April 2, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #5 Michigan 10, Detroit 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (26-6), Detroit (2-21)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 4 -- vs. Ohio State (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman pitcher Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) tossed the first no-hitter of her career against Detroit on Wednesday (April 2), as the No. 5-ranked University of Michigan softball team piled on 10 runs in a run-rule victory at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The win extended Michigan's season-best win streak to 12 games.
Betsa faced just two batters over the minimum of 15 in a five-inning game. The only base runners came on walks in the second and third innings, and following each free pass Betsa came back with a strikeout. The righty racked up eight strikeouts in the game -- including striking out the side in the third.
The no-hitter is the 38th in Michigan history and the first since Sara Driesenga's (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) no-hitter against Hofstra on Feb. 23, 2013. Betsa is the first freshman since Jordan Taylor in 2008 to toss a no-no (Miami (Ohio)).
The Michigan scored four runs in the in the first and five in the second. In the first, sophomore Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) roped a double into the left center gap to score two runs. Two batters later, following a sacrifice fly from senior Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), sophomore Kelsey Susalla (Garden City, Mich./Garden City) poked a grounder through the right side to make it 4-0.
In the second, sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) mashed a grand slam into the right-field bleachers, doubling Michigan's lead to 8-0. It is her ninth homer of the season and runs batted in Nos. 37-40. She came into the game with the second-highest batting average in the nation and bumped it up to .518 on 2-for-3 hitting.
Susalla finished with three hits, a new career high, and senior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) collected a pair of singles, the fifth game in a row she's tallied two-plus hits.
Betsa earned her first win at Alumni Field and improved her record to 7-3.
The Maize and Blue will continue its longest home stand of the season against Ohio State on Friday (April 4) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m., and the game will be carried live on 1290 AM WLBY and streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network.
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