Seventh-Inning Rally Keys Series Finale Win at Maryland

April 16, 2017

» No. 18 U-M scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally to a 4-3 win in the series finale at Maryland.
» Courtney Richardson went 2-for-2 with two RBI, including the game-winning sac fly in the seventh; she also knocked out a solo homer in the second.
» Megan Betsa fanned 12 Terrapin batters, including the final out in the seventh; it is her third straight game with double-digit strikeouts.

Box Score

Site: College Park, Md. (Maryland Softball Stadium)
Score: #18 Michigan 4, Maryland 3
Records: U-M (31-9-1, 11-2 Big Ten), UMD (9-30-1, 2-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 18 -- vs. Michigan State (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan softball team scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally past Maryland, 4-3, and claim the weekend road series on Sunday afternoon (April 16) at the Terrapins' Maryland Softball Stadium.

Unable to complete the seventh-inning rally in yesterday's (Saturday, April 15) loss, the Wolverines pulled it off in the series finale, scoring on a bases-loaded single and subsequent sac fly to retake a narrow one-run lead, before senior RHP Megan Betsa closed it out, stranding two Terp batters, with a game-ending strikeout.

Down by one after Maryland took its first lead with a two-run triple in the fifth, Michigan drew three straight walks with one out to load the bases for senior centerfielder Kelly Christner, who sent a first-pitch single down the line and into shallow leftfield to tie the game. After fouling off several times in the next at-bat, sophomore leftfielder Courtney Richardson pushed across the winning run on a sac fly to deep rightfield.

Richardson, who led the Wolverines with two hits and two RBI on the day, also provided Michigan its first run on a two-out solo home run to straightaway centerfield in the second inning -- her third long ball of the season.

The teams traded runs in the middle inning with the Wolverines retaking a one-run lead when, with runners on the corners in the fifth, junior first baseman Tera Blanco smacked an RBI single back through the circle and up the middle. But the Terps responded again with two runs in the home half of the inning, drawing a leadoff walk and a single before the triple to the right-centerfield wall plated two to give them a 3-2 advantage.

Maryland threatened with two base runners apiece in the sixth and the seventh innings. Needing just three outs to complete the comeback win in the latter frame, Betsa got two via the strikeout -- the first and fifth batters she faced in the frame. She allowed a walk and a base hit before getting the final Terp batter to swing on a pitch in the dirt.

Betsa (17-6) struck out 12 Terrapins -- her third straight game with double-digit strikeouts -- and allowed three runs on four hits and five walks.

The Wolverines (31-9-1, 11-2 Big Ten) will play the second half of their two-game series against in-state rival Michigan State on Tuesday (April 18), hosting the Spartans at 6 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Tickets are available through the Michigan Ticket Office. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

Communications Contact: Leah Howard


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