March 26, 2017
» No. 19 Michigan boasted a season-high 17 runs as it earned the series sweep with a five-inning shutout win against Penn State.
» RHP Megan Betsa struck out nine to claim her fifth career no-hitter and second in nine days.
» U-M posted 13 hits and took advantage of eight walks; Tera Blanco matched a career best with six RBI, including a three-run homer in the first inning.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #19 Michigan 17, Penn State 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (22-7-1, 3-0 Big Ten), PSU (12-17, 0-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, March 28 -- at Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), 4 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior RHP Megan Betsa tossed her second no-hitter in nine days as the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team exploded on offense to defeat Penn State, 17-0, in five innings and complete weekend series sweep on Sunday afternoon (March 26) in front of 1,482 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Betsa (10-5) faced just three over the minimum and was a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a dropped third strike shy of a perfect game, settling instead for her fifth career no-hitter -- and second in five appearances -- behind nine strikeouts. It was also her fourth straight complete-game shutout; adding a three-inning midweek relief appearance, Betsa has not allowed a run in 27 consecutive innings.
The Wolverines provided plenty of run support, boasting a season-high 17 runs off 13 hits and eight walks. Junior first baseman Tera Blanco posted two hits and matched a career-best six RBI to headline the offensive efforts, while junior designated player Amanda Vargas also posted a pair of hits on her 21st birthday.
Blanco earned half of her RBI in the first inning, bombing a no-doubt, three-run shot over the leftfield wall and into the visitors' bullpen -- her third long ball of the season and second in as many games. Sophomore catcher Katie Alexander and sophomore leftfielder Courtney Richardson also drove in runs on a double down the leftfield line and single up the middle, respectively.
Michigan pushed the game into run-rule territory with an eight-run third inning, plating five runs and inducing two PSU pitching changes before the Nittany Lions had their first out. Penn State walked four of the inning's first five batters, while senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano and sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield both tallied two-run hits with the bases loaded -- the latter a double down the rightfield line for Canfield's fifth extra-base hit of the series. After a Blanco sac fly played another, freshman Madison Uden drove a pinch-hit, two-run double into left centerfield for her first collegiate RBI.
The Wolverines added four more runs in the fourth, earning the bulk on back-to-back doubles down the leftfield line from sophomore Alex Sobczak and Blanco. Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner closed out U-M's scoring with an RBI single to centerfield.
Betsa made quick work of three straight PSU pinch hitters in the top of the fifth, needing just 10 pitches to deal back-to-back strikeouts, before a groundout to second wrapped it up.
Michigan extended its win streak to eight straight games since opening up the home portion of its schedule.
Tweet of the Day
BALLGAME! Groundout ends the inning. Betsa earns her 5th career no-hitter and 2nd in eight days. Wolverines win, 17-0, in 5 innings. pic.twitter.com/6X6vJPukQZ
-- Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) March 26, 2017
The Wolverines (22-7-1, 3-0 Big Ten) will head up to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, on Tuesday (March 28) to face in-state rival Central Michigan at 4 p.m. at Margo Jonker Stadium.
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