Michigan was not especially interested in showing mercy tonight in Pennsylvania, but the NCAA rules require a team beating the ever-living tar out of an opponent as badly as Michigan was doing to PSU tonight to stop. The Nittany Lions pitchers are very glad this one ended early.
After taking an inning to warm up, the offensive onslaught began in the top of the 2nd. After freshman Lou Allan, reached on an error, senior Aidan Falk drove home the pinch-running Nikki Wald to open the scoring. Singles from Alexander & Rodriguez tacked on 2 more runs, and provided the winning margin. After a quiet 3rd, Michigan tacked on 2 each in the 4th (on an unlikely home run from OBP maestro Natalie Peters) and the 5th (an Allan solo-shot followed by a sac fly later on), all hell broke loose in the 6th.
PSU made the mistake of ticking Michigan off by scoring a pair in the bottom of the 5th, capitalizing on a couple rare shaky moments from Beaubien, who was in command for most of the night. The Wolverines vented their rage, churning out 7 runs, batting around, and chasing the PSU starter. When all was said & done, just about every Wolverine had at least a run, a hit, or an RBI. Canfield & Uden both put up 3 hits, while Peters & Allan posted 2 apiece.
While mercy has been shown for now, the series resumes tomorrow at 3 PM. Look for the violence to continue against a PSU team with only 6 wins on the season.