April 28, 2017
» No. 19 Michigan won both sides of a doubleheader against Indiana, 7-1 and 2-1, to clinch its seventh straight Big Ten series.
» Michigan posted four home runs, including solo shots from Alex Sobczak and Aidan Falk, to complete the comeback win in the nightcap.
» RHP Megan Betsa earned a win and a save from the circle, striking out eight while allowing one run on five hits and two free bases through eight innings pitched.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Scores: #19 Michigan 7, Indiana 1; #18 Michigan 2, Indiana 1
Records: U-M (36-10-1, 16-3 Big Ten), IU (22-27, 8-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 29 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), 3 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team took both sides of a doubleheader, defeating Indiana, 7-1 and 2-1, to clinch its seventh straight Big Ten Conference series on Friday evening (April 28) in front of 2,241 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. With the win, the Wolverines improved to 15-0 at home this season.
Michigan took advantage of its power, knocking out two home runs in each game, including both runs in a comeback win in the nightcap. Sophomore catcher Alex Sobczak, who belted the game-tying solo homer in the second slate, led the Wolverines with three hits and two runs scored, while freshman designated player Madison Uden posted a team-best two RBI on a two-run homer -- the first long ball of her career -- in the first slate.
Senior RHP Megan Betsa (20-7) tossed eight innings en route to a win and a save, allowing one run on five hits and two free bases in the opener before tossing a quick 1-2-3 seventh inning to close out the second slate. She posted 10 strikeouts on the day. Junior RHP Tera Blanco (16-3) earned the nightcap win, striking out three while giving up one run on seven hits and two walks.
Game 1: Michigan 7, Indiana 1
Before breaking the game open with its pair of home runs, Michigan used small ball to push across a pair in the first inning. Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner smacked a leadoff double, raced to third when the centerfielder misplayed the bounce off the wall, and scored on a third-strike passed ball that would have ended the inning. Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield, who reached via a walk, scored on another passed ball during the next at-bat.
Canfield knocked out a solo shot to kick off a three-run rally in the third, connecting on the 2-2 pitch and lining it over the right-centerfield wall for her seventh home run of the season. Two batters later, and after a Blanco four-pitch walk and pitching change, Uden found the same spot beyond right-centerfield with her first collegiate home run to plate two more and cushion U-M's lead to 5-0.
Uden scored again on another passed ball in the sixth inning, before sophomore leftfielder Courtney Richardson chopped an RBI single over the third baseman's head and into shallow leftfield.
The Hoosiers spoiled Betsa's shutout bid with a run -- on a bases-loaded groundout -- in the seventh, before the Wolverine ace forced another groundout to end the game.
Game 2: Michigan 2, Indiana 1
Michigan used a pair of solo home runs -- in the fifth and sixth frames -- to rally from an initial deficit after IU grabbed the early lead on an RBI double in the second. The Hoosiers threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs, before Blanco got out of the jam on a popped foul to Sobczak, a scooped toss to the plate on a dribbled fielder's choice and a 10-pitch swinging strikeout.
The Wolverines carried the momentum into the home half of inning when Sobczak, who had a hand on all three outs in the top, belted a no-doubt, line-drive leadoff solo home run over the leftfield wall to knot up the game. It is her second homer of the season -- and the first of career at Alumni Field.
Falk gave Michigan the lead with a solo homer of her own in the next inning, driving the 2-0 pitch deep over the left-center wall -- her fourth long ball of the season.
Betsa entered the game in the top of the seventh with the Wolverines needing just three outs for the win. She struck out the first two batters she faced on eight pitches before forcing a game-ending popup to shortstop. It marks her fifth save of the season.
The Wolverines (35-10-1, 15-2 Big Ten) will wrap up the home weekend tomorrow (Saturday, April 29), taking on Indiana at 3 p.m. at a sold-out Alumni Field. The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
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