ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan softball team showed why it's the No. 2-ranked team in the country as it blitzed Wisconsin, 15-0, in five innings on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Badgers mustered one hit in the loss, while Michigan put up 12 hits and scored 10 runs alone in the second inning.
Senior Letty Olivarez had the lone Badger hit of the game, singling to right field with two outs in the top of the fifth to break up a no-hitter by a pair of Michigan pitchers.
Wisconsin put a runner on in the first inning as leadoff batter Jennifer Krueger walked, but Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor proceeded to strike out the next three batters to end the potential threat.
Michigan took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the inning as all nine batters came to the plate.
Bree Evans led off with a walk and moved to second on a groundout to first. A wild pitch moved Evans to third and she eventually scored on a passed ball. A walk put Maggie Viefhaus on first and she came around to score on an RBI single by Dorian Shaw. The final blow of the inning came as Amanda Chidester homered to left field to make it 4-0 in favor of the Wolverines.
Like in the first inning, the Badgers got their leadoff hitter on in the second inning as freshman Whitney Massey reached on an error. Sophomore Karla Powell then struck out looking before Olivarez popped out to the catcher. The inning ended as Massey was called for leaving the base early.
A 10-run second inning broke the game wide open for Michigan. The Wolverines sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning, tallying seven hits, including a two-run home run by Viefhaus.
It was the most runs scored against UW in a single inning since Texas A&M put up 11 runs in the first inning earlier this season on Feb. 12.
The final run of the game came in on an RBI triple by Stephanie Kirkpatrick in the bottom of the third inning.
The 15 runs scored by Michigan were the second-most given up by UW this season, trailing only the 16 surrendered to Texas A&M.