Softball season is officially underway for the Michigan Wolverines! In Florida for the USF tournament, the team took on the UAB Blazers.
Michigan got started early, putting up a run in the 1st inning on the strength of an Aidan Falk single. Both teams threatened in the 2nd, but no one was able to push a run across. Then in the 3rd inning, Michigan blew down the doors. Faith Canfield got a lead-off hit, and after a walk, Falk added 2 more RBIs to her total with another single. A pair of hit batters made it 4-0, and Abby Skvarce made it 5-0 (and maintained her career 1.000 batting average!). The inning finally ended, but not before 2 wild pitches made it 6-0. Things calmed down after that, with a Faith Canfield solo shot in the 6th rounding out the scoring.
Defensively, Tera Blanco went 6 strong innings, not allowing a run at any point. Looking to get her young star a few reps in a low pressure situation, Hutch threw freshman Meghan Beaubien into the circle to close the show. A little bit of nerves might have been in play, as Beaubien hit the first batter on her first career pitch. A couple close plays that went UAB's way loaded the bases with no outs, and brought Hutch to the circle. After that, Beaubien was lights out. 2 straight Ks put UAB's backs to the wall, and a ground-out ended the affair.
Michigan will now take a short break before facing Georgia State in about 20 minutes.
Georgia State was simply no match for Michigan in any phase of the game. Offensively, Michigan hit through the line-up, with everyone but Blanco getting at least one base knock. Faith Canfield starred offensively with 2 hits, including a 3-run homer to put the game into run-rule territory in the top of the 6th, but it was truly a team effort.
No one wants to talk about the offense right now, though. The story is all about Meghan Beaubien, who absolutely murdered GSU from the circle. Hurling 11 Ks while surrendering just 1 walk, the freshman unbelievably pitched a complete-game no-hitter in her first career start. She mixed speeds effectively, ranging from the 70s down to the mid-50s, and never looked in serious danger of wavering. You can't ask for a better start to a career than she just delivered. Tomorrow, we'll get the chance to see what she can do against tougher opponents.