Michigan Splits Two Games on Second Day at Mary Nutter
Aidan Falk

Feb. 25, 2017

What You Need to Know
» No. 14 U-M fell to No. 18 Texas A&M, 3-0, before bouncing back with a 13-4, five-inning decision against Bethune-Cookman on its second day of competition at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
» Michigan, which struggled offensively against Texas A&M, posted a season-best 13 runs on 13 hits against Bethune-Cookman.
» Aidan Falk went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple -- the first of her collegiate career -- and a career-best five RBI against the Wildcats.

Boxscores: Texas A&M | Bethune-Cookman

Site: Palm Springs, Calif. (Big League Dreams Complex)
Event: Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (Day 2 of 3)
Scores: #18 Texas A&M 3, #14 Michigan 0; #14 Michigan 13, Bethune Cookman 4 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (8-4), TAMU (15-0), BCU (1-13)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 26 -- vs. Florida State - Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (Palm Springs, Calif.), 2 p.m. PST

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan softball team split two games on its second day of action at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Saturday (Feb. 25), falling to No. 18 Texas A&M, 3-0, before rebounding to defeat Bethune-Cookman, 13-4 in five innings, at the Big League Dreams Complex.

The Wolverines boasted a season-high 13 runs on 13 hits against Bethune-Cookman, plating multiple runs in four of five innings, including a six spot to break the game open in the third. Junior first baseman Aidan Falk went 3-for-4 with a career-best five runs batter in on a pair of doubles and a triple -- the first three-bagger of her collegiate career. Senior shortstop Abby Ramirez also recorded three hits, while junior RHP Tera Blanco and junior designated player Amanda Vargas knocked out home runs.

Blanco (5-1) also went the distance from the circle, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four Wildcat batters.

Blanco homered to help her own cause in the first inning, following a Ramirez single with a no-doubt bomb high and deep over the leftfield fence for her first home run of the season. Bethune-Cookman responded with a home run of its own in the home half of the inning, however, using the three-run shot to take a temporary 3-2 lead.

Michigan responded with back-to-back big innings to establish a run-rule margin. Sophomore catcher Katie Alexander keyed the second-inning surge with a double to the right-center gap before U-M plated three runs with two outs on a single up the middle from sophomore rightfielder Natalie Peters and a two-run single to left-centerfield from senior centerfielder Kelly Christner, who posted three hits and two RBI on the day.

Vargas homered to lead off the third, golfing a solo shot over the left-centerfield fence for her second long ball of the season. Michigan manufactured a pair on a groundout and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, before Falk cleared the bases on a rocketed double -- her second of the game -- off the top of the rightfield fence. Falk also hit for extra bases in her next turn at the plate in the fifth, slicing a triple just fair down the rightfield line to drive in two more runs.

Michigan outhit Texas A&M, 6-5, in the earlier slate -- and put runners on base in six of seven innings -- but struggled to capitalize, leaving 10 Wolverine runners stranded.

The Aggies carried a lead throughout the game after stringing together a pair of singles -- and aided by a wild pitch to advance the runner to scoring position -- to plate a run in the first inning. They cushioned their advantage with a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth.

Michigan's best scoring chance came in the third inning when Peters and Ramirez led off with an infield single and a walk, respectively, and put on the corners for the Wolverines before a loud lineout to left ended the threat. U-M also left two stranded in the second, fourth and sixth frames.

Senior RHP Megan Betsa (3-3) struck out 10 Aggie batters -- her fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts -- but allowed five hits and a season-high six walks in the loss.

The Wolverines (8-4) will wrap up play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 25), squaring off against No. 1 Florida State at 2 p.m. PST and No. 21 Arizona State at 4:30 p.m. PST at Big League Dreams Complex. Both games will be streamed live on FloSoftball.com.

Communications Contact: Leah Howard


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