Michigan softball's rough weekend ended on a high note with a 4-0 win over the Longhorns to wrap up the Texas Invitational. After struggling to score earlier in the weekend, the Wolverines were able to string a few things together today and get the job done.
All the scoring took place in the 2nd inning, as the Maize & Blue loaded the bases on hits by Uden and Hoogenraad along with an HBP that put Sobczak aboard. "Panda" Vargas then drew a walk to open up the scoring, and Faith Canfield put a ball in play to score another on an RBI fielder's choice. She would steal second, a decision that paid off when Natalie Peters hit a single, bringing home both Canfield and Hoogenraad, giving the Wolverines a comfortable cushion.
Even as a true freshman, Meghan Beaubien has proven herself to be the sort of pitcher you can trust to hold a lead. Texas created a little drama in the 5th and 6th, getting runners to 3rd with just one out each time. The result was 3 Ks and a groundout, and no joy for the Texas fans. Beaubien went 7 strong, scattering 3 hits and a walk while racking up 7 Ks on the day. The freshman's ERA is now a glittering 0.53, despite having faced Michigan's toughest opponents.
The team will be back in action on Thursday at the Judi Garman Classic. Friday will be especially important as a resume-builder, with games against Baylor and ULL. Some quality wins out West could be very valuable for Michigan's tournament plans.