Wolverines use mistakes, home runs to win North Carolina race rule

Wolverines use mistakes, home runs to win North Carolina race rule

03/01/2022 19:44:00

// Lea Howard

The No. 19 Michigan scored four runs apiece in the second and fifth innings to earn a five-inning 8-0 decision at North Carolina; it was UM’s second win in as many games.
Michigan recorded 11 hits from 10 different players, with Hannah Carson and Keke Thol both hit home runs in the fifth inning.
» HPL Megane Beaubien struck out one and allowed just two hits and a walk for the complete shutout.

To place: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Anderson Stadium)

Goal: #19 Michigan 8, North Carolina 0 (5 innings)

Recordings: UM (10-5), UNC (9-7)

Next UM event: Thursday, March 3 — at Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.), 5 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina –The 19th-ranked University of Michigan softball team went two four-run innings to win an 8-0 in five decision over North Carolina on Tuesday night (March 1) at Anderson Stadium. It was Wolverines’ second straight victory.

UM has recorded 40 hits and outscored opponents 33-4 in its last three games. Michigan recorded 11 hits from 10 different players against the Tar Heels. Second Year Designated Player Sierra Kersten went 2 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored, while the senior receiver Hannah Carson and sophomore hitter Keke Thol both went yard in the fifth inning.

The Wolverines took advantage of several UNC errors to tackle four in the second inning, including back-to-back errors on right-sided singles. Kersten got an RBI on the latter, while the junior first baseman Lauren Esman also scored on the errant pitch of the Carolina outfielder. Kersten came in to score on another errant pitch on a single from the junior outfielder Audrey LeClairwho scored on a sacrificed fly to complete the UM score in the chaotic setting.

Michigan used more traditional means — two doubles and two homers — to tack on four more runs in the fifth. Carson started the frame with a low liner that continued to rise just over the center field wall for his third long ball in six games. Kersten doubled to restart the rally with two outs and scored when a grad student Melina Livingston drove an RBI double via pinch down the middle. Tholl stunned a two-run pinch shot to center field just a pitch later. It was his first home run of the season and the second of his career.

LHP graduate student Megane Beaubien (2-3) struck out one and allowed just two hits and a walk en route to his first full shutout of the season and Michigan’s fifth.

The Wolverines (10-5) depart tomorrow to travel to Lexington, Ky., where they will play four games as part of the John Cropp Classic at John Cropp Stadium. UM will open play against 10th-ranked host Kentucky at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3, live on SEC Network+.

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