Michigan Softball Clinches at Least a Share of Big Ten Championship

May 3, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan softball team (40-10, 18-4 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship with a 10-1 win over Wisconsin at Alumni Field on Saturday night. The victory secures the 18th conference championship in program history and seventh consecutive.

Michigan got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Taylor Hasselbach led off the frame with a double, and eventually scored following a sacrifice fly by Lindsay Montemarano. Lauren Sweet also crossed home after singling and capitalizing on a Wisconsin throwing error.

The Badgers cut their deficit in half (2-1) after plating one run in the top of the third. Michelle Mueller scored after collecting a one-out single and being driven in by Ashley Van Zeeland. Michigan immediately answered with three runs in the bottom half of the third frame to claim a 5-1 lead, including RBI doubles by Caitlin Blanchard and Sweet.

The Wolverines scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tally a walk-off win. Hasselbach secured the victory with a home run to drive in Sierra Lawrence.

The Michigan-Wisconsin series wraps up with a single game on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. ET. With a win over the Badgers, the Wolverines would secure the outright Big Ten title.