»No. 22 Michigan posted an 8-0 decision in five innings over Maryland to secure the weekend's sweep at home and have a six-game winning streak.
» Lou Allan knocked out two solo home runs, while Taylor Bump was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a home run of his own.
» Alex Storako was perfect in three innings, eventually settling with two hits allowed and nine strikeouts in four.
Site: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Wilpon Complex)
Scores: # 22 Michigan 8, Maryland 0 (5 inns)
Records: UM (21-4, 21-4 B1G), UMD (11-17, 11-17 B1G)
Next UM event: Friday April 23 – vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The University of Michigan No. 22 softball team won a sweep in their first series at home in two seasons, with an 8-0 decision in five innings against Maryland on Sunday. in the afternoon (April 18) at the Wilpon Complex. , home of Alumni Field.
Michigan (21-4, 21-4 Big Ten) scored at least one run in each inning of the shortened game, just the Wolverines' second career rule win this season, and had 12 hits from eight different players. Senior first baseman Lou Allan hit two solo home runs, while senior third baseman Taylor Bump went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a home run of his own. Both Allan and Bump boasted three long balls during the weekend's series.
RHP junior Alex Storako (13-2) took a perfect game in the fourth inning before Maryland (11-17, 11-17 Big Ten) ruined the effort with a pair from singles to gardens. She fanned nine to four innings, while senior RHP Sarah Schaefer added another strikeout in the fifth.
Junior center fielder Lexie Blair scored the game's first winning run after walking in the first, advancing on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt and scoring on a passed the ball. Allan hit the next pitch for his first of two home runs of the day, lining up to the top of the right-field wall. The ball hit the wall, bounced and landed on top of it, then returned to the park, as Allan slid to second base before receiving the umpire's signal to head home.
Bump opened the second with a single shot to left-center field, after hitting home runs to center and right the previous two days. Allan also homered on his next turn at the plate in the third inning, with a single without hesitation to left field. Bump and Allan have career highs in home runs this season with four and six, respectively, all but one in the last nine games.
Bump scored a couple more in the third with a two-run single down the middle, before senior shortstop Natalia Rodríguez took the game into race rule territory with a RBI triple to center, his third hat-trick of the season, and scored on a wild pitch high and backstop.
Michigan will remain at home next weekend, hosting Northwestern for a four-game set at Alumni Field. The start of the series is at 6 p.m. on Friday (April 23), live on ESPNU.