April 14, 2017
» No. 18 Michigan scored early and late, padding its lead with three runs in the final two innings, to defeat Maryland, 5-1, in the series opener.
» RHP Megan Betsa posted her second straight double-digit strikeout performance, fanning 14 Terrapin batters en route to a complete-game one-hitter.
» Amanda Vargas knocked out a two-run homer in the sixth to break open a tight game; Canfield and Ramirez also tallied RBI.
Site: College Park, Md. (Maryland Softball Stadium)
Scores: #18 Michigan 5, Maryland 1
Records: U-M (30-8-1, 10-1 Big Ten), UMD (8-29-1, 1-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 15 -- at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 1 p.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior RHP Megan Betsa tossed a complete-game one-hitter as the No. 18-ranked University of Michigan softball team scored early and late to take the series opener against Maryland, 5-1, on Friday evening (April 14) at the Terrapins'' Maryland Softball Stadium.
Betsa (16-6) was solid from the circle, settling in after giving up a first-inning home run and three early free bases to earn a 14-strikeout one-hitter -- her second straight game with double-digit strikeouts and 14th this season. She struck out the side in the third and fourth frames.
Michigan scored a run apiece in the first and second innings to take and retake a narrow one-run lead. Senior shortstop Abby Ramirez drove in the game's first run the hard way in the former frame. After a junior first baseman Tera Blanco drew an international walk to load the bases, Ramirez took the next pitch way inside and off her thigh to push the go-ahead run across. Sophomore catcher Katie Alexander led off the second inning with a double to the right-centerfield wall and scored when sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield singled to shallow centerfield.
Betsa did not allow a Maryland runner to reach scoring position past the first inning, but Michigan also struggled at the plate, clinging to its one-run lead until junior designated player Amanda Vargas broke the game open with a two-run homer in the sixth. Freshman shortstop Madison Uden, who came in to replace Ramirez, singled to lead off the inning, before Vargas, who was hit by a pitch but did not get the call, bombed a no-doubt two-run shot deep over the rightfield fence in the next at-bat. It marks her third long ball of the season.
The Wolverines added another insurance run in the seventh. Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner drew a leadoff four-pitch walk, advanced on a sac bunt and a groundout before scoring on a fielding error -- a bobbled grounder -- on the Terp second baseman.
With the more comfortable Michigan lead, Betsa wasted little time in the sixth and seventh innings, retiring the Terrapins in order and requiring just nine pitches in the sixth and 10 to close out the game in the seventh.
The Wolverines (30-8-1, 10-1 Big Ten) will continue their three-game road series against Maryland tomorrow (Saturday, April 15), taking on the Terrapins at 1 p.m. at Maryland Softball Stadium.
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