U-M Sacrifices Seventh-Inning Lead in B1G Quarterfinal Loss

May 12, 2017

» No. 17 Michigan rallied to take a two-run lead but sacrificed three runs in the top of the seventh to fall to in-state rival Michigan, 5-4, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
» Faith Canfield gave U-M its first lead on a two-run single in the fifth inning; Canfield and Abby Ramirez led the Wolverines with two hits apiece.
» The loss is Michigan's first at home this season and halted a 36-game home winning streak that stretched into last year.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: Michigan State 5, #17 Michigan 4
Records: U-M (41-11-1), MSU (31-21)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 14 -- NCAA Selection Show (ESPN2), 10 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan softball team rallied from an initial deficit but could not hang on to its seventh-inning lead, falling to in-state rival Michigan State, 5-4, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon (May 12) in front of 2,523 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

The Spartans plated three in the top of the seventh, using a leadoff hit-by-pitch and four singles to retake the lead and earn their second straight comeback win in the tournament. MSU evened the game with a Texas Leaguer to shallow leftfield -- that senior shortstop Abby Ramirez dove to get her glove on but could not hang on -- and drove in the game-winning run on a single through the left side.

Ramirez drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh and advanced to second on a groundout to put the tying run in scoring position, but a popup to third base ended the game and eliminated Michigan from the tournament.

The Wolverines plated two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to rally from an initial two-run deficit. Junior rightfielder Aidan Falk got Michigan on the board with a sacrifice fly to leftfield, but senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano evened the score with a bouncing single up the middle.

Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield, who along with Ramirez led U-M with two hits, sliced a two-run single down the leftfield line, dropping it just fair on the line, to drive in the go-ahead runs. Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner kickstarted the surge with a two-strike double -- also down the leftfield line. Michigan carried the 4-2 lead into the seventh.

Senior RHP Megan Betsa (23-8) took the loss -- Michigan's first at home this season -- after giving up eight hits and four walks. She struck out six.

The NCAA Tournament team selections and regional sites will be announced Sunday (May 14) at 10 p.m. on ESPN2. Michigan has been in the NCAA field in each of the last 22 seasons, reaching the Women's College World Series 12 times and winning the 2005 national championship.

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