Michigan closed out the Judi Garman Classic with a 4-2 comeback win against No. 5 Washington and a 1-0 walk-off win against Cal State Northridge.
The University of Michigan softball team swept its Judi Garman Classic competition for the second straight season, earning wins over No. 5 Washington, 4-2, and Cal State Northridge, 1-0, on Sunday (March 3) at Anderson Family Field. U-M rallied to defeat Huskies for its second top-five win of the weekend before walking off in its tournament finale against CSUN.
Senior first baseman Alex Sobczak and sophomore shortstop Natalia Rodriguez spearheaded the fourth-inning rally against Washington with a pair of home runs and providing an immediate answer after the Huskies took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the frame.
Sobczak evened the score in the first at-bat, sending a no-doubt leadoff solo homer over the left-center field wall for her first of the season. After back-to-back groundouts, junior right fielder Haley Hoogenraad kept the inning alive with a double off the wall in right-center, and Rodriguez followed with another no-doubt shot, sending a two-run homer deep to left field -- the first long ball of her career.
Michigan kept Washington off the scoreboard over the remaining three innings, but the Huskies put runners in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Meghan Beaubien got two quick outs in the latter before allowing a walk and subsequent bloop single. She ended the threat just three pitches later, forcing a game-ending popout to second base.
In all, Beaubien (4-3) allowed two runs off six hits and four walks and struck out five against Washington.
Freshman RHP Alex Storako (3-3) was also stout from the circle in a complete-game shutout against CSUN in the tournament finale. She allowed just three total baserunners -- on two hits and one walk -- and struck out nine Matador batters.
Michigan struggled from the plate for much of the contest but came through with three big hits in the bottom of the seventh. Hoogenraad and Rodriguez reached on back-to-back infield singles to turn over the lineup and put a runner in scoring position for senior second baseman Faith Canfield, who drove a double over the head of the CSUN right fielder to push across the game-winning run. Canfield was 3-for-4 against the Matadors.