ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Michigan softball team clinched a share of its 20th Big Ten Conference Championship, and 10th in the past 11 seasons on Friday. The Wolverines earned a portion of the conference title with their 3-2 victory over visiting Ohio State on Friday night, coupled with Indiana’s 3-0 loss at Rutgers in the first game of its doubleheader earlier in the day, and Minnesota’s 2-1 eight-inning loss to Penn State later in the evening.
With its win over OSU, Michigan improved to 17-2 in Big Ten play this season and 42-9 overall. The Wolverines continue their three-game home series against Ohio State at 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday and finish the regular season against the Buckeyes at 6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, with both games televised live on BTN. Michigan needs one victory or one Minnesota loss to secure the outright Big Ten Championship.
On Friday, the Wolverines scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning to rally for the win over Ohio State. Lou Allan’s two-out infield single drove home Madison Uden with what proved to be the decisive run after Haley Hoogenraad picked up her second RBI of the night with a full-count, bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 2-2. Meghan Beaubien earned the complete-game pitching victory for Michigan, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out 11 to improve to 31-3 in the circle this season.
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