March 11, 2017
» No. 17 Michigan scored in every inning, including six runs in the first, to claim an 11-2, five-inning win against Evansville in its John Cropp Classic opener.
» U-M combined for nine hits, including three from Kelly Christner, and took advantage of several free bases -- six walks, a hit-by-pitch and three Evansville errors.
» RHP Megan Betsa struck out 12 -- her seventh game this season with double-digit strikeouts -- and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk.
Site: Lexington, Ky. (John Cropp Stadium)
Event: John Cropp Classic (Day 1 of 2)
Score: #17 Michigan 11, Evansville 2 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (13-6-1), EU (6-12)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 12 -- vs. Kent State - John Cropp Classic (Lexington, Ky.), Noon
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan softball team plated six runs in the first inning and didn't let up, cruising to an 11-2, five-inning decision against Evansville in its John Cropp Classic opener on Saturday afternoon (March 11) at Kentucky's John Cropp Stadium.
The Wolverines combined for nine hits, including three off the bat of senior centerfielder Kelly Christner, and also took advantage of several free bases off walks and errors to earn their sixth run-rule decision of the season and second in a row.
Senior RHP Megan Betsa (6-4) was solid from the circle, striking out 12 -- her seventh game this season with double-digit strikeouts -- while allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the Purple Aces' hits came in the top of the second inning, including a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer. Betsa posted multiple strikeouts in every inning, striking out the side in the first and fifth innings.
Michigan manufactured its runs in the first, loading the bases with no outs before scoring runs on a fielder's choice, hit-by-pitch, base-hit double and a sac fly. Sophomore catcher Katie Alexander tallied the two-run double -- U-M's only extra-base hit of the contest -- on a bomb to the warning track in centerfield. An errant throw home allowed an additional run to score and placed Alexander on third; she came home just two pitches later on the sac fly to rightfield.
U-M added a run apiece in the second and third innings -- off of an RBI single from senior shortstop Abby Ramirez on the latter -- before establishing its run-rule cushion with a three-run fourth. The Wolverines again took advantage of free bases, scoring on a grounder through the legs of the Evansville shortstop before drawing back-to-back walk -- on just nine total pitches -- with the bases loaded.
The Wolverines (13-6-1) will close out the John Cropp Classic with a pair of games tomorrow (Sunday, March 12), taking on Kent State at noon and host No. 19 Kentucky at 2 p.m. at John Cropp Stadium. The latter contest will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Communications Contact: Leah Howard
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