Alumni Field was sold out tonight for a Friday night game against OSU. As it is for the next two days.
The crowd saw a great game and the second straight game in which Megan Betsa recorded 13 strikeouts.
That's 26 strikeouts in the last two days, folks.
It was a little bit of a pitcher's duel for four and a half innings. Then came the bottom of the fourth.
In a key at-bat, Kelly Christner reached on an OSU error to lead off the inning. After Aidan Falk walked, Abby Ramirez drove in Christner with a single down the left field line to give Michigan the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the 5th, Betsa got into a bit of a jam. First batter walked and the second leaned into a pitch to put two on with none out. A couple minutes later it was bases loaded with just one out.
Michigan rallied as Betsa came back from 3-0 with bases loaded to strike out the OSU batter. The next batter popped out to Aidan Falk who made an amazing play behind homeplate, nearly falling into the netting on the on-deck circle.
The 5th inning proved to be a turning point in the game, as it was just two days ago for the Wolverine bats. After Monte and Christner walked, Aidan Falk blasted one into center field for a 3-run homer to give Michigan a 4-0 lead. She made two outstanding plays in both the top and bottom of the 5th.
After Betsa went 1-2-3 in the 6th which included two strikeouts, Michigan started rolling offensively.
Susalla tripled which scored Romero, and Blanco doubled to score her. Monte smacked one into center field which scored pinch runner Mary Sbonek, and then Aidan Falk ended the game with a walkoff single. The ball was bobbled and lost by the OSU shortstop which allowed Monte to score.
Michigan wins 8-0 in 6 innings via the run rule.
Michigan is now 31-4 and 9-2 in the B1G. The second game of the series is tomorrow at 2pm.