» No. 22 Michigan scored multiple runs in the first, third and fifth innings to earn a 6-1 win over Michigan State in the first half of its home-and-home rivalry series.
» Melina Livingston went 2-for-2 with three RBI, including her first homer with the Maize and Blue, while Hannah Carson posted two hits and two runs and Taylor Bump drove in two.
» RHP Alex Storako struck out 12 and allowed one run on three hits and two walks.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan softball team took the first half of its annual home-and-home series against in-state rival Michigan State, putting up multiple runs in three innings to claim a 6-1 decision Wednesday night (April 6) in front of a crowd of 1,885 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Graduate student second baseman Melina Livingston headlined the offensive effort, going 2-for-2 with three runs batted in, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning — her first as a Wolverine. Senior catcher Hannah Carson also posted two hits and scored two runs with an RBI, while fifth-year senior third baseman Taylor Bump tallied two RBI off a first-inning double.
Senior RHP Alex Storako (15-4) was stout from the circle, fanning 12 Spartan batters while allowing just one run on three hits — notably a solo homer in the second — and two walks. It was Storako’s 10th game this season with double-digit strikeouts and her second in consecutive starts at home.
Michigan got on the board early after using a pair of walks to put two runners on for Bump, who lined a two-out, two-run double to the right-center gap — her third two-bagger over the last two games — in the first inning.
The Spartans got one of the runs back on a two-out hit of their own — a solo homer to left field — in the next frame, but U-M bounced back to pad its advantage with a two-spot in the third. The Wolverines registered three consecutive singles through the infield, with Carson and Livingston earning an RBI apiece. Carson smacked a single up the middle, advanced to third on an MSU overthrow to home, and scored when Livingston punched the next pitch through the right side.
Livingston tacked on two more runs in her next turn at the plate in the fifth, driving a two-out, two-run shot over the right-field wall. It was her ninth collegiate home run and her first since joining the Wolverine program this semester.
Michigan (21-11, 2-4 Big Ten) will remain home for a three-game weekend set against Penn State at Alumni Field. The series will kick off with a 4 p.m. start on Friday (April 8), while the teams will meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 9) and 1 p.m. on Sunday (April 10). Tickets are still available at MGoBlue.com/tickets.