Jordan Taylor returns to mound in Michigan's 9-1 softball win, U-M baseball loses two in extra innings and more Saturday results
Updated 10:14 p.m.
Michigan softball pitcher Jordan Taylor made a triumphant return to the circle Saturday, striking out 10 and allowing three hits in a 9-1, five-inning win at Wisconsin.
Taylor, who missed last weekend’s games against Iowa because of an undisclosed injury, struck out 10 Badgers - setting down the side herself in the second and fifth innings.
The Wolverines (43-4, 11-2 Big Ten) put the game out of reach with a seven-run rally in the top of the fourth, which included a bases-loaded triple by Alycia Ryan. The Badgers helped with two errors in the inning, resulting in six unearned runs.
Ryan, Amanda Chidester (2 RBIs) and Lyndsay Doyle each went 2-for-3 for Michigan (Boxscore).
Wisconsin (26-20, 6-9) strung two of its three hits together in the fourth inning to score its lone run on a Karla Powell RBI single.
MORE SOFTBALL Eastern Michigan 5, Central Michigan 4: The Eagles used a three-run rally in the sixth to tie the game and scored the game-winner on a Central Michigan error in the seventh. Sarah Gerber led off the sixth with a home run and Kayla Kostich added a two-run homer later in the inning. Jaclyn Caro earned the win with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. (Details)
Indiana Tech 7-10, Concordia 2-8: After being held to two hits in the opener, Concordia had 13 hits in the second game - three each by Erin DiRobbio, Katie Gallan and Breannea King - but couldn’t overcome Indiana Tech’s six-run second inning. (Boxscore 1 | Boxscore 2)
BASEBALL Ohio State 7-4, Michigan 6-3: The host Buckeyes won a pair of extra inning games Saturday to sweep a three-game series. In the first game, Michigan scored three unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning - including a two-run home run by Coley Crank - to take a 6-3 lead, but Ohio State tied it in the bottom of the inning. A Matt Streng RBI single in the 11th inning won it. The second game ended on Michigan shortstop Derek Dennis' throwing error in the bottom of the tenth. The Wolverines forced extra innings by scoring twice in the top of the eighth. Crank finished the doubleheader 5-for-8 with four RBIs. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 5, Ball State 4: The Eagles scored four runs in the eighth inning, including the eventual game-winner on a suicide squeeze by Sam Ott. Steve Weber earned the win after allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings of relief. EMU starter Corey Chaffins allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Ott, Zack Leonard and Matt Hitt all went 2-for-4 with an RBI. (Details)
Concordia 1-5, Northwestern Ohio 0-5: The Cardinals’ James Rosseau blanked Northwestern Ohio on five hits through eight innings in the opening game and Nate McHugh drove in the game’s only run. The five-inning second game was a different story as Northwestern pounded out 19 hits against four different Concordia pitchers. (Boxscore 1 | Boxscore 2)
MEN’S GOLF Big Ten Championships: Michigan dropped from fourth place to tied for seventh during the second day of play at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind. Illinois still leads after three rounds. (Scoring)
MAC Championships: Eastern Michigan is in third place after three rounds at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio. Kent State, which has a cumulative score of 5-under par 859 (292-275-292) is running away with the tournament that ends Sunday. Ball State (888), EMU (896) and Akron (305) are next in the team standings.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO Michigan 11, Maryland 6: Lauren Colton and Alison Mantel scored four goals apiece as the No. 6-ranked Wolverines advanced to the CWPA Eastern Championship title game by beating No. 19 Maryland. Michigan goalkeeper Alex Adamson made six saves. (Details)
MEN’S TRACK Penn Relays: A sixth-place finish by the 4x400-meter relay team was the best finish for Michigan in the third and final day of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The Wolverines had nine top-10 finishes during the event. (Details)
WOMEN’S TRACK Drake Relays: Ada Unachukwu’s ninth-place finish in the triple jump on Saturday gave Michigan three top-10 finishes in field events at the two-day Drake Relays. (Details)
Note: The Michigan women's tennis team advanced to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament it's hosting at the Varsity Tennis Center. See details here.