Published Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:28 am
SOFTBALL
Michigan rally thwarts NU upset bid

LINCOLN — Ninth-ranked Michigan scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 5-3 victory over No. 16 Nebraska on Saturday.

Michigan, which had lost its first conference game this season to Nebraska on Friday, drew three walks, had two infield singles and hit only one ball out of the infield during the decisive rally. Nebraska (36-11, 13-5) had been 18-0 this season when leading after six innings.

The Huskers jumped in front 2-0 in the second inning, then extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-out rally in the fifth. Taylor Edwards doubled before scoring on senior Brooke Thomason’s base hit.

Michigan trailed 3-1 when it came to bat in the seventh. After two walks, Husker ace Tatum Edwards relieved starter Emily Lockman. Edwards then walked Caitlin Blanchard on four pitches to load the bases. Two infield singles tied the game, and Lauren Sweet delivered a two-run single up the middle to give the Wolverines a 5-3 lead. Sweet’s hit was her third of the game.

The loss was Tatum Edwards’ first in 17 career decisions at home. Left-hander Haylie Wagner (17-1) earned the win, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Michigan (41-8, 17-1) ..........................000 001 4—5 7 0
At Nebraska (36-11, 13-5) ................020 010 0—3 7 1

W: Wagner, 17-1. L: Tat. Edwards, 22-8. 2B: UM, Blanchard (9), Sweet (4). NU, Tay. Edwards (13), Decker (8).

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