Detroit Free Press
Published 7:24 PM EDT May 17, 2019
ANN ARBOR — Playing at home as the top-seeded team in the Ann Arbor regional, No. 15 seed Michigan run-ruled Saint Francis 8-0 to kick off its NCAA tournament run.
While the final margin might not reflect it, the game had an inauspicious start for the Wolverines. Senior catcher Katie Alexander left the game at the top of the first inning after reaching for a high pitch and didn’t return.
Michigan though, and specifically Alexander’s replacement — freshman catcher Hannah Carson (2-3, RBIs) found a spark in the third. Mackenzie Nemitz and Lexi Blair each notched RBI, and Carson knocked in two runs after a fielding error in the third and had an RBI in the bottom of the fifth on a deep fly ball to centerfield. Nemitz hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the sixth, bringing in Blair to end the game.
With Friday’s win, the Wolverines will face James Madison and inch one step closer to reaching their first Super Regional since 2016. Michigan last won the Women’s College World Series in 2005.
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