Every year at this time, Michigan's softball team treks West to participate in the annual Judi Garman Classic, which features a wide field of teams of all levels from around the country. This year, the Wolverines opened play with a match-up against a weak Loyola Marymount team.
Despite their unimpressive record, the LMU Lions managed to give Michigan some significant trouble in this one. Freshman phenom Meghan Beaubien was in command for most of the game, but one slip up in the 2nd cost her 2 runs on a LMU homer. Michigan started to scratch back in the B3 as Alex Sobczak made her way around the bases 60 feet at a time, taking advantage of a sac bunt, a ground out, and an error to make it a 2-1 game.
A Tera Blanco single in the 5th opened the door for Rodriguez to tie it up, but Michigan was unable to take the lead. After a blank 6th inning, Beaubien retired the Lions in order to start the 7th, and Michigan came to the plate knowing they just needed 1 run for the W. Three straight singles from Canfield, Peters, and Blanco got the job done, and Michigan walked off with a 3-2 win.
It's not one for the record books, and it won't do much to assuage concerns about the Wolverine offense, but the team managed to avoid a bad loss today. Hopefully it was just a matter of a long flight, jet lag, and an early start time. The team will have what should be a tune-up game against Charlotte at noon Pacific Time today before two crucial games against Baylor and ULL tomorrow.
Update: The team beat the Charlotte 49ers 5-0 in the second game of the day. Most of the damage was done over the course of a 4-run 4th inning. That outburst was encouragingly highlighted by a 2-RBI single from freshman Lou Allan, who has been out with injury thus far this season. In the circle, Tera Blanco and Sarah Schaefer combined for the shutout, scattering 5 hits.