ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 14 Michigan used five hits and early offense to secure a 6-0 win over Maryland in the series opener Friday evening. Freshman Meghan Beaubien earned the win in the circle for Michigan, striking out seven while allowing just one base runner to seal the complete game for the Wolverines (35-7, 11-1 B1G) over the Terps (18-28, 7-8 B1G).
The Wolvernes got to work early, using a two-RBI double and sacrifice fly to take a 3-0 lead in the first. The hosts would tack on two more runs in the third and another in the fourth, while the Michigan defense thwarted any threats from Maryland put in play.
Maryland’s lone hit on the day came on a bunt single from Skylynne Ellazar in the sixth. She would make it over to second on a wild pitch, but Michigan escaped the inning with a ground out.
Brigette Nordberg made some standout defensive plays for the Terps in the contest, starting with a solid snag at third to save a hit in the bottom of the second.
She stopped the bleeding in the bottom of the third with an unassisted double play, catching a hard hit line drive before tagging the runner at third to end the frame.
The series resumes tomorrow at 2:00 pm at Alumni Field. Sunday’s game time has been changed to a 12:30 pm start.