Michigan softball ekes out win at Wisconsin, U-M water polo loses title game and more Sunday results
Rest was fleeting for Jordan Taylor.
The Michigan softball team's ace, who returned from an undisclosed injury to throw a three-hitter at Wisconsin on Saturday, was called upon in relief just four batters into Sunday’s game against the Badgers.
After allowing an inherited runner to score, Taylor shut out Wisconsin on four hits the rest of the way and Michigan rallied for a 2-1 win.
Alycia Ryan and Amanda Chidester had back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth inning to help Michigan (44-4, 12-2 Big Ten) keep pace with first-place Indiana (34-15, 14-2), which beat Iowa on Sunday for its 14th straight win.
Stephanie Speierman started for Michigan, but allowed the first three Wisconsin hitters to reach - one was thrown out - before Taylor was summoned. She allowed a sacrifice fly to Badger cleanup hitter Shannel Blackshear, but struck out 11 of the next 23 batters she faced.
It’s the ninth double-digit strikeout performance of the season for Taylor (23-3), according to MGoBlue.com.
Lyndsay Doyle went 3-for-3 for Michigan and scored on Ryan’s RBI single.
The following highlights are provided by the Big Ten Network:
MORE SOFTBALL Central Michigan 11, Eastern Michigan 5 (5 inn.): Molly Coldren’s grand slam was the big hit in Central Michigan’s nine-run fourth inning. Jessica Richards and Courtney Nicholson had two hits apiece for the Eagles. (http://emueagles.com/news/2011/5/1/SB_0501112831.aspx)
BASEBALL Eastern Michigan 18, Ball State 5: Ken Battiston had two of Eastern Michigan’s four home runs and finished 3-for-6 with seven RBIs as the Eagles completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals. Daniel Russell and Zack Leonard also hit home runs for Eastern, which had a total of 19 hits. Joe Battistelli allowed two runs and eight hits through six innings, earning the win in his first MAC start of the season. (Details)
WOMEN’S WATER POLO Indiana 5, Michigan 3: Indiana goalie Cassie Wyckoff made 12 saves and kept Michigan scoreless in the second half of the CWPA Eastern Championship match, snapping the Wolverines’ string of three straight titles. Wyckoff was named the tournament MVP. Michigan, which ends its season with a 32-5 record, fell behind 3-0 but got within 4-3 by halftime. (Details)
MEN’S GOLF Big Ten Championships: Michigan shot an even-par 288 in the fourth and final round at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind., finishing tied for sixth. Illinois won the event, beating second-place Northwestern by 19 strokes. The Illini’s Luke Guthrie won the individual title with a 1-under-par 287. Michigan’s Matt Thompson and Jack Schultz tied for 13th individually with 295s. (Details)
MAC Championships: Eastern Michigan finished third and the Eagles’ Nick Cabary tied for fifth individually at the TPC River’s Bend course in Maineville, Ohio. Kent State, which had three of the top four individuals, won its third straight MAC title. (Details)