Wolverines Sweep Kent State; Hutchins Nets 1,500th Win

March 19, 2017

» No. 19 Michigan defeated Kent State, 11-3 in six innings and 3-0, in today's doubleheader to earn the weekend series sweep.
» Head coach Carol Hutchins, already the winningest coach in NCAA softball history, became the first to reach 1,500 career wins with U-M's decision in the day's first slate.
» Aidan Falk went 4-for-7 with five RBI on the day, including a two-run double in each contest.

Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Scores: #19 Michigan 11, Kent State 3 (6 inn.); #19 Michigan 3, Kent State 0
Records: U-M (17-7-1), KSU (8-13)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, March 21 -- vs. Bowling Green (Wilpon Complex), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team won both ends of a doubleheader, defeating Kent State, 11-3 in six innings and 3-0, to earn the series sweep and net head coach Carol Hutchins her 1,500th career win on Sunday (March 19) in front of 1,173 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

Already the winningest coach in NCAA softball history, Hutchins is now the first to reach 1,500 wins, hitting the milestone with the Wolverines' win in the day's first slate. She is now 1,501-485-5 in her 33rd season at helm of the Michigan program and 34th overall as a collegiate coach.

Michigan found its bats in that first game of the day, pounding out 11 runs on 11 hits and securing its seventh run-rule victory of the season. Junior first baseman Aidan Falk and junior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano posted two hits and three RBI apiece, while Falk later went 2-for-2 with two RBI in the nightcap to earn five hits and five RBI on the day.

The Golden Flashes knocked out a two-run homer in the top of the first inning of game one, but Michigan responded with six runs in the home half and did not trail again all day. Falk quickly knotted up the score with a two-run single to centerfield, and after U-M took the lead on a passed ball, junior designated player Taylor Swearingen and senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano posted RBI hits of their own; the latter a two-run single to leftfield.

The Wolverines scored two runs on another Montemarano RBI single and a fielding error -- KSU had five of them in the game -- in the third before ending the game early in the sixth when Falk roped a line-drive RBI double into leftfield and another fielding error allowed the game-ending run to score unattested.

Junior RHP Tera Blanco (9-2) was solid in the circle, striking out 10 -- her second straight game with double-digit strikeouts -- while allowing three runs off five hits and a walk.

Runs proved harder to come by in the series finale, but, just like in the opener, senior RHP Megan Betsa was stout from the circle, issuing 13 strikeouts and allowing two walks in a complete-game one-hit shutout. The hit -- a tough-play grounder to the 5-6 gap in the third -- was the only allowed by Betsa through 14 innings this weekend.

The Wolverines plated all of their runs in the fourth inning after stringing together three straight hits to lead off the inning. Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield and senior centerfielder Kelly Christner both singled, before Falk drove both home with another two-run double down the leftfield. Senior shortstop Abby Ramirez also doubled two batters later, scoring freshman pinch runner Thais Gonzalez, to cushion the U-M lead.

The Wolverines (17-7-1) will return the action on Tuesday (March 21), hosting Bowling Green at 4 p.m. at Alumni Field in a make-up of last week's postponed home opener. Tickets are still available through the U-M Ticket Office.

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