March 3, 2017
» No. 14 U-M split its day-two games at the Judi Garman Classic, falling to No. 22 Baylor, 4-0, before rebounding with a 2-0 shutout against host Cal State Fullerton.
» The Wolverines posted a season-low two hits in the loss against Baylor. Faith Canfield provided the spark against CSU Fullerton with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
» RHP Tera Blanco struck out five to earn the win against the host Titans, while RHP Megan Betsa struck out six of eight faced to earn her second save of the season.
Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Anderson Family Field)
Event: Judi Garman Classic (Day 2 of 3)
Scores: #22 Baylor 4, #14 Michigan 0; #14 Michigan 2, Cal State Fullerton 0
Records: U-M (11-6-1), BU (16-3), CSUF (8-10)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 4 -- vs. Long Beach State - Judi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.), 2:30 p.m. PST
FULLERTON, Calif. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan softball team split two more games on the second day of action at the Judi Garman Classic, falling to No. 22 Baylor, 4-0, before bouncing back to shut down host Cal State Fullerton, 2-0, on Friday (March 3) at the Titans' Anderson Family Field.
Michigan's recent struggles at the plate continued through both games as the Wolverines tallied just eight total hits on the day, including a season-low two in the first slate against Baylor. Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield tallied two hits in the nightcap and came through in the clutch late, rocketing a line-drive, two-run shot over the leftfield fence for her fourth long ball of the season and U-M's only runs of the contest.
Junior RHP Tera Blanco (7-2) was effective from the circle, keeping the Titans off the board with five strikeouts and four hits allowed through 4.2 innings. But with Michigan holding a narrow lead in bottom of the fifth and after Blanco issued a two-out walk, senior RHP Megan Betsa entered and slammed the door, striking out six of eight batters faced to earn her second save of the season.
Betsa also earned her first collegiate plate appearance in the seventh inning, reaching base after a fielding error by the Titan second baseman.
Michigan dropped another pitchers' duel in the earlier game against the Bears, who tallied all four of their runs -- on five hits -- in the top of the seventh inning. Betsa, who struck out eight in the losing effort, used a strikeout to get out of a bases-loaded jam in sixth, but Baylor responded with a two-strike leadoff homer in kick off the surge in its next turn at the plate.
The Wolverines twice put a runner on third base, including runners on the corners in the sixth, but could not capitalize. Michigan left five stranded in the contest.
The Wolverines (11-6-1) will wrap up play at the Judi Garman Classic -- and their 10-day spring break trip -- tomorrow (Saturday, March 4) with a 2:30 p.m. PST slate against Long Beach State at Anderson Family Field. The game will be streamed live on FloSoftball.com.
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