A football bye week feels like the perfect time for the softball team to play some exhibition fall ball. Michigan headed West, as they do every year, to open up play in a mini-tournament in Traverse City.
The weekend began with a 5-0 win over Western Michigan. While the offense was a bit sluggish, only scoring 2 runs in the first 6 innings, the real attraction was in the circle. Michigan fans got their first look uber-recruit Meghan Beaubien in Maize & Blue. Beaubien didn't disappoint, going 7 scoreless against a WMU squad that had no answer for her stuff. Beaubien allowed just 2 hits and issued no walks while piling up 11 Ks. For a young pitcher who will be thrown into the fire from day 1, this was a very encouraging start.
Game 2 saw some more fireworks out of the offense, as the Wolverines blew out Saginaw Valley State 16-3. Another freshman, Sarah Schaefer, was in the circle, and had an up-and-down game. In four innings, she picked up a couple of Ks and induced a double play in the 1st, but also ceded 2 runs & 7 hits as well. Taylor Swearingen put this one out of reach early, however, bouncing a home run off the top of the wall to put Michigan up 4-0.
The Wolverines will wrap up their Traverse City tournament tomorrow, facing CMU at 10:30 AM & playing in the tournament final at 12:30. Michigan will then play a home-and-home with MSU, going to East Lansing on Oct. 5 before returning to Ann Arbor on Oct. 12.