Michigan vs. Washington | Judi Garman Classic
FULLERTON, Calif. -- 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.