NCAA Softball News

Home Runs Key Wolverines’ Comeback Win over Longwood


» Michigan posted homers in the second and fourth innings to earn a 2-1 comeback win over Longwood in its first game of the John Cropp Classic.

» Maddie Erickson and Ellie Sieler both posted leadoff solo homers; it was the first of Erickson’s career and the second — and first of the season — for Sieler.

» Lauren Derkowski fanned eight batters and allowed one run on five hits and two walks.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Michigan softball team used a pair of solo homers to rally from an initial deficit and beat Longwood 2-1 in its opening game of the John Cropp Classic on Saturday (March 18) at Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium.

All three runs scored in the game were leadoff home runs, and Longwood (10-10) took the first lead in the second inning with a shot to left field, halting sophomore right-handed pitcher Lauren Derkowski‘s streak of consecutive innings without an earned run allowed at 26.

Michigan (13-18) answered quickly with freshman designated player Maddie Erickson belting out her first collegiate homer deep to left field in the home half of the second, and sophomore outfielder Ellie Sieler led off the fourth with a shot to right-center — her first home run of the season and second of her career — for the winning run.

The Wolverines were not without additional scoring opportunities as six different players tallied a hit, but Michigan left two runners stranded in three separate innings and seven total in the contest.

Longwood threatened in the top of the seventh, using…

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