#19 Michigan opened the 2019 season this morning with an early bird special game against NC State in the lid lifter of the USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament.
The game was quiet until the 3rd inning when Michigan had bases loaded and Masion Uden dropped one into center field for an RBI single to put the Wolverines up 1-0.
NC State answered immediately, tying the game with a leadoff home run in the top of the 4th inning on the first pitch. After a diving catch for an out by sophomore 1B Taylor Bump, NC State managed to score two more runs with a ball down the left field line to go up 3-1.
After Michigan failed to respond in the B4, Hutch made a surprising decision and took Meghan Beaubien out of the circle and inserted true freshman Alex Storako while down 3-1. It worked because she struck out the first batter she faced and went 3up, 3 down.
NC State had a meltdown in the circle in the same inning with a leadoff walk and consecutive hit batters loaded the bases with Wolverines. Haley Hoogenraad made it a 3-2 game with an RBI single and then NC State hit ANOTHER Michigan batter with bases loaded to tie at 3-3.
Michigan took the lead for good on an NC State infield error with bases loaded to make it 4-3.
Storako was solid, striking out 6 batters and allowing 0 hits in just 3 innings pitched.
Michigan wins their season opener over NC State, 4-3.
In about 20 minutes, the first real test of the season comes when #19 Michigan will face #7 Arizona.