Wolverines Run-Rule WMU in Regular-Season Home Finale

May 2, 2017

» No. 19 Michigan knocked out three home runs to cruise to an 8-0, five-inning decision against Western Michigan in its regular-season home finale.
» Faith Canfield, Lindsay Montemarano and Alex Sobczak all posted two hits, including home runs, and combined for all eight of Michigan's RBI.
» RHP Tera Blanco struck out five and allowed just three hits and one walk en route the complete-game shutout.

Box Score

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #19 Michigan 8, Western Michigan 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (38-10-1), WMU (22-26)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 5 -- at Rutgers (Piscataway, N.J.), 3 p.m.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team stayed hot at home, knocking out three home runs to beat Western Michigan, 8-0 in five innings, in its regular-season home finale on Tuesday night (May 2) in front of 1,769 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

The Wolverines have hit at least two home runs in each of their last four games and started early in tonight's contest with a three-run blast off the bat of sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield -- her team-best eighth long ball of the season -- in the first inning. Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner and senior shortstop Abby Ramirez led off with back-to-back bunt singles, and Canfield sent them both home, rocketing a line drive just above the right-centerfield wall.

Michigan strung together four hits -- three for three extra bases -- to plate four more in the third inning. Canfield and junior first baseman Aidan Falk led off with a single and a double, respectively, before sophomore catcher Alex Sobczak smacked a two-run double past the shortstop, and senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano followed with a towering two-run shot just down the leftfield line. It marks her second home run of the season.

With the Wolverines just one shy of the run-rule margin, Sobczak ended the game quickly in the bottom of the fifth, knocking out a first-pitch, line-drive solo homer to right centerfield -- her third homer of the season and second in three games.

Junior RHP Tera Blanco (17-3) was solid from the circle, striking out five while allowing just three hits and one walk en route to her fourth complete-game shutout of the season.

The Wolverines (38-10-1) will close out the regular season on the road this weekend, heading to Piscataway, New Jersey, for a three-game set at Rutgers. The series kicks off at 3 p.m. on Friday (May 5) at Scarlet Knights' Softball Complex.

Communications Contact: Leah Howard


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