April 1, 2017
» No. 20 Michigan plated four runs in the sixth to break open a tight game, defeating Northwestern, 6-0, to clinch the Big Ten weekend series.
» RHP Tera Blanco struck out three and allowed just three hits and no walks in the shutout win; she also posted six assists from the circle.
» Kelly Christner and Abby Ramirez posted two hits apiece, while Aidan Falk registered three RBI.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #20 Michigan 6, Northwestern 0
Records: U-M (25-7-1, 5-0 Big Ten), NU (13-18, 1-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 2 -- vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Complex), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team broke a tight game open late, plating four runs in the sixth inning to surge to a 6-0 decision against Northwestern on Saturday afternoon (April 1) in front of 2,278 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. With the win, the Wolverines extended their streak to 11 straight games, including six straight shutouts.
Junior RHP Tera Blanco (13-2) settled into the game and was solid throughout, striking out three while allowing just three hits and no walks. Blanco also fielded her position perfectly with a team-high six assists, including a 1-6-3 double play in the seventh inning.
Michigan drew several free bases, including eight walks, but struggled to hit with runners in scoring position early in the contest until scoring four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the sixth. Senior shortstop Abby Ramirez and senior centerfielder Kelly Christner paced the Wolverines with two hits apiece from the middle of the lineup.
The Wolverines used a pair of sacrifice flies to score their first two runs. Junior first baseman Aidan Falk, who posted three RBI on the day, broke the scoreless tie with a sac fly to leftfield in the third, while sophomore catcher Katie Alexander doubled the lead with another to right centerfield in the fourth.
Christner looped a leadoff single to shallow centerfield to initiate the sixth-inning rally and scored when a grounder off the bat of sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield took a bad hop up and into the Wildcat third baseman's face. After a walk loaded the bases, Falk roped a two-run double -- her team-best 12th of the season -- to the right center gap, and Ramirez followed with a first-pitch RBI single down the rightfield line.
The Wolverines (25-7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) will wrap up the weekend series against Northwestern tomorrow (Sunday, April 2) at 2 p.m. at Alumni Field. Tickets are still available through the U-M Ticket Office. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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