Eighth-ranked Michigan completes weekend sweep of Georgia Tech
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 8-ranked Michigan softball team wrapped its appearance at the Unconquered Invitational in similarly dominant fashion as it began, earning a 10-2, five-inning decision against Georgia Tech on Sunday at JoAnne Graf Field. It was U-M's third run-rule decision this weekend and second against the Yellow Jackets.
Junior shortstop Sierra Romero paced the Wolverines from the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore second baseman Abby Ramirez went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Eight different Wolverines recorded an RBI, including freshman first baseman Tera Blanco who earned two on a pair of bases-loaded walks. U-M accepted 11 walks in the contest.
Senior Sara Driesenga earned the victory from the circle, improving to 3-0 on the year with a three-strikeout, four-hit effort through five innings.
The Wolverines used patience at the plate to jump on Georgia Tech early, scoring four runs in the opening frame off three hits and four walks. Michigan loaded the bases on the first three batters before senior catcher Lauren Sweet accepted a four-pitch walk and junior right fielder Kelsey Susalla sent a high sacrifice fly into right field for the game's first runs. Romero stole home in the next at-bat and after two more walks, Ramirez singled to shortstop to score Sweet from third base.
After walking in another Michigan run in the second, the Yellow Jackets spoiled Driesenga's shutout bid with two runs off three hits in the top of the fifth, including back-to-back base hits to right field from Kelsey Chisholm and Samantha Pierannunzi.
Michigan responded with five runs in the home half of the inning to end the game. Freshman second baseman Amanda Vargas was hit by the first pitch of the inning, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored from second base on a Romero roped single to right field.
The Wolverines scored three more runs on a sharp comebacker from freshman Aidan Falk and two RBI walks to bring Vargas back to the plate with the bases loaded and two down. Falk smacked a single into center field to drive in the game-ending run.