base, putting herself into scoring position by stealing second.

The Wolverines added three runs in the fifth inning on a pinch-hit homer from Kelly Christner, widening the lead to 10-2. Wisconsin loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, hoping to extend Saturday’s contest, but couldn’t bounce back against junior pitcher Tera Blanco and fell in five innings.