April 8, 2017
» No. 18 Michigan claimed both sides of a doubleheader, 7-2 and 8-4, at No. 25 Ohio State.
» RHP Megan Betsa struck out 21 batters through 10 innings on the day, allowing four hits en route to a complete-game win and tossing three hitless innings to secure a save in the nightcap.
» Faith Canfield went 7-for-10 on the day, posting a career-best four hits in the nightcap.
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Buckeye Field)
Scores: #18 Michigan 7, #25 Ohio State 2; #18 Michigan 8, #25 Ohio State 4
Records: U-M (28-7-1, 8-0 Big Ten), OSU (22-9, 6-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 9 -- at Ohio State (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan softball team took both sides of a doubleheader, defeating No. 25 rival Ohio State, 7-2, 8-4, to clinch the series on Saturday (April 8) in front of a record-setting 1,764 fans at Buckeye Field. With the win, the Wolverines ran their win streak to 14 in a row.
Senior RHP Megan Betsa (14-5) fanned 21 Buckeye batters through 10 innings on the day, earning the complete-game win in the opener before securing her fourth save of the season in the nightcap. Betsa allowed two runs -- one earned -- off four hits and three walks in the first game and struck out 12 -- her 12th game this season with double-digit strikeouts. She added nine strikeouts through three hitless innings in the second slate.
Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield went 7-for-10 with four runs scored on the day to headline the Wolverines' offensive efforts, posting a career-best four hits in the nightcap. Junior first baseman Aidan Falk registered four hits and four RBI on the day, including a three-run bomb in the second game, while junior RHP Tera Blanco posted four RBI in the nightcap, and senior shortstop Abby Ramirez tallied two hits in each game.
Game 1: Michigan 7, Ohio State 2
Michigan plated four runs in the first inning to jump out to an early and sizable lead in the series opener, scoring two apiece off a bobbled Ramirez RBI single to shallow centerfield and senior centerfielder Kelly Christner's roped triple off the wall in right centerfield -- her first three-bagger of the season.
The Buckeyes cut the deficit with a solo home run in the home half of the first, but U-M got the run back quickly when Falk knocked an RBI single up the middle.
Ramirez and Christner also pushed across runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Michigan strung together three straight two-out base hits in the former frame, resulting in Ramirez's first-pitch single up the middle. After Ohio State scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, Michigan reestablished its five-run lead with a Christner RBI looper in the sixth.
Game 2: Michigan 8, Ohio State 4
Michigan had to rally twice to knock off the Buckeyes in the nightcap, overcoming an initial deficit with a three-run third and surging again with a two-run fifth. Up by one run late, Blanco iced the victory with a three-run double to the right-center gap in the sixth inning.
Ohio State took its first lead of the series with a two-run homer in the second inning, but the Wolverines wasted little time before stealing the lead. Canfield flared a one-out double down the rightfield line, Christner walked, and Falk bombed out a three-run shot deep over the leftfield wall -- her third home run of the season.
The Buckeyes used another home run to retake the lead in the fourth, but Michigan again responded, scoring two of its own in the fifth. Blanco singled to centerfield to even the score before scoring, unearned, two batters later on an OSU fielding error.
Blanco (14-2) also earned the victory from the circle, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks through four innings.
The Wolverines (28-7-1, 8-0 Big Ten) will wrap up the weekend series against Ohio State tomorrow (Sunday, April 9), taking on the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
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