NCAA Rules Force Softball to Stop Murdering PSU - Game Ends 14-2

NCAA Rules Force Softball to Stop Murdering PSU - Game Ends 14-2

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on April 6th, 2018 at 8:11 PM

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.

Blanco Blasts Bury Boilers in Big Blowout, 11-1

Blanco Blasts Bury Boilers in Big Blowout, 11-1

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on March 31st, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Softball continued their winning ways today, shelling a Purdue Boilermakers pitching staff that was clearly in over their heads in this one.

Tera Blanco was the hero at the dish, launching a solo shot in the 4th, followed by a 3-RBI blast in the 5th to walk off in run-rule fashion, all part of a 3-for-3 performance.  The first homer went so far that it landed on the Ray Fisher Stadium outfield, drawing roars of approval from the baseball team.  She was not alone in finding her hitting stroke today, though, as Faith Canfield also went 3-for-3, and both Aidan Falk & Katie Alexander chipped in 2-hit efforts.  Nearly everyone got in on the action as the Maize & Blue pounded out 14 hits in less than 5 full innings of work.

In the circle, Meghan Beaubien was once again in control in the early going.  She did cede a walk and a hit in her 3 innings of work, taking a third straight Wolverine no-hitter off the table.  With nothing to prove and a big lead in hand, Hutch decided to save her ace's arm, sending Sarah Schaefer out to finish the job.  Schaefer went 2 innings and was a little wobbly, allowing 4 hits, 2 BBs, and an ultimately-meaningless run.  Still, the more innings she can accumulate the better, both for her development and for the sake of Beaubien's endurance.

1 game remains in the 3-game set, a 1 PM Easter Sunday match-up.  This one will be on BTN, so tune in after lunch & hopefully catch another big W!

Freshman Beaubien Hurls No-Hitter Over Purdue, 4-0

Freshman Beaubien Hurls No-Hitter Over Purdue, 4-0

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on March 30th, 2018 at 6:22 PM

After a disappointing opening to Big Ten play last weekend, featuring a split & a cancellation of the rubber game, Michigan softball got back into conference action today against a struggling Purdue squad.  A mid-week tune-up against Detroit Mercy bridged the gap - the Wolverines won that 15-0 in 5 innings, with Beaubien & Schaefer combining for the no-no.

Today, it was all Beaubien in the circle, and she was dominant.  1 HBP was all that separated the freshman from tossing a perfect game.  No walks were forthcoming, and Beaubien racked up 8 Ks to round out an impressive stat line.  Hopefully this is a sign that, after a couple wobbly performances (at least by her sky-high standards), Beaubien is now back on track for conference play.

Offensively, Michigan didn't get a ton going, but they did enough.  A pair of wild pitches plated a couple of runs in the 1st, and Tera Blanco (the only Wolverine to post more than a single hit on the day) put things out of reach in the 5th, driving home a 2-RBI single.

Michigan has 2 match-ups left against the Boilermakers this weekend, going toe-to-toe tomorrow morning at 11 AM, followed by an Easter Sunday clash at 1 PM that will be featured on the Big Ten Network.

Softball PSA--added game today--(spoiler it's FREE)

Softball PSA--added game today--(spoiler it's FREE)

Submitted by scanner blue on March 28th, 2018 at 7:38 AM

Softball has added a midweek game for this afternoon at 4:30 against  U of D Mercy. As my headline states admission is free. Come early and get the good seats that have always been occupied by the diehard  softball fans. Weather should be fine and game might be short ( run ruled?). I'll be ushering near the press box for my once yearly softball gig.

Big 6th Lifts Softball Over CMU, 5-0

Big 6th Lifts Softball Over CMU, 5-0

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on March 21st, 2018 at 5:46 PM

Michigan softball just wrapped up their home opener, topping CMU 5-0 at Alumni Field.  The weather was chilly, and so were the bats through 5 innings in this one.

Neither team could scrape together a run, although the Chips came dangerously close in the 5th.  Hutch had lifted starter Tera Blanco for freshman phenom Meghan Beaubien, but Beaubien coming in cold could not keep Central off the base paths.  With the bases loaded, Blanco returned to the circle and got the Wolverines out of the jam.  Blanco would keep the door closed in the 6th, before getting her chance to play hero on the other side of the ball.

After Faith Canfield and Natalie Peters picked up hits, Blanco stepped to the plate with 2 on and no outs.  She delivered a double to the wall, driving in what would turn out to be the winning run.  Madison Uden added another double, making it 3-0, and Lou Allan and Faith Canfield added RBI singles as the Wolverines batted around.

Freshman Sarah Schaefer, coming off a Big Ten Pitcher of the Week performance last weekend, slammed the door in the 7th, and a stressful pitchers' duel ended as a comfortable M win.

Conference play begins on Friday, as Michigan travels to Iowa for a Friday/Saturday/Sunday 3 game slate.  Friday's game will be on BTN at 6 Eastern, 5 Central, so take a break from the Sweet Sixteen to take in some bat-and-ball action!

Schaefer Throws Perfecto, Softball Sweeps Weekend

Schaefer Throws Perfecto, Softball Sweeps Weekend

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on March 18th, 2018 at 6:03 PM

Just yesterday, freshman pitcher Sarah Schaefer got her first collegiate win in the circle.  Today, she celebrated her birthday by taking it up a notch, throwing a run-rule-shortened 5-inning perfect game, just the 8th in program history.  Michigan pounded Robert Morris in that one, posting a season-high 14 runs en route to their 4th run-rule win of the year.  A pair of 2-run home-runs in the 1st inning set the tone, and Michigan emptied the bench later on.

