Wolverines Power Past Fighting Irish in ACC/B1G Finale
Abby Ramirez

Feb. 19, 2017

What You Need to Know
» No. 11 U-M registered 12 hits, including four home runs, to beat Notre Dame, 9-2, in its ACC/Big Ten Challenge finale.
» Faith Canfield, Aidan Falk, Alex Sobczak and Amanda Vargas all tallied homers, while Abby Ramirez went 4-for-4.
» RHP Tera Blanco struck out five and allowed two runs on six hits and one walk in a complete-game effort.

Box Score

Site: Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
Event: ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Day 3 of 3)
Scores: #11 Michigan 9, Notre Dame 2
Records: U-M (6-3), UND, (4-5)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 24 -- vs. New Mexico State - Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (Palm Springs, Calif.), 10:30 a.m. PST

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan softball team closed its appearance at the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a bang, knocking out four home runs en route to a 9-2 decision against Notre Dame on Sunday morning (Feb. 19) at North Carolina State's Dail Softball Stadium. With the win, the Wolverines avenged their only loss of the weekend tournament.

After producing just one long ball over opening weekend, Michigan recorded 10 in its four-game ACC/Big Ten slate. Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield started where she left off, following last night's game-ending grand slam with a two-run shot in her first at-bat of the first inning. The Wolverines added two more runs in the second when junior first baseman Aidan Falk and sophomore catcher Alex Sobczak knocked out back-to-back solo shots to the same spot beyond the wall in left-center.

Michigan broke the game open with a three-run fourth inning. Senior shortstop Abby Ramirez, who matched a career best with four hits, sailed an RBI double deep over the head of the Fighting Irish leftfielder, and senior centerfielder Kelly Christner continued her weekend tear with an RBI single to the right-center gap.

Junior Amanda Vargas contributed to the powerful attack in a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the seventh, rocketing a two-run bomb to straightaway centerfield.

Junior RHP Tera Blanco (4-1) went the distance in the circle, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and just one walk while striking out five.

The Wolverines (6-3) will head out west for their annual spring break trip, kicking off the five-game Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic next weekend (Feb. 24-26) in Palm Springs, California. Michigan will begin play against New Mexico State at 10:30 a.m. PST on Friday (Feb. 24).

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