May 12, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 22 Michigan Wolverines handed the Purdue softball team its first shutout of the season with an 8-0 loss in the regular season finale.
Haylie Wagner (29-5) struck out three in four innings of work en route to the victory. Hilary Payne threw the final inning for the Wolverines. Freshman Lexy Moore (20-12) took the loss for Purdue after allowing five runs. Katie Hackney threw the final three and a third for the Boilermakers, allowing three runs on five hits.
Michigan struck first with five runs in the bottom of the first. A double, two fielder's choice plays and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Wagner, who lifted a grand slam. Amy Knapp added a solo shot to make it 5-0. Hackney came in and recorded a ground out to get out of the inning.
Sophomore Tori Chiodo was hit by a pitch in the third to give Purdue its first base runner, but a ground out left her stranded.
Rains led off the fourth with an infield single, but was caught away from first on a double play to end the inning.
Michigan tacked on three more runs in the fourth on an Amanda Chidester home run.
Varsho led off the fifth with a single. A strikeout and a pair of fielder's choice plays at second capped the game.
The Boilermakers (31-22, 13-10 Big Ten) must now wait until the 10 p.m. Sunday selection show to learn their postseason fate. The selection show airs live on ESPNU.