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Wolverines run-rule Badgers in five, even up series

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) -- The Wisconsin softball team will now fight for the series win against Michigan on Sunday after falling in five innings, 10-2, to No. 17/19 Michigan (33-10-1, 13-3) on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond.

The matchup got off to a slow start, but the Badgers (28-11, 7-9) struck first in the bottom of the second. Freshman Jordan Little reached base on a walk, advancing to third base on an error and a walk that loaded the bases. Senior Chloe Miller stepped up and sent a sac fly to center, scoring Little and giving the Badgers a 1-0 advantage.

Michigan retaliated in the following innings, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third before putting up five in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.

Wisconsin cut the Wolverine lead to five in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 7-2 after junior Kelsey Jenkins sent a hard single through the left side to score Welsh. Welsh singled to reach base, putting herself into scoring position by stealing second.

The Wolverines added three runs in the fifth inning on a pinch-hit homer from Kelly Christner, widening the lead to 10-2. Wisconsin loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, hoping to extend Saturday's contest, but couldn't bounce back against junior pitcher Tera Blanco and fell in five innings.

Notes to Know: 
- Wisconsin is now 2-4 against ranked opponents. 
- All-time, Wisconsin is 4-3 against teams ranked No. 19. 
-Wisconsin was only struck out three times by Michigan. 
- Senior Chloe Miller recorded her 42nd RBI, a team high. 
- Kirsten Stevens struck out a game-high three batters. 
- Stephanie Lombardo led the Badgers with two hits, one day after her walk-off home run. 
-1,147 fans were in attendance at Goodman Diamond.

Up Next: 
The Badgers will play for the series on Sunday, facing Michigan in a 1 p.m. matchup that will also serve as Senior Day for Kirsten Stevens, Taylor Berry, Sara Novak and Chloe Miller. The game is also Wisconsin's annual "Get to Goodman" game, where the Badgers hope to break the Goodman Diamond attendance record of 2,007 fans. 

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