Last year, Maryland handed Michigan a surprising loss in College Park, dealing a critical blow to Michigan's Big Ten title chances. Revenge may not have been consciously on the players' minds this weekend, but the results speak for themselves. Michigan complete a "win with cruelty" 3-game sweep of a Terrapins team that never looked like they deserved to be on the same field with mighty Michigan.
For the 3rd straight game, Michigan rushed out to an early lead, plating a run in the 1st on a Faith Canfield solo home run. 2 more runs would pop up on the board in each of the next 3 innings, as Lou Allan would launch a long ball in the 2nd, an error and an Alexander single would add a pair in the 3rd, and Peters & Blanco would combine to drive home runs #6 & 7 in the 4th. The 5th inning came & went quietly, before Michigan applied the coup de grace in the 6th. An error got things started, and then 3 straight singles, from Canfield, Peters, and Blanco would bring home the game-ending run-rule score.
In the circle, Beaubien dazzled again. Only a check-swing appeal that went Maryland's way in the top of the 6th separated her from completing a perfect game. As it was, she threw yet another no-hitter, weed-whacking her way through the Maryland line-up with 11 Ks. In 2 games on the weekend, Beaubien went 13 innings, allowing no earned runs, 1 hit (Friday), 1 walk (today), and racking up 18 strike-outs. And yes, she's still just a freshman. Settle in, folks, it's going to be a fun 4 years.
Michigan will step on the field next on Friday at 6 PM to kick off a crucial series at Indiana. The Hoosiers, despite their terrible non-conference performance, have emerged into surprise contenders for the Big Ten regular season crown. The team that takes next weekend's series will be in a great position to take home the Big Ten title.