The No. 2 Michigan softball team embarrassed Wisconsin at home in a 15-0 victory this afternoon. This was game one of a two-game series against the visiting Badgers.
The Wolverines (2-0 Big Ten, 25-5 overall) scored early — they crossed the plate 14 times in the first and second innings alone — and cruised the rest of the way. By the third inning, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins emptied most of her bench in order to rest her starters, as well as show some mercy to her opponents.
Junior pitcher Jordan Taylor won her 14th game of the season, as she gave up no hits, struck out six batters and walked one. She currently leads the Big Ten with 173 strikeouts in just 116 innings pitched. She is also leading the conference in ERA (1.17) and opposing batting average (.150).
Freshman hurler Stephanie Speierman saw some rare playing time, throwing for two innings of work, striking out four and allowing just one hit. With two outs in the final inning, Wisconsin’s designated player Letty Olivarez singled to right field to break up Michigan’s combined no-hitter.
But no harm done — Speierman promptly struck out the next batter to end the game.
Michigan and Wisconsin will square off again tomorrow at 2:00pm.