By Maren Angus
After almost two hours of rain delays and a slight drizzle falling, Friday action at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton finally started.
The No. 25 Wolverines entered the day with one goal in mind and that was to beat No. 8 Baylor and No. 18 Louisiana. They did exactly that.
Michigan 6 Baylor 3
Michigan came out swinging as the first two batters, Faith Canfield and Natalie Peters, reached base and Tera Blanco brought all three runs in with a home run to left field. The Wolverines scored one run in the second, third and fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-0.
Freshman pitcher Meghan Beaubien continued her dominance in the circle. She didn’t allow a hit until after the mid-game rain delay in the fifth inning. Goose McGlaun hit a three-run homer in the sixth to make the score 6-3 but Baylor didn’t touch home plate again.
Beaubien completed the game and allowed three earned runs on five hits. She struck out five and didn’t walk any.
The Wolverines had 12 hits total with Canfield leading the way going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Aidan Falk was 3-for-3 and Blanco finished 2-for-4.
Michigan 3 Louisiana 1
Canfield picked up where she left off as she welcomed the Ragin’ Cajuns to their first road game when she sent the first pitch of the game over the left field wall. Canfield would finish the game 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBIs.
Sarah Schaefer started in the circle for Michigan. She allowed three hits in two innings pitched before relieved by Tera Blanco. Blanco surrendered one earned run, two hits and struck out four in four innings and Beaubien shut the door in the bottom of the seventh.
Casidy Chaumont had the lone RBI for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Stanford 3 Iowa 2 (9)
In a back-and-forth contest to open play on Field 2 at Judi Garman, the Cardinal and Hawkeyes needed extra innings to determine a winner.
Stanford scored in the bottom of the first inning and Iowa tied the game third. Neither team scored again until the eighth and it was Stanford that walked off in the ninth.
Maddy Dwyer got the win for Stanford, pitching 6.1 innings of relief. Kiana Pancino pitched the first 2.2. Six different players recorded hits for the Cardinal with Hannah Howell bringing in pinch runner Carmina Nicolas for the game-winning run.