March 2, 2017
» No. 14 U-M split its opening-day games at the Judi Garman Classic, defeating No. 20 Arizona State before falling to No. 7 UCLA.
» RHP Megan Betsa tied a career best with 16 strikeouts and allowed just two hits and one walk in a complete-game shutout against the Sun Devils.
» The Wolverines posted just five hits in each contest. They took advantage of free bases against ASU but did not against UCLA, leaving 10 runners stranded.
Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Anderson Family Field)
Event: Judi Garman Classic (Day 1 of 3)
Scores: #14 Michigan 2, #20 Arizona State 0; #7 UCLA 4, #14 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (10-5-1), ASU (11-4), UCLA (14-3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 3 -- vs. Baylor - Judi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.), 12:30 p.m. PST
FULLERTON, Calif. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan softball team split a pair of games against ranked opposition on the opening day of the annual Judi Garman Classic, defeating No. 20 Arizona State, 2-0, before falling to No. 7 UCLA, 4-0, on Thursday (March 2) at Cal State Fullerton's Anderson Family Field.
Senior RHP Megan Betsa (4-3) was masterful in the Wolverines' tournament opener, winning the pitchers' duel against the Sun Devils' Giselle Juarez behind 16 strikeouts -- matching her career best -- while allowing just two hits and one walk. It was her second complete-game shutout of the season and the Wolverines' second shutout against ASU in as many games.
Michigan, which recorded just five hits but capitalized on several free bases, plated its runs in the first and sixth innings. Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield came across for the winning run in the former frame, reaching on a hit-by-pitch and advancing on a base hit and a walk before scoring with two outs on a wild pitch in the dirt.
Junior first baseman Aidan Falk and sophomore catcher Katie Alexander recorded back-to-back extra-base hits to cushion the Wolverines' lead in the sixth. Falk dropped a one-out double into the left-center gap and scored just two pitches later when Alexander sailed a deep ball over the ASU leftfielder's head and to the wall for her first collegiate triple.
Betsa, who struck out the side in the third and fifth frames and posted six straight strikeouts between the fourth and sixth, similarly made quick work of ASU in the final inning, adding two more strikeouts, including a six-pitch effort to end the game and tie her career-best single-game mark.
The Wolverines struggled at the plate against UCLA in the nightcap and, unlike in the earlier contest, failed to take advantage of free bases early, putting two runners on in each of the first three innings and leaving them stranded. In total, U-M left 10 runners on base in the game.
Junior RHP Tera Blanco (6-2) took the loss from the circle, holding a potent UCLA lineup to seven hits and two walks while striking out four. The Bruins recorded their hits in spurts to plate two apiece in the third and sixth innings, tallying back-to-back RBI doubles to take the lead in the former before padding their advantage with three consecutive singles in the latter.
Michigan did not tally its first hit until the fifth inning when Canfield drilled a leadoff double down the leftfield line but responded with two hits apiece in the sixth and seventh. The Wolverines' best scoring opportunity came in the fifth after back-to-back hits to lead off the inning, including a double to the wall from junior designated player Amanda Vargas, but a base-running miscue resulted in an out at home plate and squelched the rally.
The Wolverines (10-5-1) will continue action at the Judi Garman Classic tomorrow (Friday, March 3), facing No. 22 Baylor at 12:30 p.m. PST and host Cal State Fullerton at 5 p.m. at the Titans' Anderson Family Field. Both games will be streamed live on FloSoftball.com.
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