May 12, 2012 - 2:39pm
BY GREG GARNO
After winning the first game of the series yesterday, the Michigan softball team is just one game away from claiming its fifth-consecutive Big Ten title.
The 22nd-ranked Wolverines took a 2-1 decision from Purdue yesterday, the winning run coming from sophomore pinch hitter Caitlin Blanchard's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Freshman lefty Haylie Wagner went the distance in the circle, striking out five en route to her conference-leading 28th win.
Today is also Senior Day, where Michigan will honor seniors Amanda Chidester, Bree Evans, Stephanie Kirkpatrick and Hilary Payne for their four years of work for the program.
GAME ONE: Michigan clinched its fifth-consecutive Big Ten title with an 8-5 win over the Boilermakers. The Wolverines put up a seven-run third inning to start the scoring, and tacked on another run in the fourth.
Purdue slowly inched back, tallying runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings, but freshman lefty Haylie Wagner in relief was too much for the Boilermakers. She got three consecutive batters out to end the game after Purdue tacked on two runs with no outs in the seventh inning.