Michigan softball loses NCAA tournament game, faces elimination

Meghan Beaubien was dominant in her first appearance for Michigan softball in the NCAA tournament, Seattle University scoreless with 12 strikeouts Friday night.

His second appearance next Sunday against Washington? Not really. Beaubien retired from a first inning homerun with two strikeouts against Morganne Flores, followed by an unearned second run in the second inning. In all, Beaubien allowed five hits in seven innings, with one walk and three strikeouts, as Washington beat Michigan 2-0 to force a win-win Sunday night in Seattle. The winner of Sunday’s second game, scheduled to start at 11 p.m. EST, qualified for the super regional in Norman, Oklahoma, against the number one seed from Oklahoma.

Michigan pitcher Meghan Beaubien throws during the NCAA Regional game against James Madison on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Ann Arbor.

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The Wolverines bats were stopped by Washington ace Gabbie Plain, who was the Huskies’ losing pitcher in Michigan’s 2-1 win on Saturday night. Plain, of Australia and 2021 Pac-12 pitcher of the year, allowed just two hits – both from Big Ten Player of the Year Lexie Blair – in seven innings, with three goals and eight strikeouts to the stick. Sunday’s victory was Plain’s 31st of the season.

Washington’s second inning scored on a brace from a Jadelyn Allchin out, as Sarah Willis appeared to have been spotted at home by Michigan receiver Hannah Carson. But the referee ruled that Carson obstructed Willis and granted the run. Beaubien then finished the round with a bunt bag by Sis Bates and a groundout by Baylee Klingler.

This is the second consecutive season that Michigan has won its first two games of the NCAA tournament (with the 2020 NCAA tournament canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic); the Wolverines got off to a hot start in the region they hosted in 2019, only to lose both games on Day 3 of the Ann Arbor region to James Madison. The Wolverines are looking for their first trip to the Women’s College World Series since 2015, when they were finalists in Florida. Michigan won the NCAA title under coach Carol Hutchins in 2005.

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