By Maren Angus
Michigan 11 Cal Poly 3
Aidan Falk hit her third home run of the year and paced the Michigan offense going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three runs batted in.
Six different players including Falk collected RBIs and seven players recorded a hit. Madison Uden and Abby Skvarce both hit homers in the contest as well. Skvarce launched a two-run, pinch-hit home run for her second of the season.
Meghan Beaubien threw 3.2 of the five innings. She allowed two earned runs on two hits, struck out five and walked one. Sarah Schaefer pitched the last 1.1 in relief and gave up one earned run, two hits and two walks.
Comments from Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the difference between Friday and Saturday compared to Thursday…
I saw a confident team and we had a game plan that was pretty specific to Baylor and they executed it. I think it gave them confidence and they are a whole different team when they are confident… we are moving in a good direction. We are playing well, focusing on ourselves and we do that well.
On the pitching staff’s performance throughout the weekend…
Meghan Beaubien is a great pitcher. She’s a competitive kid and I will take that any day. She’s carrying a large load for us. She can’t carry the whole pitching load and I think Tera Blanco has really stepped it up for us. Sarah Schaefer has had some good moments but we need more from her.
On the offensive production from Faith Canfield…
She didn’t have a very good weekend last weekend but she had a good weekend. I don’t expect her to hit .600 or .700 for us every weekend but do your part, get on base fight through it when those things don’t happen.
Florida 4 Baylor 0
Kelly Barnhill and Aleshia Ocasio combined to no-hit the No. 8 Baylor Bears in a marquee matchup at Judi Garman. It was the third no-hitter of 2018 for the Gators and the first combined no-hitter. It was also the seventh consecutive shutout.
Barnhill pitched 6.0 innings with 13 strikeouts before Ocasio entered the game in the seventh with a 2-0 count on Maddison Kettler and a runner on first. Kettler walked and then Ocasio struck out the next three batters.
The Gators got hits from the first four batters in the lineup. Nicole DeWitt was 2-for3 with a home run and two RBIs. Kayli Kvistad was 1-for-1 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk.
Comments from Florida Head Coach Tim Walton
On the consecutive shutout streak and combined no-hitter…
I think the biggest key when you go out and throw three shutouts like we did was only giving up two hits… we have to limit the free passes but overall I thought our pitching was really good this weekend.
On playing through the elements…
There’s nothing fun about trying to pitch a softball when its slick and wet. It was hot, it was cold, it was sunny and it was cloudy and rainy… Aleshia had the wrong sign card so the pitches were wrong but we need those kinds of those situations to see exactly how we are going to respond.
On heading into conference play with momentum…
It’s good to play a high-level team like Baylor to see where we stack up and what we need to improve on. We are ready to go and we’ve got a lot of team in the SEC that are really good and we are going to have to get ourselves hooked up and ready to go for season number two.
Baylor 7 Charlotte 1
The Baylor bats awoke and the Lady Bears rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Charlotte 49ers.
Shelby Friudenberg, Goose McGlaun and Caitlin Charlton all homered in the contest. McGlaun was the only BU player with multiple hits as she finished 2-for-3. Nicky Dawson had two RBIs when she doubled to the right centerfield gap late in the game.
Regan Green pitched a complete game and improved to 3-0 on the year. The Mississippi State transfer allowed one run on three hits, struck out 10 and walked two.
Comments from Baylor Head Coach Glenn Moore
On coming back from a couple of losses…
We saw great pitching; pitching that we haven’t seen this year and I’m very confident that in the end our team will be there but we are about 10 games behind some of these guys. We’ve had a lot of rainouts and we just haven’t played the strength of schedule that some have and I think showed up today. We aren’t in panic mode; we just know where we are and what we need to work on.
On Gia Rodoni’s pitching against Florida…
I thought she threw really well against a really good Florida lineup. Anytime you get that many strikeouts about that lineup then you’re in their head a little bit.
On the offensive coming around against Charlotte…
It took us a little while to get going but Haley Wiseman threw a great game for Charlotte. We knew coming in that she was a strikeout pitcher and we knew it would be a battle. Our confidence wasn’t the highest going into that and my experience tells me that even though you might not be seeing an All-American, you still have something to work to get your team to rally mode. I thought Regan Green did a great job of keeping in that game as well.
Cal Poly 3 Iowa 2
Hailey Martin’s two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning gave Cal Poly a 3-2 lead over Iowa and Lindsey Chalmers was able to finish the complete game to lift the Mustangs to victory.
Martin, Chelsea Convissar and Crimson Kaiser finished with multiple hits. Chalmers improved to 5-2. She allowed two earned runs on four hits, two walks and struck out six.
Stanford 4 Loyola Marymount 0
Neither team had a runner reach third until the sixth inning when Stanford took a 2-0 lead. Montana Dixon walked and Whitney Burks launched a home run over the wall in left center.
The Cardinal doubled its lead in the seventh when Hannah Howell singled and scored on an RBI-single from Molly Fowkes. Teaghan Cowles and Dixon’s back-to-back singles brought in the fourth and final run of the game.
Kiana Pancino and Maddy Dwyer combined for the two-hit shutout.
Michigan State 4 Stanford 2
After their original flight to Southern California was cancelled, Kaitlyn Eveland (Anaheim, Calif./Loara) made sure to make sure Michigan State’s first game at the Judi Garman Classic was memorable. With two-outs in the bottom of the seventh, Eveland took a 2-0 pitch over the wall in centerfield to walk the Spartans off with a 4-2 win.
Bridgette Rainey started in the circle for MSU. In 5.0 innings, she gave up eight hits and two earned runs, struck out six and walked four. Jordan Watson pitched the final two innings and allowed one hit with two strikeouts.
Fresno State 5 Loyola Marymount 2
Hayleigh Galvan homered in her fourth consecutive game and was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
LMU out hit Fresno State 5-4 but it was a four-run fourth and a costly error that gave the Bulldogs the edge. Danielle East got the win in the circle and surrendered one earned run on five hits while striking out six and walking one.
Cal State Fullerton 11 Fresno State 3
A nine-run third inning powered the Titans to an 11-3 win against Fresno State to close out Saturday’s tournament action.
Zoe Richard was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Sammie Vandiver, Deshea Hill, Ari Williams, Bryanna Ybarra and Janelle Rodriguez all collected RBIs and six Titans compiled 10 hits.
Taylor Dockins improved to 5-2. She allowed three earned runs on five hits and four walks.