It was a bit of a lethargic day for offense at Alumni Field this afternoon, as the Michigan Wolverines took on their foe from just up the road, the EMU Hurons. A Tera Blanco solo-shot was the only hit from Michigan's top 4 batters on the day, but it alone would have been enough to get the win. Fortunately, there was a little more padding than that. Single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings provided the 4-0 margin that Michigan needed.
The real story in this one, though, was in the circle. Senior Tera Blanco gave perhaps her best performance yet in Maize & Blue, going 7 full innings, striking out 12 while ceding just 2 walks. Even better, she threw the complete-game no-hitter, the first of her Michigan career. This gives all three pitchers on the Michigan staff - Beaubien, Schaefer, and Blanco - a no-hitter on the season.
While beating the 4-28 Hurons is nothing to get overly worked up about, a no-hitter is always a great accomplishment. The fact that Michigan has 3 pitchers who've done it in a single season says a lot about how this team has transformed & found a new identity. While the team is still top-20 in batting average & top-40 in runs per game, they are now top 5 nationally in team ERA, and #2 in fielding percentage. This is an elite defensive team, both in the circle and in the field. As we've learned from basketball, that can take you a long way in a tournament.
Michigan's next game will be tomorrow evening at home 6 PM against MSU. The match-up will be on ESPNU, so be sure to tune in!