In the second game, Michigan put the Fort Wayne Mastadons in their place a well, running away with a 7-0 win.  Meghan Beaubien threw the complete-game shutout, while Faith Canfield paced the offense from the leadoff spot, going 3 for 3 in the game.

Michigan will finally get a chance to play in front of the home fans on Wednesday, as they take on CMU at the Wilpon Complex.  Big Ten play commences on Friday with the first game of a 3-game set against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

I'm going to try & get a mid-season report up sometime this week, but it's a busy one for work, so I'm not sure how much detail I'll be able to put into it.  We'll see what I end up having time for.

Freshman Pitcher Sarah Schaefer throws Perfect Game

Freshman Pitcher Sarah Schaefer throws Perfect Game

Submitted by RoseInBlue on March 18th, 2018 at 11:50 AM

A freshman softball pitcher was perfect today.  Although not the freshmen you probably would have guessed.  Freshman Sarah Schaefer threw a 5-inning perfect game against Robert Morris (on her birthday no less!!) in the 1st slate of Michigan softball's double header today as the Wolverines took down RMU 14-0.  It was a shortened game, sure, but is it really her fault that her teammates scored 14 runs in 5 innings?

Stat Line:  5 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 6 SO

 

Kind of weird stat: the wolverine lineup scored 14 runs on only 9 hits and 12(!!) walks.  Seriously, at one point, an RMU pitcher walked the bases loaded and then proceeded to walk in 4 runs.

The scoring started in the 1st inning with Madison Uden and Taylor Swearingen both hitting 2-run homeruns and really just ballooned from there.  The team would then score 1 in the 2nd, 3 in the 4th and 6 in the 5th to run-rule the completely over-matched Robert Morris Colonials.

Schaefer Notches 1st W, Softball Tops Dayton 7-0

Schaefer Notches 1st W, Softball Tops Dayton 7-0

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on March 17th, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Softball continued its winning ways today against an over-matched Dayton Flyers squad.  Michigan sent freshman Sarah Schaefer into the circle, and she pitched a complete game 3-hit shutout.  The offense was productive, especially at the top of the order, with Faith Canfield and Natalie Peters combining for 5 hits.

Game 2 on the day is coming up at 4 PM, against Miami (NTM).

Softball Smacks Stony Brook, 7-0

Softball Smacks Stony Brook, 7-0

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on March 9th, 2018 at 5:55 PM

Coming off a break-out weekend, featuring multiple wins over ranked opponents and some of the most complete performances of the season, Michigan makes a trip to Florida this weekend for the FAU tournament.  The opener was the first-ever meeting between Michigan & Stony Brook softball, and my guess is that the Seawolves won't be all too eager to schedule meeting #2 any time soon.

It was another encouraging outing for the Michigan offense, as 6 different Wolverines got hits on the day.  Faith Canfield continued on her tear from a week ago, going 2-4 with 3 RBIs (all three of which came on a bases-clearing double in the B6 that turned a 4-0 lead into a 7-0 blowout).  Madison Uden was also particularly effective, going 2 for 2 with a walk to boot, while freshman Natalia Rodriguez also added a pair of hits to the cause.  Fellow-freshman Lou Allan continues to work her way into the line-up bit by bit, scoring a run after reaching base on a Stony Brook error in the 6th.

Defensively, Tera Blanco was in control for most of this one.  Stony Brook didn't register a hit until the 4th inning, when a lead-off triple gave them their biggest threat of the day.  An alert Sobczak gunned down the runner trying to get home on a bunt, though, and no harm was done.  Sarah Schaefer would come in to close things out in the 7th, hurling a 1-2-3 inning.

Michigan continues play in about 5 minutes, facing hosts FAU.  Freshman phenom Meghan Beaubien will be in the circle for this one.

Softball Blast Cal Poly, Completes Judi Garman Sweep

Softball Blast Cal Poly, Completes Judi Garman Sweep

Submitted by South Bend Wolverine on March 3rd, 2018 at 2:20 PM

For the second straight day (this time with the difficulty level turned way down), the bats came alive for Michigan softball.  Facing off against Cal Poly in the final game of their Spring Break trip, Michigan scored early and often en-route to an 11-3 run rule W.

On offense, the top half of the order was dominant.  The 2 through 6 batters all registered at least 1 hit on the day, and 1 through 5 all scored at least one run.  Aidan Falk homered in the first to make it 2-0, but the real damage came in the 2nd.  A Sobczak double was followed up by a walk and an error, then by hits from Peters, Blanco, Falk, and Alexander (as well as a HBP drawn by Uden).  By the time all was said and done, it was an 8-0 lead, and a run rule result seemed likely.

Pitching got a little wobbly, though, as Meghan Beaubien gave up a couple runs in the top of the 3rd.  Michigan would get one back in the 4th, but freshamn Sarah Schaefer, who had entered in relief of Beaubien, ceded that back in the 5th.  With runners at 2nd and 3rd and just one out, Beaubien re-entered the game, and promptly retired the side with a K and a ground-out.  From there, a Hoogenraad walk set the table for a Skvarce home run that ended the game in walk-off fashion.

After starting the season 6-6, Michigan has now won 7 straight, including 2 shut-outs and 2 wins over top-20 opponents.  This looks like a team that is starting to settle into a groove after taking a few weeks to find themselves.  They'll take the field next on Friday against Stony Brook for the FAU tournament.  A March 10 date with Pittsburgh represents the last match-up against a major-conference opponent before Big Ten play.