Wolverines Surge Past Oregon State to Wrap Spring Break Trip

March 5, 2016

Kelsey Susalla
Kelsey Susalla

What You Need to Know
» The Wolverines scored runs in four innings -- including multiple tallies in the third, fourth and sixth -- to surge past Oregon State, 9-3.
» Kelsey Susalla knocked out a three-run homer in the sixth, while Tera Blanco also posted three RBI as part of a 2-for-4 effort from the plate.
» Sara Driesenga won in relief, striking out one while allowing no hits and no walks through four innings.

Box Score

Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Anderson Family Field)
Event: Judi Garman Classic (Day 3 of 3)
Scores: #2 Michigan 9, Oregon State 3
Records: U-M (18-2), OSU (14-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 12 -- vs. Illinois State - Louisville Softball Classic (Louisville, Ky.), 10 a.m.

FULLERTON, Calif. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team surged past Oregon State, plating multiple runs in the third, fourth and sixth frames to claim a 9-3 decision in its spring break finale at the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday (March 5) at CSU Fullerton's Anderson Family Field. The Wolverines posted a 10-1 mark over the trip and have won each of their last seven games.

Senior rightfielder Kelsey Susalla put an exclamation on the Wolverine win, knocking out a three-run homer -- her fifth of the season -- to deep leftfield to pad U-M's lead in the sixth inning. Sophomore Tera Blanco also posted three runs batted in as part of a 2-for-4 effort, and sophomore Aidan Falk tallied two hits and two singles.

Senior RHP Sara Driesenga (10-0) earned the win in relief, entering in the fourth and tossing four near-perfect innings with one strikeout. Oregon State put a runner on via error in the sixth, but the Wolverines responded with 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.

After the Wolverines took the initial lead on a Blanco RBI single in the first, Oregon State took advantage of pitching miscues to steal the lead, putting two aboard on a hit-by-pitch and a walk before third baseman Madison Anthony deposited a three-run homer over the leftfield wall.

Michigan responded with three runs of its own in the home half to retake the lead. OSU walked the bases loaded, and Falk smacked the next pitch down the first baseline, off the bag and into rightfield for a two-run single. Freshman catcher Alex Sobczak roped an RBI single through the left side to drive in the go-ahead run in the next at-bat.

With the Wolverine lead reestablished, Driesenga replaced Blanco in the circle in the top of the fourth and quickly set down the Beavers in order on just six pitches.

Blanco kept her momentum at the plate, driving in two more runs on a triple -- the first of her collegiate career -- that got behind the diving Oregon State rightfielder in the fourth. Susalla added her three-run bomb two innings later, making the Beavers pay for an error and a walk.

Tweet of the Game

Michigan will return to the road next weekend (Sat-Sun., March 12-13), heading to Louisville, Kentucky, for the annual Louisville Softball Classic at Ulmer Stadium. The Wolverines play Illinois State (10 a.m.) and Dayton (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday and host Louisville (10 a.m.) and Eastern Kentucky (noon) on Sunday.

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