Wolverines Blank CMU for Ninth Straight Win

March 28, 2017

» No. 20 U-M scored in the third and fifth innings to beat Central Michigan, 2-0, for its ninth straight win.
» RHP Megan Betsa struck out nine en route to a one-hit shutout -- her fifth complete-game shutout in as many starts.
» Kelly Christner went 2-for-2 with two RBI, including a solo home run in the third; Abby Ramirez also posted two hits.

Box Score

Site: Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Margo Jonker Stadium)
Score: #20 Michigan 2, Central Michigan 0
Records: U-M (23-7-1), CMU (17-9)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 31 -- vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team earned a 2-0 midweek shutout against in-state rival Central Michigan to secure its ninth straight victory on Tuesday afternoon (March 28) at the Chippewas' Margo Jonker Stadium.

Senior RHP Megan Betsa (11-5) posted her fifth straight complete-game shutout, striking out nine Chippewa batters while allowing just one hit and two walks. Betsa has not allowed a run in her past 36 innings.

Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner drove in both Michigan runs as part of a 2-for-2 effort, including the game-winning solo home run in the third inning. Senior second baseman Abby Ramirez also posted a pair of hits and scored U-M's run in the fifth.

The teams combined for just one base runner through the opening two frames, before Christner broke the scoreless tie quickly in the third, launching a leadoff shot to rightfield that came down squarely on the top of the wall and bounced over for her fifth long ball of the season.

Michigan cushioned its lead with another run in the fifth inning. Ramirez beat out a bunt single down the third baseline, swiped second to put herself in scoring position and scored when Christner singled up the middle in the next at-bat.

The Chippewas' best scoring opportunity came in the previous half inning when they led off with a single through the left side and put another runner on with a fielder's choice off the sac bunt attempt. Betsa came back with a quick strikeout, threw out the lead runner at third on another fielder's choice and ended the threat with another strikeout to leave both stranded.

The Wolverines (22-7-1) will resume Big Ten Conference action this weekend, hosting Northwestern for a three-game home series at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Michigan will open the series at 6 p.m. on Friday (March 31), before 2 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday (April 1-2). Tickets are still available through the U-M Ticket Office.

Communications Contact: Leah Howard

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